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CoG Interviewed The Trucks via email in January 2007

Church of Girl ADORES The Trucks and we just can't get enough!! Radiogirl & DJ Boy announced The Trucks as Radio Stars in December. Intern extraordinnaire, Justin, met with the band before their first show in Portland and proceeded to dance his arse off and have the most fabulous night! But that just wasn't enough for us and so we contacted Marissa Moore to get to know The Trucks just a little bit better.

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CoG: Icebreaker Question #1 : If your music could be represented by a fruit what would it be?

Marissa: Kiwi. Strange and fuzzy on the outside, with a sweet heart. Good question.

CoG: What was your first significant musical experience?

Marissa: At a sleep-over at my middle school. A pristine moment where time stood still in the middle of "Pump up the Jam," with strobe lights. For a couple hours after, my shyness was completely gone. I danced my lights out! I Was Amazing!

CoG: What kinds of music were you exposed to and what did you listen to growing up?

Marissa: Um, I think I might have blocked it out. Just joking. My parents were really careful to not have us corrupted, so mostly i listened to oldies from the 50s and 60s on my little clock radio. I think my favorites were "Bus Stop" and "Hey Carrie Anne" by the Hollies.

CoG: What was the first piece of music you ever purchased?

Marissa: Debbie Gibson, Electric Youth. I got the perfume too.

CoG: What was the first live show you attended?

Marissa: It was a Seattle band called Poor Old Lu. At an all ages place in Bremerton, WA.

CoG: Did you have female role model growing up?

Marissa: My mom is brilliant, absolutely the smartest woman I know. Funny, weird, and feisty as heck. I also had a few teachers that got excited about my being so "unique" rather than strange. I actually think that might have saved my life.

The Trucks
photo: gunther jose frank

CoG: How did the band meet and get started?

Marissa: We were all friends in Bellingham, WA. Faith and I met the first time on a bike ride. Kristin was in a band with an ex-boyfriend of mine, when that ended she wanted to start one up with us; one day we just started making up some stuff, and people liked it. Our first show was a "women's showcase" at Western Washington University. They had scheduled a whole pop music weekend without including any female performers, and had to add it as an after thought at the insistence of the WWU Women's Center. We happened to fit the bill, and Ta-Dah! Hopefully they don't forget the girls anymore.

CoG: How do you describe your music?

Marissa: Smart and spirited electronic dance pop music with hints of metal, country, and punk. Wait it actually sounds much less chaotic than that. Really.

CoG: Can you tell me about the equipment you use?

Marissa: 2 beat-up casios, a rainbow colored xylophone, bad-ass drum kit, danelectro guitar, and fender bass. i just got a cow bell too. We usually take turns singing and switch up instruments during the set, that helps us stay entertained too.

CoG: Are the lyrics from your songs extracted from personal experience?

Marissa: Yes. All of them are real, dreamed, or exaggerated experiences of our own. A lot of songs on this album are about break-ups (March 1st, Old Bikes), getting satisfaction (Titties and Why The?), and self-acceptance and empowerment (Intro, Man-Voice). We added a good dose of humor to the songs, because that's what we do in real life, and you can dance to that!

We also write a lot of songs about our dreams. Faith and I have really weird ones. Faith wrote "afros" about a dream she had about a bike ride through New York City. We're actually basing our first music video on that one. We filmed in central park. Mine's called "disembodied penis." I had a dream I found one on the ground and gently took it home to try to reunite it with it's owner. I know what you're thinking, but really, I felt so protective, like- "oh no! someone's going to be looking everywhere for that!" Like a lost kitty or something. We haven't started a video for that one yet, but I have been wanting to do some Claymation...

CoG: Who are some of the people and/or bands who influence you?

Marissa: Let's see, we love Peaches, le Tigre, Seven Year Bitch, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beastie Boys, Prince, Madonna, and lately Hot Chip and TV on the Radio. And Bellingham is a wealth of inspiration with its local music scene. Federation X, Party Favorites, and A Gun That Shoots Knives, were all big inspirations as well as good friends. And we originally borrowed our drummer Lindy from this other all female band in Bellingham, Everybody's Debbie. They are rad and the lead singer, Pia, is totally my idol. Before I even thought about performing in a band I would go to their shows and not blink once. Later on, the bassist of that band, Amy, let us use her basement as a practice space. They were all just totally supportive and a big inspiration to us as we were forming The Trucks. We really love supporting local and independent music. Check out all these bands on Myspace, they are so amazing. Thanks everyone!

CoG: Who are some of your favorite female vocalists and musicians?

Marissa: My favorites are Kim Deal, Joanna Newsome, Jesy Fortino of Tiny Vipers, Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches, Karen O, and Kazu from Blonde Redhead.

CoG: What's the most important thing for young artists to remember when a creative funk arrives? What gets you through?

Marissa: That kind of thing has really scared me in the past, especially with the visual art, if I have a show deadline or something. But I'm trying to just try to think of it as a cycle, and there are important ideas developing inside even when you aren't producing so much. The quiet times are important too, and if you respect them, the creativity will continue. Maybe use the time for relaxing and absorbing other people's art, music, writing, ideas, and see how it affects and inspires you. Try not to pressure yourself, just find some nourishment and take a break.

The Trucks
photo: gunther jose frank

CoG: Do you identify as feminists? Is it relevant when creating music or art?

Marissa: We're so happy you guys are doing what you do. We think everyone who's awake at all these days should identify as a feminist. It's a matter of basic human appreciation and respect, so it is relevant in every aspect, especially in the creation of some sort of public art or performance, because that affects other people's attitudes. We enjoy ourselves, we enjoy being women, we love other women, want to support each other in creativity, and we want to encourage everyone, including men, to join in that. Sometimes when people ask us that they might be looking for some aggression, which I know you're not. But we do get asked that often, and it surprises us that anyone might ever answer "no".

CoG: What advice can you offer to other young musicians who are beginning to experiencing success in the music industry?

Marissa: Um, well we are just beginning ourselves, so what we're doing so far is just making sure we work with decent people that we trust, who understand our intentions. And being ourselves, and keep on having fun. Past that, we are still getting used to the idea of "success" so... we'll keep you posted.

CoG: What are the future plans and aspirations for The Trucks?

Marissa: We're planning to tour a lot this year. We'll be at South by South West in Austin in March, then coming back up the west coast. We also just moved into a new practice space, and are really excited to solidify some new songs we've been kicking around. We have a new drum machine we want to figure out and put to use. We just signed a contract for a second album with clickpop records; we're already writing for it but we won't start recording til early next year. Eventually we really really want to tour in Japan. None of us have been there but we just love the culture and the excitement they have for live shows and music.

CoG: Anything else you would like Church of Girl Readers to know?

Marissa: As artists we really really love and appreciate and are inspired by our audience. I'm sure every band/ musician/ artist feels such gratitude for their fans, so just know that whatever music or art you like, enjoy the heck out of it, have fun and be inspired, because that's really our whole reason for doing it. (could you put the shape of a heart here?) xo, Marissa

Thanks so much! we're looking forward to meeting you in OR!

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Check out The Trucks online:
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By Church of Girl
26 . January . 2007