Girl Talk: Billboard's Maggie Doherty chats with Class Actress Singer/Manager Elizabeth Harper backstage at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
For Class Actress lead singer and manager Elizabeth Harper, chillin' with the bros is a regular routine.
"It's so nice to chat with another chick for once!" she quipped to Billboard.biz.
Harper is used to being the only female in the room: The 80's-influenced synth pop trio feautres Harper, Scott Rosenthal, and normally Mark Richardon, who is currently on break from the band while he pursues a PhD in Philadelphia. Drummer Jeff Curtain filled in for Richardson as they played a 40 minute set at the Music Hall of Williamsburg last week alongisde True Womanhood, Caged Animals and headliner Metronomy on the lineup.
Harper hung out with her masculine entourage backstage that consisted of Rosenthal, Curtain, Josh Kolenik and Ryan Heyner of Small Black, and booking agent Bojan Jovanovic.
The MHOW performance was the first stop on an 8-show tour of the East Coast and Canada with tourmates Metronomy. Rosenthal and Harper are big fans of the British electronic pop group: "They're really nice people; extremely talented and inventive," Rosenthal said. Moments later when they heard the opening chords from backstage, the pair got giggly. "So pumped for this tour!" Harper said.
Acting as her own manager is a liberating experience for Harper. "It's great because I'm responsible for me, and I know me best," she said.
Coming off a 1:00 a.m. set that morning for the CMJ Carpark/Paw Tracks Showcase at Public Assembly, the trio was exhausted. "CMJ is like speed dating for bands," Harper said. "They give you 30 seconds to decide if they like you, so if they show any signs of being into it, I'm happy."
The band hopes to keep the buzz building during the East Coast tour. Carpark Records label representative Todd Hyman said in a later interview that some goals of the tour are to "increase awareness of this kind of music for people who otherwise wouldn't know about it. We hope to make some new fans from these shows."
Bro'ing Out: Class Actress's Scott Rosenthal, Booking Agent Bojon Jovanovic, Josh Kolenik of Small Black, drummer Jeff Curtain, and Ryan Heyner of Small Black hang out backstage as Elizabeth's Entourage.