By MIKE CHAIKEN
My Crazy Girlfriend has found itself in a pretty high profile opening gig.
They will be opening for the suddenly red hot Little Mix, when the foursome from Britain return to Connecticut’s Oakdale on Oct. 4.
It’s not bad gig for a band whose members only recently extricated themselves from a streak of bad luck.
Mya Marie, the singer for the L.A.-based band (which also includes twin brothers Bennett Armstron and Justyn Armstrong, and emcee Cosmo), said when she heard the group was going to go on the road with the suddenly red hot Little Mix, her response was “That’s so amazing.”
“We all screamed in the car, actually our sardine packed van.”
“We’ve been fans of them for a long time and to be on the road with someone on the way up (is great),” said Mya.
My Crazy Girlfriend generated a lot of buzz for its first single, “Go F… Yourself.” The dance friendly, but NSFW-titled, track became an anthem for teens standing up against buillying. The group performed at an anti-bully event on May 11 in Hollywood. Additionally, a fan-generated video also built a good deal of buzz online for the group as well.
The band’s follow-up single was “Crazy, Stupid, Love” was released just this month.
Asked why the band chose “Crazy, Stupid, Love” as its newest single, Mya explained “That was the second song we wrote as a group.”
“At the time we wrote that, we all lost everything,” said Mya. “We were evicted from our studio, our home, and we all lost our jobs.”
The song is about the ups and down of relationships, said Mya. And the song reflects that moment in their lives when all hope seemed lost.
The video for “Crazy, Stupid, Love” in a way is the complete opposite of what you expect from a song about life when things hit the fan. The video is colorful, vibrant, energetic, and wacky.
And that’s exactly how My Crazy Girlfriend sees itself, said Mya.
Mya said when the band wanted to record the video, they wanted to preserve the essence of who they were as artists. They wanted to preserve that sense of crazy that’s inherent in My Crazy Girlfriend.
And Mya said the video accomplishes that in spades. “The scenes are really us.”
In terms of songwriting, Mya said the band’s music is inspired by this collective sense of humor. “We love sarcasm.”
Musically, the band is also drawn to artists from the 1990s such as the Black Eyed Peas, No Doubt, and The Spacie Girls.
“We’re all ‘90s kids and grew up in that era,” said Mya. “(That music) totally speaks to us. That’s what we listened to as kids.”
Mya said My Crazy Girlfriend likes how “big and fun” the music of the 1990s was. This is something they aspire to.
Mya said My Crazy Girlfriend would love to become the 2014 equivalent of the Spice Girls. She would love to have posters of each individual member of My Crazy Girlfriend and fans would pick their favorite.
Prior to My Crazy Girlfriend forming, Mya said the band members already were friends. They helped each other out in their assorted separate musical endeavors. But, even as they gave each other a helping hand, Mya said, they never thought about banding together.
But when the four of them lost everything, they turned to each other, and said, “Why don’t we do this together and join forces to reach their goals.”
Mya said it was the best thing the four of them did. Now, said Mya, “I can’t imagine doing this without them. We’re all best friends.”
With two singles out, and a new contract with a major label, Mya was asked what’s on tap in terms of new music. Will there be an EP first to follow or is there a full -length album on the way?
Mya said, initially, the label was aiming for My Crazy Girlfriend to release an EP. However, there has been discussion that a full length may be ordered, which is just fine with Mya and My Crazy Girlfriend.
The band is currently recording songs and have a bunch in the can, said Mya. Even before the band was signed, Mya said, they had six songs completed and ready for release. “Since then we wrote and recorded a bunch more,” said Mya. “We’re always writing and recording.” There are about nine songs ready to be committed to a full length if the record company green lights one.
Beyond the tour with Little Mix this fall, Mya said the picture for the band’s future is ever changing. “We’re hearing news every day.
As for what fans can expect from My Crazy Girlfriend in their opening slot on the Little Mix tour when it hits the Oakdale in Wallingford, Mya said, “Expect super, crazy, weird, and funky.” The music will be high energy, said Mya. But she said My Crazy Girlfriend is capable of evoking a variety of moods that illustrate its musical depth. You can expect to hear “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” of course. And she said fans also will hear a “G-Rated” version of “Go F… Yourself.”
You can also expect unadulterated human voices on stage working their stuff on stage, said Mya. The band takes pride in its vocal abilities and the live feel of the group on stage, said Mya. The band will be touring with a drummer and possibly a guitarist, since a lot of music yet to be heard by fans is “very guitar based.”
And when My Crazy Girlfriend is on stage, “We love interacting with the crowds.”
“It should be a blast,” said Mya.
My Crazy Girlfriend will be on the road with Little Mix in a tour that arrives at Toyota presents The Oakdale in Wallingford on Oct. 4.
For more information about the My Crazy Girlfriend, go to MyCrazyGF.com. To see the video for “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veoQyQbQs_Q.
By MIKE CHAIKEN