Sneaking Cigarettes At Lunchtime with Cherry Glazerr

by Todd

Cherry Glazerr

When we look back at this decade, Southern California and the revival of 60′s tinged garage music will take up more than a few chapters. The genre continues to evolve, pushing out the old-timers (which now apparently means anyone over 25…) and replacing them with a new generation who’re taking music in a brilliant direction. The Los Angeles trio of guitarist/vocalist Clementine Creevy, bassist Sean Redman and drummer Hannah Uribe range in age between 16 and 22, yet display a worldly sense of what they’re doing musically. The latest addition to Burger Records’ garage rock roster, the band recently released a Jamie Heinrich-directed short film for “White’s Not My Color This Evening,” offsetting the song’s chaotic, adrenaline-filled peaks with a slow and suspenseful narrative about finding love in the most unexpected of places. Cherry Glazerr’s debut LP, Haxel Princess, was just released via Burger. Stephanie Hernandez dug deep to talk to the band about the process of creating the new album and more.

Stephanie: How did you guys meet?

Hannah: I met Clem through school and Clem met Sean through a summer program at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood.

Clem: Hannah and I started jamming together and recording. After Sean heard a few songs that I had posted on Facebook or whatever, he asked if we needed a bass player. He joined and we became Cherry Glazerr.

Stephanie: You have simple lyrics that are super relatable. What’s the song writing process like?

Clem: I come up with the melody first, then I add lyrics and that usually becomes the first verse. Then I come up with the chorus and arrangement. Then we jam together on the song and give it umph!

Stephanie: You were introduced to Burger Records through Tashaki Miyaki. Were you surprised that a label was willing to put out your first EP right off the bat?

Clem: Sean and Lee, the co-founders actually discovered me on Soundcloud. I was familiar with Burger and knew the drill, but I was so nervous about how ready they were to put out the tape. I was like, “Holy shit, Burger Records want to put out my demos! This is crazy.”. When Lee called me for the first time I was fifteen and told him I couldn’t drive up to the shop because I hadn’t gotten my license, he laughed and responded with “Rad!”.

Stephanie: What’s it like working with Burger? Sounds like it’d be so much fun to be associated with a label like theirs and meeting so many other awesome bands.

Hannah- It’s really awesome being able to work with them. They have done so many amazing things for us and brought us so far. They got us our first show ever. We wouldn’t be where we are today, without them.

Clem: We are so lucky that they discovered us. Such amazing people and taste-makers.

Stephanie: Your full length LP was just recently released. That must have been super exciting.

Hannah: It was exciting because most of the songs on there, with the exception of a few, were recorded by the current members of Cherry Glazerr.

Clem: The response has been awesome. We have really cool opportunities coming at us right now and the future looks bright. We’re just going to keep writing and recording for the next album. Our fans and shows have been so supportive since the album dropped.

Stephanie: Please explain the cover art for “Haxel Princess.” Who’s the guy on the cover?

Clem: Thats our friend Isaac. He’s a funny dude.

Stephanie: I might be a little bias because I’m a girl, but “Teenage Girl” is probably my favorite song on the record. Recently I saw that you posted the lyrics to it on Instagram with “Tavi Blog” written on top. Was it influenced by Tavi from Rookie Mag?

Clem: I actually wrote it for Tavi. We have mutual friends who showed her a few early songs and she wanted me to do the theme song for her blog so I wrote “Teenage Girl”. It came to me one summer morning and I spent all day in my bed writing.

Stephanie: “Glenn The Dawg” is an extremely sad song and I must admit it made me a bit emotional. What’s the backstory on that song?

Clem: We bought Glenn when he was a puppy and I was one. He died of doggy cancer. It really was hard for me obviously. Losing a pet is losing a family member, so I wrote Glenn the Dawg with high emotions. I definitely sobbed while writing it. We can’t play it live because I’ll start crying for sure.

Stephanie: I love how the girl kicks the guy’s ass in the video for “White’s Not My Color This Evening,” how did the story idea come about for the video?

