When friends Kim Shattuck (The Muffs, The Pandoras), Melanie Vammen (The Pandoras) and Palmyra Delran (solo artist and creative soul of all-girl group, The Friggs) decided to get together in L.A, their casual conversation quickly morphed into the dynamic, female-powered super-group, The Coolies.
The band’s resulting debut EP, Uh Oh!… It’s The Coolies, is an infectiously organic extension of what the trio already does separately. Blending their witty, metaphoric songwriting into a hook-laden combination of punk, garage and trash rock, while conjuring up a uniquely delectable sound of groove-ridden angst.
Shattuck and Vammen assembled their tracks in their West Coast-native studios, while Delran recorded her parts on the East Coast at Stevie Van Zandt’s Renegade Studios with Grammy Award-winning engineer Geoff Sanoff (Fountains of Wayne, Stephen Colbert), who also mixed the project. The six-song EP itself is visually represented with whimsical three-dimensional artwork (with included 3-D glasses) designed by longtime Wicked Cool Records art director and illustrator, Louis Arzonico.
What makes The Coolies’ even more amazing is that the band is donating 100% of the proceeds from record sales to support research for The ALS Association, whose mission is to discover treatments and a cure for the disease as well as to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.
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I recently spoke with Palmyra Delran about The Coolies’ EP and much more in this exclusive new interview.
How did The Coolies come about?
It started out with the three of us together, just talking and laughing. Kim had posted a photo on Instagram of Paula Pierce from The Pandoras laying there with her ass out. I thought it was hilarious and commented, “Hey! Look at Paula’s coolie.” We all just started laughing. That’s when Kim said, “I want to have a band.” I was like, “Well…we could.” It was literally that fast.
What was the songwriting process like?
Even though the three of us have never played together in the same room as The Coolies, Kim sang on a few of my records and Melanie is in my West Coast band. We didn’t have any set rules or formulas. Once we decided we were going to be a band, Kim sent me this amazing song she’d written. So I went into the studio and added drums, guitar and sang some backups and sent it back. Then Melanie put her fuzz guitar on there. Another time, Melanie wrote a song with Kim, and then I wrote a song and sent it to them. We really made the whole record through cyberspace.
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