Answered by: Brooke Binion
What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
I guess I always grew up wanting to sing in a band even though I definitely wasn’t a singer. Music was always the most effective way for me to feel anything and the most profound form of self expression. I wanted to work around music but I wasn’t very good at singing or playing guitar so I decided to go into audio engineering but after touring with a band as the sound engineer I really felt like I wanted to play. Mixing it wasn’t cutting it. I was actually touring with Will’s band (seepeoples) and I was around a lot in the studio while the records were being made so I learned a lot about the process. I eventually decided to start a band which was initially called “anarkitty” with Carissa Johnson (Boston) on bass and sharing vocals and songwriting duties. When she decided to focus on her solo career, Will joined the band and we became theWorst. I’ve always been a late bloomer.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
We just released “Blacksheepish,” the first single off our upcoming album (tentatively named) “Yes Regrets.” It’s a song dear to my heart because I wrote it about a very close friend that I lost to suicide. We worked at a storied punk venue together and when she’d get to work, she’s always play “rock star” by Hole and “sugar Kane” by sonic youth on the jukebox. So basically “Blacksheepish” took all those things into consideration and set out to be a song for her.
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
I think I get a lot of influence and inspiration from suffering, but I never get bored of happy endings. I like to have hope and see somekne overcome something. So I tend to be drawn to music and art made out of suffering. I’m not big on the idea of separating the art from the artist.
I love Elliott Smith, Courtney Love and Pete Doherty as far a front people and songwriters.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
We play fast melodic but dark rock and roll. I think what sets us apart in Will’s bass playing. Huge fuzz, chords, crazy parts I don’t even understand… while my voice gives us some cohesion to always sound like us, I think Will makes the music limitless, therefore I don’t feel stuck in a “punk” hole.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
From a basement on a hill – Elliott Smith
Big Sur- Jack Kerouac or “crime and punishment” by fyodor Dostoyevsky
Buffy the vampire slayer (the movie)
I know that’s four. Sorry.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Absolutely live because of the connection and the adrenaline.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
My favorite touring related story, more of an anecdote really:
The first time we played LA we had 2 shows booked, the first one at Paladinos in the valley and the next night at the Whisky a go-go in Hollywood. They were the first 2 nights of our first west coast
Tour. The first night, I slammed my face with the neck of my guitar during sound check and gave myself a black eye and the next night I forgot my make up bag and had to use a thick sharpie for eye liner. I felt like a real punk singer.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
I think I’m most proud of backwash because it came so organically and it’s pretty thrashy but manages to have a groove.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Our next album is being made at Chillhouse Studios in Boston with producer Will Holland and is almost done. And as soon as covid runs its course we plan to hit the road like we always do.
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
So in the end, who is to blame for theWorst?
Will, aka bass player
Photo credits: Andrew Foster
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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