Clem: I came up with the concept when I was in London. I was at a coffee shop and I made the story board on a napkin. The song is about being on your period and I wanted it to be rough and weird.

Stephanie: What’s your favorite song on your record and why?

Hannah: My favorite song on our new record, is Haxel Princess. I have so much fun playing that song live and everyone always seems to really enjoy it.

Clem: Whenever we make a new song, that’s usually my favorite to play. I do love when kids go bananas during Teenage Girl though.

Stephanie: Don’t know if you’d gotten this before but I hear a little resemblance to Those Darlins on “Haxel Princess,” who have been your major influences?

Clem: All of us have a lot of influences from every genre. Genre’s have, generally speaking, become so vague. Everything is “Indie Rock”. Warpaint and FIDLAR are both considered Indie Rock but they sound nothing alike. Its pretty bizarre. (I really like both of those band by the way). I actually have a lot of blues and funk influences as a guitar player, like Muddy Waters, Parliment, Bootsy Collins. I was listening to Black Moth Super Rainbow and The Coathangers a lot when I started recording my own songs. That’s sort of where the influence came from during the blossoming of CG. But naturally, it’s always changing.

Stephanie: You are all fairly young- do you find it a bit intimidating to be in the music industry with so many other bands that have years ahead of you?

Hannah- Personally, I don’t find it at all intimidating. It really is more of a great opportunity to learn from musicians that have much more experience than us.

Clem: I agree. I feel like we’re always learning from musicians that have years ahead of us, which is pretty cool. I love getting advice from older musicians. Its so valuable right now. I wanna follow Red Kross around with a notebook and pen.

Stephanie: You are playing Burgerama III in March. What are you most excited about?

Sean- Burgerama is like a pilgrimage for music fans from Southern California and beyond. Like the Burning Man of garage rock. The energy and camaraderie amongst fans is something really special, not to mention this years line-up is practically legendary. I’m excited to see all the kids trying not to explode from utter joy.

Stephanie: If you could create you dream tour, who would be on it and what would it be called?

Sean- Afroman & Cherry Glazerr “The Glazed & Confused Tour 2k14”

Clem-Action Bronson and Cherry Glazerr “Cherry Blazed Tour 2k14”

Stephanie:You all have super cute style- what are your influences?

Sean: Personally: Lee Hazlewood, Steve McQueen, and Jacques Dutronc.

Clem: Brigitte Bardot and Coco Chanel.

For more information about the band, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

From The Aquadolls, to Melissa Brooks, to your heart

by Todd

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The first time I heard The Aquadolls, I thought I’d stumbled on an unheard gem from the 60′s surf movement. Their songs are filled with tales of broken hearts and pop melodies that would have The Shangri-Las and Beach Boys wide-eyed in wonder. Hailing from Seal Beach, California the band (with Melissa Brooks on vocals/guitar, joined by Ryan Frailich on vocals/guitar, Christian Karapetian on drums, and Kailee Westwood on bass. ), they have released a plethora of songs on Bandcamp and are releasing an LP entitled, “Stoked On You” on November 11th. You can download an exclusive copy of the first single from the album at Huffington Post UK (written by yours truly).

Todd and Alexandria talked to Melissa about the new album and what it’s like to be a symbol of female empowerment.

Todd: I love that you recorded Stoked On You with Lucy Miyaki, as I love Tashaki Miyaki. What was she like to work with? Did she make suggestions about song arrangement, your sound….What was her contribution?

Melissa: We love Tashaki Miyaki as well! Lucy was a blast to work with and really helped us hone in our sound. She provided awesome vintage equipment like really rad old microphones and fuzz pedals that like Neil Young used or something.

Todd: Is it ever hard dating someone in the band? I’m imagining the stalker boys and girls that hit on you both…

Melissa: Not at all! Ryan and I make really good music partners. We collaborate together well. I get inspired by the feeling that love gives me, and we vibe off each other well.

Todd: I read an interview where you mentioned liking Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera when you were a kid. There’s a pop sensibility to your songwriting that makes me wonder if you’re channeling your inner Britney sometimes. Fair statement?

