Q: I'M CURIOUS JUST HOW LONG TEENAGE MOODS HAVE OFFICIALLY BEEN A BAND AT THIS POINT. DO YOU REMEMBER THE VERY FIRST TEENAGE MOODS SHOW? WHAT CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT IT?
A: We have been a band for a long time! We've all grown a lot as friends and musicians. Our first show as teenage moods was also Jillian's first show playing in a band. I think our first show was at the triple rock or hexagon bar, I remember my legs shaking lol, was so nervous was thinking like, what the fuck am i doing i don't belong up here! I remember our friends being super psyched and I had never gotten that kind of excitement and feedback from anything I've ever done before. I love making music for my friends
Q: CAN YOU DISCUSS SOME OF THE LINE UP CHANGES THE BAND HAS BEEN THROUGH OVER THE YEARS AND REASONS FOR THEM?
A: The core of teenage moods is based on friendship and being creative together. We started as a three piece (jillian, gordon and taylor) and had a good long run together, putting out four albums. At a certain point we picked up Kyle aka pork chop and Elliot aka tickle torture. The unspoken contract with them was always "come and go as you please, we always love to have you." With Nikki joining it was a no brainer, our first choice, and was Taylor approved. Now we've got Porkchop on the 12 string and its our favorite version yet!
Q: WHAT IS THE OLDEST SONG TEENAGE MOODS HAVE WRITEN THAT IS STILL A PART OF YOUR (AT LEAST SEMI) REGULAR REPERTOIRE?
A: Tulip Tattoo, its a permanent charm
Q: GORDON AND JILLIAN, YOU BOTH WORK WITHIN OTHER MEDIUMS AS VISUAL ARTISTS AS WELL. CAN YOU DISCUSS THIS WITH ME A BIT MORE? DO EITHER OF YOU HAVE A FORMAL TRAINING/EDUCATION? NIKKI AND KYLE, DO EITHER OF YOU WORK IN OTHER MEDIUMS AS WELL?
A: Jillian does all the art for Teenage Moods, album covers, flyer art, buttons, stickers, etc...it has definately helped to make it a more wonderful and unified package and we are all exponentially grateful for her works of art.
Gordo does our videos now and they are stunning and fun to work on as a team. His love for making lil movies for us and others is coming into its own and he is currently editing a video as we speak...ahem. Nikki and Kyle make jokes, they should make a joke book!
Q: I BELIEVE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU PLAY IN AT LEAST 1 OTHER BAND AS WELL, CORRECT? CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THESE BANDS ARE AND GIVE A LITTLE INFO ON THEM?
A: Nikki: I drum in two other bands. The Cult of Lip (formerly VATS) with Ronnie Lee and Hannah Porter. We have a loud pedal driven psyche/shoegaze thing going on. And royal brat with Alex Uhrich and Clara Salyer. That band definitely has a foot in the punk genre but we like to on occasion bring it down a bit so people have a chance to catch their breath between rippers.
Jillian: I also play bass in The Velveteens, everyone's favorite lil weirdo dark twee pop band
Q: WITHOUT GOING INTO UNCOMFORTABLE PERSONAL TERRITORY, CAN YOU DISCUSS HOW ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS HAVE AFFECTED THE BAND OVER THE YEARS? HOW DOES THE DYNAMIC OF BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP AFFECT BEING IN A BAND WITH SOMEONE? HOW DOES THE DYNAMIC OF NO LONGER BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH SOMEONE AFFECT THE DYNAMIC?
A: Overall, it hasn't really changed the dynamic. We were friends before the band. We're stronger for actually having a relationship not go down in flames and better friends for it! Besides, Gordon would have to go back to "solo acoustic sad shit" LOL
Q: WHAT IS THE VERY WORST SHOW TEENAGE MOODS EVER PLAYED? WHAT MAKES FOR A DEFINITIVELY BAD SHOW?
A: you know, we've had bad shows, every band does but honestly we almost never notice when the show is bad because its always fun. we always make it fun because we enjoy being around each other, making new friends/hanging out with old ones, and sharing our music. So like maybe some nights we play a bit off or we play in a city across the US where we dont get paid and play to 3 people but its still fun because we are together.
Q: WHAT BAND(S) HAVE YOU NEVER PLAYED WITH THAT YOU WOULD LOVE TO?
A: I mean we got to play with Fred and Toody Cole from Dead Moon so I dont have a list anymore...
Q; LOCALLY OR NOT, CAN YOU DISCUSS SOME OTHER BANDS YOU GUYS REALLY DIG?
A: Nikki: Brilliant Beast, BOYF, Real numbers are our super buds and a rippin' band! I love those France Camp dudes! I looove Toxic Shrews holy shit!!!!
Jillian: Daisy Chains, so into daisy chains. And Uranium Club!
Gordon: Sheer Mag is one of the best live rock bands I've seen in a really long time. Animal Lover.
Q: JILLIAN AND NIKKI, I'M CURIOUS IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE OR DO EXPERIENCE MUCH SEXISM AS FEMALE MUSICIANS? ARE THERE WAYS/TIMES YOU FEEL TAKEN LESS SERIOUSLY THAN YOUR MALE BAND MATES? HOW HAVE YOU DEALT WITH ANY SEXISM YOU MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED?
A: Nikki: it happens and really for me it could be something as simple as "ALRIGHT! I love chick drummers!" but it's like...What does my gender have to do with my ability to play the drums!? I'm not holding the sticks with my tits. But for the most part Jillian and I are taken pretty seriously especially in Minneapolis which we are both grateful for. It's nice to be seen as an equal at home. We also do our damnest to make sure any and all people we play with feel comfortable and safe. Rock and Roll is about friendship and fun!
Jillian: I feel like a lot of times its just so casual and men don't even realize what they are saying, its just that ingrained in our society and language! Let's change it! Think about it, seriously dudes. And for me as a woman playing music, it's just that much more important being visible, so we've got to stick together and make our presence felt and especially heard!
Q: IN WHAT WAYS ARE (OR AREN'T) TEENAGE MOODS A "PUNK" BAND?
A: That is a great question. WEll, I think we were on one perons maximum rocknroll's list once...you got us a couple of reviews in razor cake Ian lol and we still play basement shows almost any time we are asked..
Q: WHY IS MAKING MUSIC IMPORTANT? EITHER TO YOU PERSONALLY, TO THE WORLD, OR BOTH.
A: Jillian: I was actually thinking about this the other day, also with visual art, I was just like "what's the point" I felt kind of disconnected from my own art and maybe looking at other people's art through the internet isn't always the best idea, sometimes you can't always take it in the right way, and the next day I was talking with someone about it and sharing experiences with them and we were trading compliments and whatever and I felt really connected to them in the moment and now looking back on it, I think that's it! connecting with people.
Q: WITH SUCH LONGEVITY UNDER YOUR COLLECTIVE BELT AT THIS POINT, WHAT COULD CAUSE THE END OF TEENAGE MOODS?
A: Jillian: So far we haven't really slowed down too much to think about stopping. Great opportunities are always coming our way and we are all successfully creatively expressing ourselves with the project. I think even if we did stop playing shows and practicing we'd be hanging out or see each other around and it would still feel like teenage moods.