Editor’s Note: Shiragirl has certainly caused some noise this summer by playing the Vans Warped Tour. She brings her message of empowerment while having a total blast doing so with her eclectic mix of new wave, garage punk, with that total 1980’s vibe thrown into the mix. Shiragirl has recently released her EP entitled “Brooklyn Goes Hollywood” along with the video for “Summers Comin'”. Fans can find Shiragirl at the following locations:
Madness To Creation: What does it mean to you to be empowered?
Shiragirl: It means having the confidence to control your life, have a voice and take action, especially when your rights are threatened.
Madness To Creation: I absolutely love your stance on resistance. Thoughts on Donald Trump’s star getting removed?
Shiragirl: I agree that it should be removed, due to his disturbing treatment of women, and egregious abuse of power. I am happy to hear that, and it is comforting to know that one person’s act of resistance can effect change.
Madness To Creation: I love how you run the gamut in your influences. Form your supergroup based on your influences.
Shiragirl: want to be in a girl group with Madonna, Pink, and Gwen Stefani. Backing band Orianthi on guitar (Slash can make special guest appearances).
Madness To Creation: Summers Comin is a sweet music video, love the message behind it, take us into that song.
Shiragirl: Summers Comin is fun song about a punk rock love story through the ages. It’s about a girl who wants a guy who is already taken, and the conflict they both feel; it’s about a scandalous summer love affair.
Madness To Creation: Let’s say a teenage girl was sitting in on this interview and she was battling depression, what would you say to her, what resources would you provide for her?
Shiragirl: I’d say to find someone to talk to, and find something that makes you happy, a reason to get out of bed in the morning. For me, it’s performing. A good online resource is to check out is https://teenlineonline.org/
Madness To Creation: I love your take no prisoners attitude; is that what Brooklyn Goes Hollywood is all about?
Shiragirl: Yes. It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek. Brooklyn stands for grit, street wisdom, authenticity, toughness. However, it’s not the city it once was, with the influx of new money, new buildings and higher rent driving out the artists. Hollywood stands for glamour, sunshine and the rockstar dream of fortune and fame. It’s about migration, aspiration, and inspiration. It’s about my journey and my band’s journey of chasing our dreams, and not letting anyone stop us, from coast-to-coast!
Madness To Creation: Top five favorite 80s music videos!
Shiragirl: Express Yourself- Madonna
Cradle of Love- Billy Idol
Simply Irresistible- Robert Palmer
Fight for your Right- Beastie Boys
Thriller- Michael Jackson
Madness To Creation: What did Warped Tour mean to you?
Shiragirl: It is truly hard to put it into words. Kevin Lyman and Warped Tour changed my life. It gave me the platform to perform and gain exposure as an artist, and connect to audiences. Beyond that, with the Shiragirl Stage I got to provide a platform for so many female-fronted bands, and that was a calling in itself.
Madness To Creation: What else would you like to add as far as Shiragirl?
Shiragirl: I am so excited to have released our new EP, and so grateful for the opportunities that have come our way, including working with the legendary Tim Armstrong once again, as well as the man John King. Keep an eye out for more music videos and even a remix coming your way.
- Photo Credit: Daniel J. Sliwa
And there you have it! Please be on the lookouts on Shiragirl’s official website and her socials for that remix and more music videos coming!