Holly Eells catches up with Teenagersintokyo, who are in fact on their way to Rome while the interview takes place. Globalisation, huh?
Where did the name Teenagersintokyo come from?
It's a phrase that we picked up many years ago. I can't remember exactly where or why, but we liked the sound of the words together and it stuck.
Are any of you from Japan yourself?
None of us are Japanese, but those of us who have been there on holidays have loved it. It's a really lovely place and everyone I met when was there was super nice. We hope to tour there someday as we've heard the crowds are amazing.
Four girls, one guy... unusual assemble wouldn’t you say?
Not really, it's just the way that things have turned out for us. We didn't pre-plan to have this configuration.
I have two sisters and I know what it's like - there must be some rivalry sometimes?
As we've all known each other for so long we're kind of a little family. There isn't much rivalry. Actually it's pretty non existent. We're pretty good at pushing each others buttons sometimes. That's about as tough as it gets.
You guys are on the road solidly at the moment, what are the pros and cons?
We love being on the road especially as this is the first time we've been to a lot of these places around the UK. It's sort of feels half like a holiday. The other day we were driving back from Cornwall, so we made a detour to see Stonehenge. The cons are not being able to stay long enough in places and the lack of sleep, but I guess that comes with the job, so it's not really something you can complain about.
What you looking forward to most out of that busy diary of yours?
As long as the ash cloud stays out of our way, going to Rome this week is exciting. As is The Great Escape Festival and Liverpool City Sound, both of which we've heard great things about. It's going to been nice to check out some bands that we've been wanting to see as well.
You have a debut album set for release soon, care to tell us more about it?
The album was produced by David Kosten, known for his work with Bat For Lashes. We recorded part of it at Bryn Derwen Studios by the mountains in Wales and part of it in London at the end of last year. For us it sums up our collective experiences from our EP till now and we've spent a long time labouring over it, so it's good to have it ready for release.
Who influences you the most?
Everything influences us because there are five of us with similar yet different tastes, anything and everything finds it's way into the melting pot. Some influences would be Talking Heads, Neu, Fleetwood Mac, The Cure, Prince, The Knife, Crowded House...it doesn't end. We're also influenced a lot by film.
Which bands or artists tickle your fancy at the moment?
At the moment I'm really feeling Hearts by oOoOO, what I've heard of the new Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti album and Matt Van Schie. Miska and I are also still totally obsessed with Fleet Foxes' album.
Anything else you would like to add?
Linda and I are sitting in a cab on the way to the airport to go to Rome. We've never been to Rome before so nothing to share on that front, but here's a little Paris tip that we want to share: look up the ‘is it gold scam Paris’. It's quite a funny...