Dopers: (From left to right) Robyn, Alyssa, Malia)

Dopers: (From left to right) Robyn, Alyssa, Malia

Rock N Roll, Politics, & Seattle:
An Interview with Dopers
By Jay Armstrong

There are times when sitting down to write about a band feels impossibly hollow, working more to void the attraction of the songs they create. Qualifiers and labels by nature are divisive, this becomes less an issue once we have held hands with a band for a while, walked around the block a few times in late night conversation becoming truly familiar. New bands get scapegoated at the feet of needing to explain where a band should be compartmentalized without being given the breadth of space and time to grow into themselves. I can’t sit through another writer who spends seventy percent of their effort trying to use the terms “Garage” “Lo-fi” and “Burger bands” in a clever new way. Landing on the Dopers demos, I instantly got those warm fuzzies over this uncorrupted play-it-how-you-feel-it base they are just beginning to build themselves up around. I stared over a blank screen trying harder than ever to write something about a band without enough story to lay a foundation of thought on in a way that didn’t show my opinions as arrogantly contrived and dishonest in their deflections from the fact that all which really need be said is, “hey this band is solid, maybe you’d dig em too.” Which is as great of approach as any when splitting beers over records at the spot with buds but a pretty terrible way to go about it when you have an editor in need of a reminder why your constant blowing of deadlines is worth letting you continue to hang around, so the only logical path to follow was to call these dudes up and see if they’d be down to talk one on one. Going in I only hoped they could breathe a little more life into the basic information any of us would ever need to press play and give a group the benefit of the doubt necessary for listening for the first time with an unbiased ear. What went down was as chill of an interview one could ever take part in, I can only hope their optimism and great vibes translate well after being transcribed. Just in case it does not; stay open to the fact when I walked away from meeting these three my heart was full from being reminded there can be a balance between being great people with great humble intentions which does not have to overshadow each individual whose convictions and concerns they boldly bring into their songs instead of checking at the door for the sake of rock n roll the way we have seen so many bands sadly do.

 

“ANYTHING you write about is a political act in it and of itself. Inherently creating anything in a world that is so destructive is political.”

Anon Magazine: How Long have you been playing as Dopers
Malia: I was thinking about this this morning, I was thinking about a year
Robyn: Yeah about a year
Malia: Like a year and maybe a few months. Like at the beginning of twenty-sixteen essentially.

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Anon: Are you guys playing in any other bands at the moment?
Robyn: Yeeaaahhh. We mostly all play in a few bands.  Soft Boys, not to be confused, and I’m in a cover band called Hot Freaks which is just Guided By Voices and a Dead Moon cover band.

Anon: That’s Tight
Robyn: I play in cover bands a lot. Getting ready to start another cover band
Alyssa: Yeah cause she can learn anything so quick.
Robyn: I play in another band called Matriarch and another band called Breach and a Fugazi cover band called Fugashe.

Anon: How’s that go?
Malia: It’s cool. Our bass player lives in San Francisco so we will pull off a show like every six months or so.
Robyn: She plays drums in those bands
Malia: Yeah, this is the only band I play bass in.
Alyssa: And Robin plays bass in her other bands
Malia: Yeah, and this is the only one she plays guitar in

Anon: (Directed at Alyssa) and what do you do?
Alyssa: I don’t do anything else. I only play drums in this band and that’s it.

Anon: And where are you guys from? Seattle right?
Malia: We live in Seattle, yeah. I’m the only Seattle native.
Alyssa: I’m from New Jersey
Robyn: I’m from Kansas City, Missouri

Anon: I feel like Seattle is better than New Jersey or Kansas City
Malia: That’s a bit true
Alyssa: No…No, you’d be wrong (laughs).
Malia: Where are you?

Anon: Austin, Texas. I’m originally from Indiana but have been in Austin for like six years.
Robyn: Where in Indiana are you from?
Anon: Like an hour south of Indianapolis. Bargersville, a one stoplight town in the middle of nowhere.
Robyn: So we have you to blame for Mike Pence?
Anon: No (mmmmrrrrrrrrrr) I left about the time that guy came in. What a nightmare. God. Yeah, I guess I’m partially at fault somehow by proxy at least.
Alyssa: You’re like that’s why you got out.
Anon: God That guy sucks…… We’ll get to that stuff.

