Cute girl bands have long been a promoter's dream come true. But when the group has the musical chops to match their own mad style, it's literally performance perfection. The Like is just such an outfit, made up of a foursome as cool and arresting as the tracks on their latest album Release Me, which is due out on June 15. Fronted by the crop-topped Z Berg, the band gets some serious drum-detail from all-around cool girl Tennessee Thomas. New to the quartet is bassist Laena Geronimo (think modern-day Carol Kaye!) and organist Annie Monroe, who fill out this ensemble's sharp sounds and even sharper '60s-inspired looks. We had the chance to catch up with The Like ladies at The Standard Hollywood so they could let us in on a few of their stage-worthy style secrets.
First things first: Tell us what musical inspirations are behind the new album?
Tennessee: "The vocals were inspired by the Girl Groups of the '60s [buy the Rhino Girl-group box-set "Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found: One Kiss Can Lead To Another" NOW!]. The music was inspired by the great British Invasion beat-combos [Beatles, Stones, Kinks, The Who] and Motown and the Wrecking Crew. The song-writing was inspired by the Women of the Brill Building: Carole King, Ellie Greenwich, and Lesley Gore and Jackie de Shannon!
Laena: "American garage bands of the '60s [Sonics, Music Machine, Seeds]."
Each of you, describe your personal style in four words or less:
Laena: "Pulp fiction she-devil."
Z: "Sexy child"
Annie: "It's personal."
What are your secret style weapons?
Tennessee: "Granny glasses, saddle shoes, and small black dresses with white collars."
Laena: "Beatle boots and pea-coats."
Z: "My eye makeup and a Twiggy-ish clock purse."
Annie: "Thigh-high socks, neat hats, a trench coat, T-strap Ferragamos, and a compass necklace."
What's your best cheap score of late?
Tennessee: "Pink Sgt. Pepper dress, which belonged to a girl in a '60s girl-group and was made by her mother! I bought it for Z."
Laena: "A pure silk navy and white-striped boat-neck long-sleeve shirt for $1."
Z: "My friend got me a great child's dress from the one-dollar bin at Hidden Treasures in Topanga. The child's section of vintage stores is where I get pretty much everything."
Annie: "Authentic Navy Seal cap."
Who are your style heros?
Tennessee: "The Beatles (and their WAGs) and Jane Banks from Mary Poppins."
Laena: "Nancy Sinatra, Brigitte Bardot, and Emma Peel of the original Avengers."
Z: "Twiggy, Edie Sedgewick, and Mia Farrow."
Annie: "Emma Peel and Catherine Deneuve."
Do you have a secret store that you're willing to reveal, or a favorite neighborhood shopping spot?
Tennessee: "Yes! Everything great I own is from Ragg Mopp vintage on Sunset in Silverlake or Playclothes in Burbank! Also Legacy in New York."
Laena: "Squaresville!! It's an incredible vintage store in Los Feliz. Practically every time someone asks me where i got something, that's the spot. And also Lemon Frog in Echo park.... A teensy bit more pricey but everything is hand-picked cream of the crop vintage. Amazing boot and bag selection. GO."
Annie: "If I tell you I might have to kill you!"
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