Music Monday: Strange Talk Interview

Somewhere between indie pop and electronic dance music sits the stylings of Melbourne based band Strange Talk who just so happen to be our featured act this lovely Music Monday. We sat down with the multi-talented Gerard Sidhu to chat about the band’s formation and how they met. Get to know more about Strange Talk’s unique live show after the jump. And be sure to check out their new record, “Cast Away.”

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Strange Talk. Photo Credit: All Things Go Music.

AEO:  Did you guys all meet in Australia?

GS:  We all met in Melbourne. Steve, myself and Travis, our drummer, are all from a country town about two hours outside of Melbourne. And Gillian is originally from Tazmania. But everyone, after school, moved to Melbourne and we’ve all been based there for the last six or seven years, I think.

AEO:  Can you tell me a little bit about how Strange Talk was formed?

GS:  So basically, Steve and myself were more of a production duo. So I had a studio and was doing a lot more, kind of, dance tracks and remixes. And Steve and I met out one night while I was DJing at a club. And we just kind of got along at the same pace in music. We started chatting and he is actually a classically trained violinist.

So we got to talking. And I’ve always had a love for strings in an arrangement. So I asked him if he’d come in and record some live strings on a remix I was making. So he came in and we got along really well. And from that point, we just started working together on different projects and that just turned into Strange Talk.

We put out, like, five songs on Facebook, ahem, Myspace [laughs]. And we had a great response from labels that we didn’t expect. And all the sudden they were asking for a live show that we didn’t have. And that’s how we met Trav and Gil.

AEO:  That’s really interesting that it started out as a production duo and then you took it to a live show. What was your strategy there?

GS:  Having produced and mixed all the original music, we knew it inside out. And we knew what we could play live, and what we could put on a backing track. And because of my history with studios, I figured out how to set it all up.

So we just kind of went backwards, everything that we could play live we took out; all lead vocals, guitar, bass, snare, etc all came out. And anything that we can’t humanly play live, just because you know, you need 20 people on stage to do it, we put on a backing track.

AEO:  So what was your first live show like?

GS:  It was a long time ago now.

AEO:  How long ago?

GS:  It would’ve been like five years ago. And we were nervous as anything! I was feeling sick to my stomach, I think we all felt that. But it went really well. We were obviously nervous. We weren’t engaged as much with the crowd like we are now. And we were just focused on a playing a perfect show. And we did. There were no mess-ups.

Now that you’ve gotten to know more about Strange Talk, shop their #AEOStyle.

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1: Varsity Tipped Polo
2: Clarks Originals Desert Boot
3: Denim Workwear Shirt
4: Slim Jean
5: Legend Crew T-Shirt
6: Canvas Sneaker
7: Denim Jacket
8: Relaxed Straight Khaki
9: Legend Colorblock Pocket T-Shirt
10: Camo Sneaker
11: Slim Jean
12: Plaid Button Down Shirt
13: Suede Boat Shoe

Bonus! Coming to an in store playlist near you on September 23rd.  We’ve got an amazing remix of Strange Talk’s “Morning Sun” Dillon Francis.

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#AskJenny Question of the Week: Why Do I Need a Full Coverage Bra?

You might be thinking that full coverage bras are just for the larger-chested ladies. But we have Aerie’s fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, and Kerstyn, Merchandise Manager of Aerie bras, here to set the record straight!

Watch below for Jenny and Kerstyn’s tips and tricks on all things full coverage.

Jenny’s take on full coverage? Full coverage bras are really a great t-shirt bra option for girls of all sizes! In fact, it’s your breast shape, rather than your size, that’s the more important factor to consider when deciding what level of coverage is right for you. Full coverage bras, like Aerie’s best selling Sunnie Lightly Lined bra, are especially good choices for girls that are fuller in the top of the breast.

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The full coverage Katie Lightly Lined Bra is an Aerie girl’s best friend…and has the 5-star reviews to prove it!

Want to hear more? Check out why Jenny thinks every girl needs a trusty pushup bra in her life.

For tips from Jenny on finding the perfect bra for you, email your fit and style questions to AskJenny@ae.com, or tweet @Aerie with #AskJenny!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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#AEOStyle Roundup: College Fashionista Edition V

Throughout the month of August, we teamed up with College Fashionista style gurus all over the country to bring you the best #AEOStyle for the Back To School season. Check out this week’s #AEOStyle Roundup: College Fashionista Edition for tips and tricks on what to wear to during your internship.

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Kelly Alexander, Illinois State University: “Bring some edge to your internship with rugged Jeggings paired with a classic blazer.”

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Nick Butts, Columbia College – Chicago: “I like keeping my style simple and easy because I am always on the go. I can always count on my classic oxford button down and sneakers to give me a great on the go look.”

Shop the look:
Solid Oxford Button Down
Slim Jean
New Balance Ballistic 501 Sneaker

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Aisha Hatter, University of South Florida: “Dress up your distressed skinnies with a bold printed button-up and a pair of leather cut-out boots to stay comfortable while you’re running intern errands around the city.”