"We're not promoting ourselves so basically so it's a miracle you heard us. at. all." Alyssa Javas

“We’re not promoting ourselves so basically so it’s a miracle you heard us. at. all.” – Alyssa Javas

Anon: Did you guys record this EP yourselves or did you go somewhere else?
Malia: We had a friend, I mean it’s no big production or anything, but yeah our friend Tony Fantozzi recorded us at his loft space, he has like a studio inside his building and he’s like recorded other bands before.
Alyssa: It was like a one day thing just real quick and easy.

Anon: Do you have a big plan for a record or are you just gonna feel that out slowly?
Malia: We’ve tossed around a few ideas. I feel like we need a few more songs before any of us would want to invest in trying to…I don’t know, five or six songs just doesn’t seem enough for that yet but I think absolutely we’re writing stuff with the intention of recording it.

Anon: What’s the response been so far to you guys as a band? Did you start playing shows right out of the gate or did you take some time before?
Malia: Like we were saying earlier, traditionally I am a drummer. I never played bass before this band. Robyn’s played bass a lot and some guitar before.
Robyn: I’ve played guitar in a band before but I’ve never played guitar and sang before so that was like another learning curve for me so that was like a new realm and then–
Alyssa: We were jamming for a few months before but–
Malia: So we’re all pretty new to what we’re doing so we kinda took a lot of time to just figure it out and write new songs. We played our first show in November.

“I don’t know… I guess what I’m saying is there’s a lot of paying homage to a scene they are actively destroying. It bums me out.”

Anon: How many shows have you played since then? Are you playing often or do the other bands take up a lot of time?
Malia: Like maybe six shows, yeah, half a dozen shows so far.
Malia: It’s been pretty good. They always seem to be for fun events, you know, like we did a big birthday bash
Alyssa: They (Malia and Robyn) have the same birthday, like sisters from another time dimension.

Anon: Oh yeah? When was that?
Malia: Uh, March ninth. We had a balloon drop at that show.
Alyssa: And a Kei$ha cover
Malia: And a Kei$ha cover.
Anon: How’d that go?
Robyn: Fantastic (all laugh)
Malia: Could not have gone better.
Anon: Where’d you play that show at?
Malia: We played at a bar in Seattle that we all like called The Victory Lounge. It’s like one of the few dingy grungy bars that’s still left like doing rad shows for bands of like any size can play there. You could be a band that’s gonna bring two people or a band that’s gonna bring seventy people….which I feel like being from Seattle originally that’s a dying thing.
Anon: Venues just die, it’s so sad but it seems as though it’s happening everywhere.
Malia: I just use to think that when a venue closed in Seattle another cool one was going to open soon.
Anon: And that’s not the case?
Malia: Nah. Our city is being absolutely taken over by tech companies and so rent is like out of control and so spaces for bands and practice spaces available are just less and less accessible.
Anon: Are house shows taking off or are people moving somewhere nearby? Is like something popping up nearby?
Malia: I feel like there’s a handful of good house venues but it’s just not quite like it was. The DIY and smaller scene has suffered a lot. Tacoma is an hour south of here and I think there’s a lot of stuff cropping up there
Alyssa: because you can afford to live there……in a house.
Anon: I hear the same conversation everyday here in Austin. A lot of people are going to San Antonio and a lot of people are upset that they have to go out on the fringes, man, yeah, It’s sad to hear that it’s happening everywhere. But it’s one of those things where it’s not like music is ever going to like go away. Bands will always find a way of making it happen again. So are there still a good amount of places to play shows at? Do you guys still go and hang out at spots?
Robyn: The Victory’s a hangout of ours.
Malia: Yeah, the Victory’s a good spot.
Robyn:  The Black Lodge is one of my favorite DIY spots I’ve ever been to…. which Malia had a big hand in starting.
Malia: There is still a good amount of DIY spaces. There’s some good houses. And yeah, we all like to hang out at The Victory. It’s definitely not lacking for bigger venues
Robyn: Like mid-size places where you can see like Mudhoney.
Anon: I guess when I was like twelve or thirteen those mid/big venues seemed like a way cooler thing. Now, I’d much rather watch my favorite bands play in a shit hole than I would–
Malia: I think that’s what’s lacking is the real like mid-level venues which are actually accessible to bands like us. Like we’re not gonna pack out a three hundred person venue.
Anon: Even if you end up with a good turnout those venues end up feeling empty almost.
Malia: Yeah, I think it’s definitely like that sort of struggle everywhere. Venues and bands getting pushed to the fringes because there’s not a good like middle ground if that makes sense.
Anon: No, totally, that makes absolute sense.

