Girls on Film

Girls on Film

 Tallahassee, Florida, USA
BandAlternativePop

Dancetronic Glam Wave

Biography

Hailing from the capitol of Florida, GIRLS ON FILM is a female duo whose music is one part lipstick synth-pop and one part icy-cold new wave. Their fashion fueled combination of high-energy stage antics and “Glamwave” - their signature sound - has earned the band a reputation as one of the hottest new wave acts out of the Southeast.

The band originated in 2002 as a four-piece with founding members Rio (vocals), Kazhmir (bass), and Machine (electronic drums) teaming with Tim Curry (formerly of the Cruxshadows) on keyboards. After playing together for a few months with this lineup, Metro took over the keyboards and Curry, keen on honing his production skills, went on to produce the band’s first release, the Love Robot EP (2003) before departing the band permanently.

With the EP release and the new all-female lineup, surrounding buzz stirred attention for the band and lead to radio & internet play, local TV appearances, and a stream of bookings and interviews. The band played several prestigious music festivals in 2003-2004, including the Jacksonville International Connexion Music Festival, Cincinnati’s Midpoint Music Festival, and New York City’s M.E.A.N.Y. Fest at the famous Continental. The Girls found themselves sharing the stage with the likes of legendary London rockers The Fixx, west coast new-wavers Glass Candy, MC Chris, The Bangs, VHS or Beta, The Start, Rasputina, Impotent Sea Snakes, and MTV’s Teck, among others.

Working with Tallahassee producer Dave Murphy, 2005 saw the release of the full-length album Danceteria, which went into radio rotation on various international airwaves, and numerous internet radio stations and pod casts. Increased requests for the band to appear took off with the release of the CD.

An early 2006 tour to promote Danceteria took GIRLS ON FILM to East Coast venues including Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Baltimore, and New York City, where they headlined at the famous Knitting Factory Tap Bar and shot the video for the single “Vaporized” under the supervision of director Dino Reyes; the video was subsequently licensed for airplay on MTV Italia.

After being tapped by Manhattan label 2Asides Records to lend tracks from Danceteria for remixes by top international remix artists and DJs (such as Steve Porter, Hatiras, Thomas Penton, and Neil Kolo), edits from the resulting project, Remix Reel, immediately began charting on Release Promo Only. The Remix Reel double CD was originally scheduled for release in mid to late 2006, but numerous delays and financial issues kept the project indefinitely shelved. However, several remixes appeared in the documentary, Liquid Vinyl. As the Girls’ reputation grew, their music and stage show began evolving and they continued to play a non-stop schedule of live shows from Charlotte to Atlanta to Miami.

Despite the band’s full performance schedule in 2006-07, including the Tropical Heatwave Festival in Tampa, Florida and Signalfest in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Girls managed to write nearly an album’s worth of new material showcasing their maturing sound, resulting in the release of the Mike Stephens-produced Get Close to Me EP in the Spring of 2008. GIRLS ON FILM also continued to see its tracks get licensed for various film and TV projects, including a commercial spot on the AMC TV Network promoting the movie, “Working Girl” and a “Honey Nut Cheerios” promotional spot.

In July 2008, after catching the ear of legendary producer Geza X (known for his work on the Meredith Brooks hit, “Bitch”, as well as many early and influential LA punk bands including the Dead Kennedys, The Germs, Black Flag, and The Avengers) - the Girls traveled to Malibu, California to record a new album with him and Paul Roessler (of Screamers, Twisted Roots, 45 Grave, and Nina Hagen Band). Soon after recording was completed, the band announced a remix contest and made available a track from the yet-to-be-released album; responses were so numerous

Lyrics

Vaporized

Written By: Girls on Film

I feel ecstatic when I look at you
My hands are tied over what to do
You are surrounded by a throbbing beat
And I know everybody wants a piece

I can’t believe that you are standing here
And in a moment, you will disappear
Sometimes you know you’ve got to take a chance
I kind of wish that I could make it last

I feel like I’ve known you for so, so long
You don’t know how you turn me on

You materialized before my eyes
A new-wave visionary synthesized
Materialized before my eyes
As fast as you appeared, boy you vaporized

Give me a moment to collect myself
Your heat is hot enough to make me melt
Frozen in time I never will forget
Long after you are gone, I’ll dream of this

I feel like I’ve loved you for so, so long
You don’t know how you turn me on

You materialized before my eyes
A new-wave visionary synthesized
Materialized before my eyes
As fast as you appeared, boy you vaporized

I was found struck down by electric sound
And the music turned me out

Losing my mind
Losing control
Losing a reason to be so devout
The vocode voice from the sweetest mouth
I’ll take it, take it, baby
I’ll take it, take it, boy

I feel like I’ve wanted you so, so long
It’s freaky, baby how you turn me on
I see your hands moving on those keys
You don’t know what you do to me

I feel ecstatic when I look at you
My heart is beating and I don’t know what to do

You materialized before my eyes
A new-wave visionary synthesized
Materialized before my eyes
A new romantic with a synthesizer

