Pocket of Lollipops' Maitejosune Urrechaga: "I Always Had a Riot Grrrl Mentality"
When I spoke with Tony back in 2011, he explained the process as a cooperative between the two of you. He was very clear that he is not the "leader" of the band per se, but this being your first musical venture it seemed at the time like he was definitely an "organizer." Since then how has that changed and what are your thoughts and ideas on taking this project to the next level?
I would say that Tony and I are leaders of the band at different times. We both definitely have jobs that one takes on more than the other, but I think that happens because we know we don't have another band mate to blame for something not getting done. He did hand me the bass, and I always joked with him that I should just play in a band with him because many of his band mates wouldn't follow through, I just wanted Tony to play his drums and be happy.
I am totally ready to take this project to the next level. We have some ideas on what that is and how to get there, so we are tapping into them. In reference to being the leader, I will say that I am the one that says lets go on tour, or I am writing new songs, let's press a vinyl, or we need to make shirts because people want them. Being that I have an extensive creative background, I am usually able to make things happen on the creative part. But booking shows, that is his thing. I just tell him the days I am not available. For example last May, I had a solo art show at Swampspace and all I told him was, don't book too many shows April or May and that he couldn't book on the opening night. That way, I still had time to prepare my art pieces.
I function really well on being extra busy. I also give him lists of things or places I want to visit or play and he makes them happen, I usually find the money or get a guarantee. Though sometimes he's like, "Hey, we are going to do an installation with a performance for this gallery?" and then we both talk about it and come up with ideas. We do a lot of back and forth and push each other to go to other levels. I guess we are both the leaders, we have never really felt the need to compete with each other. We have mentioned to each other that maybe it's because we were both middle children.
What can you tell me about the album title? How close is PoL to whipping and or thrashing someone?
Letters to Larrup... Larrup is my bunny. These two girls kind of sold me on the idea of taking in this bunny they needed to get rid of. I said, let me see him. And when I met the bunny, I fell in love and sent Tony a photo and told him we had a new pet. When I came home with him he needed a new name, they had a lame one. I went to dictionary.com that day and 'Larrup' was the word of the day.
I loved what it meant and learned a new word so that was it. I posted a picture of him with his new name on Instagram and everyone fell in love with him.
M. Urrechaga Larrup the Bunny, write him a letter.
We would go to art events, parties and other whatnots that we are involved with and people would mention the bunny and ask to see him and ask about his name and I think one of us jokingly said write him a '"letter."
So that's how it happened. In reference to whipping or thrashing someone; I know about 100 plus people -- you know who you are! -- that have told me I am intimidating. Really, I don't know why. I don't think Tony and I would have to go that route to whipping or thrashing someone, but I am sure if we had to, it wouldn't be a problem for us. (Smiles.)
This is a self-release, right? Any plans on shopping it around for potential labels or PoL exclusively a DIY machine?
I do love being DIY, and yes it is a self-release. We have shopped it around to Sub Pop, Kanine, Dischord, 4AD, Third Man Records, Matador, and a few others. Right now, Team-Love Records has it available on their Library for free download; it goes back to the old school days of sharing tapes. They represent some cool bands like Tilly and the Wall, Last Good Tooth, Broderick & Broderick, and so many others. Broderick & Broderick is so cool, and I am extremely in love with Peter and their other project Efterklang. I'm sure we will somehow be able to keep some of the DIY aspect within what we do.
What's next for both the band and yourself?
We have shows coming up in Florida. Also have something planned for "Casette Store Day" and we got selected for an artists and music residency in Providence, Rhode Island, at the AS220 spot for June 2014. We have some new music videos coming out. Artist Christopher Ian Macfarlane is doing a crazy animation for our song "Open Pirate." We also have one of our songs being featured in a new pilot about a backpacking beaver, it's a travel show about exploring local underground culture, music, celebrities, and things to do on a budget.
I also have some new songs that I am writing, but won't be releasing anything just yet. We have released four albums in five years, so I am in no rush. The last two albums Letters to Larrup and Broken Balloons have been getting more attention both on online radio and colleges. We've done a few interviews on some college radios in and out of Florida. I'm also working on my third comic called "Naninks and the Lady," I usually collaborate with a different artist for each comic.
On October 26, we're also bringing back this musical event we curated "Cashmere Kitties." This will be the third year we do it. We gather musical acts together and find a venue, warehouse or a space to feature everyone. The last two were done during Miami's Art Basel but this one we have decided to go in another direction. We have partnered up with the Helping Hands World Foundation to hold an all ages event at a ranch in Horse Country, we have tons of great sponsors and vendors like Tom Tom Magazine, She Shreds, WVUM, Bike Tech, Diet Radio, Timepeace, Frankie Dogs, and so many more.
So far the line-up consists of Band in Heaven, New Coke, Testokra, Ghost Ease from Portland, and so many others that we will get to share the stage with. We are asking people to bring blankets, listen to music, and enjoy BBQ and grilled veggies, fresh fruit juices, pony rides. Since it is a ranch, the possibilities are endless. You can find all if not most of the info on pocketoflollipops.com as well as a link to everything we have going on.