Effi Briest Branches Out

Dazed catch up with the girl band before they release their debut album on Sacred Bones Records.

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Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, EFFI BRIEST have been best known for their mutual-cover split 7" release between their 'Mirror Rim' and their buddies Telepathe's 'Chromes On It'. With previous releases on Loog Records and Skinny Wolves Records, the languid post-Virgin Suicides-esque girls are now set to release their debut album on Sacred Bones. However, their music is anything but; against the driving guitars and an almost savage beating of drums, the girl-ish vocals chant through in a rough and lo-fi manner yet are eerily enchanting. We speak to Corinne Jones about what their new album and new video made by Mak Kern...

Dazed Digital: Dazed featured you a couple of years back... What have you guys been up to since then?

Corinne Jones: Well, we've toured a bit and recorded an album - twice. A new video is in the works.

DD: What's the new record this month all about?
Corinne Jones: Our full length is due out in January.

DD: What is your album called? Tell us about that?
Corinne Jones: It's called 'Rhizomes'. In botanical terms it's a nodular root system that grows horizontally and sends up shoots from its various nodes. In our case it's a metaphor for our song writing, and the title track of the album. Plus it's just a magic word.

DD: What's the story behind your name?
Corinne Jones: Effi Briest is taken from Theodore Fontane's novel and is also a Fassbinder film. It's a tragic heroine tale along the lines of Madame Bovary. But the band name is a thing in itself, not meant to align with the story whatsoever. If there is a possible parallel it would be that we have rewritten Effi's story for our time and it's a tale of free will and empowerment.

DD: You did a mutual-cover with Telepathe... what crazy dream collaboration could you imagine? An Aphex Twin reconstruction of 'Mirror Rim'? A UK Funky take on 'Newlyweds'?
Corinne Jones: Covering Telepathe was great because we've know those guys for so long. We also covered 'Suicide' for an Alan Vega tribute (a series of singles). A dream collaboration? Hmm, something unexpected say, Ghostface Killah.

DD: If you weren't making music, what would you be doing?
Corinne Jones: We are all involved in various pursuits at the moment: visual art, teaching, film making, dance, antiquing, textiles, travel etc..

DD: What lies ahead?
Corinne Jones: New songs. Supporting the album by tour, seeing more of the world hopefully!

Video directed by Mak Kern

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