QWAM has been performing at various bars and venues in their local city of Brooklyn and have also embarked on a tour outside of their hometown. They also have just announced the release of their first EP which is scheduled to drop in January 2018. We sat down with Queen With A Megaphone to discuss their band, their music, and to introduce to talk about some of the exciting plans they have on the horizon.
1. Firstly, congratulations to you guys on the new EP and with the success you have been having on your tour! Have there been any highlights so far that have really stood out?
Matt – Oh yeah there have been highlights. Definitely recording with Jack Counce at Studio G. That was the most affirming and inspiring thing we’ve done. We realized, wow, this is definitely what we want to be doing. Also, the tour this summer we did with Color Tongue. Loads of memories from that – going to the beach in Asbury Park, watching someone bust open a taco pinata full of nips at a house show in Baltimore, Felicia getting a black eye in Philly. Pretty much every moment of that trip.
2. Can you tell us about your band name, Queen With A Megaphone? What was the inspiration behind it?
Felicia – Matt and I were working on a theater show about a horror adaptation of Snow White. There was a scene where the Queen was interviewing an apple pretending she had a megaphone, and Matt turned to me and said, “I have a name for the band, Queen With A Megaphone.” We go by QWAM now, though. It’s shorter.
3. When was QWAM realized as a group? That is, when did you guys actually decide to start creating music together?
Matt – After a theater rehearsal one day Felicia just simply asked if I wanted to start a punk band. We scheduled practice the next day. After writing some songs, we realized we needed a drummer. Our friend Zach Donovan played and wrote with us for a while. Then, Ben Lapidus took over, and then this past spring the final form of the band was realized when Eddie joined on bass and Rachel started drumming.
4. How did you all meet?
Felicia – Matt met me when he sound designed a horror play I was directing. We met Eddie when we saw his band, Color Tongue, play a show. After the show, they asked us to jam with them at their space, which turned into a beautifully sloppy late night jam. About a year later I finally convinced Matt we should have a bassist, so we asked Eddy to play, and thank god he said yeah. At the same we were in need of a drummer again, and one of our friends knew Rachel had just moved to New York. It was love at first practice.
5. Some of your songs have unusual titles like “Glitter Paint” and “Cold
Coffee”. Can you tell us a little about what kinds of sources serve as the inspiration for your songs?
Felicia – The lyrics are usually stream of consciousness – whatever I’m going through that day. I mean, Cold Coffee is called Cold Coffee because it’s about a one night stand where someone leaves before you actually get to know each other, so their coffee is already poured, and it’s cold and left there in your kitchen when they’re gone. Glitter Paint is about feeling possessive over a person or a person feeling possessive over you – draw your name across my face so that everyone knows we are dating. So whatever I’m dealing with in my life comes out through the songs.
6. And does one of you do the writing or is it a group collaboration?
Matt – Normally, I guess I write riffs, Felicia writes the lyrics and melody, and then we all work it out together. That’s not always true, though. Pedal To The Metal is entirely from an improvisation at an early practice.
7. So as a young music group from Brooklyn, you’ve almost
definitely been exposed to a pretty diverse range of musical styles and genres. What is it about the punk scene that draws you to it?
Felicia – For me it’s always been that I like fast emotional music, and there’s a ton of emotion in punk music. People are angry or trying to party and are on the edge of themselves. I like watching performers that care about what they’re doing, and I
feel like punk bands are really going for it, and there’s a huge heightened energy that I find appealing. And, I like to dance.
8. What about other musicians or bands that have inspired you—can you name a few of the most significant artists who you really admire?
Pup and Against Me, also a lot of local bands. Going to shows at DIY spaces. Fat Heaven’s basement or MC’s Skid Row Garage.
9. Now what do you guys like to do when you aren’t practicing or writing new songs?
Perfect night = Food, beer, then dancing at a punk show.
10. As a young band that is making their mark on the punk music scene, what do you see as the future of punk music?
Felicia – Since the beginning of punk there’s been a lot of punk genre crossover. I think there will always be more of that. Like, it’s punk, but there’s a synth, or it’s punk, but there’s pop melodies.
Matt – I’m sure a billion people have said this, but you can describe anything as punk, it comes from the attitude.
11. 2018 promises to be a pretty big year for you, right? You’ve got the launch of your first EP to kick things off and I’m sure you’ve got more in the works. Can you give us a little idea about what we can expect to see from Queen With A Megaphone in the year ahead?
Matt- We’re going to be playing out of town a lot more. We have some fresh hot merch coming, too, which I think we’ll put online somehow.
12. So obviously the sky is really the limit for you guys at this point which
brings me to our last question: where do you see yourselves five years from now?
Felicia- We’ll be in a big-ass van on our
way to a sold-out show at a big-ass
venue at the end of a huge North