Melissa: Yes! I love Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. I have worshiped them both since I was 5 and still do today!

Todd: A few weeks ago you posted a picture of yourself playing keyboard and talking about your fondness for Grimes. Are your new songs shifting direction musically to embrace this influence?

Melissa: I want to start adding more keyboard sounds into my music. Me and Ryan are also starting a new psychedelic-pop project, which will rely on more synth sounds. The new project is under my name, Melissa Brooks and we start working on it with our producer this month. We’re stoked!

Todd: What can you tell us about the song, “Wander” that you’re releasing as your new single?

Melissa: Wander is a song I wrote a year ago, right after I met Ryan. The song is about taking chances, questioning doing things outside of your comfort zone, and then deciding to take that chance and “trip out”. Wander is about finding yourself through experimentation.

Todd: You recently played the Beach Goth party with The Growlers and the Cosmonauts. How was that? Have any juicy gossip/crazy backstage stories you can tell us?

Melissa: That show was really fun! It’s certainly one of my favorites that we have ever played. I dressed as an alien princess, and some drunk girl stole my alien antennas that I was wearing! I was pretty pissed, but then I saw her later in the night and took them back. It was funny. As for some juicy stories, I hear that Brooks of The Growlers shaved his hair off!! Like O-M-G! He’s still fab though.

Alexandria: What makes you so passionate about female empowerment in your music?

Melissa: We live in a world where rock music is male-dominated. There is a lot of sexism in the music industry and it really bums me out. By making music, I want to inspire people to not care about what other people have to say about you, or what you’re “supposed to do”. I hate that shit. I am myself, not who anyone wants me to become. I am my own girl, my own person. I believe in equality, and it’s just something that isn’t present in the music world. Maybe by me making music that pushes female empowerment, it will leave more girls feeling badass inside, like everyone should feel!! That is all I could ever ask for.

Alexandria: How has working with Burger Records helped you as a band?

Melissa: Burger Records rule. They put out our first EP on a cassette tape, helped us get really rad shows, and gave us magical love.

Alexandria: Who are your biggest musical influences?

Melissa: Girls (Christopher Owens), Brenda Lee, The Beach Boys, Grimes, and Vivian Girls.

Alexandria: What is your most played vinyl currently?

Melissa: I just bought the CHVRCHES debut album “The Bones of What You Believe” and it has been on constant rotation since I got it from Amoeba a few weeks ago.

Alexandria: What band are you most proud to have played with?

Melissa: We are playing three shows next month with Kate Nash! We are all so excited about it. She rules.

Alexandria: The greatest song recorded of all time is…

Melissa: Lust For Life by GIRLS.

Alexandria: What’s in store for The Aquadolls in 2014?

Melissa: Releasing our first full-length album “Stoked On You”, recording more songs always, and world domination.

Follow the band on Facebook and also here!

Video premiere: Together Pangea- Snakedog

by Todd

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Those handsome lads for Los Angeles have just released the video for their new single, Snakedog. We first happened upon the boys prior to South By Southwest when we included them in our “Best of” preview.

together PANGEA began with lead singer-songwriter William Keegan recording songs on a 4-track tape machine as a teenager. The band truly began to take shape when Danny Bengston joined on bass, Erik Jimenez on drums and later Cory Hanson on lead guitar. They began performing at CalArts and house parties in the Santa Clarita valley in 2008, soon venturing to house shows and DIY spaces throughout the West Coast. These initial grassroots tours were followed by shows at iconic LA venues such as The Echo, Echoplex, the Troubadour and The Roxy, as well as trips to Austin for SXSW. Their debut recording was 2010’s cassette-only “Jelly Jam,” released by Seattle-based label Lost Sound Tapes. Their second album “Living Dummy” was co-released on LP in the summer of 2011 by Burger Records and The Smell’s label Olfactory. “Living Dummy” was followed up by the “Killer Dreams EP” in early 2012. together PANGEA have played shows with Wavves, The Black Lips, FIDLAR, Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, King Kahn and the Shrines, Nobunny, Redd Kross, Guitar Wolf, The Strange Boys, and many more. Now signed to Harvest Records, together PANGEA will be releasing their “Snakedog” 7″ on August 20th in anticipation of their full-length album.

