It's time to restart the female revolution with VAGXCORE!
From Riot Grrrl to Girl Power to VAGXCORE...we are devoted to thinking inside the box.

This new genre of music is committed to blasting the airwaves with female rock n roll.
If pop music can do it, so can we...

-VAGXCORE-
For Women Who Rock, By Women Who Rock.  

November Spotlight: Shark Muffin!

November 15, 2017

CHECK OUT SHARK MUFFIN FROM:  Brooklyn, NY / Jersey Shore

Members:

Tarra Thiessen: Guitar/Vocals

Natalie Kirch: Bass/Vocals

Drew Adler: Drums

Chris Nunez: Guitar

1. Most important lesson you’ve learned from being in the music industry?
Trust no one

2. Is there a code of ethics/conduct amongst professional musicians who are on the same bill…and even in the same band?
Maybe things like always acknowledging the band that played before you and the ones who come later on the bill, making sure to introduce each member of your own band, not touching/moving other bands’ gear, etc.?

NK: I always try to acknowledge the other bands on the bill. Unless it's a festival situation where there are 200 other acts or something. I think it's nice to plug friends. We definitely never use other bands' gear without asking them, and we all introduce ourselves to the other bands.

3. Do you think stage presence is a gift someone either has or doesn’t?
NK: I think there are 3 main components that go into a musical performance - talent, skill, and presence. An artist can have all or any combination of the above but all 3 components need to be present in the band as a whole in order for a performance to come together. Talent is something I believe is innate. Talent is potential, whereas skill is something practiced and cultivated. Stage presence is somewhat of a combination between what you have naturally to put forth and what you work at in order to achieve the comfort to project that character and ability in a public setting.

4. Which generally comes first in your songwriting process, lyrics or instrumentals? Or does it vary so much that there is no “generally?”
NK: It varies for each song, so there is no generally. A song can come from a melody only, instruments (or one instrument) only, or lyrics only. It can be a combination. Sometimes different members bring different parts to the table, other times one person will bring a main idea to be fleshed out by the group.

5. Silliest mild fear /phobia about which your bandmates constantly mock you?
STAYING ALIVE

6. Any special “shout-outs” you’d like to give?
SHOUT OUT TO MY 7TH DEMENSIONAL SPIRIT GUIDE AND DMT DEALER FOR SHOWING ME REINCARNATION AND ALLOWING ME TO SEE MY PLACE IN THIS VIBRATIONAL 3RD DEMENTIONAL JAIL WEVE CREATED FOR OUR SELVES

7. What's the best thing a fan could say to you after a show?
WANNA STAY AT OUR PLACE WE HAVE ANIMALS AND A TON OF DRUGS???

8. Do it for the fans? Or do it for yourself?
CLICHÈ ANSWER ID SAY IS TO DO IT FOR YOURSELF BUT I THINK NOW MORE THAN EVER ITS OUR JOB TO USE OUR ART TO INSPIRE PEOPLE TO RESIST, CHANGE, WAKE UP, WANT TO REACH THEIR MAXIMUM POTENTIAL, COME TOGETHER, SPEAK OUT, EVOLVE, DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU WANT, BE A GOOD PERSON, AND FOCUS ON WHAT ACTUALLY MATTERS
 

9. If you ever decided to do an entire album of covers, which songs would make the cut?

Far to Frail- Skinny Puppy
Knife Party-Deftones
Happy House- Siouxsie and the Banshees
Sleepwalk- Santo & Johnny
Misty Mountain Hop- Led Zeppelin
Blood Roses- Tori Amos
Drug me- Dead Kennedys
Erotic City-Prince
What You waiting for-Gwen Stefani
Dressed to Digress-Boy Crisis
Love is a Losing Game-Amy Winehouse
Fundamentally Loathesome- Marilyn Manson
The Wolf- Rancid
Baby Bitch-Ween
I dont wanna be me- Type O Negative
In her Shadow-Converge

10. Name you’d absolutely love to give your next tour even if there’s no way in hell you’d be “allowed” to? '
AZTEC YOGA FIRE FLAMES HARD BODY KARATE'

11. If you could have been involved in the soundtrack to one film, which film would you have chosen?
THE CROW.

12. Better to burn out than fade away?
Hmmm, that depends. Kurt, or Layne? To each his own I suppose.  R.I.P.

13. If you were putting together a headlining tour, who would be on the bill?
Dead Waves, Surfbort, Kool A.D., Cult Days, Beastie Boys, Dillinger Escape Plan

14. Is there any non-music industry person who’d render you completely starstruck if you met him or her?
Christina Ricci. Childhood crush.

15.  Do you currently have any endorsements? Which endorsements are you looking to get?
Guild! Hook it Up!

16. One person you would really like to see you perform?
Christina Ricci

17. Any special “shout-outs” you’d like to give? 
Colin Kaepernick, Danny Glover, Christina Ricci

 

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Website:
www.sharkmuffin.com

Facebook: facebook.com/sharkmuffin

Twitter: @sharkmuffin

Instagram: @sharkmuffin

 

October Spotlight: All New Episode!

October 10, 2017

Check out what All New Episode from Bellmore, NY has to say!

1. Worst injury any of you has ever suffered onstage? 
2 mild concussions... Noko caught the headstock of a guitar with the back of her head but still finished the set, and Gramps didn’t see the over head monitors before playing, and knocked himself out by jumping full force into one of them. After a few seconds he came back to, and finished the set with both feet on the ground. Lol

2. Nicknames for each other within the band?
Lead Vox- Ms. Noko Ohno, Guitar/vox- Grandpa Timpa,
guitar/vox#2- Mr. Sidewalk Mike,
Bass- Amen Phoenix, and Mr. Douggie Funny on the skins.

3. Anyone in the band a true foodie? 
Well it's no secret that we like to eat. In the past, while writing new songs we tend to prename songs after foods and desserts (like creamed spinach, apple fritters, and Gyros just to name a few) But our boy Douggie does this Taco and Tech Tuesdays blog on the All New Episode LI Punk rock and Ska, fan group on facebook. He even did a how-to-video on how to make a seriously kick ass burrito.

4. Name you’d absolutely love to give your next tour even if there’s no way in hell you’d be “allowed” to?
Free Beer and Chicken Wings 12.99

5. If you could have been involved in the soundtrack to one film, which film would you have chosen?
Last Action Hero

6. What’s the strangest gift any fan has given…or tried to give…you?
Pierogis

7. Does having both males and females in the band cause occasional “clashes of the genders,” make for a more creative musical environment due to different perspectives/approaches that each gender brings, or have absolutely no bearing on the creative process?
Honestly, gender makes no difference in our process, personalities are totally another story.  When you throw 5 people with potent and stubborn personalities into one room, gender is an afterthought, it’s all about who is the loudest!  Same goes for the creative process, we tend to butt heads when it comes to how we expand on different ideas, but depending on who’s more tenacious on any given day is what effects the outcome.  Since we’ve all been around the block though, we don’t get too carried away and our arguments really are more productive than disruptive.  Organized chaos.