Materialized before my eyes
A new-wave visionary synthesized
Materialized before my eyes
A night romantic with a synthesizer

Materialized before my eyes
In a hundred thousand years I never dreamed I’d find you
Materialized before my eyes
As fast as you appeared, boy you

Remote Control

Written By: Girls on Film

These mind games that you play
You make me think I know what’s going on
All the little things you do to keep me around
All add up to nothing when you open your mouth

You convince me to stay
Because you know my weakness all along
Anyone can only really take so much stuff
I try to make a difference but it isn’t enough

I don’t like it when you practice your remote control
Because you practice on me and I’m starting to see that you like it when you practice your remote control

Is it normal the way we make love
You’re on, you’re off again
It’s not so okay to never know just what it is you meant

Why am I disoriented every day?
I want to understand but I’m a little bit late

I don’t like it when you practice your remote control
Because you’ve got me knee-deep and I want to get free
Yeah you like it when you practice your remote control

You’re so controlling
How can I love you?
I want to kiss you
Don’t want to fight
You change my channel
I’m not done watching

You’ve got me screaming in the middle of the night

I don’t like it when you practice your remote control
Because you practice on me and I’m starting to see that you like it when you practice your remote control
Yeah you love to leave me unhappily dangling
Yeah you like it when you practice your remote control

War on the Floor

Written By: Girls on Film

In these modern times
Has anything changed at all?
Things are exploding, babe
Security is gone

The fear is climbing
Can we save ourselves tonight?
The war we will be fighting
Is underneath the lights

Let’s fight this war on the dance floor
You can move it to the music
Let it be your ammunition
War on the dance floor
Hand to hand
Give your body over to the dance

Can we be honest now
When no one speaks the truth?
Do you wish you were somewhere else
With no clue what to do?

Don’t hide from disaster
It boom-chas into your mind
We’re going into battle
And turning up the dial to fight this

War on the dance floor
You can move it to the music
Let it be your ammunition
War on the dance floor
Hand to hand
Give your body over to the dance

Let this call to action
Mobilize your heart
The beats are flying by us

Dangerously dark
Too much interference
Don’t make this so hard
Let’s get down to business
I’m sounding the alarm to fight this

War on the dance floor
You can move it to the music
Let it be your ammunition
War on the dance floor
Hand to hand
Give your body over to the
War on the dance floor
You’ve got to shake it when you make it
Boogie through it
You can do it, baby
War on the dance floor
Hand to hand
Give your body over to the dance

Pitiless Friend

Written By: Rio

verse
It was dark in the bar I was in
or that’s how I remember it
A light touch on my shoulder
a whiff of something from long ago

I sensed a presence that I knew too well
come into my peripheral
Old delirious feeling
a resurrection of long-gone youth

bridge
Tell me the story of your life
It’s just the same old sadness
A different way to say
nothing very interesting

chorus
But I’ve known heartache
and I’ve known heartbreak
I’ve done the burning and the yearning
and the endless pain

I’ve made a deal with God to go by my sins
But the quiet of the night is a pitiless friend

verse
There was leather and an impish smile
or that’s how I remember him
Now that I am older, I am afraid I romanticize

I knew it back when I was just a child
It came from my peripheral
Sweet delirious feeling
Awaken morning in sunshine nude

bridge
Tell me the story, tell it twice
It’s just the same old madness
I fear I’m prattling
it’s nothing you could care about

chorus
But I’ve known how to fake and I’ve known how to shake
I’ve done the crying and denying and the give and take

I’ve tried a deal with the devil to turn back time, but the quiet of the night is a pitiless friend

verse
Take off the glasses, let me see your eyes
They’re somewhere in my memory
Now that you are here, it isn’t like I’d imagined it

There’s so much fire underneath it still
I never, ever doubted it
Blue delirious feeling
Awaken morning in sunshine nude

bridge
Tell me the story one more time
It’s just the same old ballyhoo
Not much exciting here
I don’t think you’d give half a damn

chorus
But I’ve known heartache and I’ve known heartbreak
I’ve felt the burning shame return over and over again
I made a deal with the devil to turn back time
But the quiet of the night is a pitiless friend

I’ve known how to fake and I’ve known how to shake
I’ve done the crying and denying and the give and take
I’ve made a deal with God to go by my sins
But the quiet of the night is a pitiless friend

A cold, pitiless friend

Metrosexual

Written By: Rio

verse
You’ve got the look I like
that piercing camera gaze
You’ve got the bedroom eyes that
make me not want to wait

Such striking cheekbones, angel
Pressed powder, shadow blue
I’ve got to change my password
I’m that obsessed with you

bridge
I’ve got you on my brand-new CD
I’ve got you on my DVD
I love you like there’s no tomorrow
Why is it that you can’t see me?

verse
It gives me such a heartache
to see you out with her
You don’t mean to betray me
the one that you deserve

I Google you for hours
so baby I can see
your pouting, precious picture
staring right back at me

bridge
They tell me that I just can’t have you
they tell me that I waste my time
There’s something they don’t know, my darling
You are already mine

chorus
I’m in love with a metrosexual
I love, I want, I need my well-dressed baby
I’m in love with a metrosexual

verse
I long to touch you, darling
but time and space forbid
My LP cover’s faded
where I have kissed your lips

I’ll wait for you forever
and sacrifice myself
I’ll be a martyr for you

I love a well-dressed man

chorus
I’m in love with a metrosexual
I love, I want, I need my well-dressed baby
I’m in love with a metrosexual

I’m in love with a metrosexual
I love, I want, I need my well-dressed baby
I’m in love with a metrosexual

A metro, metro, metro, metrosexual

Too Close

Written By: Rio

verse
You and she met before we knew each other
She and I forged a bond of friendship over you
Now you want to change the pattern we’ve established
How can I make sense of what you’re asking me to do?