Shannon and the Clams: The Dreams in the Rat House interview

by toddc

Shannon and the Clams

I could make a compelling argument to you, that the late 50′s were the zenith of rock music. The element of danger, the desire to charm a nation with great melodies while exuding an energy and passion that terrified “grown-ups”. As the decades have progressed, few bands have been able to maintain the true spirit of 50′s rock. Shannon and the Clams combine that ability to write brilliant pop songs while still having the raw energy that tears at the fringes of the establishment. Their latest album, “Dreams in the Rat House”, on the excellent Hardly Art label shows the bands at the top of their game. We named the album one of the best albums that’s been released in 2013.

Having just completed a tour with Mikal Cronin, the band took a moment to talk to Todd about their tour, Burger Records and their trademark sound.

 

 

 

Todd: Any good stories about being on tour with mikal cronin?

Cody: The NXNE festival in Toronto put us up in the Sheraton downtown, which was beautiful. We couldn’t drive to the show because there was nowhere to park, but the festival staff kindly shuttled us and our gear to the Silver Dollar bar. Afterwards, the streets were insane with blacked out negative space freaks and we couldn’t get a cab back to the hotel. We had to send one person to the garage to get our van to come back and pick up everyone and all of the gear. At the hotel we split a bottle of Jameson and that was good until the boys wanted to get high and went outside into the wild streets for some “fresh air”. Me and the gals stayed behind and gabbed a while. Then we received a frantic phone call from the front desk. Chad (of the Mikal Cronin band) was on the line speaking hastily about being naked and trapped in the lobby and needing us to come down and bring two room keys. Evidently, they were harrassed by meatheads in the street and our new drummer Huckleberry Nate decided he should get naked just to show them and it worked. And then he thought he’d like to see if he could make his way through the lobby back to our room in one piece. Well, the hotel staff trapped the whole group at the front desk and demanded they reveal two room keys to prove they weren’t simply naked street scum trying to infiltrate the hallowed grounds of the Sheraton. We hurried down to the lobby and rescued them and by then, Nate had found his way into a pair of underwear and they let us back in without incident. I can’t blame the concierge for being cautious on such a gnarly night in Toronto. In the morning we swam on the roof to soothe our poisoned bodies and it was all right.

Todd: To what extent to you interact with Burger Records and why do you think it has become so popular?

Cody: We interact with them a lot! Not so much for putting out albums these days, but more often for the great great big fun shows that they put on all the time. We participate in those as much as possible. They are wonderful beautiful people with good hearts who have an incredibly pure love for music. They care less about money than any record label we’ve ever worked with and their one single goal is to spread hard to find, rare, good music to hungry ears across the planet Earth. Sometimes they are kind and good to a fault and sometimes I think they should be paid more for the work they do. They have really really created a music community in Fullerton/Anaheim and they’ve definitely created a place for young kids to start bands and play real shows with their music heroes.
Burger has a really strong brand and image of love and music and art and the owners are so connected to that image that I think it comes across to people and makes them want to support it. People are often initially attracted to the music and the strong imagery and then get to know the label and they can literally feel the good vibes radiating all the way from California and it’s addicting. They are also so active and releasing so much stuff all the time that it keeps you watching them to see what they’re doing next. It’s like waiting for the next issue of your favorite trashy magazine. They’ve also brought back cassette tapes stronger than anyone. Tapes were coming back already but Burger really went full force and brought new life to the cassette.

Todd: Can I get technical for a minute? The sound on the new record is such a great compliment to the songwriting. I’m curious about how that sound was achieved. Guitars with lots of reverb right? But the vocals?! Were you maxing out the levels, using an older microphone, gosh I don’t know! Howd’ you get that great “nostalgic” vocal sound?