"Whenever I write songs they're about life in general, whatever pains that ale me at the time, that's what comes out, and of course that was a HUGE pain. It was a natural progress of a huge. mental. breakdown. for all of us." - Robyn Nicole

“I remember thinking and probably saying at the time, like ‘what are we a band for if not to scream about THIS,’ you know what I mean, so I can’t tell anyone else what to feel, what to write, or what is art but I do feel like in situations of– I mean you do have some sort of obligation at not normalizing what was going on in that first wave of horror. You can’t just be like, “yeah sure I really don’t like this but I would still rather just sing about a nice sunny day,” like okay but that’s for your own comfort.” – Robyn Nicole

Anon: Does the political construct–do the business models there, are they supportive to you guys, do you feel like you are being driven out intentionally?
Robyn: As musicians?
Anon: As a social group, not exactly as a counter-culture but you know what I mean, as an art community I guess in a sense. The reason everybody moved there it seemed was for the art and now to hear you say the same thing we hear on repeat in Austin, it’s obviously a projection of an opinion of a city I’ve never been to.
Alyssa: You should come! Hitch a ride, it’s beautiful in the summer.
Anon: So it’s not beautiful in the winter?
All: Nooooo (laughs)
Malia: I feel like a lot of those businesses capitalize off of our history as a town that had a good art scene but don’t support that same scene to sustain it. For instance; the guitar player for one of my other bands works for Amazon so she makes really good money, can afford this bougie place, when she was moving into here bougie apartment, which a bunch of amazombies live in, I was like, oh how funny is that there’s like a photo of…. Kurt Cobain……. playing guitar…. like…. in the lobby and it’s like ten feet by ten feet. This huge display of like (douche bro voice) “welcome to Seattle” but then it’s just a bunch of tech bros that live there and no musician could ever– she lives there but she’s probably the only person who lives in that building who plays music– I just struggle to believe that anybody who is trying to scrape by to make it could ever afford to live in that building. And like Paul Allen one of our wealthiest entrepreneurs like built this big monstrosity of a museum to honor our music scene… I don’t know… I guess what I’m saying is there’s a lot of paying homage to a scene they are actively destroying. It bums me out.

Anon: I like they way you put that. Let’s talk about the album for a minute. I guess the first thing; so you start off the album and it’s normal for what you’d hope a band would start off with and it closes with FDT at the end of it which has, not exactly a different energy about it but certainly you can feel it has a different purpose behind it like it’s a reactionary song, like yesterday my buddy Justin was railing off on “where’s all these punk bands everyone’s expecting now that Trump’s in office,” and it’s like “hold off the cynicism for a second, they are on the way, they’re coming man. How did it feel writing the album with the more “normal” songs as opposed to coming up with the one about Donald Trump?
Robyn: Whenever I write songs they’re about life in general, whatever pains that ale me at the time, that’s what comes out, and of course that was a HUGE pain. It was a natural progress of a huge.mental.breakdown. for all of us.
Alyssa: Oh yeah, that was like a few days before our first show right?
Robyn: It was literally, like, it came overnight. I don’t know if you remember what you were doing that night. I remember listening to it on the radio and immediately crying and sobbing and then I was just like fuck I need to write a song and these ladies helped me polish it.
Malia: Me and Robyn, I think we practiced like two or three days after the election, we actually went to a march for a good chunk of the day and Robyn showed it to us. She had just like written it. and like Alyssa was just saying we had a show booked two days later, our first show, and I remember us all being like “we have to play that song,” we have to figure that song out right now and play it. And I think what contributes to the little bit of stylistic difference, like for me being new to the bass I want to really spend a lot of time working it out, making it sound really cool, I think we’re all fairly methodical when we approach songs and I think there was just like an energy with all of us that particular night of like this can be dirty and punk and whatever. I mean a lot of our favorite bands do awesome political songs they just throw together, we can do that. You just need three notes and lots of vigor.

