q and also a :: liÃ©
Britt, Ash and Kati of Vancouver darkpunk outfit liÃ© shared their answers to our questions in this next installment of q and also a.
q: What is the first album you remember purchasing for yourself?
Britt: Damaged by Black Flag at a pawn shop in White Rock, BC
Ash: Not actual vinyl but the first CD’s I bought for myself (it was Boxing Day and there was a buy one get one sale) was Counting Crows – August and Everything and Social Distortion – White Light White Heat White Trash. This is not the cool answer.
Kati: I remember buying â€œCooky Pussâ€ by the Beastie Boys from Silver Platters at Northgate Mall in Seattle, but there may have been more before that!
q: Is there an album you wished you knew about when you were younger?
Britt: In high school I was surrounded by cis, white male voices in music, which were valuable and helped shape who I am today, but also made me feel inadequate, and often silenced. I wish I had experienced more of the voices of women, queer people, and people of colour, so I could hear different perspectives and possibilities for music in the world sooner, and grow out of being a teenage shit head sooner!
Ash: My mom worked at a punk bar and a CD shop so I had a pretty decent exposure to the underground punk scene from a young age. Some of the stuff I wish I knew more about when I was younger was more underground electronic and industrial. Like I wish my mom had brought me home some Psychic TV alongside the Rancid.
Kati: I was just a little too young to go see Nirvana on my own but I always wished that my older brother would have taken me to see them. I wish I was a real PNW grunge baby, but Iâ€™m just a poseur.
q: What is the last album that you purchased?
Britt: Death Drive by Debby Friday and a series of dollar bin piano concertos.
Ash: Pelada – Movimiento Para Cambio
Kati J: I bought the KVB discography
q: What is one of your favorite memories of experiencing music in a live setting?
Britt: One of the loudest, heaviest shows I experienced was Boris when I was a teen. Their wall of amps and relentless noise changed how I wanted to play. After that I started using Ampegs and playing harder, faster and with my trusty Rat pedal.
Ash: My mom taking me to see Rancid when I was 12, I remember wanting to go in the circle pit so badly but she told me that I had to wait till I was at least 13! I think this show was definitely pivotal to my obsession with playing fast and loud.
Kati J: I was just reminiscing about seeing Afrika Bambaataa give a talk and djing exposÃ© at the EMP in Seattle when I was in my formative years. It was really cool to see a hip hop founder who was also a current working musician (born in 1960!) sharing his music. I need to acknowledge that sexual assault cases have since come to light, but before knowing that information the experience was very meaningful.
q: What is the best and worst thing about being a musical artist in 2020?
Britt: My favourite part is the creation process with good people, and playing live shows (when the crowd is moving and the energy is up). The worst part is having to keep a day job.
Ash: Best – Getting to write music and tour with your best friends and travel the world doing it. Worst – Coronavirus reigning shit on all of that.
Kati J: itâ€™s so sad to be fighting burnout with something that you have poured every ounce of your soul into… but I donâ€™t really know any other way than the hard way.
q: What should we know about You Want It Real?
Britt: This album will work your body and your brain (ooo sexy), so itâ€™s not one for trying to wind down or become peaceful!
Kati J: itâ€™s in a similar format, and uses similar techniques as other liÃ© albums but is also very, very different.
Ash: It’s the closest you can possibly come to experiencing us live, but safely from the comfort of your own home.
You can purchase You Want It Real @ http://lievancouver.bandcamp.com/
liÃ© is on Bandcamp
liÃ© is on Twitter
liÃ© is on Facebook
liÃ© is on Mint Records