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While every high school rocker dreams of making the big time, this precocious trio has distinct advantages — their professional rocker dads, ARTISTdirect Records A&R exec Tony Berg, who signed Beck while at Geffen Records, drummer Pete Thomas, who has played with Elvis Costello since 1978, and record producer Mitchell Froom, who is married to Suzanne Vega. When the trio, all recently freed from final exams and homework, gathers around Berg’s Brentwood pool, pulling T-shirts and cut-offs over their bathing suits for a meeting with the band manager, Berg says her father didn’t teach her anything about the business. Froom, the wisecracker of the group, says her dad told her, “‘Don’t get f****d over’ and ‘Make sure to eat dinner.’”
But actually, it was their fathers who brought the band together.
“Our dads ran into each other at a barbecue and started bragging about their daughters,” says Froom, who will be a senior next year at Santa Monica High.
“It’s like our dads set us up on a blind date,” says Thomas, 18 and newly graduated from Marymount High School.
Though Thomas and Froom had tried to start a band before, after a few e-mails to Berg, it all clicked.
“I was freaked out at the time because their screen names were BritPopBaby and PinkLAPrincess,” says Berg, who’s in a punchy mood after having taken her last final at Crossroads, where she’ll be a senior next year. “But then they came over and Tennessee had great hair and I was like, ‘Dude, this is gonna work.’”
The group’s instruments were set up in the recording studio behind Berg’s pool where they’ve remained. “I was sitting in my room alone for two years writing angsty songs on my acoustic guitar like a creepy little girl and these sweet young women just fell in my lap,” she concludes.