Anon: Do you guys, being a band that’s not afraid to create a song that actually puts a political view into it…. I mean, I like a lot of songs where it can be about one thing and mean something else, I’m not, I’m  certainly not a purist who believes that punk, whatever that is, should always be so in your face, do you guys feel like maybe, I guess what I’m really trying to ask is how do you feel about bands who consciously choose to not deal with that sort of substance within their songwriting, do you feel it’s like a kind of duty or obligation as an artist to reflect within their art the society they live in?
Robyn: It was kind of nerve racking playing a new song after taking so long to play our first show and we were all just like fuck it we’ll play this brand new song too, I remember thinking and probably saying at the time, like “what are we a band for if not to scream about THIS,” you know what I mean. So I can’t tell anyone else what to feel, what to write, or what is art but I do feel like in situations of– I mean you do have some sort of obligation at not normalizing what was going on in that first wave of horror. You can’t just be like, “yeah sure I really don’t like this but I would still rather just sing about a nice sunny day,” like okay but that’s for your own comfort.
Malia: We talked a little as a band when we started about how political things should or could get and I think something for me that I remember from from those conversations, I don’t know I sort of ooze politics at every opportunity, I like can’t help but to argue with people all of the time about everything, so for me I’ve always viewed it as an obligation to be loud and upfront about the injustices we see around us all of the time. But at the same time, like Alyssa said, it’s not up to me to tell people what art is what it should be about but like with that whole conversation we were just having about how capitalism crushes art and pushes art to the fringes, something I remember us talking about in the beginning of being a band was just that ANYTHING you write about is a political act in it and of itself. Inherently creating anything in a world that is so destructive is political.
Anon: I don’t know if any of you has ever seen Astra Taylor’s Examined Life documentary but the third person on there, Pete Singer, mentions about how every dollar you spend is a political choice you are making, ya know, and I feel the same towards what you are saying about songwriting, like, what you choose to not talk about says a lot about you as a person, ya know. Especially with, man this last year, even outside of politics, a lot of the shit we saw just on display it seems very strange to me to have a very sunny disposition about things. You can write happy songs and have heavy lyrics, ya know, I think that’s what makes “FDT” so great is it feels like a release not an attack, it makes sense it was written so quickly, it sounds like ‘okay we need something where we all have a voice about this together.’ I’m always weary about bands who aren’t willing to take that risk. Do you feel as though you’ll focus more in that direction on future songs or are you just glad that you did that one song right? As you guys have been figuring yourselves out has it felt like there’s an aim or are you still heavy in the developmental process.
Robyn: I think we’re just whatever comes, there’s just a certain level of seriousness a band called Dopers just doesn’t inherently maintain. But yeah, I think we all agreed even when we wrote that that it’s gonna get dark, ya know. We can let it get dark or we can talk about that or we can also just write about how we’re on our periods, I don’t know, it’s all fair game.
Malia: I agree with that. I don’t think we have any intention on being on a political trajectory at all but we probably will sing about all the fucked up shit that’s happening because there’s gonna be so much of it. It’s just like you were saying, a release, it definitely is. It’s gonna be one of those things we– I feel like it’s one of those things for me personally music seems like it’s something I kind of have to do as a release where all of these things that are stewing in there get to come out, the news and all of these issues, it would be good to put them into words but also to focus on the problems that all of us have–
Alyssa: – like not even problems, like maybe some good things too, ya know. We’ll have a song about something good soon.
Malia: Probably.
Robyn: Yeah, any day now (all laugh)
Alyssa: Cause something good willl happen right…. Right. Right???

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Anon: The songs that you bring to Dopers, are they a reaction to what you’re not able to play in your other bands? Is that like a conscious thing? Is this band a release you don’t get in other bands.
Robyn: Maybe yeah actually.
Malia: It is for me, yeah. I don’t know, I’ve played drums for so long it’s really nice to be more like–
Robyn: Active
Malia: –Free with my movements. It’s been so fun just to learn to just rock out and move around. I’m getting better at it at least–
Alyssa: And singing
Malia: –and singing, yeah. There’s no level of expectation with any of us, we know how to play our instruments really well in our other bands, we still do in this one, I’m not saying that, but–
Alyssa: We can just like fuck around–
Malia: –we’re just like really comfortable with each other so we’re like maybe a little more free with what we do. I think we do a very good job of making sure we’re buddies first and foremost all of the time and we’re band mates as a secondary thing.

