Saturday morning calls for some cool dreampop out of Miami Fla, from Whorish Boorish. Cool vibes with some sunny rays of surf , Rebecca has the natural voice for all things dreampop or shoegaze, you can get lost in the fuzz . Give some time this morning to play these tunes and you’ll discover a new artist to add to the list of those, updating the surf sound of the 60’s ….
Meet- Whorish Boorish
Who are some that have an influence on you
Heavily influenced by dreampop bands like Galaxie 500, Black Tambourine, noisier stuff like Sonic Youth and The Jesus and Mary Chain, the wall of sound / 60’s girl groups sound, grunge and riotgrrrl, 90’s stuff. My stuff is a mix of all that. A lot of oldies, I grew up on magic 102.7 and my dad’s 60’s records, then delved hard into the dreampop / shoegaze realm in my later teens.
How old were you when you started to play..
I remember asking my parents for a guitar for my fourteenth birthday, and they obliged me. We took a trip to our local Guitar Center and I got a classic Mexican black and white strat, and a pretty metal peavey amp. I was on cloud ten, soon started playing in a riotgrrrl band with my friend Nikki. She came from a very musical family and we were heavy into harmonizing leads, in the style of Sleater-Kinney. Anyone who’s a fan of theirs can hear that in my songs to this day.
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the songs out
I record digitally. A few years ago I had a baby and couldn’t do much with myself, so I took to writing songs again after having taken a 6+ year hiatus. I was in a shoegaze band called Drone Dimension in the early 00’s, but started writing again shortly after having my son in 2011. I suppose that initially, I just wanted to put stuff out, often writing lyrics as I went along. I guess it was more for selfish reasons then, but now I’m focusing more on writing a proper pop song. Sometimes your style just evolves after a few years, and I think mine has in that I’m much harder on myself now. You can hear it in the content. I just began uploading stuff to youtube and soundcloud, and received an incredibly positive response, made some very substantial connections with the likes of Keel Her and Gorgeous Bully.
what are some of the challenges you face as a musician and how have you overcome those challenges
Being a mom has its challenges, because as more is required of me psychically and within the domestic realm, the focus tends to be on that. Priorities change, and my folks (whom I don’t live with) aren’t especially supportive of my creative endeavors, what with the old school mentality of “once you’re a mom, that should be your one and only gig”. It fucks with me all the time, but my son loves my playing and I plan to raise him as a student of music. Other than that, I’m kind of a loner in my creative process, so I often have trouble retaining people enough to really project a live experience. There have been many good players in my midst, but people just get really busy at some point. I’m demanding, I suppose.
what’s the scene like in Miami and are other bands supportive…
The scene shifts and it’s simultaneously flakey and awesome. There are excellent bands, who are also cool people, and there are excellent bands with shitty people in them. Overall people are pretty talented, but there’s something lacking here sometimes. It’s hard to socialize, but easy to compete. Miami’s blowing the fuck up, though, and a lot of the cool people here are making great things happen. Other bands are supportive in waves. I think I just need to make a new record, and people will start kissing ass again.
If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it ….
I would probably travel back to the 1960’s because I would have really dug being in a girl group or a Motown singer. I like the whole Ike and Tina shit, down to the style. I like to dress as a mod sometimes, but there’s like zero scene down here for that, so I feel sheepish when I do. That never stops me, though.
Who are you currently listening to ….
I’m revisiting “Darklands” by the The Jesus and Mary Chain, and I’m really digging the new Soko record “My Dreams Dictate my Reality”—talk about reinventing oneself. I’m super inspired by her. This morning I was playing “I Am a Rock” by Simon and Garfunkle for my son. That song speaks to me, currently.
What do you think of “the state of rock n roll”…
There are bands that don’t realize that you can be rock n’ roll without dissing women or generally living in a “boys world” mentality. Rock n roll is a state of mind. You don’t have to diss anyone to be a real rock n’ roller, you just have to have some style, know what’s cool and stay humble. The other real rockers will know you when they see you, cause real sees past transparent motherfuckers. That said, there are some really great bands who represent the true spirit of rock n roll. Those Darlins come to mind, those kids are really rock n roll. Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser, that’s rock n roll, too. See? Two very different bands, both very rock n roll.
some albums that you have played on repeat over the years……
Skywave – Echodrone
The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything, Ecstasy and Wine
Free Kitten – Nice Ass
Bikini Kill – Singles
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
The Shirelles – Baby It’s You
The Beatles – Hard Day’s Night
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?
This band Golden Grrrls from Scotland, they’re just so perfect. They’re this dreampop trio, with three part harmonies and beautiful lead guitars. I’m into bands with no bassist, obviously.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…
Same advice I’ll offer my son when he’s of age to want to join a band, stay true to yourself and try to resist the temptation to prove the haters right. Build a shield, a thick skin, so that you never stray from your known path. It will become very clear to him as he grows and plays in bands, not everyone he knows is his friend and he must be selective of his affiliations. Sounds pretty cultish, I know.
when can we expect your ..”Bad Luck Charm” EP…
Some time in the summer. I’ve been in contact with Ben Katzman of Bufu records and Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser. We may have a release in the works with them, which would be really cool.
Beatles or Stones ?
Both. When I’m in love, Beatles. When I’m looking for love in all the wrong places, Stones.
plans for 2015…..