California Dreamin' With TV Girl

BY Rachel Liu | Wed. December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM | Culture Club
All winter, nothing but beaches, barbecues, Slurpees, and Warriors of Radness were on my mind. Now that summer's finally here, all I want to do is sit outside and bake in the sun while listening to music, and I can't think of a more perfect band for that than TV Girl. TV Girl is Trung Ngo and Brad Petering, a duo from my hometown of San Diego, and the perfect soundtrack for the season's sweltering weather. Their upbeat and dreamy lo-fi sound perfectly captures my nostalgia for home, and I'm hooked! I caught up with my SD homies to chat about music, summer, and Shaggy.

Rachel Liu: Is "TV Girl" a person?
TV Girl: She’s this girl who wore Abercrombie & Fitch. But she’s been gone since that summer, since that summer…

RL: How did you guys know each other before did this project come about?
TVG: We’ve never known each other, not in the biblical sense. 

RL: What is your musical background?
TVG: Last year Brad starred in a middle school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

RL: Being from and living in southern California has obviously influenced your music. What else has affected your musical style?
TVG: It’s a tricky combination of whip-its and spite.

RL: You and fellow San Diego band Dirty Gold put your own spins on each other's songs. If you could have anyone cover a TV Girl song, who would it be?
TVG: Mariah Carey doing “I Don’t Care.”

RL: And who would you like to cover?
TVG: We’d like to cover Mariah Carey. And then maybe do one of her songs afterwards.

RL: TV Girl's EP was released last October and you've gotten a lot of feedback since. What's the best comment you've ever gotten on your music?
TVG: A hilariously mistranslated comment: “Their recently released EP with the same title, which has 4 pearls no intention Pop. Good growth, a very simple and easy, these 4 songs that add up to 10 minutes, they intend to make your day 'Simple is not?'.

RL: Favorite celebrity shout out? Who would you like to shout out?
TVG: Donald Glover posted something on his blog. Shout out to @weirdfiction.

RL: What do you think would be a good visual to pair with your music?

TVG: Shout out to Shaggy!

RL: West Coast = Best Coast?
TVG: Ivory Coast = Smiley Coast?

RL: What's next for TV Girl?
TVG: We have some new songs coming out in the next few months, to be released through various mediums. Follow us on Facebook and we’ll let you know when it’s ready.

Download their CHILL EP for free at their bandcamp, and check out their COLLABORATION WITH DIRTY GOLD. Plus, keep up to date with TV Girl by following their TWITTER!