Candy Hearts' Mariel Loveland on Touring with New Found Glory: "It's a Dream Come True."
On the topic of your writing, last year you wrote a really interesting essay about being a female in the punk scene. Can you tell me a little about that?
It's weird because I feel like girls should be treated just like the guys to an extent. But, there are just some things that people don't realize are different for you even though they see you as one of the guys. Like, if we're in Detroit, and I need to get something from the car, I can't go alone. Stuff like that. Or you might not be able to carry as much as stuff as your bandmates. It's just little things, that make you realize and understand that you have to be treated differently because it is different.
Has there been a backlash toward you for taking that stance?
Yeah. I mean, I remember when that came out, a lot of people emailed me and said I was what was wrong with feminism. People were angry, and some understood. I wrote it so people who normally don't think about those things, boys who don't understand necessarily what it's like, so I tried to write it in a way they would.
In the essay, you mentioned an experience with a producer asking you to take your clothes off. This really happened to you?
Yes. That article was all my experiences, personally. I can't speak for how anyone else has been treated, so I just spoke about what I've gone through. But, yes, absolutely that happened to me. It was infuriating.
Wow. That's really terrible.
Yeah... I cursed the guy out.
On a different note, you've spoke about your love for '90s bands like Jawbreaker. Do you wish you were a band in that decade?
Yes. Oh my God. [Laughs.] I totally wish that. It's all the type of music that I listen to with a few other types mixed in.
What other bands would you credit as being an inspiration to you?
I love the Lemonheads, the Weakerthans, and the Gin Blossoms. I feel like this is really apparent in our music.
Being that you're from New Jersey, how did Hurricane Sandy affect you and your family?
Oh God, it was the worst. It was horrible. When the hurricane hit, we were playing Fest in Florida, it hit the day we were supposed to come home. So, we were driving home, and we had to stop in Virginia for the night because it was raining too hard. The next day, when were dropping people off at their homes in New Jersey, every exit we went off was blocked my a powerline or a tree. It was like driving in a maze. When I finally got back, I couldn't get into the city because they weren't letting anyone in since it was completely flooded. They had to send the national guard in which was crazy. So, I went to go stay with my mom who didn't have power for a while. My apartment was fine, since I live on the fourth floor, but the entire first floor of the building was completely gutted. The entire city was underwater. It was really weird driving into New York City after being in Florida and not seeing any of the lights on or anything. Completely black, it was so weird.
How long was it until you were able to go back?
Well, I still haven't. None of the public transit is running. I was in a hotel with my mom for awhile, and then I just went back out on tour. I haven't seen my bed in so long.
Oh, man. That's horrible. On a lighter note... Do you have any guilty pleasures like reality TV or Twilight?
Oh my god. So many things. Let me think. When I'm home, I watch Lifetime movies all day, literally all day. I even have a Lifetime movie drinking game that nobody wants to play with me because they don't want to watch them with me.
What is the game?
It's really good. You drink every time there is a woman who has a struggle, and if that struggle leads to her meeting other women who have gone through the same struggle, you take another drink. If that struggle leads to a court case or these women speak out, you have to drink again. If the struggle has to do with an abusive man, you drink again. If there is cheerleaders in it, you have to drink. All this stuff really happens in these movies.
Oh, I know. I love a good Lifetime movie. As long as it has Tori Spelling in it.
Yes. They are the best.
I also read that you're a fan of Taylor Swift. . .
I love her. We all love her. Our band loves her.
Are there any pop singers that people would be surprised that you guys like?
Well, we love Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, and even Ke$ha. I really like Bruno Mars a lot.
Did you see the Katy Perry movie?
No. Not yet. I knew if I saw it, it'd make me cry. And when it was in theaters, I didn't want to be that girl crying in the theater to the Katy Perry movie.