Joanna Harkins

Joanna just graduated from NYU with a degree in Food Studies and French. She hopes to one day be a big fancy restaurant critic/food writer/ the next Oprah. Her interests include Elvis Costello, diners and hoarding magazines.

Alie + Georgia

June 2, 2014 | Posted in The Future | Print #3 | By

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Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark are living a dream all too familiar to many of us – not just making it ‘big’, but doing it all alongside your best friend. On their new Cooking Channel show Tripping Out with Alie & Georgia, they eat and drink their way across the US – all the while putting Mad Men to shame in their A+ vintage duds. They then come home and do what any fabulous bffs would do – throw a giant party for their friends full of snacks-on-snacks inspired by their travels. If you know them from their famed “McNuggetini” cocktail video that launched them into YouTube fame, never fear, there are plenty of cocktails to go around here. These two bring us something that is surprisingly hard to find on food related tv shows these days – a genuinely enjoyable experience that is refreshing to watch because of their natural chemistry. The fact that they’re honest and wickedly funny also helps. We got to talk to these two wonderful ladies about karaoke, authenticity, and of course, the future.

Joanna: How have your lives changed since Tripping Out premiered? Anyone ever recognize you at the grocery store?

Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark: Since the show has aired, we’ve been recognized quite a few times, which is something we can’t imagine ever gets old. We’re usually asked “are you those cocktail girls?!” and sometimes told which episode of “Tripping Out” is their favorite. It’s pretty surreal and exciting. But we’re learning very fast that having terrible hair and wearing stretch denim is the best way to go incognito since no one recognizes us that way. Also that going incognito isn’t as much fun. So if we need an ego boost, we have to actually do our hair and wear make-up. We call this the “Paul Reubens vs. Pee Wee” effect.

Obviously the two of you wouldn’t have your own show if you didn’t work so well together – but doing business with your best friend has its advantages and its disadvantages. How do you keep business and friendship balanced?

AW: Whenever we get together to write or do work, there’s always a 15-minute debriefing session about what happened last night, the current state of our romantic lives, how our parents are doing, what new book we’re reading. It’s nice to start your workday with a therapy sesh with your best friend.

GH: We joke that we’ve monetized our friendship which, while true, is also one of the reasons it’s so important for us to maintain a good balance. This friendship has more at stake than one usually would, and because of that, we’ve both had to learn to listen and be more understanding. We’ve had our rough moments but think it’s made us better friends and made us both better, more empathetic people overall. We get a lot of comments on our great chemistry, and we think the sincerity and connection people like so much about us is due to both the ups and downs in our friendship.

Could you both tell us one “inconnu” (unknown) thing about yourselves?

AW: Being barefoot makes Georgia uncomfortable. Her feet almost never touch the ground.

GH: Alie even has a dedicated pair of slippers at her house for Georgia to put on when she comes over. Also Alie is not a natural redhead. Sorry, everyone.

Being the successful and badass ladies that you are, what advice would you give other young women that are looking to make it in their respective fields?

GH: It’s funny because I don’t think I would have thought of myself as “successful and badass” a couple years ago. I think the thing that lets me accept that description with pride isn’t that we have our own TV show, but the fact that we’ve worked those bad asses off up until this point. We had a goal and we did everything we could think of to make it a realization. We’re still working on it now, even though we got a TV show. I don’t think I could have gotten here without Alie by my side, which makes my advice to other young women is to find a friend who’s just as hungry as yourself and be each other’s allies (or Alie’s) and cheerleaders. Big wins are so much better when you have someone to celebrate with, just as failing sucks less when a girl friend is there to take you out for pancakes in the middle of the night and remind you why you’re rad.

AW: I’ve been of the mindset my whole life that if one works hard enough at something — especially if they enjoy it — they will be successful. So many young people, women especially, think it’s not their right to pursue certain goals, particularly the loftier ones. I wish more people recognized their own potential and had the confidence to apply themselves to the work they love with the drive to get what they want. It’s one of the most fulfilling feelings.

