When and how did you become a band?
October 2013 when Lou Reed died. I (Robin) quit a pop band I was drumming for because I absolutely had to do something else. I talked to Kayleigh and Laura about playing drums and I’d jammed with Emily in the past, so we all got together and it just kept progressing from there. After we played around town a bit, Kayleigh switched to bass to make the sound heavier and fuller, which meant we wouldn’t have the two drummer effect. However, that changed when we met Claire. We first saw her playing in Nurse at Kelly’s Bar, making the most deafening, confrontational noise we’d ever heard live. Claire didn’t know we started off with two drummers and she asked if she could join on drums. There was nothing to think over really. We all unanimously approved.
How did you decide on your band name?
Kayleigh and I were sitting at the Painted Lady brainstorming names and our friend Andrew threw it out there and it stuck.
Tell us about your first show.
It was Frank Woodman’s Christmas show at the New Dodge. We got to play on the bill with Phantom Cats, not knowing it would be one of their last shows, making it instantly memorable.
Can you describe your music?
We like being loud, weird, dark and abrasive.
What bands (or other things) are your influences/inspiration?
We can all agree on the Gories, the Banshees, the Velvets, 60’s garage comps, kbd stuff, early Swans, Nyc No Wave, etc.
Gear talk: instruments/pedals/amps
I play a Fender Jaguar HH through a Fender Deluxe VM; Emily switches between a Telecaster and a ’60s Zen-on, using a Digitech Whammy Pedal and a Swollen Pickle Fuzz pedal through a Crate 200W amp. Kayleigh has a Japanese Mosrite knock off bass through an Acoustic amp; and Laura and Claire both use minimal drum kits pieced together from other kits: just a floor tom, snare and a cymbal each (one crash and one crash-ride).
Who are your favorite Detroit bands?
Really hard to pick but Sros Lords, Fake Surfers, Caveman Woodman are all up there. Everyone living in the city is spoiled rotten by the amount of good bands playing out regularly.
What has been the biggest challenge of being a band in Detroit?
Finding a decent spot to practice was a challenge at first. The first space we used was a basement in Hamtramck on Dequindre. During one fateful practice, the toilet upstairs overflowed and poured water down in the basement. We unwittingly walked down stairs after a break to get back to jamming and saw all our gear was about to be destroyed in a flood of toilet water. It took some frantic hustling, but everything was saved. Right now we practice in a warehouse in Warren that gives us the luxury of not having to worry about our gear.
What do you want everyone to know about your band?
We just finished recording and the tracks will be done soon! We want to play your birthday party!
Any other comments/shout outs?
Thanks to Seraphine Collective for having us and vote Frank Woodman for Hamtramck City Council!