Staircase Spirits, an up and coming music duo, has released their single Good Ex-Girlfriend. The band is comprised of Mexican-American singer Anna Maria and drummer, Eva Friedman. Their new single is a part of their EP, War Stories, which will be released on May 5th. War Stories is a part of an EP trilogy that unpacks an abusive relationship from experiencing grief and anger to healing after the fact. You can check out Staircase Spirits’ new single Good Ex-Girlfriend here! You can also check out their bandcamp here! Lastly, check out their interview with Clef Mag below:

How did you both get involved with music?

To a certain extent, we both always felt a pull towards music. Eva got involved in her school band in the 5th grade, whereas I was a very extra child who saw Titanic and pestered my mom into signing me up for voice lessons because I wanted to be Celine Dion.

How would you describe your sound?

Good ol’ pop rock. We have very diverse musical backgrounds, and so the ending sound is a collage of sorts that draws from everything we’ve ever appreciated musically. But at the end of the day, we’re dealing with a lot of feelings set to (hopefully) catchy pop melodies and instrumentation designed to support the theme of each song.

Who or what are your influences?

Eva: Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, The Maine

Anna: For this project, it’s gotta be Automatic Loveletter, Go Radio, Taylor Swift, and Fall Out Boy

If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

As a band, we agree on AJ McLean. For Eva, it’s Stevie Nicks – for me, this question almost caused an existential crisis (there are quite a few songwriters I’d give the world to write with) but honestly, I love Eva’s Stevie Nicks response and maybe if I double down, it’ll increase the odds of it actually happening someday.

What are your hopes for your musical career?

Our hope as a band is that we can continue to grow and to challenge ourselves and each other to be better than we were when we met – and to reach people beyond ourselves at the same time. Once we put the songs out there, they stop belonging to us. Our hope is that people can get whatever it is they need from each song when they listen to it – whatever that might be. If you can make a difference for even one person, then all the struggles were worth it.

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