Psyko Steve Presents
THE SEX, FRENCH GIRLS
8005 East Roosevelt Street
Scottsdale, AZ, 85257
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
We are a punk band from sunny Minneapolis, MN. What do we sound like? Well, imagine if Jawbreaker, Lawrence Arms and Alkaline Trio got in a knife fight and Jawbreaker won - but just barely. That's what we sound like. Does that even make sense? Probably not.
Nate also plays in The Gateway District and used to play in The Pyongyang Metro and Off With Their Heads. Nate and Nick used to play in Rivethead. Danny used to play in These Riffs and Cave Deaths. Cory also plays in The Manix. We've all had illustrious careers.
PO Box 8995 Minneapolis, MN 55408
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We are The Sex from Tempe, Arizona. Our friends, family and the city we live in are the main influences of our music. In 2008, we started to play our first shows, some of which were with The Joneses, Vice Squad, Lower Class Brats etc. 2009 we put out an EP with 7 songs. 2010-2012 we had a brief hiatus when Casey(spaz) moved to Chicago. In 2012 we got back together when Casey moved back to Tempe. Its been a rough 2nd start but things only get better. Summer of 2013 we will have a new LP on vinyl, iTunes and Bandcamp. Here is our links to all of our pages.
If The Rolling Stones, The Strokes, and The Doors decided to cut an album together, then that trifecta would sound a lot like French Girls. The band grew up in the small town of Willits, CA. Now, they're snaring instant attention by writing and performing their avant-garde music. The French Girls are Charlie, Kalan, Touran, Randy, and Cody.
Charlie Foltz is the lead singer, songwriter and one of the CD producers for French Girls. He was born in Santa Rosa, but has lived in Willits, CA for most of his life. He started playing guitar in 5th grade and played in a few death metal bands throughout his childhood. During middle school, Charlie met future French Girls bassist Kallen Gillespie and they began writing music and jamming together. Charlie's main influences have been The Strokes, MGMT, The Doors, The Zombies, The Animals, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, The Black Dahlia Murder, Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel and The White Stripes.
Kalan Gillespie plays bass and is one of the CD producers for the French Girls. Kalan and Charlie both learned how to write music together from a young age and have been big parts in each other's musical projects throughout their lives. Gillespie lists his main musical influences as The Black Dahlia Murder, Cage the Elephant, and Modest Mouse.
Touran Nawim is the keyboardist for French Girls. He has been playing piano for over nine years, and can also play the violin. Touran states that his family was highly influential for getting into music. His sister took piano lessons, and the instructor asked if he wanted to play and despite not having much interest to play at first, his family persuaded him to keep learning. When Touran first joined French Girls, he hadn't played piano in years, but agreed to help singer Charlie Foltz out by playing one show with him and eventually ended up staying full time. Nawim lists The Doors' legendary keyboardist Ray Manzarek as his main inspiration, and hopes that his own skill can become, "equivalent to a fraction of his."
Randy O'Shea plays drums and sings back up for French Girls. He has lived in Willits, CA his entire life, and has been playing drums for about 4 years now. Randy grew up around music because his dad was a singer in a local metal band. The drummer for that band sometimes hung out with O'Shea watching cartoons, and became his main influence in learning how to play drums. Randy claims he could write an essay about artists who inspire him, but lists The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Jack White at the top of the list. One of his first musical performances involved playing with Charlie and Kalan in a death metal band at the prom, where O'Shea says, "We played in our tuxedos and screamed our faces off."
Cody Page is a guitarist, songwriter, and one of the CD producers for the French Girls. He was born and lived in Texas until his family relocated to Willits, California. He started playing guitar seriously at sixteen, and has been songwriting for about two years now. Cody has been influenced by The Doors, The Clash, The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Blur, Iggy Pop, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Temptations, The Animals, The Smiths, blues music, 60's/70's classics, British Pop and 80's music. He admits, "I get kind nerdy about music." With the French Girls, Page hopes that they can represent how indebted musicians are to where rock and roll has been, and continue improving musically to carry it into the future. Cody asks, "How cool would it be to hear rock and roll with REAL heart on the radio again?"
Their debut album, "SuperStar Destroyer" was released in August 2012. "SuperStar Destroyer" was recorded in a redwood cabin where singer Charlie Foltz grew up and the band wrote most of the songs there as well. The album was mixed and mastered by Jimmy Jackson of Junior Pilot Recording Company, along with Charlie Foltz (Producer, Songwriter, Vocals), Kalan Gillespie (Producer, Bass), Touran Nawim (Keyboards), Randy O'Shea (Drums, Vocals), and Cody Page (Producer, Songwriter, Guitars). Cover photo credits go to both photographer Dusan B. Knezevic and model Helena Rey of Serbia.
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