Dragonette's Martina Sorbara on writing songs about cheating without actually cheating

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Do you do anything beforehand to get pumped or get psyched for the show?

Umm, I drink vodka. [laughs] People who have been in the dressing room before I go onstage always remark afterwards... they're like, "Oh my god, I thought this show was going to be really bad because you were lethargic and you were sleeping." Something happens beforehand where my whole body -- it's just so exhausted, and I don't know what it is. I think it's my body not wanting me to do anything, so that I have the energy that I need or something.

Just like a temporary hibernation state or something?

Totally! That's totally it. That's a really good way to put it. I get so sleepy and I can't move. [laughs] Maybe it's the vodka! I don't know.

When you performed "Live In This City" before it came out as a single and "My Legs Go" on tour in New York City in April, those songs really translated well live. And so to listen to the studio recording of "Live In This City," it almost has this ready-to-be-played-live element to it with the built-in handclaps and everything else. So with all this touring you've done, especially in the last six months, did that shape the writing process at all?

Yeah I think it did. And I think it reminded us that we're a live band. And so to write songs like, "Oh yeah, no... don't... we're not... this isn't like a club dance band or a dance DJ whatever." [laughs] All of the touring did remind us, "Oh yeah, this is what we do, and we're performers. We're musicians. We play. " All of our background is in playing live music and playing live. I think that that kind of just reminded us that those are the elements that we're strong at. So don't throw that away, don't make dance music just because that's what's dominating.

I love dance music. I love Martin Solveig. But I think that there's a more immediate and, dare I say, disposable quality to some dance music, whereas your stuff...

Well, I think that that's the same with everything, though. I think every genre gets overworked. There's gonna be the disposable, but there's also always gonna be the unique versions of that genre that attract us and remind us that there's kind of anomalous songs within a genre that becomes very diluted.

Are there some bands that you listen to now? I mean, I know that at one point you mentioned you are really into Niki & The Dove, but are there other bands, or maybe even Niki & The Dove, who you feel like are doing some really cool things and pushing the genre to its limits? Whether that be pop or dance or electro or what have you.

Um... I'm trying to think of who. I'm so, like, under a rock. I mentioned Niki & The Dove because it's the only new band I've listened to. But I know there are... I'm trying to think. I don't know. I think Niki & The Dove for me are appealing because there's emotion. I cringe when someone puts the word "DJ" in a song.

It's like, "Come onnnnnn, let's get out of the club. Can we leave the club for five minutes?" [laughs] But even in that song that's so good, "DJ Ease My Mind," it's so beautiful. The way that she [singer Malin Dahlström] approaches it at such a different angle -- that's what I'm attracted to and I always strive to do. I'm not trying to sing necessarily about something that no one's ever sung about before. It's about presenting a different version of a story that people can relate to.

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