The French Tips Fill The Darkenin Heart Questionnaire

Darkenin Heart

What do you consider to be the darkest piece of music you’ve ever heard?
Ivy: Stranger on a Train - Sonic Youth (Shadow of a Doubt?).
Angela: Fast Car - Tracy Chapman.
Rachel: King’s Crossing - Elliott Smith.

How would you characterize your own music?
Ivy: Disco Damaged Post Punk.

What are your musical aspirations?
Ivy: To continue to write and play shows together until we are 90.
Angela: I hope to not lose this love of discovering new music and immediately becoming obsessed with it. Then also building new friendships with the people I meet through our music that I never would have met otherwise.
Rachel: To help younger folks pull through the dark years, the way music did for me.

What are your main musical inspirations?
Ivy: These days it's newer local bands.
Angela: Yea there’s a lot of fresh sounds coming from these newer local bands in Boise that I’m loving. Also watching the musical artists I love grow and evolve in their journey. Some stretch their music in new ways or create new projects with different people, others are writing books… it’s inspiring to see that unfold.
Rachel: Folks who are genuinely excited about what they are creating.

What are your main goals in life?
Ivy: To make sure the people I love know they are loved.
Angela: Doing more and waiting for that perfect time less.
Rachel: To help people see the beauty and light in themselves, and to not feel alone.

What motivates you to create?
Ivy: Wanting to feel connected to myself and the world around me.
Angela: I agree, that connection but also wanting a place to constructively put some of my thoughts/emotions/innerworkings.
Rachel: The ones I create with.

Are you more of an early bird or a night owl?
Ivy: Early birdie.
Angela: I’m in the middle nowadays. I can rally for an early morning hike or for a show that ends at 2am.
Rachel: Neither. Sleep is my number one.

Besides music, what other art forms would you like to explore?
Ivy: I used to like writing poetry and would love to get back into it.
Angela: Perhaps shooting video for small, creative projects.
Rachel: I want to paint pictures of people’s animals for special occasions. I would also love to paint “response” art to my late grandmother’s. She spoke through her art and I would love to communicate with her through mine, in essence. Weird or spiritual depending on how you look at it.

Which is the very first record that had a big impact on you?
Ivy: There’s Nothing Wrong With Love - Built to Spill.
Angela: Honestly I was listening to a lot my dad’s music growing up so probably Led Zeppelin II and IV. But then I discovered Lenny Kravitz’s drummer at that time was Cindy Blackman which locked in an immediate love and then I got into her jazz albums like The Oracle and ended up playing drums for my highschool jazz band.
Rachel: Siamese Dream.

What is the best decade for music?
Ivy: Right now - more access than has ever existed before.
Angela: Yea, right now probably. Not only is there more access to it but artists and musicians through time have completely dismantled the generic genres of music like “rock” and “jazz” into this other dimension. There’s so much of it and it’s exciting to know that I could discover new music every single day.
Rachel: I liked the 2000’s a lot.

What do your future plans include?
Ivy: Touring with our new record, writing more hella riffs with my besties.
Angela: Yes, some touring with the new record for sure. We also love writing new music. We have a few riffs on the backburner we want to revisit for a third album. And just exploring what sort of vibes and themes we want to showcase in the next album.
Rachel: Sitting on the beach in FL with these two on tour. I’d also like to see Ang slay some more on the bass. And hopefully rescue a dog.

All The Rage releases May 13th, 2022

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