8. Things go wrong when you play live: Have you ever played one of those shows when the “wrong” wasn’t something that only members of the band or other musicians in the audience would notice, but was of the “absolutely no hiding it” type?
        We’ve all been subject to one of those shows that fall under the category of “natural disaster.”  In the time I’ve been with All New Episode, we’ve had guitar/bass cables stop working so the crowd couldn’t hear guitar or bass during songs, house drum kits that were such garbage the legs of the toms gave out and I had to hold it up with my leg or had no option but to play a drum set righty even though I’m lefty.  We’ve also experienced complete power failure and everything but the drums were inaudible.  In those instances, there was definitely no hiding it. 
        As for straight up mistakes by us bandmates, we’ve definitely had shows where things are played so poorly that the audience notices.  However, it’s rare generally because we don’t stop, we catch ourselves in our mistakes and jump back in without missing a beat or we joke it off with the crowd and they think it’s all an act.  Practice makes perfect but making mistakes tests the group’s dynamic and chemistry.

9. Any technical gadget/feature that you wish someone would invent for your instrument?
Since the day I (Doug) started having to haul my drums from gig to gig I’ve wished and hoped that someone would create the capsules made by Capsule Corp in Dragon Ball.  I would be able to carry my kit in my pocket, click the capsule and it in a showy puff of smoke my drums would be set and ready to play, then I’d push the capsule again and back they would go after the set right into my pocket!  Oh how I dream of the day!

10. Do you ever wear any of your band's own merch?
We have been known to wear our own merch on occasion, usually for shameless self-promotion. Doug, Sean and Mike all wore ANE tees when we took a band field trip to Warped Tour in 2016.

11. How did the band come together? Was there an audition process? Did you all already know each other or each other’s work in previous bands? Were there some early line-up changes before everything finally clicked?
Noko and Sean had been collaborating musically since 2006 and in 2011 had originated the All New Episode band and some songs. In 2012, Doug joined the mix as the new drummer for the group. Noko met Mike at a Hurricane Sandy benefit show on Long Island in December of that year and asked if he would be interested in jamming sometime. After a few months both Mike and Eammonn were asked to help fill in on bass for a couple of shows that were scheduled for the spring of 2013. And unable to decide who would join the group as permanent bassist, Mike opted to play second guitar and really fill out the sound of All New Episode. We've been a five piece ever since.

12. When the band tours, should audiences expect slightly different versions of the songs from what’s on the album or do you try to duplicate the sound of the album as closely as possible?
We write music to be played live, where we can bring some passion and power to the table. The studio is a different beast to us, that’s where we want our songs to be nice and shiny, as well as doing things we can't necessarily do in a live setting. We're getting more comfortable working in the studio as we progress as a band, but music is an exchange of energies and the best way to feel that is live and in person.

13. What's your opinions of a tribute band vs a cover band?
I feel like tribute bands are only songs of one artist / band, where a cover band can be an entire genre, era, etc. If that's not the case .. whoops. Either way though, support original music so those cover and / or tribute bands have more material

14. Any special “shout-outs” you’d like to give? 
My long island buddies in these bands that you should check out – laid out in a specific not specific order: The Avoiders, Craving Strange, Crisis Crayons, Flak Jacket, Jackknife Stiletto, Last Turn Off Broadway, No Lives Matter (N!LM), Revel9, Sweet Tooth

15. What's the best thing a fan could say to you after a show? 
“I really liked your band even though I don't listen to music like that” is probably my favorite. If you can get someone to appreciate a different genre than what they normally do I think that's the biggest win.

16. Do it for the fans? Or do it for yourself? 
Yourself. If you don't love what you make / what you are doing in a band then why do it? Also, why would anyone else like it if you just seem bored or miserable during a set? They pretty much go hand an hand.

17. How many days in a row can you wear the same pair of pants on tour before it becomes, ya know, a problem? 
Who needs a tour to answer this? And in all honestly it depends on how much perfume or dryer sheets you have on hand. I would say 3 days – but in tour world that is probably a week if you spend half your time pant-less while in the van. It also depends on how smelly you are naturally lol

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September Spotlight with Bad Mary!

September 4, 2017

Check out what Bad Mary has to say from Kings Park, NY!

Their new EP comes out on Sept 29th! Be sure to check it out!
 

1. Does anyone still have a collection of vinyl or cassettes? If you have vinyl, which is your most cherished album?
We all still have a lot of our analog media. Mike and Amanda definitely have a collection of new and old vinyl that they love to listen to a bit. Bill has a lot of stuff from his childhood too. Not sure what our most cherished album is, but Mike loves his copy of Green Day’s Insomiac that he has on vinyl. David sent all of his vinyl to his brother, who still has the collection. Most treasured would probably be Queen - A Night at the Opera. Bill’s treasured recording is from the Concert for Bangladesh, we’re not allowed to touch that one.

2. Worst injury any of you has ever suffered onstage?
Tweaking our backs from jumps and tweaking our necks from headbanging. Bill tends to bleed at every show, he often gets blisters on his hands. David once played with the flu, like a warrior. Amanda once fell off a stage and twisted her ankle pretty badly. Luckily she’s ALSO a warrior and keep kicking ass.

3. If you ever decided to do an entire album of covers, which songs would make the cut? We’ve covered Next To you by The Police and Hybrid Moments by The Misfits. Other covers that would make the cut? Helter Skelter by The Beatles, Don’t You Want Me by The Human League, Call Me by Blondie, All Day and All of the Night by The Kinks, Time Warp from Rocky Horror, Suffragette City by David Bowie.  We started out as a cover band roughly 7-8 years ago, so we have a good stable of covers that we could put on a cover album. In addition we really want to cover either Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill or Deceptacon by Le Tigre!


4. What’s the one local place ~ restaurant, dive, pool hall, tattoo parlor, etc. ~ that you HAVE to visit every time you’re back home?
We LOVE Mr. Beery’s in Bethpage. It’s our home. We’ll play there whenever they ask. We have our annual holiday party there as well. December 15, 2017!!

5. Ultimate venue that you’d want to play ~ one that captures exactly what the band is about and is a perfect match for your performance style..
In all honesty, we’d say CBGB. We’re really sad that it’s gone, we think we would have really fit there….especially if we had a DeLorean Time Machine to go back to 1977 to play there. We’d also love to tour Japan….


6. Most important lesson you’ve learned from being in the music industry?
NEVER STOP. The industry will make it very tough for you to continue, and you almost never have enough time, money, or energy to keep going, but you owe it to yourself to never stop.