Cody: Yes, you can. The vocals are the most important part. The guitar sound is not that unique really. It’s a pretty popular sound these days; fairly clean with thick reverb. The vocals are definitely maxed out and dosed heavily without consent with haunted crystal cave reverb. The microphones used are newer condenser microphones that sound pretty good when maxed out. I have to admit that all of our recordings are 100% digital. You can get it to sound right digitally, you just can’t be lazy and use a bunch of cheesy preset effects and stuff. You’ve got to work at it. I think on the next record I want to run all the vocals through a blown out amp instead of using digital effects.

Todd: Do you think you’ll stick with this sound or do you see yourself making a dramatic shift at some point?

Shannon: This sound is forever! I think the sound IS the band, so I would like to continue to honor it, yet always improve and try some new things. If I wanted an intensely dramatic change, I’d probably start a new band.

Cody: I think we will continue to get weirder. We always want to get weirder and spookier, less straight pop, but I don’t think we’ve quite made it there yet.

Todd: Do you intend for you lyrics to be somewhat auto-biographical or are you just telling stories?

Shannon: Both! Cody is a fairy tale weaver, creating songs not based on anything but his own clever lil ole mind, whereas I typically take an experience and mask the content, like an allegory, and sing in metaphors. No one ever asks me what anything REALLY means which I find interesting because it either means people take it at face value and don’t question anything OR they come up with their own interpretation. I always want to know what the artists intention was…

Todd: What do you prefer, playing live or recording?

Shannon: Playing live! Bonding with the audience and emoting with them is the full banana. Plus during recording, you have full control. There’s something magical about the snap crackle pops you can’t plan for, that occur live.

Todd: hat do you listen to/watch while you’re on the road?

Shannon: We listen to a lot of Radiolab podcasts, a lot of Hellshovel, Jaill, Marianne Faithfull, Phillip Glass, Louie CK, Patton Oswald, Broadcast, Metallica, Judas Priest, Alan Parsons Project, the Memories, Van Halen, Chad and the Meatbodies…At night we have been falling asleep to a lot of movies lately. Watched Place Beyond the Pines (Ay yi yi!) and Happy People today!

Todd: Can I get political for a moment? You were just in Texas, where the GOP has gone to great lengths to legislate women’s reproductive rights. Any thoughts on the subject? Is this the kind of thing you’d bring up on stage or do you try to avoid getting political?

Shannon: I have my own VERY strong beliefs but don’t ever bring them to the stage. It’s just not in my personality to do that. We want to bring joy to people, and live in the moment.

Cody: I will say that this kind of policy is such a caveman, medieval terrible idea, where men posses women and get to dictate what they can and can’t do. It seems absurd that in this country we don’t tolerate domestic violence or slavery or sex trade (mostly), yet it seems to be acceptable or at least arguable for an elite group of white MEN to dictate what women are and are not allowed to do with their own bodies, as if they were the collective property of this small group of men, traded for some goods or something. Sadly, much of the world is this way, and much of it is even worse and women have fewer rights than they do here.

Todd: What’s your favorite city to play in and why (see how I just lightened the mood a little bit there?)

Shannon: Haha, we love SO many different place for different reasons! Like NY, Asheville, Milwuakee, Nashville, Austin, Seattle. Honestly every city has something very special to offer. Asheville is probably our newest favorite. Gotta catch em all I guess!

For more information on the band, visit their website!

premiere: Froth- Lost My Mind

by toddc

Froth

Not a lot to know about Froth, other than they come from Los Angeles and have a new album coming out via Burger Records. Psychedelic, dreamy pop that reminds me a little bit of the Allah-Las, but with a bit more punch.

premiere: The Aquadolls: Stoked On You EP

by toddc

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Have I mentioned my fondness for Burger Records…? Say hello to The Aquadolls, fronted by the uber-talented Melissa Brooks and destined to be the owners of the songs of the summer, in my world. Like many of the Burger releases, this one oozes with sixties beach surf awesomeness. Their new EP, Stoked On You was just released via BandCamp.