If someone had asked you five years ago to predict what your career would look like in 2013, how different would it be from how things actually are today?

AW: I majored in film & television and was working in this industry before I graduated college. I took a detour into print journalism, but this is where I’ve wanted to be all my life. I didn’t think it would happen from a joke cocktail video, but otherwise it feels on-track to have worked toward having a voice in this field. Five years ago, this is pretty much exactly what I wanted. Which is awesome and crazy and very gratifying.

GH: Back when things started gaining momentum after we made the McNuggetini video and Cooking Channel approached us to make web videos for them, we made a joke that McNuggetini was a game and we were going to win at it. It’s made all the work we’ve put into our careers seem like a high stakes challenge, more than “work.” The goal was always to get a travel TV show, even if we both acted like it was just a joke in the beginning (the name was going to be Bitches Abroad). Now the goal is to get a second season of that travel show.

In a time where celebrity chefs are almost like the new rock stars and everyone wants their own cooking show more than a record deal, what do you two bring to the world of food tv that audiences can’t find elsewhere?

GH: I think our genuine curiosity and excitement is something the viewers pick up on, and makes them want to be right there with us. Just like a rash, our giddiness is infectious. We have a code word that we say to the other when one of us is being fake or too polished. We aim to be as authentic as possible, which you can see in our beloved vintage dresses and the fact that we have to get bleeped a lot. Also you should get that rash checked out.

AW: A lot of women in this industry are pressured to present recipes to feed families and occupy more of a domestic space, but we’re really coming from the angle of enjoying life with and cooking for friends. And I like that we’re given the opportunity to establish a voice that’s a little different.

What does the future hold for the two of you – both together and separately? What would you like to accomplish other than continuing with Tripping Out?

AW: We daydream a lot about the line of vintage-inspired barware we could create, along with books on how to throw parties. A clothing line also seems like a natural extension since our style is so specific.

GH: And I’m obsessed with HGTV and true crime, so some type of murdery interior design show seems like a fun project. I’d also like to live in an apartment with parking and access to laundry, but now I just sound like a snob.

AW: I definitely would love to establish barware and possibly clothing brands, and take the show international. (Hello Iceland! S’up Japan!) I also want to adopt a dog that’s small enough to travel with us. Or maybe I’d just put it in a romper and tell people it was just a very ugly, hairy baby.

Could you give us a quick and easy cocktail recipe that represents this issue’s theme of “The Future”?

Well since the future most likely entails all of us turning into or being feasted upon by the walking dead, how about our
Zombie Gut Punch:

Ingredients:

10 oz. vodka
5 oz. triple sec
2 oz. bitters
1 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice
2 cups black cherry soda
grenadine for rim

In a large punch bowl filled with ice, pour vodka, triple sec, bitters, blood orange juice and black cherry soda. While stirring, laugh as though you are an evil zombie. Rim each glass with grenadine before filling with punch mixture, and serve. Stagger around menacingly, and threaten to eat strangers’ brains.

Illustration by Anna Grimal

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Molls of America

June 2, 2014 | Posted in The Future | Print #3 | By

THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN OUR 3RD PRINT ISSUE, THE FUTURE. TO PURCHASE A COPY, CLICK HERE.

Molly McAleer is not the type of person you can easily figure out. Beyond the personality that the Internet has come to know as “Molls”, there is a woman whose ambition is fuelled by a genuine hunger to do it all. As both a writer for 2 Broke Girls and the co-founder of HelloGiggles, she’s wearing many hats, calling all the shots, and not planning to stop anytime soon. I sat down with Molly to talk about how a girl from Boston came to LA and became a woman with a limitless future.

Joanna: If you were just entering the world of vlogging and writing on the internet today – based on how things have changed, would you do anything differently? Do you think it’s harder today?

Molls: I wouldn’t do anything differently because I feel like it happened very organically for me. I think that if my goal was to be a successful blogger, I probably would have thought more about what my “brand” was. I think that’s very important if you’re not a personal writer.  If that doesn’t come naturally to you, I do still think you can be a successful blogger, but you need to have an angle. I’ve always had very clear boundaries about what it is I’m willing to write about, what it is I’m willing to share. I feel confidently that I did it the right way.