7.  Where do you all come from, musically speaking? Have you been a musician/in a band since you were a kid? Did you take lessons or are you self-taught? And is the genre you play now what you started out in/have there been some musical detours along the way?
David learned guitar when he got suspended from High School in England, and has been playing ever since he was 16. He started as a metal-head, plays some flamenco too, but now is all about punk. Mike grew up playing trumpet, picked up the bass at 12, and studied Music in College. Bill has been a natural drummer and musician since the age of 4, which is probably why he can play anything and everything stylistically. Amanda grew up in Musical Theater and studied Theater in College. It’s absolutely had a positive effect on our live performance.

8. If you could have been involved in the soundtrack to one film, which film would you have chosen?
Mike and Amanda would love to be involved in some Kevin Smith project or something by Tarantino or Edgar Wright. If Wright could perfectly sync one of our songs to the action a la Baby Driver, we think we’d lose it. We were fortunate enough to have songs featured in a Roger Corman film, Deathrace 2050, and we most certainly would love to work with that production house again.

9. Thoughts on technical prowess vs stage presence:
We’re a band that focuses heavily on our stage performance. While we appreciate and respect technical prowess, sometimes all you need are some power-chords and a good scream.

10. Can a performer possess such an amazing amount of one that it makes up for the lack of the other?
You need both, you can’t be crap and expect an audience to like you because you look good on stage. But it’s all tailored to what you want to do. If you want to be a punk band, it’s more about being tight and energetic. If you want to jam, you better be able to fucking JAM. If you want to play metal...be sure to own a lot of leather and denim and play the shit out of those sweeping solos. We like it all, and don’t think that either could make up for the other.

11. Best song titles ever…even if you don’t like the songs…
Bitchin Camaro...great song, great name.

12. Which generally comes first in your songwriting process, lyrics or instrumentals? Or does it vary so much that there is no “generally?”
It depends on who writes it! If Mike is writing something it’s usually the hook or a vocal melody. David tends to write the entire song all at once. Amanda is great with lyrics and tends to write those first. Bill writes all the drums. And it’s very important to our sound that Bill does the drum things that he does.  It all comes together and is a great process.

13. What's your mode of transportation for touring?
When we go out of town we generally pile into Bill’s big, comfortable, Lincoln town car. If we need to bring a lot of equipment...we take all the seats out of Mike’s Honda Element and hope for the best.

14. If you had to write a song that was an ode to an inanimate object, what would that object be?
Most likely desserts of some kind. Like cookies or ice cream.

15. Do you travel with any merch sellers or techs?
Our friend Rory, when she’s around, runs our merch. She’s awesome and a founding member of the band that would become Bad Mary. We love when she’s around.

16. Do you ever wear any of your band's own merch?
YEP! We’re not afraid to self promote!

17. Not to get political, but ~ thoughts on music classes being offered in every school?
We think that all students should at least have the ability to study music in school, if they want to.

18. How did the band come together? Was there an audition process? Did you all already know each other or each other’s work in previous bands? Were there some early line-up changes before everything finally clicked?
We started out as a party band that played Drama Department functions at Hofstra University. One year after the Holiday Party we decided to make this band outside of the school. At that point we became a cover band called Madame-X. After about a year or two we wanted to start writing music. Our original drummer, Rory, got a great career opportunity so we asked Bill if he’d like to be in the band. From then we came up with Bad Mary and started writing.

19. When the band tours, should audiences expect slightly different versions of the songs from what’s on the album or do you try to duplicate the sound of the album as closely as possible?
We have definitely crafted live versions of our songs. Just how music evolves over time. We think it’s important to have a little bit of a different flair when we play live.

20. If you play a show and it’s just as good as you wanted it to be (nothing specific, just an overall lackluster performance), do you beat yourself up about it or just move on to the next show and make that one killer?
There’s always another show, so no. We move on and make sure to constantly get better.

21 Any major shows or festivals that you’re dying to play but haven’t yet had the chance to?
We’d LOVE to play at Riot Fest in Chicago.

22. What is everyone's favorite animal and why?
Steve the greyhound! He’s like our unofficial mascot! The best band dog ever!

23. What's the best thing a fan could say to you after a show?
The best we’ve heard was when we played Warped back in 2015 and someone said to us “thank you for keeping the spirit and energy of what this tour is about in your performance”. Can’t really beat that.

24. Which power ranger speaks to you most spiritually?
The Megazord! Yeah it’s technically not a ranger, but they’re nothing without one another. Also...we love giant robots.

 

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Website: www.badmary.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/badmaryband
Twitter: @badmaryband
Instagram: @badmaryband

 

August Spotlight: Megaweapon!

August 14, 2017

Check out Megaweapon from Long Island, NY!

1. Worst injury any of you has ever suffered onstage?
Not one of us but our friend Courtney came to sing with us once and she somehow tripped over her ownself and twisted her ankle.

2. If you ever decided to do an entire album of covers, which songs would make the cut?
We would easily include "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor and "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga.

3. Are there any causes/organizations that are particularly close to your hearts and that you would encourage the public to support?
A Voice for the Innocent which works with victims of sexual abuse is an organization that is close to my heart- I began training as a volunteer and hope to bring their pamphlets and educational materials to our shows in the near future. Any organizations which support LGBTQ rights we do our best to support as well as organizations that help homeless animals.

4. Anyone in the band a true foodie?
I would say definitely- all of us really love food but I'm the chef of the group. I have a few food allergies which have caused me to get creative in how I cook and creative with what i order in restaurants.

5. What’s the one local place ~ restaurant, dive, pool hall, tattoo parlor, etc. ~ that you HAVE to visit every time you’re back home?
We're huge fans of Bubba's Burrito Bar in Islip.

6. Most important lesson you’ve learned from being in the music industry?
To be supportive of others in the industry and to play for people that might even be fans of a band whose values you don't necessarily agree with. Trash talking doesn't get anyone anywhere these days- there's no more "rockstars" that trash hotels and treat people badly because making money is all too rare in this business. Being supportive and respectful is really important, especially of women and people of color in music who don't have it as easy as white men in music.

7.  Most impressive/worthwhile (from your perspective, not the public’s) music industry event (awards show, NAMM, etc.) you’ve ever attended?
LAUNCH Music Conference has been particularly exciting for me as a musician and a writer and publicist-hopeful but it's really one of the very few networking events I've had the opportunity to go to.

8. Name you’d absolutely love to give your next tour even if there’s no way in hell you’d be “allowed” to?
Probably something about dicks made out of gold because for some reason I said that once and got ragged on for it for like a few hours.

9. If you could have been involved in the soundtrack to one film, which film would you have chosen?
Clueless!

10. Is the music industry what you thought it would be when you were still a young band looking in from the outside?
Not at all! From my perspective when I was younger, I thought it would be much easier for women and people of color because of the popularity of hip hop as a genre and how successful women in pop are. However, it is not the same in rock music and I'm a lot more aware of that as time goes on.

