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Smuggling Raisins

We went with them to a house full of art and beautiful Italian women, and proceeded to throw flour and fortune cookies all over the kitchen.

Intro and Video by Teo J. Babini Interview by Greta Pininfarina - greta@citizenbrooklyn.com Photos by Andrew Rodriguez

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They were just three friendly Japanese girls who were very apologetic for being late, unapologetically hung over and wildly dressed. One from Tokyo, one from Osaka, and one from Okinawa. We went with them to a house full of art and beautiful Italian women, and proceeded to throw flour and fortune cookies all over the kitchen. They played dress up with the stylist and then sat quietly eating sandwiches while they waited to have their make-up done… Then they went insane. It all began with the mention of karaoke, which they would be doing in K-Town that evening. Like a glittering stampede, they all jumped into the kitchen blasting “My Neck, My Back” (A hip-hop song with gratuitously vulgar lyrics that I’ll let you discover on your own) from their phones and dancing like maniacs, laugh-scream-singing along the lyrics while playing hacky sack with a disco ball. They were the Hard Nips… and the room wasn’t even cold.

Fortune Kitty Photo ©Andrew Rodriguez

-Where and when did you meet?

We all met here in Brooklyn about four or five years ago.

-Why the name Hard Nips?

Hard Nippon girls.

Yoko Photo ©Andrew Rodriguez

-How would you describe your music/genre?

Jerk rock.

-Describe your typical girls’ night out… Practicing, drinking, performing, cooking?

Drinking & performing.

Hard Nips Photo ©Andrew Rodriguez

-Do you know how to cook?

Yes.

-What is the secret to making fortune cookie?

Sweat shop labor.

Polka Smoka Photo ©Andrew Rodriguez

-What foods are unavailable here, that you find in Japan and you love?

Puppy.

Gooch Photo ©Andrew Rodriguez

-Why “The Fortune Cookie” title for the album? Does it have a particular meaning for you?

Cosmic psychic power snack.

-Do you have any strange habits? Vices?

Mariko Photo ©Andrew Rodriguez

Bad haircuts.

-How do you promote your releases?

Internet pop-up adds.

Vai a Funculo Photo ©Andrew Rodriguez

-What is your dream for the future of a band?

World tour. Start family with our band.

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