Nü Sensae band members, took time to answer questions about Sundowning, and their current tour.
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What can your audience expect from your upcoming performance at The Echo?
Daniel: Well, we are playing with some of our best pals White Lung (who we haven't been on tour with for a long time) and Audacity. We also have a lot of old friends in LA so I think some really good vibes will be happening. I mean I can't guarantee people are gonna have a good time but we probably will.
What challenges or stereotype’s have you encountered as a punk band with a female lead singer?
Andrea: Not really any gender specific challenges. Theres the occasional jerk sound guy but regardless if I was a boy or girl, they would treat me like shit cause none of us have slicked back pony tails and leather pants.
What three words would you use to describe your sound?
Daniel: sexy / fierce / fashion. Obviously.
What is the most challenging part of the recording process?
Daniel: feeling like things are final in the way they will sound.
Andrea: Everything. I get nervous if I know we have pressed record and i feel like a get phantom note flubbing and nervous slips. I normally hate recording cause of this panic feeling, but the last time we recorded felt really calm and quite confident. Im never prepared.
What did you learn about yourself as a group while writing the songs for Sundowning?
Brody: This was the first group of songs we wrote as a three piece. We learned that there could be more dynamics in the band by adding guitar.
How would you define punk in 2013 and do you think the music industry is more supportive of punk bands now than in the past?
Andrea: Well it's definitely not as shocking that's for sure. I think the type of punk which has come up in the past while is not so typical and streamline as it was a while back. People are embracing all kinds of influences, as they always should have.
Of the songs on Sundowing, which was the most difficult to write?
Brody: I remember 'Swim' being difficult to piece together because it seemed all over the place with so many different parts. In fact the demo was called "Too Many Parts".
How would you compare the Vancouver Punk music scene with the Punk music scene in Los Angeles?
Daniel: I think Vancouver has a lot more diversity to it. I feel like you can see trends brewing every year in LA where suddenly like 50 bands will be making identical, lo-if tropical garage punk, and then next year everybody is like a gothy Depeche Mode band. There are some amazing bands in LA and some god awful bands in Vancouver but I feel like Vancouver kind of just does its own thing, wether it's good or not.
If you could back to when you were recording Sundowning and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Daniel: Stay calm.
Brody: Bring a book.
Andrea: Write lyrics!
Who are three groups/musicians that have inspired/influenced you?
Daniel: The Breeders, Babes In Toyland, Miriam Makeba
Brody: John Fahey, Group Inerane & The Beatles.
Andrea: New Order, neil young, soundtracks more than anything.
What does being brave mean to you?
Brody: When I was a kid it meant being the one to stand under a bee hive and hit it with a stick or go cliff jumping. When I was in high school it meant being completely embarrassed and wanting to die then showing up to school the next day like nothing has happened. Now it's just making music we want to make and I'm sure the definition will change for me when I have kids.
A lot of times artists are asked what’s next, instead, what are you savoring most right now?
Daniel: I'm too anxious to savor anything.
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