I think that people tend to write shorted pieces now online – especially in the Tumblr world. It’s considered an annoyance, like a “tl;dr” sort of thing if you write more than three paragraphs. I feel like I came from a very “pure” era of Tumblr when people were just writing their feelings, and being honest and doing the type of blogging that they would have done on a WordPress or a Typepad. I guess my own advice to myself would be to try and not fall into that trap of just reblogging gifs all day…

In your own eyes, have you seen your personal brand change over the years? Did you have any sort of plan for how you wanted to be perceived?

No, I mean I was just writing about my life. It wasn’t that I had a plan for how I wanted to be perceived but more that I had a plan for what I was willing to share. I don’t write about my family, I try to stay away from that. I try to stay away from writing about any current relationships. For the most part even past relationships – just because I don’t think it’s fair to the guy. But no, I wouldn’t have done anything differently because it was very pure – writing the truth about my life. Definitely only small percentages of my life.

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Has your Internet presence ever been detrimental to relationships? Are men ever intimidated by your success or your work?

I would say…no. Occasionally there can be the wrong type of guy. The right type of guy has never held anything I’ve ever done against me. They’ve understood that it’s all a part of a greater thought. It’s not just a vomitous, teenage self exploration type of thing. I’ve dated guys who thought that, but they weren’t the right type of guy. The guys I’m drawn too now seem to appreciate what it is that I do. I will say though, that ever since I got the job on the show, my financial situation has changed a great deal. Cause I didn’t make much money blogging… I made enough to pay my rent and my cellphone bill but I didn’t have a lot of extra cash. Now I’m literally in a different tax bracket and that makes dating a little bit harder. That brings a certain judgment…because I like nice things, and I’m open about that, and I treat myself to things. I feel very strongly about being a single woman who takes care of herself – nobody’s going to buy me jewelry, I’m going to buy me jewelry. That freaks guys out, I think, way more than anything.

Going back to when you were blogging and just starting out… Once you moved out to LA, did you know what you wanted to do? You have said before that you’ve always wanted to be recognized as someone who was funny but you didn’t really know that necessarily meant through writing.

Well I went to LA because I interned there the summer before. So I thought that I would be a publicist by day and then at night I would work on my sketch comedy and my stand up, and find my way in LA through that. And then I quickly realized that performance was just not my thing. I’m cool with a little bit of performance art – but I am not an actress, I’m not a stand up. I kind of realized very quickly that an office job means I didn’t really have a lot of time for art, and the only place I could turn to as an outlet was the web. So I decided I would find my audience on the web. Cause I don’t want to go to the comedy store and try to get an agent. I want it to happen organically. At the time I had been blogging for my whole life, since I was like eleven. It seemed natural to start a new web presence. I got on Twitter December 27th in 2006, so I’ve been on there since the beginning. And all that was perfect timing.

I guess there was a moment when it clicked when I was at Defamer. I had a link to my personal blog next to my name on the masthead, so I started to get a lot of traffic on my blog and started to build a fan base over there. And I realized that what I was writing was more than just my free space to journal, it was something that people were reading. I don’t think that changed the way that I wrote, but it made me more aware that there were possibilities online that I didn’t necessarily – even though I was working online –  didn’t necessarily know were for me.

That’s a big part of my personality, unfortunately, I spent a lot of my life counting myself out early. Whether the problem was I didn’t get into school plays as a kid, or I felt like I wasn’t popular or pretty or I was fat. Whatever it was, I just kept counting myself out most of my life. And I’m working hard to make sure I don’t really do that anymore. Even as I try to transition to other avenues – in terms of like, writing a movie, or a book, or making a documentary. I keep thinking ‘Is this any good? Is this for me? Am I capable of this?’ I think that all the time. And it’s not cute. But it’s worked out OK so far.

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Did you work a lot of odd jobs just to make money?

