A brief interview conducted with DNA Girl from Astro Al on the winding road…
Count Robot: What would you say is your biggest influence on Astro Al?
DNA Girl: Monty Python, 60’s avent garde movement, Robyn Hitchcock and the Three Stooges. We’ve been compared to the Bonzo Dog Band.
Count Robot: What is your view of playing live verses playing a song in the recording studio?
DNA Girl: More nervous live, more relaxed in the studio. Love the audience reactions but playing in the studio we can experiment more.
Count Robot: What’s your favorite live gig we’ve ever done?
DNA Girl: The Landing Pad in Philadelphia. We had a ball there and people seemed to get us there.
Count Robot: What was your favorite recording experience?
DNA Girl: The thing that stands out the most to me are the videos we made. Some of the most interesting things is when we are recording against other peoples music like when Joe Davis (from Harts Horn) or Brian Fowler (from Spaceseed) contributed music.
Count Robot: Which video is your favorite?
DNA Girl: Hands down, You’re Dead, So Shut Up, had a ball doing that one. Rio Santos was a hoot too. It was fun not having to play the straight character. It’s been fun having our friends in these videos. It’s turned into an extension of our old theater group.
Count Robot: Where do you get your inspiration?
DNA Girl: A lot of is from crazy dreams, like the song Cocoa Clouds Hides the Chocolate Dimension. I just woke up one day with that phrase in my head and Rodney the Rodent Roadster was based on a dream.