Monday, June 12, 2017

10 Questions with Girls Club

Girls Club is a four piece fuzzy indie punk band from Tulsa, OK.  The band released their debut Lavender Scare last yeah and it is really stinking good.

This interview was conducted via email May 5 - 17, 2017.

For more information check out Girls Club's Facebook, Instagram, and BandCamp pages.

Dave:  How did the band get together?

Jess DiPesa:  I wanted to be in a band with 3 people I loved personally and musically.  Dreams do come true.

Lindsay Wessinger:  We actually started out just goofing around and doing covers. Then one day, we were playing around with a Grandaddy song, and we were like “wait…this is really good. We should write originals and really do this.”

Airon Wessinger:  Jess wanted to play bass, because she's better than me. And I didn't want to play guitar because I'm a better bassist. So, 2 basses.

Dave:  What’s the story behind the name Girls Club?

Jess:  Our band went through a metric ton of band names and just wasn't finding anything that we loved.  Lindsay and I actually really liked the name Lovey Dovey, but not everybody in the band did.  I initially thought of Girls Club as the antithesis to a "boy's club"  or "good old boy's club."  Also with two girls in the band it seemed fun and right.   Not to mention the fact that really we are a mixed gender band and we have two awesome feminist guys who don't mind being in a band called Girls Club.  I think for me personally the deepest meaning of the name comes from the fact that I am a transwoman.  It says something about my inclusion as a woman into our societal space for women, my desire and journey to be in the "girl's club."  Am I in the club?"   Will I ever be?

Airon:  Plus, Cannibal Corpse was already taken.

Dave:  For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music?

Brian:  We're a dance rock/fuzztone/bass face/'90's/indie/goodtime motherfuckers!!

Airon:  Shoe gays

Dave:  Last year you released your debut Lavender Scare.  What's the story behind the record?

Jess:  As far as the name goes, I think of it as a reclaiming of the term from the Lavender Scare of the McCarthyism of the 50's when queer people were rooted out of government simply for being themselves.  Lavender Scare the album has plenty of queer themes throughout.  I think of open queerness as something that could be quite a scare to the dominant culture of our state.  Some of us live it.

Dave:  Have you toured in support of the new record? What are some of your favorite places to play?

Lindsay:  We just recently played Norman Music Fest at this place called Stash. It was so cool! They had a great stage and outdoor area. We also love playing Replay in Lawrence, KS. We are about to play a show in Houston at Super Happy Fun Land. We play there on August 5th. That place looks super weird in the best possible way. Can’t wait to check it out!

Brian:  Soundpony (Tulsa), The Yeti (Tulsa)

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

Lindsay:  Usually one of us comes to the band with a basic structure of a song. Sometimes it's just a melody with no words. Sometimes it’s just an idea for a chorus. Then we all kind of add our spices to it and see if it works as a song. Sometimes it does. Sometimes it doesn’t. We are super diplomatic and never take anything too seriously.

Dave:  What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?

Lindsay:  I think Oklahoma is starting to make some fun changes in the music scene…especially in Tulsa. There is A LOT of folk, blues and western music happening all over. That’s really great, but I wish we had a larger scene for punk/indie/alternative bands. I’m really loving all the grungy, trippy music that is starting to come out of Oklahoma like Queenager and DEERPEOPLE. There are a lot of people (myself included) who are interested in seeing a bit of the wilder side of the Oklahoma music scene. So I hope Girls Club can help to scratch that itch a little!

Airon:  The Oklahoma music scene is always a weird mix, which is a good thing.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television programs, books/authors?

Lindsay:  We ALL wanted to answer this question! We are all such music and movie nerds. I’m just gonna list my cream of the crop favorites:
Bands—Tripping Daisy, The Ramones
Albums—Surfer Rosa by Pixies, Pinkerton by Weezer, Closer by Joy Division
Movies—Clueless, Boogie Nights
Authors—Sylvia Plath, Anis Mojgani, Alice Sebold, Chaim Potok
TV—Broad City, Game of Thrones, Westworld

Jess:  This question is too hard, I will answer with the music that I feel I bond with my band mates:
With Airon we bond over Black Sabbath.  Practice usually consists of us setting up and we immediately start playing something off Paranoid while Lindsay rolls her eyes as we plan our non-existent side project Mountain Wizard, a stoner metal band.  I really want it to exist.
With Brian I feel like any old country or even gospel reference is not lost on him so I like having some "party liquor" with that dude, speaking in an Okie accent, and listening to something with steel guitar.
With Lindsay, I feel like we had the same listening habits in the 90's, basically anything that was on "alternative" radio.  We love Weezer, the Rentals, Pixies, Cake, Toadies and sometimes we even sing them together.  Which is the best.
Movies: Any Star Wars minus the prequels, Any even numbered Star Trek, Lots of Cohen Brothers, Ed Wood, Anything 90's and queer (But I'm a Cheerleader, Crying Game etc)
TV: TOS, TNG, DS9, Kids in the Hall, Broad City
Authors: Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut, H.P. Lovecraft

Brian:  BANDS- Grandaddy, Toadies, Early Weezer, Pixies,
     MOVIES-The Outsiders, Wet Hot American Summer,
     TV- The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, Broad City, The Chris Gethard Show,

Airon:  Bands- Nine Inch Nails, Pink Floyd, Ween
Albums- Nine Inch Nails- The downward spiral
Pink Floyd- Animals
Primus - Seas of Cheese
Grandaddy - Every Album
Sex Pistols - Never mind the bollocks

Movies- Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Friday, Top Secret, Pink Floyd The Wall

Dave:  What’s next for the band?

Lindsay:  We are currently working on our 2nd album. It will be called “Polyglamorous.” We hope it will be finished by the fall. It’s a little bit louder and a little bit harder than “Lavender Scare”, which makes me super excited. We are also planning a few mini tours in the Midwest to help promote it.

Airon:  Just a few more guitar pedals.

Dave:  Any final thoughts?

Airon:  Take care of yourself, and each other.

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