You want to win the cake and all the icing on it
Friend to friend, how can we wrap our heads around this thing?
Boundaries not meant for crossing
You have crossed them
Suddenly, the strongest and the weakest part have linked

When you said to follow you into the darkness
I believed every single little word you spoke
In a daze, I listened while your lips were moving
Can’t you see I’m losing my ability to cope?

chorus
I’m too close to the situation
to see what’s going on
You can’t interpret things around you when you’ve got your blinders on

We are apart
Together moving thinking, changing
I’m too close
Too close to the situation

verse
Silly me, you know I thought that I could trust you
Questioning was not a part of what I dreamed about

It’s a shame to know that you could take advantage
Interesting to think that I could second guess myself
Maybe we are having a misunderstanding
Hearing things that may or may not be what you intend
I realize that everything I know is not for real
Am I sane or am I lying in a bed of sin?

chorus
I’m too close to the situation
to see what’s going on
You can’t interpret things around you when you’ve got your blinders on

We are apart
Together moving thinking, changing
I’m too close
Too close to the situation

To see what’s going on
You can’t interpret things around you
when you’ve got your blinders on

We are apart
Together moving, thinking, changing
I’m too close
Too close to the situation

Devil's Lies

Written By: Rio

verse
I see you’re awake
sitting in the living room
with the little lines that line your forehead like they do

When you get angry
when you get like this
there can be no penetrating you
not even a little bit

chorus
Oh
I’ve got to go
the devil lies
the devil lies
I can’t trust you
No

verse
I found the dishes
the things that you broke
In a fit of temper you delivered what you spoke

When you come to your senses
when you come to my room
you had better be brilliant, boy
you had better be so damn good

chorus
Oh
I got to go
the devil lies
the devil lies
I can’t trust you
No

Oh
you got to go
the devil lies
the devil lies
I can’t trust you, no

verse
I have wanted to change you
I have wanted to judge
I have wanted you ten times over
but I have wanted too much

Is that the price of the passion
for the price that was paid?
Will lightning strike out of the blue with sudden eager rage?

chorus
Oh
you got to go
Well the devil lies
the devil lies
I can’t trust you, no

Oh
You’ve got to go
the devil lies
the devil lies
I can’t trust you
No

Medicated Mind

Written By: Rio

verse
I take this pill to keep me happy
Or do I take it just to keep me sane
Contradict everything I say
Turn against me in every way
Just strike my idea down
I am the odd one out

bridge
No guarantee
No, not for you
No guarantee

chorus
Can you tell, can you tell me
what I’m taking it for?
I don’t know, I don’t know
why I’m the only one it’s not working for
Can you tell, can you tell me how I’m going to hide?
I don’t know, I don’t know what I am gonna find in this medicated mind

verse
What can I do to keep them happy?
There is no way to keep them satisfied
Wide-eyed and insecure
Paranoid and not so sure
Just keep me quiet until I take me dose
Because my opinion isn’t even close

bridge
No way to know
No, not for me
No way to know

chorus
Can you tell, can you tell me
what I’m taking it for?
I don’t know, I don’t know
why I’m the only one it’s not working for
Can you tell, can you tell me how I’m going to hide?

I don’t know, I don’t know what I am gonna find in this medicated mind

Can you tell, can you tell me
what I’m taking it for?
I don’t know, I don’t know
why I’m the only one it’s not working for
Can you tell, can you tell me how I’m going to hide?
I don’t know, I don’t know what I am gonna find in this medicated mind

medicated mind

Discography

E.P.: Mental Image Maxi EP, 2009
Compilation: Destination Unknown (WMNF comp), 2009
E.P.: Get Close to Me EP, 2008
L.P.: Danceteria Remix Reel, Volume 1, 2007
Compilation: Work This! Reloaded, 2006
L.P.: Danceteria, 2005
E.P.: Love Robot EP, 2004 Singles: "Love Robot", 2003 (ampcast.com & garageband.com)
"Secretary", 2004 (ampcast.com & garageband.com)

Set List

We can play any variety of set lengths - from a 1/2 hour to (3) 30-minute sets.

Typical Set List (45 minutes):
1. Trying
2. Too Close
3. Pitiless Friend
4. Vaporized
5. Medicated Mind
6. What You Did
7. Devil's Lies
8. Distressed
9. Blacklight
10. Metrosexual
11. The Shakes