I considered my vlogging, my writing, my everything a side hustle. When you have a dream that doesn’t pay your bills, you side hustle, you try to keep that plate spinning while you have to actually go pay your bills. So I was a night editor, I was a receptionist, I worked at a fish factory for two days. Fortunately I was always able to get enough freelancing gigs that I didn’t really ever have to take too many really bummer jobs. But I did do the fish factory for a few days – there were a couple of times where I just found myself in pinches.

Yeah, there were some years, there were some weird years.

You’re very much a self-made woman, it’s almost like you’ve achieved the American dream in doing all of this…

Well look. I’m literally a dyslexic person, I’m a bastard child. I had a single mom who had me when she wasn’t married. She cleaned toilets to raise me. By all accounts, I should be pregnant and married to a gym teacher who hits me. It’s just a combination of my mom being really fucking smart, and ever since I was a very little girl, I have been a dreamer to a point I can’t even explain. When I was an infant, I thought I was on TV. I would watch The Cosby Show and think ‘Well they’re a family, so I must be on TV too because I also have a family’. I remember being in the living room one day and my aunt said something funny, and I said to her ‘Oh the audience is going to love that’. She said, ‘What are you talking about?’, and she realized and said, ‘Do you think we’re on tv??’

I was using The Secret before The Secret existed. I was just a dreamer like that.

What about the jealousy you’ve encountered online? With everyone trying to make it and work their own personal brand, how much of that have you had to deal with?

I feel like sometimes people don’t treat me like a person. I have to say that for the most part I understand it. I really have a very clear memory of what it felt like to resent other people’s success and be curious about why they’re successful and I’m not, and to be hungry. And I know that that springs from sadness and desperation and a general hunger. So I have a really hard time judging that, ‘cause I was there.
I think that what the people that maybe do feel jealous need to know is that there’s so much room in this world for all of us. And I believe that. And I think it’s wonderful that everyone is trying to write, and to make music and make a vlog or do whatever. There’s a reason why our society has made this technology possible, because we all want it, and there’s so much room for all of us. Resentment and bitterness can be a great fuel, it really can.  Now I feel that stuff has really gone away, and I don’t need to use that as a tool anymore. I feel like I have such clarity on why it is that I felt that way, so it’s understandable.

Lately I’ve been getting some really shitty indirect comments and they kind of hurt my feelings… and I just remember that: One, I signed myself up for this. Two, I probably would have done the same thing at a different point in my life. I was never really a troller, but I’ve definitely said things about people that I regret. Not even that I regret, just that were a reflection of whatever state I was in at the time. I just hope everyone gets to the point where they realize that someone else’s success or happiness is not a threat to their own.

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Has being from Boston affected your sense of humor?

I think that Boston is the greatest city in the world. I’m obviously biased, but I’m so happy that I grew up there. People from Boston are tough; you have to win them over, you have to be savvy and resourceful. I think that you also see a lot of shit. All of those things combined gives people a funny bone. Nobody makes me laugh my ass off more than my friends from down the beach in Massachusetts. Nobody makes me laugh more than my friends from the city of Boston because they’re real ass people, they get #thatlife, you know?

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Alright, I’ve got two. My mom said to me – you’ve got to be your own pimp, and you gotta be your own whore. That was in relation to when I was starting HelloGiggles and was writing my original script to try and get hired on the show and freelancing and just really working. I didn’t leave my house for six months, that was a big part of what I did before I got hired, in order to get hired – I just sort of checked out of the world for a while. I remember my mom and I having this conversation, I was telling her how hard I was working and feeling just very much “in my 20’s”. I just remember she said that to me, and it’s so true. At all times, you need to be pimping and whoring yourself. Eventually the pimp takes over the whore, for many years I was the whore and now I’m kind of the pimp. Now I can be a little bit more bossy about what I want and how I want it done. That’s a result of years of being a prostitute of life.