Anon: Do you write your songs collectively? I know you said in the beginning it was really just one of you but is it more of ‘here I’ve got this song let’s flesh it out’ or how does that go?
Robyn: I think the intention is to be a collective thing. Definitely when we first started I was jotting down ideas and more or less presenting them. But the more we go along Malia and Alyssa will provide their input on the instruments, I’m definitely not dictating any of that, and like Malia just wrote this really rad song.
Malia: (excited) I just wrote my first song
Anon: Whaaat
Robyn: It’s cool
Alyssa: And she’s hooting on it and hollering.
Malia: Yeah
Robyn: And on the song we wrote tonight we were both writing lyrics which is rad cause that’s hard to do and Alyssa has ideas, it’s like coming full circle now, we’re finally able to get together and be like okay your turn and we bounce off of each other.

">..music seems like it's something I kind of have to do as a release where all of these things that are stewing in there get to come out, the news and all of these issues, it would be good to put them into words but also to focus on the problems that all of us have." _Malia Alexander

“…music seems like it’s something I kind of have to do as a release where all of these things that are stewing in there get to come out, the news and all of these issues, it would be good to put them into words but also to focus on the problems that all of us have.” -Malia Alexander

Anon: How long til you’ll be taking that collective vibe to other towns? What are your plans for doing tours?
Malia: Oh my god we would love to. We’re talking about a (Robyn speaks up in unison) Hawaii tour.
Anon: Sounds like an excuse for a vacation, not a tour.
Malia: We already did have a tour but all we did was party. We went on a rad road trip last summer and just like called it our tour but we were just like camping and being crazy and partying a lot. I don’t know can you book us a show in Austin?
Anon: I’m sure we could–getting you a show around here would not be a problem.
Robyn: I’ve never been to Austin, that would be so cool.
Anon: You would all love it, you’d probably never leave.
Alyssa: I’ve been there a few times, I really like it.
Malia: Yeah me too.
Anon: I’ve lived all over and the second I got here was just like man this is home. It still feels kinda like a small town, I lived in DC for a long time, I’ve lived in Memphis, big cities just don’t do it for me. Coming down here would be a great tour for you, then you’d get to come down the west coast and go back up through Colorado.
Robyn: That would be a great tour. We should totally do it, it’s definitely something that we talk about, mostly it’s just our schedules and when the stars align in that way.
Alyssa: And definitely money, vacation time, school, you know it’s like how to you live in Seattle and be free-wheeling? I don’t think you can.
Robyn: Uh yeah, I Did it.
Alyssa: You’re the only person I know
Robyn: I didn’t have a job for two years when I first moved to Seattle.
Anon: What?
Robyn: I did work trade at a hostel. So you just work twenty four hours a week and they give you a place to stay and get an ebt card. (Laughs) I mean, they don’t issue you one, “welcome to the hostel, here’s your food stamps.” But it was a super awesome…crazy experience. There were many valuable lessons learned and also I’m super stoked to not be there any more and to finally have my own spot or to be visiting this spot for however long it might be.

 

