How did the band wind up on the label?
“We were in New York being filmed for a documentary on up and coming bands. Joan was supposed to surprise us at the end of the show and give us advice and that would be that,” she says. “ She showed up at a rehearsal we were having and then ended up coming to our gig later that evening at The Knitting Factory and signed us as soon as we were done. It wasn't planned and was a surprise for all of us.”
When asked if, at gunpoint she had to hang a label on the band she answers simply; “I mean if I HAD to...Rock and Roll.”
And they do play rock n roll, as is evident from their rocking live show. Their recorded material shows they can do more than just rock, with indie pop songs that you could probably play for your mom. That isn’t an insult; just saying there is depth and breadth to their work.
This is also a band who hits the road for their music. They have opened for the likes of Morrissey (they get their name from one of his songs), Tegan and Sara, Social Distortion, Frank Black and The Pogues.
How is it playing for such divers audiences?
“We have somehow managed to connect with almost every audience of the tours we have been on. With Sia and Tegan and Sara , the connect was we were females making music,” she says. “WIth Morrissey , perhaps the type of music we were playing along side the mutual respect. If you have an appreciation for music.. then you should be able to see the beauty in any band no matter the genre.”
“Watching venues close and record shops out on the road because kids are starting to not support them anymore. Go out to shows! Discover music at your local record shops..not just the internet!” says Diaz
Get out to your local record store!
“We hope to last as long as we can and have tons of records under our belts such as Sonic Youth or the Pixies. We love music and no matter where the road leads us... we want to always release GIAC records.” says Diaz.
Diaz says the songs start with Nina Diaz (Phanie Diaz’ sister) who records and demos the song—complete with guitar riffs and vocals.
“Jenn Alva (bassist) and I take the demos home with us and start arranging our parts. We come together as a band and play and work out all the kinks and give each other feedback.” Says Diaz.
Keep an eye out for the band on the road—they plan to play extensively to support Exits & All The Rest.
-photos and text by Patrick Ogle