First published on 1 Aug 2012. Updated on 3 Aug 2012.
Why kill off the 'Girls rather than put the project on hiatus, since a) you're the driving force of it, and b) you've already done a solo disc [Love Come Save Me] in tandem with it?
I don't think TBG can be 'killed off'. It's not the name of 'a band'. It's an idea. It's a name I've used to release my music under for a decade. I've always intended, at some stage, to come out from behind the name and start releasing music under the name my parents gave me. I've always written all the songs and I don't see a reason for continuing two things with different names that are essentially the same thing. Putting music out and playing shows under my own name just seems the most honest option available to me. And, all I've said is that 'I have no plans to continue' with the name TBG. So, essentially the name IS on hiatus. Beyond that nobody, including myself, can possibly know what the future looks like.
What are you going to miss most?
Nothing. All that's being retired is a bunch of letters. Absolutely nothing about how the music is made or presented is going to change.
Was it a hard decision?
For me it was the easiest, most obvious decision in the world. My management and the people I work with were the people that probably found it the hardest. They're the people that care about “branding” and the money side of things. I guess they just didn't really understand why I didn't want to just keep the name. I just don't feel inspired to make music and call it 'The Beautiful Girls' anymore but, on the other hand, I feel more inspired to make music than ever. I feel like I have a point to prove and I like that feeling.
What's your immediate plan once this tour's done?
To finally do some shows for Love Come Save Me
with a band and start the next chapter. The success of the record took me/us by surprise and we didn't even book a proper tour in to support it's release so I'm looking forward to playing the songs live in the way they were intended to be played.
The Beautiful Girls play at the Metro on Friday August 31