Hardly Arts signees Seapony are one of the new up-and-comers spewing for that always reliable labor. They’re playing Saturday at The Vera Club with Rose Melberg’s side project Brave Irene. Both are twee little bits of sadly drawn sunshine, and since they’re both here and both immensely entertaining we decide to pair ‘em together to see what might come out.
The two bands play Saturday the 5th at The Vera Project:
Seapony – Blue Star
It’s no secret. Rose Melberg’s music has played an integral role on our sound. From the whimsical butterflies-in-the-stomach noise-pop of Tiger Trap – to the bare bones, heart-on-your-sleeve simplicity of The Softies - we have looked to Rose as a source of inspiration. Her latest project, Brave Irene, is an emotional fuzz sensation that combines all the best aspects of Rose’s varied musical undertakings. It’s a real joy to be able to share the stage with such an indie-pop icon.
SEAPONY: Hey Brave Irene! How’s it going?
BRAVE IRENE: It’s going great!
SEAPONY: Today is Halloween. Happy Halloween! Are you going to/did you dress up as anything?
BRAVE IRENE: I didn’t get around to doing a costume this year, but Caitlin was a flower garden, Jessica was a road trip and Amanda was a spirit raccoon (a mystical creature from an island near here…).
SEAPONY: TP’ing houses is a Halloween tradition. Have you ever TP’d a house before? If so, whose house?
BRAVE IRENE: I’ve never TP’d a house, but there is a grouchy lady two doors down who could use a good TP’ing. However, I currently have pink toilet paper and I have a feeling that would immediately give me away.
SEAPONY: Do you want to TP someone’s house with us?
BRAVE IRENE: We could TP the space needle.
SEAPONY: We are playing a show together on Saturday at the Vera Project. How many shows have you guys played, anyway?
BRAVE IRENE: We have played a grand total of 6 shows in two and a half years! Seattle will be LUCKY 7. It is not easy to get 5 busy ladies (and sometimes a fella) together in the same town to play lots of shows. It is pretty awesomely special when we do get to play.
SEAPONY: Rose, you have been in some of the coolest bands ever [The Softies and Tiger Trap]. I’m curious as to what bands the other members of Brave Irene have played in?
BRAVE IRENE: Laura (our original drummer), Jessica and Caitlin all played in a Vancouver band called Collapsing Opposites at various times. Caitlin sometimes plays in a project called Unreliable Narrator and she is currently in one of the best bands in Vancouver, Loose Tights. Our current drummer Kevin plays in about 100 bands in Vancouver (cuz he’s such a great drummer!), most frequently the band the SSRI’s (the members of which are also the Taxmen, the funnest Beatles tribute band ever). I am also currently playing bass in a band called Bleating Hearts.
SEAPONY: Is there anything you’re just dying to do while you’re in Seattle?
BRAVE IRENE: WAYWARD CAFE. We have three vegans in the band so eating rad vegan food is usually a priority.
SEAPONY: Don’t you just love sound checks?
BRAVE IRENE: I actually do quite love sound checks. It is one of those few times when I actually feel like a real professional musician (which makes me feel better about rarely having a normal job…).
SEAPONY: Describe your sound in 10 words or less…Just kidding! What I really want to know is: Do you guys wanna go get some breakfast on Sunday morning or what???
BRAVE IRENE: WE WILL ALL EAT THE MOST BREAKFAST!
Go catch these great bands at The Vera Project on Saturday the 5th.