q and also a :: Littler
In this next installment of q and also a… the members of Littler (Madeline, Dan, Ivy & Anne) share their answers to our questions!
q: What is the last song you (really) heard?
AB – Atomic Bomb by William Onyeabor, may he rest in power. <3
DC – I know this is a bit meme-y, but have you ever listened to the lyrics to Smash Mouth’s “Walkin’ On The Sun?” It’s about climate change, and the pretense that some people have about being activists. Seriously, go read the lyrics. The second verse of “All Star” also has a little nod at environmentalism. Somebody once told me it’s about climate denial but I’ll let you be the judge: “The ice we skate is getting pretty thin/The water’s getting warm so you might as well swim”
IGK – My lyft driver was playing “With Arms Wide Open” by Creed and it made me wonder what atrocity I had put into the universe to deserve that.
MM – Mange Ta Mort – Dimber. Dimber is the project of one of my oldest friends from LA, where I grew up. We’ve been friends long before I ever played music. This is his new band who we’re lucky enough to play with this month. I saw them play a show in a small, rentable practice space the other day and it was so fun.
q: What is the first album you remember purchasing?
AB – Sum 41 – All Killer No Filler, I think. Maybe it was a gift? Who knows, it was formative either way.
DC – Britney Spears – …Baby One More Time
IGK – No Doubt – Return of Saturn from a used bookstore while visiting the Cleveland suburbs for my cousin’s bar mitzvah.
MM – Green Day – Nimrod
q: Is there an album you wished you knew about when you were younger?
AB – Again, William Onyeabor, may he rest in paradise. <3
IGK – I somehow sidestepped The Breeders’ “Last Splash” and it bums me out.
MM – I look back on the music I listened to when I was younger which was made by predominantly white males and how little access I felt to anything other than that because of being at the mercy of whatever white males from my local scene were supporting and booking/the focus of publications towards white males in music. I wish I could go back and have heard and seen more musicians who represented a variety of backgrounds/communities. It depresses me to think about how often we unknowingly perpetuate homogeneity and, by proxy, the idea that if you look a certain way there’s no room for you, because we don’t know that we can demand more.
q: What is the last album that you purchased?
AB – Old Maybe’s most recent tape “Oblio” Look ’em up.
q: What is your favorite memory of experiencing music in a live setting?
AB – Seeing Dustin Wong with Takako Minekawa is the only time I have ever cried at a show.
DC – Warped Tour 2003
IGK – My most recent memory is I was at DIY Space for London’s One Year Anniversary Showcase. While I was already stoked to be in such a cool space and community, it was a stacked gig with both bands I was familiar with (like Joanna Gruesome) and new bands that were totally amazing (Screaming Toenail). It’s always exciting to hear new music without any preconceived expectations and be totally floored.
MM – I saw PWR BTTM right after the election with a bunch of friends and for a moment it felt like not everything was terrible. Not like we forgot or escaped what was going on but rather that we were together, safe, and committed to resistance.
q: What should we know about Bad Hand?
IGK – We recorded it the same weekend I was moving so I like to think lifting all those boxes improved my stamina or something. Or just made me kind of sweaty and tired. We ate a lot of Wawa.
MM – If “Of Wandering” was about questioning how to move forward, “Bad Hand” is about negotiating whatever cards you’ve been dealt, and making it work. Also, the only thing we brought into the studio apart from our gear for four days of recording was three cases of La Croix. La Croix, if you’re reading this, we are still looking for that sponsorship.
Bad Hand comes out 4/28/17 and is a joint release from Disposable America and Yellow K.
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