Shitty Interview No.74
Br’er has been making noise for nearly ten years after forming in Philadelphia in 2007 & relocated in DC in 2013. Since then, the group has released some of their most definitive works, ‘Of Shemales & Kissaboos’ (2009) & ‘Masking’ (2015) – with multiple EP’s & singles interspersed while touring extensively on the DIY circuit throughout North America.
Vocalist, Ben Schurr, moved to DC by chance while touring with the project Eskimeaux. The band’s van hit a deer en route their DC gig, & was subsequently towed to the legendary (now defunct) house space, Paperhaus. There, Schurr met artist Johnny Fantastic, who convinced him to move to DC to work on music together. This meeting served as the beginning of a new chapter for Br’er, which had existed for several years in Philly outputting numerous releases, but slogging through several lineup changes between marathon tours. The incremental process of write-record-tour-repeat has paid creative dividends for Br’er; the songwriting process happens fast, almost stream-of-consciousness. But, the band shows a sturdier confidence with each new release.
Schurr also acts as ringleader for freak-electronic label/collective Blight Records, which has caught significant attention both in & around DC for its embrace of experimentalism, queer, transgender, punk & anti-fascism culture & community.
Obviously these guys are a perfect fit for our Shitty Interview series & its a pleasure to accompany it with the premiere of their the first single to commence their newest project, ‘Help Me Live’ (enclosed).
Inspired by a misdiagnosis, ‘Help Me Live’ is based on the idea of looking back at life through the moment of reflection & the desire to overcome past mistakes & failures. Littered with perpetual synths, haunting vocals, & cinematic lyricism, the song acts as a metaphor asking for forgiveness weaving an unpredictable web along the way.
A wonderful glimpse of what is next, Br’er becomes more & more visceral with each turn.
Sticks & Stones: What animal makes you shit your pants the most?
Br’er: The last time I went to the zoo I made eye contact with an Orangutan & watched as it stared at the large group of humans gawking at it, & couldn’t help but think, “wow we should have been cut off at that.” The depth and the wisdom in the orang-utans eyes said it all, and humans are just a colossal failure.
Sticks & Stones: If you were a dog, what would you be?
Br’er: DOGUE DE BORDEAUX.
Sticks & Stones: Please describe your first kiss.
Br’er: Cold, detached & crispy from years of manual labour. True luv.
Sticks & Stones: You have to be reborn to two celeb parents. Who would they be?
Br’er: Genesis P-Orridge & Dolly Parton – they do it right.
Sticks & Stones: Whats on your shopping list RN?
Br’er: Nag Champa. Aussie Bites. A new ball gag. Vintage Jersey Shore style chronic “The hemp hog T shirt.” Chamomile tea.
Sticks & Stones: Last Lie you told?
Br’er: “OMGOD! Yr band is amazing! Great set Y’all”.
Sticks & Stones: If you were a witch, what would be your favourite spell?
Br’er: Touch of the void.
Sticks & Stones: Last time you fucked up?
Br’er: Committing to another month in DC via paying rent.
Sticks & Stones: Please tell us your favourite;
Br’er: Ruck Creek cemetery.
Item of clothing:
Br’er: Penguin lust t-shirt.
Br’er: The breakfast combo from Keren Eritrean. (Kitchitesmi, Foul & eggs).
Br’er: Erik “Tony” Sleight.