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Hi-Rise Jegging

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Farah Markis, Florida State University: “If someone were to ask me one of three things I couldn’t live without, denim would be at the top of that list, especially denim with patches like these! Denim is so simple to make look chic and sophisticated which is why I paired mine with a lace tank, black blazer and Jeffrey Campbell booties.”

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Skinny Jean
Cutout Back Tank (shop similar)
Glory Hats by Goorin Francis Fratelli (shop similar)

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Real Talk: Why You Need a Pushup Bra

Even if a pushup isn’t your daily go-to, it’s a total necessity in every girl’s bra wardrobe! Whether you’re looking for everyday perky or weekend whoa, Aerie has the perfect bra for you. Pushup bras are great for girls of all shapes and sizes to provide just the right amount of support and push.

Watch below for reasons why our Merchandise Manager for Aerie bras, Kerstyn, and fit and style expert Jenny Altman love a good pushup.

The Bridget Pushup bra is one of our go-to’s for every day. Jenny’s favorite? The Ella Gel, for its natural, perky lift. Kerstyn loves the Charley Plunge for her v and scoop-neck tops!

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The Drew Pushup bra adds two cup sizes for some serious “whoa!” factor.

What’s your favorite Aerie pushup bra? Tell us below!

Xoxo,

Aerie

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AEO X Budweiser Made In America: Blogger #AEOStyle Roundup

This past weekend, as the official fashion partner of Budweiser Made In America, we celebrated great #AEOStyle, fantastic music and good vibes in L.A. and Philly. Check out some of our favorite blogger festival #AEOStyle in this weeks roundup.

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Crocheted Babydoll Dress

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Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Baby T-Shirt

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Short Sleeve Favorite Shirt
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Sky-High Jegging

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Destroyed Boyfriend Short
Graphic Babydoll T-Shirt
Boyfriend Jean Vest
Don’t Ask Why Babydoll Dress
Striped Backpack

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Destroyed Boyfriend Short
Graphic Babydoll T-Shirt
Boyfriend Jean Vest
Don’t Ask Why Babydoll Dress
Striped Backpack
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Pleated Slip Dress

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Hi-Rise Festival Shorties
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Rugged Lace Front Boot
Neon Heart Graphic Tank

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Overall
Jegging Tank (similar)

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Don’t Ask Why Side Pocket Dress

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Signature Eagle Graphic T-Shirt
Slim Jean
Canvas Sneaker
Plaid Button Down Shirt

Describe your festival #AEOStyle in the comments below.   We’d love to hear what you rock out in at your favorite shows!

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Project live your life week two winners

Here they are! Your week two Project Live Your Life winners! Read on to see what makes each one of our winners I’MPERFECT in their AEO denim!

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Here we go!  I’MPERFECT in my #AEOJEANS because…

Day 7 Winners:

Cassidy: They allow me to feel comfortable in my own skin while expressing my love for fashion!

Thomas:  I am American Eagle. Head to toe, everywhere I go. Love my job, live my life.

Lori: They have a great feel and I can style them just how I like.

Aiyana:  I’m comfortable and confident in the way I look.

Philicia:  It completes any look!

Day 8 Winners:

Nick:  I worked hard to fit in them!

Sarah:  These fashionable, comfortable, versatile jeans come in all sorts of sizes and washes–so I can get the fit and color that fits my every mood.

Chrisslee: They go with everything in my closet and my dog.

Bri:  They make me feel confident of & flatter my feminine curves.

Renee:  They hug and accept every part of me, making me feel effortlessly beautiful.

Day 9 Winners:

Chris:  Denim is always the perfect choice if you want to keep it casual or even class it up. My #aeojeans are versatile and always reliable.

Jacquelyn: When I wear my jeans, I feel beyond confident and free. Thank you @americaneagle for creating the world’s best jeans known to civilization.

Ellen:  It gives me length to my petite frame #AEOStyle.

Stephanie:  They give me confidence to be myself, no matter where I am.

Jeimy:  They give an edge to all my outfits.

Day 10 Winners:

Emma: They make me feel comfortable and safe, that I never want to take them off!

Jenna:  They give me confidence to go out and face the world.

Alma:  My beauty comes from having my own style, living my own way and knowing my own mind.

Emily:  They are the perfect fit for wherever my adventures take me.

Jorshua:  I can be comfortable and chic at the same time! That’s a double win!

Day 11 Winners:

Ali:  I LOVE my @americaneagle black skinny jeggings, especially for hanging around on the weekend!

Hadassah:  Together we can conquer the world (and hike to Arthur’s Seat).

Keilan:  They are unbelievably comfortable and give me tons of confidence!

Sierra:  They are perfect for going on adventures and exploring the world!

Kelsey:  They give me the ability to become a confident ostentatious dresser.

Tell us what makes you I’MPERFECT in the comments below.

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