(Photo: Aloysius Lim)
TOMGIRL, the blazing dark noir rock duo fronted by Cherie Ko and Ted Doré, returns with their garage-pop second single. This unique release features remixes by electronic producers Jasmine Sokko, The Analog Girl and Ferry, who will take the stage with the band at their secret divebar show later this month.
was filmed on a dark night in a deserted building. This twisted journal lets the viewer in on the complex inner worlds of the runaway rebels and their manic love-hate relationship. The combination of visual and sound experience from Heartbeats is a sensual, contemporary spin on every classic cult horror lover's dreams.
You guys are, once again, working with a good bunch of individuals from the scene. How is this experience different from the previous rounds with Darker Now and the live debut?
[Cherie] The #HeartbeatsMob project has been so much fun to put together. Working with these badass bunch of creatives has been such a dream come true, especially since they are all people I look up to.
There’s nothing quite like bonding with your musical heroines over a shared passion project. I’m also somewhat of a voyeur at heart, and working together closely has lifted the veil on the inner workings of a fellow musician’s mind. It’s always fascinating and inspiring to get inside someone else’s head and see things from a different perspective.
Sometimes the best kind of love are the ones that burn out without fading out, says your description of 'Heartbeats'. How did this notion influence the production of the music video?
[Cherie] I have to say, we grew in this song. Heartbeats was initially written as an attempt to capture that dizzying feeling of falling in love. However, there was a significant time lapse of almost a year from when the song was written to when it was being filmed.
A lot of things can happen in a year, and Ted and I had both lived through some pretty tumultuous times which significantly altered what the song meant to us. As artists, being able to express ourselves is one of the main fuel for creation. So we did what we had to do to make it work.
We put on a dark twist to the treatment of the music video, completely subverting its original intention and meaning. It’s almost creepy how true that quote by Oscar Wilde, "Life imitates art" is.
We know that TOMGIRL places a great amount of focus on collaborations. How do you balance your direction and actions to make it such an all inclusive experience without downplaying any acts?
[Cherie] I can’t stress how important it is to rope in partners who completely get you to the tee. Once you find the right people to work with, that’s really half the battle won! We make sure that our collaborative efforts are split evenly down the middle. Because we love the styles of our collaborators to begin with, we want to really retain their essences and make them shine.
With such high quality work in place and given that you're only at your second single, how do you foresee TOMGIRL at its peak?
I've never really envisioned a ‘peak’ because I don’t believe in that. I think what’s important is to keep our feet on the ground and focus on doing the best that we can in every aspect—be it music, branding, marketing or publicity efforts. That way, we will then be able to do justice to our music and put on the best fight to reach its potential audience. — Cherie Ko, Frontwoman of TOMGIRL