Formed in 2015 with members hailing from other noteworthy acts like Duover, Great Wilderness, Ioa, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Point Juncture WA and Sallie Ford, it’s safe to say that Bitch’n is a formidable Portland super group. While the band’s sound explores various elements of punk, experimental pop, psych and funk, one defining characteristic is their rejection to a hierarchical band-leader format, as all five members typically sing or shout lyrics to each song in unison. Honored as the city’s No. 5 Best New Band in 2016 by the Willamette Week, the all-female experimental punk quintet will celebrate the physical release of their debut EP, Messed Out, this Thursday night at Holocene. All attendees will receive a complimentary Bitch’n magnet and download code for the EP. Comment on PDX Pipeline’s post for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Thursday night’s show.
We chatted with the band about the task of actively operating with members in other working bands; what to expect from their promised new material; what they’re currently stoked on; and how to stay creative in a growing city with rapidly increasing costs of living.
With all the members of Bitch’n currently in other working bands, does it prove difficult to actively operate? Or does the diversity of musical backgrounds help spur the creative process?
No, because we all love hanging out and we’re going to hang out no matter what. Our scheduling hasn’t been that crazy compared to other band we’ve been in. Granted we are all busy and yes it takes a little extra effort, but it’s always worth it.
Messed Out is rooted in punk but explores various themes outside that genre. What can folks who attend your release show expect from the new tunes you’ve announced that you’ll be playing live?
With our old EP we had to come out of the starting gates yelling, attacking and taking our stance on things. The new songs have more emphasis on positivity and celebrating the things that we think are right. Our music isn’t necessarily inspired by other genres but each other.
What are a few things you’re stoked on right now, musically or otherwise.
Nefertiti: Time Travel
Amanda: Grass-roots vegan advocacy
Shana: Spontaneity in the Natural World
Rebecca: Stepping outside of the box.
Emily: Turning shit to gold. Alchemy.
As an all-female band making a name for yourself amidst the adversity of a male dominated music industry, what advice can you give to other young artists and musicians looking to pursue creative passions in Portland or other growing cities with the rapidly increasing costs of living?
Make your own fun. Some things are still free, like writing songs and playing music together.