11. Is what the band wears a consideration that you discuss as a group (and if so, does one of you have the final say on whether something is inappropriate, do you have a stylist, or do you all just put on whatever you’re feeling for each gig?
Occasionally we will discuss as a group- we also occasionally wear color stripes on our faces to match our EP Behind Glass Walls. Mostly, we all just seem to match because everyone tends to wear black, white or grey and I'll wear something colorful or all black.

12. Which generally comes first in your songwriting process, lyrics or instrumentals? Or does it vary so much that there is no “generally?”
It really varies! I would prefer if the lyrics came first because it's more challenging for me to place lyrics to instrumentals.

13. Do you have, for lack of a better word, understudies who could take over for various members of the band in a truly last minute emergency when it’s already too late to cancel a show?
We have one! My partner Mike was a member of the band for almost a year until Erik joined the band. He plays with us on both guitar and bass if Erik or Andrew can't make a show.

14. Does having both males and females in the band cause occasional “clashes of the genders,” make for a more creative musical environment due to different perspectives/approaches that each gender brings, or have absolutely no bearing on the creative process?
I feel very lucky to say that our genders always work well together! We almost never clash creatively and my bandmates are very supportive of feminine ideals. There's a few times where they will say no to something because they don't feel it represents them as well- which is fine and I don't take offense to it at all. Lyrically, we keep the topics of our songs (like in love songs or what not) to be gender neutral so any of us can sing lead and it not be uncomfortable.

15. Do any of you teach music in one form or another?
Yes! Andrew and I both taught lessons when the band first formed and we would like to as part of a future crowdfund effort.

16. Are any of you artists in other media outlets ~ painting, sculpting…?
I work in screen printing professionally besides being in the band and it's a skill I definitely am working on improving. I'm a writer- prose and poetry and also enjoy acting. I hope to someday become a photographer- but I haven't been able to come up with enough money to buy a worthwhile camera.  Andrew is into acting- he performs improv and does sketch comedy. He studied film in college and works in television professionally. Mike does graphic design, and Erik does some sound design and recording. Erik also takes drawing classes from one of our friends and he's working pretty hard to improve. I think that Mike and Andrew would both be really good at standup comedy if they tried.

17. How important is the choice of producer for your albums?
We are particulary fond of the engineer we've worked with for our last 2 EPs- Nicholas Starrantino. We also love to work with my close friend and producer- Chase Winters. I hope in the future to have a producer who is a woman jump on board with us as well.

18. Any technical gadget/feature that you wish someone would invent for your instrument?
I wish it was a lot simpler to change settings on keyboards with built in sounds- like something like a pedal or footswitch instead of having to lift ones hands from a keyboard.

19. Do you ever wear any of your band's own merch?
Yes to bed sometimes!

20. Not to get political, but what are your thoughts on music classes being offered in every school?
I think being able to explore music and the arts should be offered to all children and that arts should be taken seriously as career choices in the ways that math and science are!

21. For the females in the band ~ Do you have male groupies? And how do they act?
It’s hard to envision guys acting the way the stereotypical female groupies do, but…Honestly, I do.  I'll get messages often asking me if I have a boyfriend or telling me I'm beautiful from both male and female fans. I always act politely but haven't engaged with anyone who feels that way.

22. Any special “shout-outs” you’d like to give?
To my friends in Bad Mary and Lila Ignite- my favorite rock bands and friends. They've been the best friends anyone could ask for in the last 3 years we've been a band. Giant Kitty and j and the 9s are also two bands that hugely inspire me.

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Upcoming dates:
October 6 - Boston MA

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July Spotlight: Scarlet Canary!

July 10, 2017
Scarlet Canary from Denver, CO!
 
 
-Performing Rock Fest on 7/14 with Avenged Sevenfold and Korn. 
-Opening for Saliva in Denver, CO on 8/4
-East Coast dates coming this Fall!
 
 

1. Worst injury any of you has ever suffered onstage?
My old guitarist threw his guitar around his body and clocked me in the head. I performed the rest of the set bleeding through my hair and no one knew. After the set I went to the bathroom and washed the blood off my shirt and hair and no one was the wiser.

2. Do you think stage presence is a gift someone either has or doesn’t?
Nope. I was horrible on stage when I started. I didnt move at all and was scared of doing anything wrong. I watched other performers and learned what worked and What didn't. Anyone can copy however, not everyone can own their own stage presence. That's the difference between a good performer and a bad one: the looking natural thing.
 
3. What's your mode of transportation for touring?
Minivan!! Her name is Maggie Mounds and she has a heart of gold. Fantastic gas mileage and enough room to put a mattress in the back for comfortable sleeping. Minivans are the way to tour. 
 
4. Do you ever wear any of your band's own merch?
No. We think its kinda like making your own tour laminates. A waste of time. We love wearing other bands merch though!
 
5. Any good dirty jokes to share?
Why do midgets laugh when they run? Because the grass tickles their balls. We have others.....but they aren't for polite conversation or company haha.
 
6. When the band tours, should audiences expect slightly different versions of the songs from what’s on the album or do you try to duplicate the sound of the album as closely as possible?
Different, for sure. Why would you come to a live show to just hear the album again? We like to give the audience something they can't get on the track....along with lots of sweat and moshing.  
 
7. Silliest mild fear /phobia about which your bandmates constantly mock you?
I loath crawdads. I know they cant really hurt me or anything but I just hate them. If we go swimming in a river or place they might be I tend to stay on the shore. Partially because I don't want to hear about it from my band, and partially because I want to keep my toes intact. 
 
8. Is it true what they say about drummers? guitarists? bassists? singers? etc...
Yes. Except singers. We are wonderful and I DO load gear in and out of the venue. Ha.
 
9. Ever have to use the dreaded Port-a-Potties during festivals?
I WISH I could say those are the sketchest place I've gone to the bathroom. Yep we all have used them, just go for the one farthest from the food vendors and stage and you are usually good.
 
10. One person you would really like to see you perform?
I really want to be best friends with Lzzy Hale. So she would be on the top of my list. Also Dave Grohl because he is a fantastic musician and fun guy.
 
11. Any major shows or festivals that you’re dying to play but haven’t yet had the chance to?
We would love to play some of the famous venues across the US. I would love to play the machine shop or knitting factory. As far as festivals go, we want to play them ALL! Ha, as well as over seas. 
 
12. How many days in a row can you wear the same pair of pants on tour before it becomes, ya know, a problem?
We have a "febreeze" system in the trailer....so we can stretch our clothes wearbility out a day or two past normal. I usually can get away with 5 days of shows in one pair of pants before they are too gross to wear. I usually stop at 3 or 4 days though for the fans sake. 
 
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June Interview: Sharp Violet!

