Female Demand: Fearsome Predator In Local-Music Bestiary
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A dream from the other night:
This guy, this massive monster of a human, was running up the side of a mountain. As he crushed his way to the top, he came across a cobragator (king cobra + alligator). The cobragator demanded the massive monster of a human pay a penance to pass. The human, let's call him Warrior Dave, said, "Oh, I'll pay alright... WITH YOUR LIFE!"
And then he leapt at the cobragator, grabbed him by the throat, then ripped his abdomen in two. As the cobragator laid there bleeding to death, Warrior Dave looked up to the sky. He shouted, "IS THAT ALL YOU HAVE FOR ME, FATHER?!", then fell to his knees.
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We woke up in a fret. "What the fuck was going on?", we thought. Then we noticed: While we were asleep, an EP from punk-rock duo Female Demand had cycled on. So, duh, now they're the Artist of the Week. Sometimes we call the plays here, sometimes God does. You know how that goes.
Rocks Off: Tell everyone everything they need to know about Female Demand in exactly six words.
Female Demand: All you need is rock, man.
RO: We listened to "Eat Who I Eat" about five times in a row and really just wanted to fuck all kinds of shit up. If a kid had been near us, we would've picked it up and thrown it, of this we're certain. We guess that's not really a question. Whatever. Sorry.
FD: Oh, it's quite alright. A lot of people always say that our music induces a sort of primal urge to destroy or "fuck all kinds of shit up," as you have put it. For the record, that was one of the most difficult songs that we've recorded so far. Not because of the technicality of the song, but because of the recording process.
It was just one of those beasts that needed to be conquered but fought back. I guess you feel our angst in the song when you hear it because we were so done with going over it again and again.
RO: Oh, speaking of, can you explain what happened with SXSW? So are you guys not playing there? And if not, are you planning on burning everything down?
FD: Well, simply put, we got rejected. Like most up-and-coming artists that work really hard on their craft, we're a little too familiar with the feeling of being rejected [especially from SXSW]. From our perspective, it's all a money game. The highest bidder gets dibs on really good showcases and what have you. And it's really sad when you're dealing with a festival that supposedly offers up-and-coming artists a chance to have exposure to industry people that may potentially have a real chance [of] going somewhere with their craft and make a difference artistically.
It's a huge disappointment that hundreds of really talented groups and individuals get over looked by these organizers [for SXSW] and are snubbed because another promoter or record company has way more money to pay for a private official event for SXSW.
We may or may not head up to Austin for that week of madness. I mean, it's the same shit every year. There's a clusterfuck of bands and industry people that are fluttering all over Austin just seeing what to get into next before they head to 'Fader Fort' or some random party.
I feel that the counterculture of SXSW is way more of a better outlet to go if you are in that category of people that had the brains to not spend over $500 for a music pass. It's all a money game and that's not what art and music is about. But that's a whole other subject. Oh, and we have no intention of committing arson.
RO: When you plan your live shows, are you there like, "Okay, and here's where we want everyone to absolutely lose their shit," or does that just happen naturally? Organic shit losing seems like the best way to lose one's shit.
FD: Well, we plan a set that we would like to play live. We pick songs that we know will get people out of their comfort zone. I feel that the whole experience of a live show should be an organic experience, like the music. We like to let the music speak for itself rather than take a long time to introduce what we're about to do.
It's like a comedian trying to tell a joke. If the comedian takes a long time to explain the joke then that joke won't translate to the audience and it isn't funny. It should be an instinctive reaction to laugh at something funny then to think about why it's supposed to make me laugh. So when we allow the music and live atmosphere to carry the audience, all we're left to do is make everyone lose their shit.
RO: Why does it seem like there are so very few minorities making the kind of music you all make?
FD: That's a really complex question. I feel that there are many minorities that make very "out of the box" kind of music. For instance, Micheal LaCour, aka B L A C K I E, is one of the most original artists Houston, TX, has to offer and he falls into the "minority" category.
Another group that comes to mind is Melt Banana. They steer away from conventional punk or music for that matter, and create a blend of unique fast-paced rock that is very original in [its] own right. The list goes on and on, but I suppose we fall into a different category from the mentioned acts.
I feel that we're just two Latinos that want to rock. We're totally into just experimenting with different sounds and concepts and never settling for anything. It's kinda a problem. [laughs]
RO: Why does it seem like there are so very few humans making the kind of music that you all make?
FD [laughs]: Well, as a whole, I feel that society has lost their sense of taste and aesthetic.
With the advancement of technology and in the wake of Dubstep, I think people have lost touch of what good music really is. That doesn't mean that there aren't any talented individuals out there that see the same things that we do in music today (and in within the past decade).
People are more willing to gravitate towards what's the easiest avenue for success is and have exploited that avenue one thousand times over. It's a shame but it's the time that we live in now. Personally, I'm kind of a purist and I always look towards the greats.
I take from them what I feel is necessary to know and just run with it. See, I feel that's the problem, we fail to recognize our past and end up in a vicious cycle of monotony.
RO: Is it true that all of y'all's instruments have been dipped in a vat of Jean-Claude Van-Damme's blood?
FD: Umm, short answer, no. Long answer, yes. I feel that if I was mentioned [in] that secret then I would be left with no choice but to slay you. Not really.
Female Demand's new album will be available within the next few months. There are lots more to come. Find them by searching their name in Google. Easy.
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