The Virgins: Prima Materia by NOWNESS
“Indie-darlings The Virgins return with new track “Prima Materia” in this short film by artist Ryan McGinley of the group performing live at the New York outpost of Parisian hotspot Le Baron. Channeling the quintessential early downtown punk sound of Television or The Modern Lovers, The Virgins played a selection of freshly written tracks for a packed audience. “It was good to play a small room, and just feel like a family,” says lead singer Donald Cumming. Best friend to Cumming and chief photographer of the band since its inception and subsequent runaway success in 2008, McGinley set up five different cameras around the dark space to capture the intimate performance and even used the audiences’ camera flashes to create monochrome zooms. “We were so psyched for Ryan to capture that show on film, because you only get to play songs for the first time once,” says Cumming. “’Prima Materia’ was written that week, just a few days before so it was great that he got it.” After four years of touring the world and with two new members, the band is back in the studio recording for an exclusive 7–inch for OHWOW’s Downtown for Democracy event in May and a new album later this year. Here McGinley talks friendship, soap operas and pink visions.”
Read the interview HERE.