Your New Favorite Band: The Audacity

by Todd

The Audacity

You all know about the Burger Records lo-fi craze that’s sweeping the nation. We’ve expressed our love, many a time for these fun-loving, guitar-based bands who are the last vestiges of that thing called punk rock. The Audacity hail from Fullerton, CA and want you to believe that their sloppy, melody-infused brand of chaos is pure happenstance. But we’re on to their game. While watching them win the hearts of everyone who saw them at SXSW, we saw them effortlessly tossing out Tom Verlaine riffs between songs during a set that was as tight as any we’d seen in years. Todd talked to lead singer Matt about the path they’ve travelled to become the best band that he saw at SXSW. Period.

Todd: I read an interview where you said that band’s been around since 2001. For real. How long have you guys been together?

Matt: That information is correct. However we were making garbage until 2005z

Todd: You guys did a zillion shows at SXSW and you were on the Burger caravan tour. Did you like doing the tour?

Matt: We were around Burger’s caravan during SXSW, however we toured out with Vancouver’s Nu Sensae. We tried not to play a zillion shows so we weren’t brain dead and sounded like garbage.

Todd: What’s the craziest thing that happened on the tour?

Matt: We woke up to bird flying around the room we were sleeping in. But I guess that happens all the time in that room. It’s a positive sign.

Todd: You project an image of being pretty laid-back, but there were a couple of things that made me think you’re pretty serious about what you’re doing. First, right before one of your SXSW shows, you were waiting to start and both guitarists started fooling around with a song that I swear was a Television/Tom Verlaine song. Am I right or did I mis-hear it?

Matt: Correct about us playing Marquee Moon! We project a laid-back image, except we are all pretty uptight. People are having too much fun in music these days. We just seem like we don’t care. Not even practice can make perfect music!

Todd: Also, the band is really tight, live. A lot of bands complained about the SXSW routine of having five minutes to set-up, no soundcheck and then playing for twenty minutes. It didn’t seem to bother you at all. Do you guys rehearse a lot or have you just played together for so long, that these things don’t slow you down?

Matt: Who was complaining? The sound at SXSW was good most of the time. What are you supposed to expect from those types of shows?

Todd: You’re also pretty proficient with social media, Soundcloud, BandCamp, etc.. Does everybody in the band contribute to that or is there one of you that’s the internet mastermind?

Matt: It’s mostly done by me, but everyone has a hand on their iphone. And thank you very much for the compliment – follow @audacityca on instagram and twitter!

Todd: Is Garza Girls a Doublemint Twins 80′s reference? Shot in the dark on this one….

Matt: No, it’s about desk girls at an office supply company. I used to deliver business cards there. They were so friendly, we wrote them a song!

Todd: What was it like, working with Rob Barbato on the last album? Did he offer advice on song arrangement or just focus on getting the sound you wanted?

Matt: He helped with some vocal arrangements on Garza Girls and with the drum style on Persecuted. For the most part he just used his ear and recording equipment.

Todd: One of the things that separates you from bands that have a similar sound is your ability to write great hooks and vocal melodies. When you’re writing, do you usually start with lyrics, vocal melodies or guitars? did I say we were going to keep it light…? ah well…

Matt: Thats a secret.

Todd: What’s next? Any thoughts on when we might see a new album? Taking a break from touring?

Matt: We have a new record that should be out in September. We will be touring this summer. Doing a west coast tour with Man or Astroman? in May. Get ready for it!!

Follow the band on Facebook and Twitter!