My second piece of advice came from my friend Eric, and it was the best advice I’ve ever been given – you can’t build big things with small people. I really believe that anything you work on in life, you need a partner that is equally dedicated to you. It’s about choosing the quality and compatibility of your mate in any project. It’s something I think about a lot. Everyone I work with at 2 Broke Girls are big people, our entire editorial team at Hello Giggles, they’re big people. I see them work hard every day, they grow, they stretch their muscles.

At the end of the day, how would you like people to remember you?

I believe that I was put on this earth to live a life of service. I believe that I was lead to the opportunities that I was lead to so that I can serve the public and help young women and young people find their creative voices. And help other entrepreneurs grow their businesses. I don’t want to be remembered as the Mother Teresa type, but as someone that helped give people their voice. I want to do for other people what they did for me.

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You gotta pay it back.

Yeah, that’s what life’s all about.

Absolutely. When we were speaking on the phone before you came to New York, you were telling me sort of what you’re saying to me now – that you were excited about us, and that you believed in us. That made me feel great. You’re doing that giving back you just talked about. Being able to work with you is a great opportunity for us.

I mean, I’m not so great. And I know that, and I’m working hard on being better. It takes a lot of selfishness to sort of propel yourself into the place you need to get in order to make a difference in the world, sometimes that can require a lot of selfishness. I think that’s the thing I’m most afraid of people not knowing about me, that I’m not a vapid, retarded blogger. I feel like how everything got done up to this point has been sort of a means to an end. This is just the start of being able to help people. I feel like HelloGiggles has been a great opportunity to do that. I think its just the beginning, and that’s why I get so emotional when I think about it.

There’s a lot more you want to do.

I have so much life left to live. I have at least another thirty years ahead of me, and it’s overwhelming.

What’s your best prediction for the future of Molly McAleer?

I have no limit to my career. I try not to refer to myself as one job title. I’m not into being a “writer” or an “internet personality”. I find that people always want to label you to find what your job is, I’m not into labels for that reason. I want to do it all. I won’t settle until I own my own radio network. I won’t settle until I don’t just have a book, but I want to have a series of books. I want to write a handbook for girls basically about how to get through each five years of your life. I want to do everything. My prediction for the future is that the future is limitless. I want to write documentaries, I want to write books, I want to continue working in television. I’m so in love with what I do at 2 Broke Girls. I just really love that show and those girls and their struggle.

What is your favorite thing about being in the writer’s room at 2 Broke Girls?

I love that we’re familial. It really does feel like a family in that we all love each other. But we’re all also completely aware of everyone’s idiosyncrasies.

They’ve really watched me grow a lot. When I came in I was… you know… I had no money. I was angsty, I was a blogger. I was not confident that I deserved to be there; I thought that I’d tricked my way into getting the job. It took me a solid year and a half to figure out that it wasn’t a favor, that I didn’t have the job because someone owed someone else a favor. They’ve watched me grow up, and they’ve watched me grow into that. My life has really changed because of my relationship with those people.

I’m in a very changing place in my life. I’m in return of Saturn. Do you know what that is?

I don’t…

Okay. You’ve heard of the No Doubt album Return of Saturn, right? That’s where I’m at. I am at a pivotal axis in my life. Women reach this at around 29 or 30, this is when it all happens. You basically reinvent yourself as a woman. You stop being a girl and you become a woman.

Do you think that you would ever write an autobiography?

I think that a memoir is something that is very mature. I believe that if I ever was to write an autobiography, It wouldn’t be for at least another 20 years, I have so much life left to live. I give out advice like it’s nobody’s business, when in reality, I know nothing about life. That’s all I know about life, that I really don’t know much. I don’t think I’m ready yet, but I will someday. I just think you gotta….

… you gotta live it first.

You gotta live it first and also, who the fuck under 30, 40, 50 knows anything? I mean, yeah, you might have lived through some stuff, but you don’t even have the perspective yet to write about it. Which is why I think my voice lends well to blogging, its very first draft. I am on my first draft of life, I really am.