Anon: So how have the shows been like for you? Has it been positive? Negative? Give me like both sides of that. Like has there been any setbacks as well?
Alyssa: Terrible, I always feel like I fucked everything up.
Malia: No. Don’t listen to her. It’s been really positive. People say really nice things
Alyssa: That’s true.
Malia: Um
Alyssa: And they say it’s like a party.
Malia: We have like a good crew of folks who comes out. I’ve been– It’s been like really cool since, like with this interview, since we put the recordings online of just the amount of people who–
Robyn: –People from far away. We had some guy from the UK put us on some podcast.
Alyssa: oh yeah, that was so nice.
Malia: And then some other guy, another guy with a podcast somewhere else and it’s like people from really far away. And it’s not like we have a ton of Facebook likes or anything like that.
Robyn: We’re pretty lazy about that.
Alyssa: We’re not promoting ourselves at all basically so it’s a miracle you heard us. at. all.
Malia: Yeah, how did you hear us?
Anon: I have no idea. I spend way too much time I could be accomplishing something with m– actually I remember how I came across it. There was a band that came through town that I dig, it might have been Thelma and the– eh who knows, anyways one of the ways I find bands is when I get into a band I check out all the shows they’ve played recently and check out the other bands that got lined up with them on the same bill in other towns. I’ve found so many of my favorite bands that way, bands that only have a handful of local shows with incredible songs and young energy. That’s how I came across y’all and you sounded like you were having a lot of fun and the songs are strong, it didn’t sound pretentious and that’s – I really don’t give a shit how bands sound, I’m not downplaying what you guys do by any means, I don’t mean it like that at all, but as long as people sound like they are writing it in a way that’s not trying to prove to their friends that they’re good or not trying to swindle people into believing they are rock stars or anything, I hate that shit it just–
Malia: You’re one hundred percent speaking our language. You see that at our shows, that comes through a lot I think. People just come to have a good time and we have a good time no matter what. (Pauses for five seconds. Silence) I feel like there’s a lot of really cool bands in Seattle.

Dopers Alyssa: It’s like a really cool place
Malia: Everybody’s just got like an image
Alyssa: It’s inspiring and intimidating at the same time. There’s a lot of lady presence, I’ve noticed that. Also, a lot of older people, which where I’m from in New Jersey I’m one of the rare ones that’s like still kicking. Here you see it a lot more and there’s a lot of female support it’s really rad and awesome. It’s kind where punks retire.
Malia: Yeah, yeah, it’s like a punk retirement city.
Anon: I feel like any place where people can play rock n roll and feel like it’s cool to do it and they’re not like– I don’t know, if you’re like in the midwest playing rock n roll means something else so living in a town where you don’t have to explain why you do it goes a long way. Like I’m in a community where, let’s say like when I first started really writing so like six/seven years ago, one of my first questions would have been some bullshit along the lines of, “what’s it like being a women playing rock and roll?” and that shit’s so lame but it’s on your mind when you live in a town dominated by those garbage patriarchal ideas that there’s a proper sort of person who should play loud music and the entire community props up that ethos as correct and I love now being in a place where you’re either good at it or you’re not and none of those other divisive qualifiers fucking matter. It’s cool that you found a city you can do that in.
Alyssa: Yeah, it’s nice to be lifting each other up rather than tearing each other down which you don’t even realize you bought into that shit. You know what I mean?
Anon: I know exactly what you mean. You hear so many horror stories about what it’s like–
Malia: We’re so lucky to be here right now. You’re in a bastion of sense in like a desert of nonsense.

 

 

