Tara Thorne is a pop culture Casanova. The charismatic crooner and songwriter of indie-alt-pop trio, Dance Movie, has a history of alluding to modern media. Several of the earlier singles and EPs (including Ladycops, a collection of songs about TV detectives) are full of prime-time inside jokes. But Thorne (a longtime Coast staffer) says she's moved on a bit, and her band's brand new full-length is much more rejection-based. Joined by Don Brownrigg and Jennah Barry, Dance Movie releases Interlopers this Friday at Michael's Bar & Grill, an album with a full cast and sweet songs from Thorne's own script.
"There are no overt Gilmore Girls references like there were on the first two records," she says, acknowledging that it was easy to lean on pop culture as a developing songwriter. But, over time, Thorne turned her real-life drama into a poetic screenplay on love, loss and shitty relationships. To structure it, Thorne asked friends Jenn Grant, Amelia Curran and Matt Charlton to team-produce the record.
"They are the key people who got me into music in the beginning," she says. "And it worked that all these different parts of a sound connected somewhere in the middle."
Like an interloper?
"I called it Interlopers because an interloper is somewhere they're not supposed to be and that's sort of how I felt writing the record. But it definitely applies in a larger sense to all the parts that don't seem to go together but are forced to be." And still, on this beautiful airing, there's a shout-out to NBC.
Dance Movie w/Don Brownrigg, Jennah Barry, Friday, October 12, 10pm, Michael's Bar & Grill, 6100 Young Street
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