Band (or performer) name:
Where are you from?
Who’s in the band and what do they play?
Lindsay – Guitar, vox
Lydia – Guitar, backup vox
Mary – Bass, vox
Mitch – Drums
When and how did you become a band?
Lindsay and Lydia started a band and were having trouble finding a drummer; we ended up combining with a new band Mary was forming, but then her drummer moved out of the country. Finally, we realized our friend Mitch (who we’ve known for years) played drums and asked him to be in the band. That was about four years ago; we’ve been a band ever since.
How did you decide on your band name?
After weeks and weeks of throwing around different band names. Our name may or may not be related to a character in a bestselling young adult book series.
Can you describe your music?
Punk rock-n-roll with a witchy-cult-metal edge
What bands, musicians (or other things) are your influences/inspiration?
Bikini Kill, Delmonas, Stooges, Firestarter, Iron Maiden
Do you have any special rituals to prepare for a show?
Dress up in black and hold a séance
How did you get into making music?
Lindsay: Since going to shows in highschool I wanted to make music, but I foolishly assumed I couldn’t do it. Then All Messed Up came along and I learned to play drums in 2 months to be in the band The Living Blackouts, after that I learned guitar to play a cover show in Detroit where we covered the Go Go’s. From there it just kind of happened.
Lydia: I grew up in Green Bay are in the 90s, when the Concert Cafe (an all-ages venue that paired amazing bands from all over the country/world [Guitar Wolf, Oblivians etc.] with local/high school bands) was in full swing. I saw all these great bands and really wanted to start a band of my own. There weren’t many girls who were into punk rock in my high school, and none of the boys wanted to be in a band with me (or my other female friend who I’d play music with). After many failed band attempts, I finally found some friends in college who were as into it as me and we started a band that actually played shows.
Mary: Ever since hearing the Beach Boys in the late 80s-early 90s rural central Wisconsin, I was fascinated by music. I started cello in 4th grade, drums in 6th grade, jazz set in 8th grade, and finally rock n’ roll drums in 11th grade. I had a best friend, bonded by our closet affinity to ska music, who introduced me to the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. She played bass and we were constantly trying to start bands together (at one point, we had a cello punk band with a song about Potassium), but were struggling to put together anything real. Somehow, we connected with three other girls who I think were in the school drama club and also thought it would be fun to start a band. We called ourselves Nobody’s Housewife, learned some Joan Jett and Cheap Trick covers and wrote one original song, and competed in the annual high school battle of the bands. We got third place! A modified line-up continued to write new songs, play shows, and tour until we all left for college. I ended up moving to Milwaukee because that was the place to be in Wisconsin if you wanted to play rock n’ roll.
Mitch: I played music in high school, mostly drums and some singing. When I moved to Milwaukee for college, I fell away from playing music but would still listen to music and go to shows. A couple of years ago, I decided to join a music event called All Messed Up where you drew names out of a hat and formed a band for a one night show. One of the people I got paired with was Lindsay. She told me that she was looking for a drummer for a new band she was trying to get off the ground. It sounded cool, so I went to a practice and we all seemed to click. The rest is history…
Tell us about your first show.
Our first show was for Mary’s annual birthday show; the PA wasn’t working right so there wasn’t much for vocals. But we played alright and had a blast.
Does your gender identity/presentation influence your music? Has it presented any issues for you?
Being a woman in music always has weird obstacles/annoyances. Like when the door person tries to charge you to get into your own show or insists you’re not in the band. And it takes a lot longer (if ever) for people to recognize you as a musician in a band, as opposed to a “female musician” in a “female-fronted band.” Dudes often assume you don’t know how to use your own amp or offer unsolicited advice.
We love playing shows with other bands that have women, but, oftentimes, we’re offered shows specifically because the touring band contains women and so does our band—it’s like we’re Milwaukee’s token “girl band.” It’s a little frustrating sometimes, but it’s also cool because we get to see lots of really amazing “girl bands” from all over the world.
Ultimately, we try to just do our thing and not be pigeonholed by being “female fronted” or a “girl band.”
Gear talk! Tell us about your instruments/pedals/amps/drum set!
Lydia and Lindsay each play telecasters through tube amps (MusicMan and Fender Blues Jr., respectively). Lindsay has a rotating variety of distortion pedals; Lydia uses a BluesDriver. Mary plays a black Schecter Damien bass that has silver bats inlayed on the fretboard blasted through an Ampeg Portaflex amp. Mitch plays a Tama drum set and Sabian cymbals.
We try to keep it gritty and dirty sounding. Nothing clean about Fox Face.
Who are your favorite Detroit musicians/bands?
Terrible Twos, T-Tops, Craig Brown Band, Human Eye, Timmy’s Organism, Kickstand Band
What is your favorite song right now?
Lydia: Lucille by Milk Lines
Lindsay: I’m a People by George Jones
Mary: West Coast by The Cell Phones
Mitch: September by Earth Wind and Fire
What is your favorite way to unwind?
Listening to records and drinking beers while hanging with pets.
What do you want everyone to know about your band?
We have a new 7”. It sounds and looks amazing!
Also, we have a band practice dance move called the amp hump.