What’s your band called?
Who’s in the band and what do they play?
Lena plays guitar, Bridget plays bass, and I (Alisa) play drums. We all sing, but Lena sings most of the leads and Bridget and I mostly handle backups and harmonies.
When and how did you become a band?
It was about a year ago, and it was a bit of happenstance precipitated by Lena’s vision. Prior to this band, I had never really learned an instrument, but Lena asked me if I’d like to start something with her anyway. She described her vision of grungy, fuzzy rock with ’60s girl-group-style vocals, and I was completely smitten – it sounded like exactly what I’d want to listen to, and exactly what I’d love to make! It took a couple months for everything to come together: Lena gave me a couple drumming lessons, we jammed around a little bit with some different people, and soon Bridget was on board. Bridget and Lena have played music together for a long time (in The Doctor’s Wives, who are really great!) so they already had a good feel for eachothers’ styles. As soon as Bridget was playing with us it clicked – like the final piece of a Triforce clicking into place – the energy was perfectly balanced and super fun.
How did you decide on your band name?
Oh jeez – we spent aaages throwing name ideas at eachother and shooting ’em down one after another. Turtle Charm? Eternal Dump? Flushed was simply the first name idea that we all liked, so we ran with it. I like that it can either be cute and kinda sexy – like you get all flushed when you talk to your crush – or gross and silly – like you accidentally flushed your earring down the toilet.
Can you describe your music?
We call it powercute. It’s sugar and mace. Distorted guitars, simple punk or surf beats, lots of oohs and ahhs.
What bands (or other things) are your influences/inspiration?
that dog, Thee Oh Sees, Bratmobile, Kitten Forever, falling in love, falling asleep on your friend’s couch, somersaults, Tilt-a-Whirls.
Who are your favorite Detroit bands?
Jamaican Queens, Rebel Kind, Tunde Olaniran, and of course the Supremes!
Anything else you want everyone to know about your band?
We’re recording with our friend Pat Wieland right now, and are hoping to have a tape out by the end of the summer! And we are absolutely stoked to be a part of BFF Fest – we love everything Seraphine Collective stands for and are honored to play alongside so many stunning artists!