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|An Interview with The Kimberly Trip
October 30, 2005
by Karla Ash
Years before Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, and Kaiser Chiefs, The Kimberly Trip were dodging bullets from the rap-metal mafia with a proudly ‘80s-loving approach to songwriting. And now the world has finally caught up with their keen sense of retro. The Sacramento, CA-based band has just released a new album, the delightful You’ll Get Nothing…and LIKE it!, which finds them further polishing their already slick pop sound and intensifying their guitars. Known mainly to their local fans and hip music critics, The Kimberly Trip is now receiving airplay on commercial stations such as KWOD and the highly regarded Indie 103.1. Vocalist Kimberlina and guitarist Jeffry Wynne Prince recently took time out from their hectic schedules for an interview with The Wig Fits All Heads.
Karla Ash: How many years did it take for the group to develop its current chemistry? Or was it immediate, such as love at first sight?
Jeffry Wynne Prince: I think that we continue to evolve and develop our strengths, and how we work together as a band, but chemistry is either there or it isn't. Bractune (drums) and I have played together our entire adult lives because we've always had a kind of unspoken expression with our musical ideas. We get each other in a writing sense to an uncanny level. When we heard Kimberlina sing, we basically dropped everything we were doing and formed this band around her. Within moments I knew I'd found a sort of musical soulmate to sing the things Bractune and I were creating; it was just fortunate that she was a truly gifted writer as well. It took a couple of years to find the right combination in the rhythm section to complete what we had going, but we knew as long as we found a bassist that could lock with Bractune, that we already had all the ingredients to make the exact music we wanted.
Ash: Were the members geeks back in high school considering the lyrical subject matter seems to focus from that perspective?
Kimberlina: What do you mean, "were"? [laughs]. I feel everyone is a geek, nerd, dork, or a doofus on some level at some point in his or her life. The way you grow is by learning to laugh at your problems and work through things by not taking life too seriously. While many of our lyrics are sung from an angle of diversity, the real point of what we are doing is to give people an outlet so they know they aren't alone in any of the times when they feel insecure, left out, or stupid.
Ash: Is it difficult to balance seriousness with a goofy sense of humor?
Kimberlina: It seems to come pretty natural for us; of course, I don't write a huge portion of the lyrics. Jeffry is really the one who can present the most serious of subjects (like anorexia, vandalism, and being a stalker) and make them relatable and funny without getting even the slightest bit cheesy.
Prince: I just write what I would want to hear. I like humor in music, but I want to hear songs that still make me smile on the hundredth listen. I think you do that by creating characters and situations that are funny because you can relate to them rather than funny because they have a punch line.
Ash: Who has the most twisted wit in the band and provide examples of it.
Kimberlina: Jeffry. His is very “Andy Kaufman” in what he thinks is funny. Is he finds something amusing and no one else gets it, then to him it is even funnier. For instance, he wanted to call the most recent album Foreigner 4. That doesn't make any sense, but it is mildly amusing, and he knew no one would understand, so he was way into it. His point was it is funny because it makes no sense. It was also his idea that we do our Robert Palmer tribute where I wore a suit, and the rest of them wore black dresses and white face paint. They all stayed in character the whole night. They didn't even speak when spoken to; they just stared into space like the mannequin-girl-musicians in all the videos. Those are the only things I can mention in an all-ages-crowd.
For more information on The Kimberly Trip, hit up: http://www.thekimberlytrip.com