Anon: Oh we know. We all know.
Malia: Like you guys are marooned.
Anon: Getting out of this city is like an eight hour drive to anywhere else comfortable so not only are we an island, you feel it the second you pull out, like I went on a road trip last fall and like an hour out I was like,  “Goddamn, I’m an alien.
All: yeah
Anon: The weird thing about that trip, every single person I met, or not every single person but every single place we stopped whether it was a gas station or restaurant, this was in November, every single person directly asked if we were voting for Trump.
Robyn: That’s horrifying.
Anon: It can be horrifying. Like is the clan parked on the other side of this building? I’ve got long hair and a denim vest on, like what is going on you know. And most people were against him, I’ve got to say that, I actually left that trip being more positive thinking there was no way in hell trump was going to win. But of course that’s what we all thought until about eleven thirty that night so whatever. Goddamn, I try not to even think about that anymore, I was so strung out last year, just like stressing everyday over politics, it’s like now we’re fucking steeping in it so whatever. If we can speak up about something do it but otherwise it’ll be over in four years, can’t change anything about that now, just hopefully we can speak up enough to make him ineffective as much as possible but… man I don’t want to take up too much of your time, this has been fun, I don’t want to go out on a negative note like that. What are–and from each of you, it would be nice to hear everybody’s opinion– what are three bands from in-town, not your best buddy’s band, what bands are really good that other people just haven’t caught on for some reason? What bands should we be listening to in Austin?
Malia: That’s a really good question
Alyssa: Oooooohhh
Malia: I gotta think about it for a minute. There is soooo much good music in Seattle it’s fucking overwhelming sometimes. I feel silly saying this because I haven’t actually seen them but I know how amazing they are He Whose Ox Is Gored.
Alyssa; Yeah
Malia: They’re super rad. One of these days I’ll actually catch them.
Alyssa: Sashay. Wild live show, what’s that name they are calling themselves? Oh yeah, grinder core and it’s everything it sounds like. It’s wonderful. Yeah very tight.
Malia: I was really lucky enough to catch the first show of this brand new called The Carols. For like a first show, not even for a first show, for ANY show, I was blown the fuck away. But then the fact it was their first show on top of that, I don’t know, I think I had one of those moments where I was like I’m just gonna quit music now. Like fuck.
Robyn: I saw a little video of it and I was like daaamnnn.
Malia: They are so good.
Anon: I’ll check them out for sure
Robyn: Mommy Longlegs
Malia: Mommy Longlegs is the shit.
Alyssa: They are so awesome. They’re like Bikini Kill by way of Powerpuff Girls by way of like a fifties polk video– you know what I mean?
Robyn: They’re fucking awesome.
Alyssa: Yeah
Robyn: And they’re young
Malia: Have bands like Helms Alee hit Austin yet? Is that a thing?
Anon: Maybe they have, they’re not on my radar. That doesn’t mean shit, possibly.
Malia: They’re one of those bands in Seattle I consider them ultra-famous and like, “that bands untouchable, everybody has heard of them” but they like tour the world so you never know what it’s like for a band when they’re outside of Seattle.
Anon: I’m sure some of my friends are gonna give me shit when reading this like, “what, you haven’t heard that band?!?” If they’re that good, I’m sure there’s people around here who’d be offended and think I’m an idiot for not knowing who they are… and I probably am. I’ll know who they are now though.
Alyssa: It’s nice of you to actually admit that because, I mean you know most people would be (deep cool guy voice) “oh yeah yeah like I knew them and they were at that place and I listened to their first album”

 

Anon: My favorite thing about music–and movies or anything else– my favorite thing is having somebody you know you respect their opinion, some people you can talk to for like two minutes and you just know like “alright this person’s on the level” and then they say something it’s like why be that fucking kind of guy when you can just as easily be “fuck yeah I’ll check that out and I’ll talk to you about it next time I see you. And if you’re wrong we’ll talk about that too” like whatever you know. Or if I’m wrong, I dig it when people are like “I didn’t like that band” it’s cool I get it, I like em so whatever.
Malia: I’ve got two more, they are friends but I’m not mentioning them because they are friends. Clyde Peterson has this project called Your Heart Breaks who we’re actually playing with coming up soon and that’s a band that just– it makes my heart break, it makes me cry sometimes with like, “oh I’m not alone in the world to feel this way” and our buddies Ramona are actually moving to Philadelphia but they are fucking so tight. Like a really really good band.

Dopers photo by David Knottnerus

Dopers photo by David Knottnerus

Anon: Are they moving as a band to Philadelphia?
Malia: They are moving as a band, yeah.
Anon: That’s awesome.
Robyn: There’s so many bands
Alyssa: Yeah, we’re like lets give you more!
Malia: There’s so many.
Anon: This is almost always how that question goes, in every interview it’s initially, “I can’t answer that” for like a good minute “Like, oh, I dont know” and as soon as that comes off, like I’m trying to think of who stands out, like there’s this guy Cory Baum or wait actually Matt Schwein was an even better example where like every time I see him out he’s like “I can’t believe I didn’t say this one,”
Alyssa: There are Fridays where there are so many great shows going on where I’m having a panic attack picking out which band I want to go see.
Malia: It really is ridiculous.
Anon: Well  keep us up on what’s going on with the band; if you’re playing shows or have an album coming out. I’d definitely like to write about whatever new songs you come up with, unless they suck obviously in which case, sorry I guess.
Malia: We’ll try hard not to suck. If we do we’ll try and try again. (all laugh) In case it’s not clear yet, nothing we are going to do will suck.
Anon: I feel pretty good about that.
Malia: You’re welcome in advance for anything we send you.

 

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