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Are you already working out new material, or is the record more or less the set you have at this point?
It’s hard because, we wrote all of the songs for Hell Bent over a year ago, so it feels weird that it’s just coming out now. We’ve been playing these songs for the last year. Since then, I’ve already written 10 new songs. We’ve only been able to learn one of them, because we’ve been really busy. I’m going to write a few more and we’ll hopefully be able to record in the spring.
Has all the touring, and the increased ability as a band to execute ideas that comes with it, made you more ambitious in what you are trying to pull off when writing new songs?
Yeah. When I really started in Potty Mouth, both Phoebe and I didn’t know how to play guitar. I think as we’ve gone along in the process we’ve both just gotten better at our instruments. I think every song that we write becomes more complicated, every time. I think its just more of a progression of our skill that will come out in our songs.
When you write a song yourself, what form does it take? Since its a collaborative process, do you just have ideas for how they are going to go? Are they in a really loose demo form?
I’ll usually just write my part, and then I’ll put the video of it on our secret Facebook page. (laughs) Everyone will watch it and they’ll say, “Oh, I don’t like this lyric” or “ this part should go on longer,” or something like that. Then we’ll bring it to practice. It always starts with me writing the bare bones of the song, and then everyone else brings it together.
I read an interview with Ally, where she said that the point behind having an all-female band was mostly about the comfort level within band members while you figured out what you wanted to do, and then during the creative process, bringing ideas out. Would you agree?
Yeah, when we started the band, Ally had just graduated from Smith and Phoebe and Victoria were still there. I think they were definitely in the mindset of being in an all-female environment, because it’s an all-girl school. I think that also came from Ally being in other bands that had male members. I think she felt that since it was more male-dominated, she wasn’t really able to bring in her own parts. I think she just felt more comfortable reaching out to some of her close female friends, and writing something where she’d be able to learn in a more female-friendly environment.
How is the DIY scene in Massachusetts in that respect? Even though there are many female musicians, and women working in the smaller DIY clubs in Brooklyn, the big club bookers and the people working tech at many venus still seem predominantly male. Is it the same there?
I think Massachusetts is pretty diverse, but it's pretty hard to escape the “male gaze” that people talk about. Men will look at you and think, “Oh Whoa, that girl can play guitar.” Why does it have to be “Oh whoa?” You want to feel like you are being appreciated as a musician, and not because it's only validated by your gender.