June 6, 2017
Check out this month's interview with Sharp Violet from Lindenhurst, NY!
 
 
Upcoming Shows:
Connollys Pub:
July 7th, doors are at 8pm
Address: 121 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036


1. Does anyone still have a collection of vinyl or cassettes? If you have vinyl, which is your most cherished album?
Jess- The Beatles/1962-1966, it's the one that started it all! 
Jasmine- AFI Fly In the Ointment, it's a first pressing from 1995 and it glows in the dark. Geoff, their old bassist posted online that he had some old merch that he found at his parents house. I contacted him and bought it directly from him.
Liz- Blondie Parallel Lines, Blondie is one of my favorite bands plus we cover Hanging On The Telephone. The main reason it holds a special place in my heart though, is because I bought it at record store called Record Stop, that my Dad has been going to since he was a teenager. It's cool that we can go there together and bond over music.
Tala- I collect both vinyl and cassettes. My most cherished album is Bernard Purdie- Soul is...Pretty Purdie. He is the ultimate soul drummer and talks through his playing plus he sings.

2. Are there any causes/organizations that are particularly close to your hearts and that you would encourage the public to support?
Planned Parenthood is an organization that's really important to us. Everyone should have access to affordable and safe health care. A few months ago, we played a benefit show for Planned Parenthood and it was great to raise money for a cause close to our hearts. 


3. Where do you all come from, musically speaking? Have you been a musician/in a band since you were a kid? Did you take lessons or are you self-taught? And is the genre you play now what you started out in/have there been some musical detours along the way?
Jess- I've been playing music since I was 10, I first learned piano and then 5 years later I learned guitar. I also went to college for music and now I teach both instruments. Prior to being in the band, I mainly played classical and jazz but my guitar playing has always been rock n roll. 
Jasmine- I started playing the trumpet at 10 and dabbled in playing the drums and piano. I started composing my own electronic music during high school. When I was 18, I bought a bass and would play it here and there. I met my friend Frankie at a show and formed a band. From jamming with that band, that's how I really began to learn how to play. 
Liz- I'm lucky that both my parents listen to good music and growing up every night at dinner we would listen to either a Beach Boys album or a classic rock radio station. When I was 13, I discovered No Doubt and my life changed forever falling in love with punk and ska. I joined the chorus at school in fourth grade and have been singing ever since. I started an all girl band when I was 15 and we pretty much played similar music that Sharp Violet plays. 
Tala- I started playing at a young age with flute and guitar but I always wanted to play drums. I finally convinced my mom to get drum lessons when I was 15. My first band was a duo with my best friend and then I played in an all girl punk band. I got really into jazz and math rock and stopped playing music in college. I picked up the drums again when I joined Sharp Violet. 

4. If you could have been involved in the soundtrack to one film, which film would you have chosen?
Jess and Jasmine- Me, Myself and Irene, We both really like the soundtrack!
Liz- Empire Records- it's probably the best soundtrack of all time!
Tala- Whip It- I'm a jammer for the Long Island Roller Rebels and what better movie to feature riot grrrl songs. 

5. What’s the strangest gift any fan has given…or tried to give…you?
Liz- It's not strange, but more of a pleasant surprise. A fan of ours in Mexico made two different drawings of me. It was so thoughtful and he's extremely talented. What I love the most was that he included a bracelet I wear to every show we play. 


6. Thoughts on technical prowess vs stage presence:
Jess- You can have a little bit of both, as long as you practice enough it shouldn't be a problem to have both.
Jasmine- Practice is very important for confidence but if people are coming to see you perform live, you should look like you're having a good time. 
Liz- While stage presence is important, I think at first the main focus should be on technical prowess. I think stage presence will come naturally once there is a mastery of your songs.  
Tala- Usually my limbs are pretty busy playing the drums so all I have in the way of stage presence is the occasional funny face and Jamie Lee Curtis jokes between songs. 


7. Best song titles ever…even if you don’t like the songs…
Jess- Dancing With The Devil by Breaking Benjamin, who hasn't been tempted to do something even though they know it's wrong.
Jasmine- Every Panic At The Disco song
Liz- Only Happy When It Rains by Garbage- I wish I wrote that song
Tala-Hip Hop Hippopotamus, it's just smart and who doesn't wish they thought of that first. 


8. Which generally comes first in your songwriting process, lyrics or instrumentals? Or does it vary so much that there is no “generally?”
Lyrics usually come first and then we work on the instrumentals. 

9. Do you have, for lack of a better word, understudies who could take over for various members of the band in a truly last minute emergency when it’s already too late to cancel a show?
We're lucky that we have a few friends who can fill in for various members. Steve, the singer/guitarist from our brother band, Steve And The Not Steves has filled in a few of our practices for guitar, bass and drums if one of us couldn't make it. Another friend, Scott from Holy Smokes can fill in on drums if it was an emergency. 

10. Do any of you teach music in one form or another?
Jess- I have been teaching music lessons for piano and guitar for about 6-7 years. 
Jasmine- I occasionally teach trumpet lessons.

11. If you had to write a song that was an ode to an inanimate object, what would that object be?
Jess- Chapstick, I own a whole bunch and might have a problem...
Jasmine- Coffee Cup Holder, it's required now to prevent your hand from being burned. 
Liz- Orange Crayons, I actually wrote a poem called "The Lone Orange Crayon" and it's about how it's tough living in a world of greens and blues.
Tala- The Snuggie- best fucking invention

12. How did the band come together? Was there an audition process? Did you all already know each other or each other’s work in previous bands? Were there some early line-up changes before everything finally clicked?
Liz- I started the band around February 2016 and had a few line up changes here and there but the line up we have now is the true heart of Sharp Violet. I'm very fortunate to play with these talented girls and I'm glad they have become my best friends. I'm getting married in July and they will be my bridesmaids. I met Jess in April through our mutual friend Annie, from Jackknife Stiletto. I met Jasmine through a former member of Steve And The Not Steves. I had met Tala about 7 years ago through my best friend Eddy who plays drums in Steve And The Not Steves and when we were looking for a drummer reach out to her  even though we hadn't talked in years.

13. Do you have a go-to band, current or past, that you listen to for musical inspiration? One that always gets your creative juices flowing?
Jess- Breaking Benjamin 
Jasmine- The Cure
Liz- Sleater-Kinney
Tala- Nomeansno 

14. Any major shows or festivals that you’re dying to play but haven’t yet had the chance to?
Riot Fest would be a dream to play!

15. Do it for the fans? Or do it for yourself?
DO IT FOR YOURSELF! 
 
 

May Interview: Smoking Martha!

May 10, 2017
 
Check out Smoking Martha from Brisbane, Australia!
 