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Photography by Nicolas Bloise; Creative Direction by Kellie Hogan

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Governor’s Ball Munchies 2014

April 30, 2014 | Posted in Festival | May 2014 | By

One of my happiest food memories is literally eating a plate of pad thai after watching a five-hour set at a music festival – everything tastes better when you’re starving, sweaty and dehydrated. This year’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival boasts a long list of food trucks and restaurants that rank among the favorites of New Yorkers. Here are the top five we find worthy of your dollar. Go on, vote with your fork! Or whatever it is they say.

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Crif Dogs

Pretty classic New York grub. “NYC’s #1 Weiner” as they call themselves. Crif Dogs serves up hot dogs with a crazy list of toppings and combinations – chili, tater tots, potato chips, cole slaw, avocado, fried eggs… the list goes on. You’re here for the best music so why not get the best hot dogs to go along with it? Plus, hot dogs are easy to eat – take in the sweet sounds of The Strokes while chomping down on a “jon-jon deragon” hot dog that tastes just like a New York bagel: complete with cream cheese, scallions and everything bagel seeds. Complete the experience.

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Imperial Woodpecker Snoballs

Summer heat, attractive music people, you’re going to need relief. In comes a soft, fluffy and cool snoball. Made in the same way they did it in New Orleans in the 1930’s. Flavors like bubble gum, root beer and key lime pie. Yes.

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Mile End

I cannot tell enough people about this place. Their sandwiches are a thing of dreams. Simple but well executed and high quality is the name of the game here. If you feel ravenous after a day of attempting to stay afloat in a sea of festival goers, go for the Smoked Meat sandwich (Brisket + mustard. Yes.) or the Corned Beef Reuben. Mile End usually serves poutine at their Boerum Hill location, and I doubt that they’ll have it at the festival but I still really really hope so.

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Brooklyn Soda Works

As Brooklyn as it gets, but we love them for it. Brooklyn Soda Works carbonate fresh fruit juices. But more than just juices – tasty combos like cucumber, lime & soda and grapefruit, jalapeno & honey. To be honest some of the combinations remind me of cocktails without the alcohol, which I never used to think of as a good thing. Handmade with fresh ingredients by an artist and chemist couple at their Bed Stuy/Bushwick space, you can feel better about yourself for supporting some #local #brooklyn #artisans.

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Baohaus

Everything about Baohaus is just really cool. They do more than make traditional Taiwanese pork buns, they aim to form a community around their shop and their food. Founders and brothers Eddie and Evan Huang may have once accidently hot boxed the entire restaurant. They’re definitely going to be the vendor having the most fun at the festival, that’s for sure.

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Odd Shaped Candle of the Month

April 1, 2014 | Posted in Gold | April 2014 | By

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Perfect for placing hexes on your exes, or passing on bad energy to your frenemy.

YOU CAN FIND THIS ODD SHAPED CANDLE HERE ON ETSY.

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Bittersweet: Angelina Torreano of Citris

March 31, 2014 | Posted in Gold | April 2014 | By

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A little psychedelic, a little garage, the four piece rock group Citris (No, not “Citrus”) hails from Purchase, New York. We had the chance to chat with the band’s frontwoman – Angelina Torreano.  She shared a little bit about the process and growth behind their upcoming self-released album “Half Smile” (Out April 18th). If it’s even half as relatable as their previous album, “Blank Girl Project”, we can promise you’ll have it playing on repeat.

inconnu: Tell me about the process of making this album. What makes it different from ‘Blank Girl Project’? Lyrically, musically etc.

