Saturday, November 13, 2010
Interview and concert review: BG5 releases newest single, performs at S4 in Dallas (November 12)
The California pop group celebrated their debut single release after a quick interview with PegNews, where the giggly girls sat down to correct facts and talk about their future.
DALLAS On the night of the debut of BG5's first single (“Scratch”), the pop quintet came to Dallas for a preview show. The all-girl band consists of Brooke Adams, Dominique Domingo, Noreen Juliano, Mandy Jiroux (who is allegedly Miley Cyrus' best friend), and Laura New. The twenty-somethings hail from all over the country but have one common goal: To perform and sing for the crowds while having fun. They formed in 2008 under the name Beach Girlz and have transitioned into BG5 over the years.
The group played Friday at Station Four (S4), a popular dance club in the more "colorful" part of Dallas. Their set was directly after a drag queen show hosted every Friday in the Rose Room, undeniably setting them up for success.
Immediately after our interview, the girls jumped onstage. Groupies stood their post at the front of the stage, holding their breath while trying to snap photos simultaneously. Their high-energy performance indisputably proves they’re ready for a tour and are excited about the opportunity. Because this is a preview tour for their full-length album (they’re still working on the release date), BG5 sang only two songs.
The girls nailed their choreography and sound great. Adams took the spotlight for most lead vocals, which was definitely the right call. She has the attitude, confidence, and vocal strength to sell it.
If you need some bubbly pop music in your life, this is the group to see. They will be embarking on a full-sized tour next year, performing their (hopefully) newly-released debut album.
Now the interview:
PegNews: How do you like being a group versus being solo?
Brooke Adams: We like it. It’s great to perform with people you really love; you have your sisters with you. And it also makes it fun to record because we all have different voices and it keeps it really fresh.
Dominique Domingo: Even with backup dancing, you would do a job for a period of time. You’d make a small family with the people you worked with, and then have to leave them and not be able to keep it. So its nice to know this job doesn’t end, and that it’s like a family always.
You played volleyball together, right?
Mandy Jiroux: No! The thing is, we were entertainment on a pro-volleyball beach tour and somehow everyone thinks we were volleyball players. We would come out and sing and dance between matches in bikinis.
And that’s how we got our name as well. We were the Beach Girlz then, and now we’re BG5.
Are you going to do anything to celebrate the release of your single, “Scratch”?
Jiroux: Well, I have this bottle of wine that a fan gave me. She put our picture and name on it, and I’ve always been waiting for a special day to pop that open.
Adams: For me, being home is celebration enough. I’m from Texas, so it’s been really awesome to be here. My best friend is going to get to see me perform. That’s celebration enough.
[As for the others, New is from Sydney, Australia; Juliano comes from Sunnyvale, California; Domingo is a close neighbor from San Diego; and Jiroux comes from Phoenix. They all currently live in LA.]
What would be your dream lineup?
Jiroux: 30 Seconds to Mars!
Adams: Steven Tyler with Aerosmith.
Juliano, Domingo, and New: [amid squeals] Justin Timberlake!
Laura New: We just want to do an arena tour. We’re ready to get out and show the world everything we can do, because we’re only doing two songs at the clubs at the moment.
What’s the writing process like?
New: We all write on our own, and like to think we inspire our producers, which helps create a track for us.
Domingo: It’s a lot of work in the studio, but we always come out with bangers.
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