An Interview With Virgin Donald Cumming

This was the year that New York-based quartet the Virgins unleashed its brand of pop-rock on the U.S.-particularly legions of underage girls. Here's singer Donald Cumming on the band's rise to fame and what comes next.

Let's talk about this New Year's Eve show at Mercury Lounge. How are you feeling about that? Very excited. We're playing with A.R.E. Weapons, a band that I've been friends with for a long time. And we played with them at the end of the summer at Tompkins Square Park, so it'll be cool to play with them again in this type of venue.

If you weren't playing Merc, what would you be doing? All my memories of New Year's Eve involve being in the freezing cold and trying to catch a cab. So I'd be watching the ball drop on TV or something. New Year's Eve can really suck, especially in the city. So we're happy to be involved in something fun for people to do. Plus now we don't have to sweat our own plans. What are you going to be doing?

Me? I'm going to be in Chicago for a wedding. Oh, seriously? That's cool. I've never thought about having a New Year's wedding.

So what's on for 2008? Well, we're halfway through recording our full-length record-I think we have about three weeks left. That should come out in March, I think? I'm hoping to get back on the road by January. Touring's so great-especially having grown up in New York, where you're always within, like, the same 14-block radius. I love going to all those places you might have romantic ideas about, or places you just wouldn't go otherwise. Like . . . Kansas City.

Ha. That's where I'm from. Was the show there bad? Seriously? No, it was awesome. We played this old theater that was, like, baby blue everywhere. Walls, carpet-all blue. And there was a balcony. That's funny. Yeah, touring is definitely one of the most fun parts of being in the band. And since we're always together anyway, when we're touring it's like that's finally justifiable or something.

Any New Year's resolutions? I resolve to . . . not quit smoking. Not until I'm, like, 30.

 
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