Colleen Green: The Sock It To Me interview

by Todd

Colleen Green

Frankly, when I listen to music, I just want to be entertained. I don’t need to be bludgeoned over the head with deep philosophical meanderings about the meaning of life by musicians who’ve proclaimed themselves experts on philosophy after reading one Sartre book. When Joey Ramone uttered the phrase, “I want to be sedated”, nobody asked him to discuss the struggles in his life that led him to write that iconic song. We took it at face value and bobbed our heads along to a wonderful melody.
Colleen Green creates music that’s funny, poignant and infectiously catchy. After releasing a number of great EP’s, her first album, “Sock It To Me” is one of the best albums of the year and can rightfully sit next to any of those old Ramones records.
My decision to ask her about the in-depth workings of her songwriting style, wasn’t one of my brightest. Ask Colleen why she uses a drum machine and she’ll tell you that she doesn’t know how to play the drums. Pick at a recent breakup and she’ll get a sad-face and shut you down. A brief look at her Twitter and Facebook user-names tells you that Colleen is all about fun and you’re welcome to join the party. I hope that you (and she) read this interview with an understanding of the comic effect of attempting to ask serious questions to a musician that really just wants to have fun. No disrespect intended. It’s just all I know…

Todd: I did an interview with Plateaus, where they discussed touring and playing with you as your backing band. Can you talk about that experience and how you felt about it compared to shows you’ve done with just you and a drum machine?

Colleen: Well, that wasn’t the first time I have played with other musicians. It was like the 20th time. It was fine, but it was done mostly out of convenience. For the next tour I go on, my band will be made up of people that I already know are chill, fun, and down-to-earth.

Todd: And on the new album? Solo, full-band or are you employing those robots that they use to play music at Chuck E Cheese?

Colleen: Solo.

Todd: Do you prefer playing solo or with a band?

Colleen: I like it both ways, but the true nature of CG is a solo act. Playing with a band is just for fun.

Todd: Singing, writing, playing guitar, making your own t-shirts, creating your own comic strip… Holy guacamole, you’re annoyingly talented! What part of the artistic process brings you the most enjoyment?

Colleen: I like it when a song is finalized. Recorded and totally finished.

Todd: In one of your interviews, you said that you do most of your writing, while touring. Is that still the case?

Colleen: I do absolutely no writing while on tour.

Todd: I think everyone assumes that all of your songs are autobiographical. Truth or fiction?

Colleen: Inspired by true events, make up your own ending.

Todd: I swear, every interview I read as I prepared for this interview was obsessed with your “lo-fi” sound! Let’s skip that and ask what bands were you listening to when you were “growing up”?

Colleen: Yeah, how lazy, right? Over the years growing up I loved The “Annie” Original Cast Recording, TLC, Boyz II Men, Sublime, Blink 182, Reel Big Fish, Rx Bandits, Goldfinger, and a lot of local Boston bands like The Explosion, Drexel, and The Lot Six.

Todd: You played shows at SXSW again this year. What’s the best/worst part of playing there?

Colleen: Best part is getting to see buds from all over the country that you don’t always get to see and eating good food and smoking weed. Worst part is the heat and the throngs of fucktards.

Todd: Shame on me, I only discovered Burger Records in the past few months, but you’re playing a Burger showcase in Dallas in March. What’s the story with them? Why do they seem to have a knack for associating with so many cool artists/bands?

Colleen: It’s not that they associate with cool bands. It’s that they tell everyone that the bands they’ve put out are cool and kids are extremely impressionable. Well, they also do associate with cool bands and that’s probably because they’re really super nice and smoke tons of weed.

Todd: I love Sock It To Me! Did you play everything on the album?

Colleen: Aww well thank you! I played almost everything on the album. Danny Rowland from Seapony helped me program some of the drums and he played lead guitar on “Heavy Shit” and “Time in the World”.

Todd: Can you talk a little bit about your writing style? Do you generally start with a vocal melody, a guitar melody or a lyric when you’re writing a song?

Colleen: I usually have stuff floating around in my head and I’ll think about it and try to play it and think about it some more and keep trying to play it until it turns into something. Sometimes what’s floating around in my head is a phrase of lyric, sometimes it’s a guitar riff, sometimes it’s a bass line.

Todd: What’s something that you wish people knew about you? I feel like the interviews I’ve read with you are only scratching the surface. Is there something all of us are missing?

Colleen: Some people are meant to know you well, and some people are meant to only know you a little. And I am fine with that.

Follow Colleen on Twitter and Facebook!

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