The band consists of vocalists and guitarists Nolan Eley and Kyle Oppenheimer, bassist Mitch Stewart, and drummer Sebastian Modak. They met at a weekly singer-songwriter circle that their friends organized in Central Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
At one of the gatherings, Eley took to the stage solo, performing his songs through a faulty guitar amp. Stewart and Modak, who were also in attendance that evening, liked what they heard from Eley. They thought a fuller sound from a backing band would complement Eley’s lyrics; after some discussion, the group came together to form Infinity Girl.
While living in Boston, the band released their first full length and an EP. Eventually, professional and personal reasons led the four musicians to migrate to New York. Although the move didn’t occur all at once, Infinity Girl picked up playing again when everyone found themselves situated in city.
Being in New York has certainly helped the band emerge in the underground scene. It affords them greater opportunities despite the number of musicians trying to make their names known.
“[Boston] is much smaller, which makes it much easier to navigate. It’s easier to feel part of a scene,” says Modak. “In Boston, we had a handful of bands that we’d always reach out to when we were putting together lineups. But sometimes it feels like you’re trapped in the smallness of the scene. New York is saturated with bands. It’s harder to make yourself noticed, but there are more opportunities.”
During their few years apart, Infinity Girl continued to write and play music. They asked friends to stand in for shows and the band’s lyricists archived songs, setting them aside for when the four were reunited.
“[While we were apart] Kyle and Nolan were writing new material. I think everyone was really excited to put that material to tape once we were all in the same place,” says Modak.
When that moment arrived, Infinity Girl set out to make “Harm” without any pressure or time constraints. That hadn’t been the case previously; the band rushed the recording of their first full length and EP. Two members planned to move, and so Infinity Girl collectively decided to expedite the process and release their music before everyone went their separate ways.
Aside from “Harm” feeling like a more mature and complete record, there is also a noticeable shift in its sounds compared to the group’s prior recordings.
The additional time and focus certainly shines through on “Harm.” Before, Infinity Girl’s music fit in the realm of dreamy shoegaze, but “Harm” seems driven by post-punk and hardcore influences. Eley’s state of mind and his recent relocation affected the manner in which he approached the making of the record.
“I think taking some time off to think about how to progress the band gave us some clarity. We talked a lot about the album before we went at it to make sure we were on the same page,” says Eley. “Moving to New York definitely had an impact. I was more irritated and pissed-off and so the album sounds a little bit like that.”
Infinity Girl is currently finishing up their final stretch of tour in support of “Harm.” When they return to Brooklyn, they intend to plug away at their next release. Eley and Oppenheimer have nearly 20 new demos for potential songs, which they’ve begun to preview while out on the road. The band has plenty of work ahead of them, but they’re ready to hunker down and give it another go.
To hear the rest of our interview with Infinity Girl, tune into this week’s episode of Discovery Corner.
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