 
1. Which do you find more difficult/intimidating ~ performing for a comparatively small audience (especially one that you know includes family and/or friends) in a more intimate venue or for a huge [faceless/anonymous] crowd at an enormous stadium? 
Size doesn’t really matter it’s the vibe that makes the show more fun or intimidating.  It is definitely way more fun when the crowd knows your music and joins in, but if you can give it your all and win over a tough crowd who have never heard you before, it is extremely satisfying!!


2. Does anyone still have a collection of vinyl or cassettes? If you have vinyl, which is your most cherished album?
We all love and collect Vinyl, I have claimed my mum’s collection from the 70s but continually adding to it, one of my most cherished is Melanie candles in the rain 1970 crackles and all.
 

3. Is there a code of ethics/conduct amongst professional musicians who are on the same bill…and even in the same band? Maybe things like always acknowledging the band that played before you and the ones who come later on the bill, making sure to
introduce each member of your own band, not touching/moving other bands’ gear, etc.

It is so important for us to stick together and support independent music, we will always stay from start to finish at all of our shows, we love music and will do whatever we can to keep the local live music scene alive!!


4. Worst injury any of you has ever suffered onstage?
Micks fallen on his back a few times but continued playing, Az and Matty have thrown up a few times side of stage, lots of bleeding fingers,  I’ve had my hair caught in a few guitar /bass necks, and Jord got an ingrown hair on his knee.

 

5. Most important lesson you’ve learned from being in the music industry: 
Don't get in random cars with random record executives... they get you in and say 'now suck my cock Gary!

6. Which generally comes first in your song writing process, lyrics or instrumentals? Or does it vary so much that there is no “generally?
Normally guitar for the basic structure and then lyrics and melody, and then bass, drums!!

7. What's the best thing a fan could say to you after a show? 
Sign my boobs!!

8. Do it for the fans? Or do it for yourself? 
Both, you need to believe in and enjoy what you do in order for your fans to enjoy your music.

9. Things go wrong when you play live: Have you ever played one of those shows when the “wrong” wasn’t something that only members of the band or other musicians in the audience would notice, but was of the “absolutely no hiding it” type? 
We were playing a show in Melbourne on a pretty tiny stage, the sound was terrible echo for years and the heel of my boot got caught in the back of my lace dress so I tried to hide it by going down on my knees I then fell backwards, none of the boys saw so when I was lying flat on my back Mick stood on my hair nearly ripping it out of my head as I tried to get back up, I just shook it off and continued head banging. I don’t think many people noticed just the few at the front with my hoo ha in their faces lol.

10. For the females in the band ~ Do you have male groupies? And how do they act?
It’s hard to envision guys acting the way the stereotypical female groupies do, but… I’ve had a few proposals yelled out but they all get shy when I actually meet them.

11. Where do you all come from, musically speaking? Have you been a musician/in a band since you were a kid? Did you take lessons or are you self-taught? And is the genre you play now what you started out in/have there been some musical detours along the way? 
We are mostly self-taught, and we very much write by ear, with the exception of the prodigy classical child Mathew lol, we have all been inspired musically by such a wide variety of genres Metal, rock, jazz, blues and everything in between.

12. If you could have been involved in the soundtrack to one film, which film would you have chosen?
Wayne’s world

13. Do you think stage presence is a gift someone either has or doesn’t? 
I think you can definitely improve its just about confidence and staying true to yourself. I think once you have perfected the musical performance you can have more fun with your physical performance.

14. Is what the band wears a consideration that you discuss as a group (and if so, does one of you have the final say on whether something is inappropriate, do you have a stylist, or do you all just put on whatever you’re feeling for each gig?
Nah we all wear what we want, with the exceptions of photo shoots and music videos, then I just make sure the colours work, I’m in fashion so don’t mind styling the boys a little when they let me ha ha.

15. Does having both males and females in the band cause occasional “clashes of the genders,” make for a more creative musical environment due to different perspectives/approaches that each gender brings, or have absolutely no bearing on the creative process?
Not at all, we are all really comfortable with each other, they try not to fart in the jam room and I try not to talk too much shit.

16. How important is the choice of producer for your albums? 
Really important, personally I still have so much to learn, we are always open to ways of improving our sound.

17. Do you currently have any endorsements? Which endorsements are you looking to get?
No, but looking at Castlemaine brewery, The Drambuie Liqueur Company Limited, VB. Guitar and bass strings and drum sticks, cymbals would be handy also!!


Website: http://www.smokingmartha.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/smokingmartha/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/smokingmartha
Instagram: www.instagram.com/smokingmartha/
Youtube: www.youtube.com/SmokingMartha

April Interview: No Small Children!

April 5, 2017

 

No Small Children

LP- Lisa P
NB- Nicola Berlinsky
JP- Joanie Pimentel

1. Worst injury any of you suffered onstage?
NB: Loading gear into a show on the first night of a run of 10 shows in a row, Lisa closed the trunk on her hand. She played through the pain that night, but by the next day it was clear she broke a finger. She had to quickly figure out how to pull off all the guitar parts with one of her fingers in a huge bandage. 
 

2. Most important lesson you’ve learned from being in the music industry?
LP-Because of touring, we get to meet all kinds of people all over the USA. What I realize is all though a few people really suck, MOST people are AWESOME and want to be awesome. Sometimes it is hard to tell that when I am home for a while, because every TV show and News program I watch has a bunch of “bad guys” in it.  It seems like there are “bad guys” everywhere!!!!!…but mostly, there are not. Mostly, there are good guys (and ladies).

The other take-away for me is that no one knows my music better than me. I believe that being open-minded and brutally honest is the only way to create true magic. At same time, you have to know who you are and be able to be strong enough to stand up for it.

 

3. Is there a code of ethics/conduct amongst professional musicians who are on the same bill…and even in the same band? Maybe things like always acknowledging the band that played before you and the ones who come later on the bill, making sure to introduce each member of your own band, not touching/moving other bands’ gear, etc.?
JP: I wouldn't call it a code of ethics but there is a certain unspoken etiquette that we try to follow both within the band and also in general as musicians. Within our group, we try our best to always have a balanced representation where media and press are concerned. As far as being in a club, there are certain courtesies we try to afford other musicians such as not moving another band's gear unless they need help, sticking around to catch the other sets where possible, and acknowledging them. We also try to make a point to recognize the sound person for the night. They're often overlooked and working their tail off.

 

4. Are you ever surprised when the track on your album that you assumed would be your fans’ favorite turns out not to be (or vice versa) or have you gotten to the point of no longer trying to second guess what the public’s taste will be?
JP: We try hard not to make any assumptions about this type of thing. We put as much music out there as possible and let everyone choose the songs for themselves.

 

5. Strangest gift from a fan:
NB: One local fan always brings each of us a bag of apples each time he comes to our shows (being that we're teachers.) And then there was that time a male member in audience threw us the undies he was wearing...

