Starting the work week off with Daddy Issues. Anyone who has paid attention to my posts over the last two years understands that I have loved “Surf” since I was 16 and first heard The Beach Boys, stuck in Pittsburgh Pa, a whole lot of miles away from the Jersey shore. Over the years I have also found myself listening to kick ass all female or female fronted bands. One of my 1st interviews here was with Becca of The Creeping Ivies and then Amy Gore. Lately I have been ranting about The Love Me Nots,The Death Valley Girls, Motobunny ,The Charms, Beach Day, The Dead Good , Gymshorts, The Franklys, Bleached, Shannon and the Clams, and more recently Sharkmuffin. Today we add Daddy Issues to that list.
Our getting this post up started well before Xmas, long story short , my friend Cribs sent these questions out back then and I’m glad to say that we now have the answers and we can bring you the recently released Daddy Issues debut EP. I love the harmonies, the surf guitars, the cool drum beats and the lyrics are top notch, all around fun and that is what Surf Pop ought to be. I think that to do surf well you really have to have a clear understanding of the history of the music that has come before. A band that has staying power can take all that history and make it new and that is exactly what Daddy Issues are doing. I can’t imagine any girl band in the 60’s telling us how she makes her baby “hard” and he’s 15 miles away. But it’s 2015 and Daddy Issues are here and they need to be heard…..
1. People say we sound like…..
Lindsey: Someone said we sounded like a jam session between best coast and HAIM in the grip of a Shangri-las obsession. That might be my favorite comparison. One guy at a show told Hannah that we were like The Valley of the Dolls, that dreamy 60s movie with Sharon Tate, in musical form.
2. We are…..
Lindsey Sprague, Lo Davy, Madeline Putney, and Amethyst White.
3a. We are originally from…..
Amethyst: Nashville by way of Oklahoma
Lindsey: I grew up in Santa Cruz, California, went to high school outside of Detroit, and moved to North Carolina when I was 17.
3b. Tell us a bit about the scene in Greensboro, North Carolina
Amethyst: rollicking, intimate, friendly, tight
Lindsey: There’s not a lot of pretension here. We have more DIY venues than legit venues, which is kind of great. We’ve played like maybe one show in Greensboro where there was an actual, paid sound person who wasn’t one of our roommates or the bartender at the pizza place. I think there’s a lot of freedom to make things here and a lot of creative people, but it’s not so oversaturated that you can’t do anything new. There are a lot of creative gaps to be filled and a really receptive audience to share with. Plus it’s super cheap to live here and really close to bigger cities so we can play shows out of town almost every weekend and still have day jobs.
4. Who are some that have an influence on your sound?
lindsey: Equal parts Link Wray and Madonna. 1990s Gwen Stefani and Gun Club.
5. The first time we all decided to get together and make some music…
Lindsey: A shooting star blazed across the night sky. We took it as a sign from the universe that we were meant to write songs about boners and the mall.
6. Books we recommend …
Lindsey: I just finished The Hardest Working Man about James Brown that was super good. Some all time favorites are Please Kill Me, The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov, Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers. I went to Chile because I was kind of obsessed with Roberto Bolaño, so I’d recommend anything he’s ever written.
7. You write about sex and stealing underwear among other things, what else influences the band lyrically?
Lindsey: Tinder, really good tacos, old horror movies, the sunglasses from THEY LIVE.
8. Our craziest gig ever was....
Lindsey: Probably this one house show in Raleigh with our friends Gross Ghost where we played in a basement and all these kids were crowdsurfing even though you could literally reach up and touch the ceiling. I accidentally kicked some dude in the face when I was crowdsurfing but he just gave me the thumbs up. There were a bunch of crazy flashing lights. It was super fun.
9. If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….
Lindsey: It would be 1976 and I’d go to California and hang out with Fleetwood Mac while they recorded Rumours.
10. Growing up ,at home we listened to…..
Lindsey: We had all these Billboard oldies compilations that I listened to all the time growing up, like this big collection of top 40 hits CDs from the 50s through the early 60s and that sort of thing. My babysitter would always blast No Doubt in her car while we were driving around Santa Cruz. And I’ve been pretty madly in love with Elvis since I was 9.
11. What tunes are on heavy rotation for you…
Lindsey: Right now I’m listening to Hellshovel, but I’ve been listening to The Pandoras a ton recently. I found “It’s About Time” on vinyl recently and it’s become a staple.
12. If you could open for any band right now who would that be and why?
Lindsey: Dick Dale. Because he’s fucking Dick Dale.
13. When you are touring and have some time off , where could we find you..,.,
Lindsey: In my room trying to learn all the dance moves Kate Bush does in “Wuthering Heights.”
15. What’s up for 2015?
Lindsey: Our debut EP cassette just came out on Negative Fun Records and Egghunt Records, and we’ll be releasing a 7” single on UK-based Punk Fox Records. That comes out in March. We’ve got some super exciting shows coming up, too! We have our EP release party with T0W3RS, Totally Slow, and Free Clinic, and we’re opening for La Luz in March.
Listen to this incredible debut EP…