Your Next Favorite Band: Pretty Little Demons

    Many musicians can say they started young. Generally, piano or guitar lessons are cited to have started between the ages of 5 and 10. However, few musicians can claim much success by those ages. Allow me to introduce Pretty Little Demons. The pop rock duo is comprised of Lydia Night (13 years old) on guitar and Marlhy Murphy (11 years old) on drums. The girls have been together for a couple years, and they play together as if that was how it was always meant to be.
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    They both play multiple instruments and write all their own songs. They’ve played SXSW and Lollapalooza, and the best, I’m sure, is still yet to come. Believe me, we will all hear great things from them.
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    I got the chance to talk to Lydia and Marlhy about their successes and the fun they have as Pretty Little Demons.
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    Germ Magazine: First, thank you so much for agreeing to this interview! I know firsthand what an amazing band you are, and I’m so excited about the things you’re going to do.
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    Pretty Little Demons: Thank you so much! Our pleasure!
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    GM: Let’s start with how you got into music. What made you pick up your instruments and then form Pretty Little Demons?
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    Lydia: I got a guitar for my 6th birthday and fell in love. I’ve always loved music and seeing bands, so it all kinda made sense. I started my first band when I was 6 and wrote all the music.
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    Marlhy: I got into drumming when I was 5. I started going to School of Rock, which is actually how Lyd and I met.
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    GM: If you were to meet someone who had never heard your music before, how would you describe it for them?
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    Lydia: We get this question a lot (laughs), and it’s always hard to answer. Our genre has changed and so has our music.
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    Marlhy: It’s kind of a mix of rock/punk/garage/pop.
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    GM: That’s great. So, who inspires you musically, lyrically, or just in everyday life?
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    Marlhy: Musically, definitely John Bonham, Mat and Kim, and Bloc Party. Lyrically, The Arctic Monkeys. Fleetwood Mac for both. Oh, and I can’t forget Alison Mosshart who actually is in our Unknown Species music video.
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    Lydia: I honestly get inspired by so many different genres. I’ve been listening to TONS of motown, like The Marvelettes, Diana Ross, and the Four Tops. On a daily basis I’m inspired by all the amazing women surrounding me, like Marlhy and all the girl gang peeps.
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    GM: I love it. You’ve had a lot of success thus far. You are the youngest band to be invited to SXSW in 2013, and you’re playing Lollapalooza later this year. How are you handling all of it?
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    Lydia: Actually we played Lolla this past summer on tour, which was incredible! SXSW was amazing, too, but a bit more hectic (laughs). I’ve actually been surprised on how easy it is to handle it all. Obviously there’s a lot of hard work that is put into it, but all the work is soooo much fun.
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    Marlhy: It seems a little stressful in the beginning, but we’ve been playing so long together that it’s much easier now.
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    GM: Having done quite a few shows, do you have any funny or weird stories that have happened while on stage?
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    Lydia: We kind of have this inside joke about me always forgetting my capo, but I’m getting better, slowly but surely. I don’t think there’s really been anything else besides drunk people dancing and making us crack up on stage and me playing a show right after toe surgery.
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    GM: I know you are pretty connected with Girls Rock Camps and are even touring to several this summer, so you know how important it is to talk about females in music. Why do you think we need to talk about it? Why should we be encouraging girls to step into music?
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    Marlhy: We actually toured the rock camps this past summer, which was really cool to see so many young girls interested in music. I think it’s important that women take a stand in music because people underestimate us.
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    Lydia: It’s so important that girls/women understand that they can be just as good or even better than any boy. In society the media portrays women as pretty and delicate, which is not at all associated with rock music. For all you girls/women out there, remember that you don’t have to let others tell you what you can and can’t do.
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    8404404710_bde172488f_oGM: Great advice. A lot of Germ readers are young writers as well. Do you have any words of wisdom for them?
    Lydia: Write as much as you can, no matter what it is! Don’t be afraid to write about things that others may not agree with. Write about things you care about.
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    Marlhy: Write about your personal experiences because those are the things others can relate to.
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    GM: Awesome. Finally, where can we find your music?
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    PLD: iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, pretty much anywhere. We also have a lot of exciting things in store that should be out pretty soon!
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    GM: Thanks again for taking the time to speak with me. You two are so rad, and I know you are going to do AMAZING things!
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    PLD: Of Course! Thank you! This was really great ♥
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    Check out Pretty Little Demons’ video for their song “Daisy”:
    If you know a local band that you think deserves some recognition, let me know, and I’ll check them out. Maybe you’ll see them on Germ in the future!
    Other than playing with her over-active pup, Social Media Director Shelby Padgett has a number of passions including music, writing, and writing about music. She has completed her Bachelor's degree in the former and hopes to continue highlighting underrepresented girls who shred. She reads as much as she can, and especially loves the writings of C.S. Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and anyone else who can make art with words. She enjoys playing her ukulele, posting gratuitous pictures of her dog, collecting mugs, and green bean casserole.

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