 

6. Thoughts on technical prowess vs stage presence:
LP-I think it is fair to say that there are no “technical prowess’ types in NSC when it comes to fancy musical gear. We are not very good at impressive techie-type conversations with “gearheads” haha.  However, I will also say that we really want to learn more about tech stuff because we want to take our music to the highest level we possibly can. If that means being more technical, than shit, lets give it try.

When we brutally talk about stage presence together, we talk about trying to be our most natural self and not worrying about how we look. If it doesn’t feel natural and authentic to us, it’s going to seem stupid to the audience. All my favorite performers just throw themselves to the audience unapologetically. Some don’t move much at all and I fall in love with them and some are insane. They are not “trying” to be anything. In my opinion, as long as you are worried about how you look, it will never work.

 

7. Can a performer possess such an amazing amount of one that it makes up for the lack of the other?
JP: I think this is true in almost every profession. Very few people are great at every aspect of being a performer so playing to your strengths makes sense. However, the one thing there is no substitute for is hard work, regardless of where your strengths lay.

 

8. Do you think stage presence is a gift someone either has or doesn’t?
JP: I think stage presence is something you can, and usually do, learn with time and experience. It's good measure of a performer's confidence (or ability to fake it) and that confidence can only come after you've had both successes and failures in front of an audience. If you see us doing something right on stage it's usually because we did it wrong at least once.

 

9. Is the music industry what you thought it would be when you were still a young band looking in from the outside?
LP-I don’t think we had many thoughts about the music industry when we started NSC. We just wanted to play, and then we wanted to gig, and then record, and then tour etc. It has been a chase ever since. We feel like WE ARE the music industry. Now we need a manager.

When we were younger, you needed a record deal to do most of what we are doing now. It was awesome if you got one, but just a handful of people were lucky enough. And even if you did, you had to get lucky with the way the label handled your band. Back then, a few people made a ton of money.
 Now a lot of people are making a little money. Even though it is a lot more work, I like the new way more because NSC lives and dies with LisaP, Nicola and Joanie, instead of some person sitting in an office that totally doesn't get us.

Oh, also it would be great if people started paying for music since it takes so much work (and money) to make it.

 

10. Is what the band wears a consideration that you discuss as a group (and if so, does one of you have the final say on whether something is inappropriate, do you have a stylist, or do you all just put on whatever you’re feeling for each gig?
JP: We always wear matching dresses to every show....it's kind of our thing. Although we vote on most band decisions, we have a general rule that we only buy dresses that all 3 of us like. We have agreed enough times to have a closet full of them! The dresses are bold and flirty, and having all 3 of us show up to a venue wearing the same thing sparks interest with the crowd before we even play the first note. Not having to decide what to wear makes getting ready for gigs much simpler.

 

11. What's your mode of transportation for touring?
NB: From the west coast to the Midwest, we tour in my Ford Transit. It holds everything, gets decent mileage, and is easy to maintain.  
 

12. Do you ever wear any of your band's own merch?
NB: Guilty. We wear most of it except the shirts with our own faces on it. That would be weird. 

13. Do you currently have any endorsements? Which endorsements are you looking to get?
LP-Currently, we are endorsed by; Pinup Girl Boutique, DAddario Strings and Vater sticks. If you’re reading this, we would love to talk with you about endorsements or branding. We will let you know if we can’t do it.

 

14. If you play a show and...
NB: One of our band mottos that helps us keep perspective is: A show is never as bad or as good as you good as you think it is. But if things do go wrong during a show, with gear, communication, or musicianship, we address it as soon as possible. What needs to be fixed with the gear? What kept us from hearing, seeing, or tuning into each other? What physically or mentally impacted our playing? There is always something to adjust after every show if we want to keep growing. Once we figure out what it is and address the issue, we move on. 

 

15. Ever have to use the dreaded Port-a-Potties during festivals?
NB: Omg yes!!! We wore huge, gold, floor length ball gowns two years ago at the Tweed Festival. The stage was in the middle of a scenic, Vermont field filled with 3-day, music loving tent campers...not a building in sight. I don't think we wore those dresses again

 

16. One person you would really like to see you perform?
LP-Joan Jett -because she is the most badass of all the badasses and maybe she would like us and let us open for her. When I go to Supercuts to get my haircut I say “can you cut my hair like Joan Jett” and she knows exactly what I want. That’s why I keep going back to her. Shit, maybe I should be endorsed by Supercuts.

 

March Interview: Whiskey Crossing

March 15, 2017

Check out Whiskey Crossing from Vernon, NJ!


1. Does anyone still have a collection of vinyl or cassettes? If you have vinyl, which is your most cherished album?
 Vinyl is an essential part of any musician/music fan's love for music. Andrew has a huge vinyl collection (over 100 records) stuffed in a 100 year old metal trunk he bought off a woman who came from Italy, made out of Tuna Fish cans and wood. The most cherished album in that collection is without a doubt "Joshua Tree" by U2.
 
2. Ultimate venue that you’d want to play ~ one that captures exactly what the band is about and is a perfect match for your performance style..
The ultimate venue that we would ever want to play has got to be basically at any major country music festival. To experience what it would be like to share the stage with all of the country artists that inspire us. To see ourselves on the same level as they are. 
 
3. Did you keep the first bass/guitar/kit/mic/etc. you ever had, even if it was from childhood, and have you kept all subsequent instruments from over the years?
We still have our very first guitars and all other instruments we learned music with. Tina has "Vaidah", her $100 cheap acoustic Epiphone guitar. She has been, and always will be a beauty. Andrew still has his first guitar he ever bought, in Austria at a local music shop. A handmade custom classical acoustic guitar. 
 
4. One person you would really like to see you perform?
One person we'd really like to see us perform is hands down, Steven Tyler. Because we know he'd appreciate it, and he would always give positive feedback. He seems like the most down-to-earth, music loving hippie anyone could get along with. Plus, we'd expect him to join us on stage!
 
5. Silliest mild fear /phobia about which your bandmates constantly mock you?
Our mild fears, are more than mildly entertaining. Tina is afraid of clowns, which Andrew delightfully sends her pictures of Pennywise from "IT", with no remorse. Yet, Andrew is afraid of birds, so whenever we pass by giant ostriches after our shows at the State Fairs, Tina always volunteers Andrew to feed them!
 
6. How did the band come together? Was there an audition process? Did you all already know each other or each other’s work in previous bands? Were there some early line-up changes before everything finally clicked?
The band came together in church. That's where it all started. Tina and I used to be in a Praise Band together. Then we decided we need to express our love of Whiskey more than our love of Jesus, so we rebelled, quit church and branched out! Okay...kidding...a little bit. We did start in church, but we realized we wanted to reach people on a different level other than church. So we formed the duo to see where life would take us, and how many lives we can touch with our music. Best choice we ever made.
 
