Sarah and Andrya from Talk Normal
Coming back from your European tour, what would you say is your favorite thing about Euro fashion?
Sarah: It seemed like all styles could be found in the circles we traveled. And they all hung out with each other... not that you don't find that in NYC as well, but it felt a little different. Also there was a fairly regular glorification of NYC or Brooklyn "aesthetic," or what's perceived as that anyway—interesting to see an interpretation. Random details: in Paris everyone had a sweet pair of boots, and most everywhere else sneakers were where it was at.
Andrya: What she said.
Do you think your music is reflected in your style?
Andrya: YES. That goes for each of us individually and as a unit. At first thought, I think Sarah's style is more representative of our music. She usually works the just-found-this-on-the-floor-now-watch-me-make-it-awesome look. It takes a special breed to pull that off. I definitely hear this in her foraged guitar sounds. And as a band, we have both always been attracted to the idea of utilitarian art, or rather making something epic out of preconceived crap. Adjectives I would use to describe my own style—structured, functional, playful, classic. So sure, I guess this seems present in my drumming, and Talk Normal.
Sarah: At first I was going to say "only vaguely," but I like Andrya's answer.
What is the story behind the work suits?
Andrya: I believe in uniforms, sincerely. They create simplicity in a world of so many options. Also they are a good focusing tool. For instance, I will change clothes when we practice. I will change when I am at home. The routine puts me in a different mind-set to prepare for new activities. I think this originates from my nine years wearing a Catholic school uniform. Perhaps I gravitated to the worksuit in particular because it is very basic and durable, no frills.
Sarah: I originally liked the flightsuits because I had a flightsuit from my brother... other than that I don't have much attachment to them, although I grew fond of the onesies that we wore in the video for "In A Strangeland." Freeing yet contained, classy comfort.
Do you only wear them onstage or in real life too?
Andrya: For the record, I usually wear them on stage and in real life. In regards to the stage, I wore them because they were functional. In life, it was more to have fun with an outfit. I do not think Sarah has ever worn them on stage but somehow the world associates them with us (most likely this stems back to a photo shoot we did years ago wearing flight suits). I see now that these spectators wanted to see them as a band costume, or some charming thing we did/do. Sometimes this bothers me. As a musician, and a woman. To explain the latter, I often find that people, journalists, etc, comment and sometimes pigeon-hole women-centric bands based on their apparel. I want to be free from this discourse. Perhaps I need to find that freedom in my mind and not through the ways of the outside world. Until then, I wear the suits less on stage. Not sad, just a reality.
Sarah: I hardly wear them. Maybe someday in the future I'll be more interested, it usually works that way with any odder piece that I pick up.
Do you influence each others fashion decisions?
Andrya: Metaphorically, YES. Literally, probably not. I respect Sarah's fashion sensibilities tremendously. I find what she chooses to put together curious and inspiring. But most likely, I would probably never put it on my body.
Sarah: Our styles are different enough that neither is often likely to wear the others' clothing, though we respect each others choices. Andrya occasionally veto's things I wear. I occasionally listen to her. Her interjections are spot on.
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