The Virgins deny having anything to do with Sir Richard Branson. These NYC indie kids are earning their own slice of success on their first North American headlining tour. Singer/guitarist Donald Cummings woke up early to answer some questions in advance of their show at the El Mocambo tonight (Thursday, February 5).
If you weren't a musician, what would you be doing?
I've wanted to direct movies since I was a little kid. I never thought playing in a band would be my job. I did a lot of writing, and I even wrote a screenplay for a musical.
Is being in a band better than working on film sets?
Yes. First off, we choose to work together not out of necessity, but because we admire each other's work. There's a lot less conflict. We all believe in what we're doing, and we're all on the same page.
What's the worst part of being on the road?
Getting up early. Honestly, I fucking hate it, but we do it every day. Usually our call time is, like, 9 am to get back on the road.
Weirdest moment on tour?
We stayed at the K West in London, England, which is where a lot of bands stay, and we got tickets to Wu-Tang Clan, who were in town. When I came downstairs the next morning, every member of Wu-Tang was sitting there. Raekwon gave me a head-to-toe scan and was like, "All right," and gave me a thumbs-up.
Virgins' frontman Donald Cummings explains why he loves films, but hates acting in them.