Angelina: The process of this album was a really, long, drawn out one. We went from engineer to engineer trying to get the right sounding recording and eventually we ended up having our lead guitarist, Chris Krasnow, produce/engineer the whole thing and that ended up working out really well. We would have had this album done a year ago if we decided to keep the other versions of the songs we ended up scrapping. But all and all, I’d say this album is a lot less abrasive as the last one. Not that we lost the edginess of the last album but I think there’s a much more refined, pop, yet more psychedelic vibe and attitude throughout the whole record. There’s still that grunginess to it as well as that hard-rock intensity but all and all there’s a sense maturity in the songs as well as just a general “chilled-out” and relaxed energy. I think there’s a good balance of what we had in our last album and what we have now. Lyrically, it’s still very honest. I think some songs like, “All The Right Reasons” I went for a more literal and almost conversational approach. Some of the lyrics are just very straight forward and a little quirky/funny. Then there are the more serious ones, of course. I think with “Blank Girl Project” there was a sense of more angry, sarcastic, and almost narcissistic character (sometimes very humorous) and then in “Half Smile” the character is more vulnerable. Still angry, but expressing that anger in a more honest and almost more hopeful way.

inconnu: What do you like to write about?

Angelina: I like to write about details of past relationships (of course). I like to share my experiences with certain people who’ve helped shape into who I am. I like to write about the before and after affects of relationships. And not just “love” relationships but with family and friends and all sorts of other relationships you could think of. I like detail. I think if you had your own detail into your writing, your story is more unique and less cliche than your typical love song. Sometimes, I write about really abstract things that I actually have no idea what I’m writing about, just stream of consciousness and then eventually it may or may not mean something.

inconnu: What are some of your favorite venues to play?

Angelina: I’ve played the Knitting Factory before and really enjoyed the energy of the place. I also really enjoyed The Living Room. I haven’t played those venues in a while but from what I remember, they are still my favorite places out of any of the other places we’ve played. And that wasn’t when I was with Citris. With Citris, I think we have to explore more venues that we can call our favorite because so far, the best show in the city (besides playing at Purchase a lot) were, in my opinion, The Trash Bar. Good people, nice atmosphere, but it all really depends on a lot of things. i think our favorite venues will show themselves to us in the future.

inconnu: Something in your voice reminds me of early 2000′s female pop-punk musicians like Avril Lavigne and Fefe Dobson (More so on ‘Blank Girl Project’ than on the new single and I mean that in the best way possible!). Did you go through that phase in middle school like the rest of us? This is really just a roundabout way for me to ask you how you got started making music.

Angelina: I hate to say it because I really don’t listen to those people any more but I DID go through that stage like most of us have and I have to admit, they were very inspiring… until I found more influential and thought provoking music. I’m not ashamed to admit that I have listened to them but at the same time, I don’t think of my writing or songs to be anything like that now. I could understand how some people would think that though.

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inconnu: What can we expect from the band after the album is out?

Angelina: We will definitely be playing shows and possibly touring at some point. And hopefully, if all goes well, we’ll end up having a showcase of some sort. But that’s all in the works and nothing is for sure right now. But you’ll definitely be hearing from us whether we tour, play a show, etc.

inconnu:  If you could have five people over for dinner, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you eat?

Angelina: John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, Elliot Smith, Thom Yorke, and Trent Reznor. We would all eat bacon egg and cheeses (basically all diner food options) and have endless amounts of coffee.

inconnu: What was the most memorable show you’ve ever been to?

Angelina: I honestly have to say, one of the most memorable shows that I’ve experienced was at Purchase when Mac Demarco played at the Stood (Student Center) on the MainStage. First of all, because it was free. Second, people I knew where in the crowd and it was fun to be pushed around in a friendly/playful way. Three, I’ve never seen someone with such a presence like his. I just honestly love his performance and the things he says between songs. It was pretty inspirational for me as a performer. Also the fact that his songs are just really good and just as exciting live as on the record, perhaps even more.

inconnu: What do you want people to take away from your music?

Angelina: I guess I would want people to feel inspired themselves. For me personally, whenever I hear music I like and never heard before, I just automatically am inspired. And that’s a good feeling, obviously. I like music that makes me feel bittersweet. I like music that is intense but at the same time, if you wanted to, you could put it in your car and listen to it on a long drive down the highway. I like music that makes me feel nostalgic and then at the same time, is moody and atmospheric. So I hope that my music can do either one or all of those things for people.

inconnu: Since this issue of inconnu is the “Gold” issue – what does “staying golden” mean to you?

Angelina: Staying true, staying “you”.

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