Based on musical background alone, John Davis and Laura Burhenn, the duo that makes up Georgie James, were not the most likely pair to form over their mutual love of what might be called AM pop. Davis had previously spent the better part of a decade as a member of the punk-ish experimental act Q and Not U, while Burhenn was fostering a career in a more singer-songwriterly direction, a full-length release and a label to her credit. Whatever the circumstances that brought the two Washington, D.C.-based musicians together, fans of smart, jaunty indie-pop have reaped the benefits. Their debut, Places, came out last year on Saddle Creek chock full of songs steeped in the pop bliss of influences like The Kinks, The Zombies, and even Simon & Garfunkel.
Georgie James joined us in-studio for a special stripped down set of songs, including a pair of choice covers of songs by The Zombies and The Flamin’ Groovies (each in good hands with these two, as we’ll hear). We also talked to the band about the D.C. scene that brought them together, the influence the ever-present politics of our nation’s capital has on their songwriting, and their interesting (and ever-growing) list of cover choices, among other things.