7. If you could have been involved in the soundtrack to one film, which film would you have chosen?
If we could have our music featured in the soundtrack of a film, Tina would want it to be in "The Runaways". She loves how the whole movie is put together, showing scenes about younger musicians. The overall theme of the movie could fit well with our music. Andrew would want it to be in "Walk The Line". Not only does Johnny Cash fit our style, the whole story behind his music is very much like our story, in a way. 
 
8. Do it for the fans? Or do it for yourself?
We absolutely play music for the fans. Because if there are no fans, it would be an empty show. And if
there is anybody who doesn't enjoy your music, there is no point in even playing! 
 
9. Do you ever wear any of your band's own merch?
We honestly love wearing our own merch. Not only is it free promotion to wear our shirts, have bumper stickers on our cars, it just feels so cool to see our name and reminds us to live up to it. So every time it sparks a conversation, or inspires somebody to Google the name, you know you'll never let it down.
 
10. Any special “shout-outs” you’d like to give?
We'd like to give a special shout-out to Antigone Rising for allowing us to be a part of their evening, when we opened for them at the Stanhope House. It was truly an honor and a pleasure to share the stage with such an amazing band, and we cannot be more thankful for that opportunity from the bottom of our hearts.
 
That is all the answers we have for you. Thank you so much for reaching out to us, having us be a part of this! It was so nice meeting you! You rock!!! Our upcoming shows are: April 22nd, we open for Madeline Smith at the Stanhope House, and then May 20th we open for Nikki Briar at the Stanhope House!
 

February Interview: Damn Broads!

February 16, 2017

One of our first spotlights here at VAGXCORE was the Damn Broads so it's only fitting that our first interview be with them! 

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The Damn Broads formed in May 2010 from Torrington, CT. They are a punk band that happens to consist of all girls but don't let their gender fool you - they are NOT a girl band. The broads have a unique sound. They're influenced by punk rock, street punk, pogo, oi and alcohol...lots of alcohol. They've been compared to The Pist, Black Flag and the girl version of Minor Threat.

In 2012 the broads self released their first full length CD, "Loud, Fast and in the Dark." Recorded at The Cutting Room in Manhattan, New York the broads bring it to you raw! In 2015 the broads released their second full length CD, yet first full length CD as a three piece "Guilty As Charged" with all three ladies alternating on vocals.

Interview with Damn Broads:

1) Does anyone still have a collection of vinyl or cassettes? If you have vinyl, which is your most cherished album?
- Yes, all three of us collect vinyls and cassettes. We are going to have to say our most cherished albums are an autographed Joan Jett, autographed Casualties and The Pist. 

2) If you ever decided to do an entire album of covers, which songs would make the cut
These are some of the ones we would pick because we have either played them in the past, or we're planning to in the near future:

- Cock Sparrer, watch your back
- Lower Class Brats, just like clockwork
- The Pist, slogans
- The Adicts, straight jacket
- Oxymoron, the pigs
- Bad Brians, pay to cum
- Minor Threat, screamin at a wall
- Cheap Sex, launch off to war
- Antidote, fuck homophobia/let's get drunk

3) Are there any causes/organizations that are particularly close to your hearts and that you would encourage the public to support?
- We actually just made a new song for our upcoming album called "Monsters." It is about animal abuse and how the real monsters are human. Once we release it, we will be giving all proceeds to a no kill shelter in our area. We have a few songs on our new cd about causes we believe in such as LGBTQ and womens rights. 

4) Ultimate venue that you’d want to play ~ one that captures exactly what the band is about and is a perfect match for your performance style.
- We have found our venue! We have already played there but are planning to go back this September. 924 Gilman in Berkely, CA is a huge part of history in punk rock. Many bands we grew up listening to have played this venue and we were honored to play the same stage as they did.  We would have loved to play CBGB's in NYC but unfortunately it closed before we became a band. 

5) Name you’d absolutely love to give your next tour even if there’s no way in hell you’d be “allowed” to?
-  This question is perfect actually since we will be on tour in September. We're thinking "Damn Broads cant drive!" tour or "Grab your cunts, lets roll!" We haven't decided.

6) If you could have been involved in the soundtrack to one film, which film would you have chosen? 
- Planet Terror. What would be more bad ass than 3 angry broads screaming in the background of a half naked chick with a machine gun for a leg? Come on...

7) If you were putting together a headlining tour, who would be on the bill?
- We would create the "CT takes over tour!" We would bring along some other talented bands from Connecticut such as Cry Havoc!, God's Middle Finger, Productive Member and Lost Riots. 

8) Are any of you artists in other media outlets ~ painting, sculpting…?
- Our bass player Michelle is an amazing artist whether it's digital, watercolor, stencils, ink.... And we're not just saying that, because if she sucked we would tell you. She designs all our flyers, album art and merchandise. She just illustrated a childrens book which is pretty fucking sweet. She's got skills. 
instagram: @rightinthetrash

9) Any technical gadget/feature that you wish someone would invent for your instrument?
- Drums to pack themselves!!! You know those Russian stacking dolls? Drums should come like that. Also never breaking/rusting guitar strings and instrument cables that never crap out! 

10) Do you ever wear any of your band's own merch?
- Can you say, laundry dayyyyyyyyyyyyy! 

11) Silliest mild fear /phobia about which your bandmates constantly mock you?
- Yes....we each have a phobia and it's terrible! We fuck with each other constantly. We are hoping by coming out with our fears right now, everyone will protect us if any of these horrifying things are around us: Moths, dolls and octopuses. Oh my!

12) Most kickass meal in any town or country you’ve visited?
- Every time we tour we have to hit up Wawa anywhere and everywhere. You may think it's just a gas station but boy are you wrong. It's cheaper than a restaurant yet just as good. Plus you don't have socialize with anyone because you order through a touch screen. It's also got a cute goose logo. 

13) What would the authorized biography of your band be titled?
- "Booze, Tattoos and Boobs the Unauthorized Biography of Damn Broads" 

14) Any major shows or festivals that you’re dying to play but haven’t yet had the chance to?
- FYWROK (Fuck You We Rule OK)...We want to be in you!!!!!!

15) How many days in a row can you wear the same pair of pants on tour before it becomes, ya know, a problem?
- We're pretty crusty on tour...we admit it. But no more than 3! Then it's definitely a problem for everyone else in the van. Bring febreze! 

Thank you for having us, cheers!! 

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Upcoming: 
They plan to have their third full length album finished by June of this year. September they'll be driving from CT to CA to promote the new cd! Here are some dates booked:
Sept 16th - St. Louis, MO
Sept 17th - Tulsa, OK
Sept 20th - Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 22nd - Los Angeles, CA
More dates to be added!!!

Links/Websites:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/damnbroads
Bandcamp: https://damnbroads.bandcamp.com/
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/damnbroadspunk
Store: http://damnbroads.bigcartel.com/

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