Come on over to Posh Digs
Our message is empowerment, says bassist/singer Ashley Moody of Posh Digs. If you've seen the three-quarter female group's colorful flyers — featuring winking come-ons such as the recent one announcing, "Easy tiger, we are" — you might be surprised to hear that Posh Digs considers itself by no means a traditional "girl band."
"We have provocative posters and act a certain way, but we are retaining the power — turning it around, really," says drummer Robbin Woody. "That's the humor and irony in it all. We want to be known as musicians first."
Posh Digs want women to know they can reclaim power over anyone: boyfriends, co-workers, even music store employees. "Just going to a music store as a female musician, you get treated in such a condescending way," says guitarist Julie Merrill, who adds that the group is boycotting a certain large chain music store after a recent visit.
"Female artists in general still just get crap from people all the time," says Woody, "So we finally decided to actually reverse it and sort of objectify ourselves."
If the group's vinyl pants and flirtations get people in the door to see the band, the members are happy. "Once people see us play, we think our music will take it from there," says Moody, who also plays in the Plastic Plan.
Posh Digs' lighthearted blasts of short, '80s-inspired metallic new wave — with Moody's voice a cross between the Go-Go's and Sleater-Kinney — harks back to the glory days of Atlanta's defunct 688 club. There's a cool, late-night vibe to the songs, full of catchy hooks and clever lyrics. Hopefully, the band won't have to resort to sexy posters to get attention much longer.
So how does guitarist Darren "D" Tablan, the lone male member, feel about the group's marketing efforts. "I'm into girls being easy," he says, "and yet strong."
Posh Digs play the Earl, Fri., Jan. 26.