Eardrum busting three-piece Whores. (Atlanta, GA) are currently on tour in support of Gold, their brilliant face-melter of a record from last year. Their loud-as-fuck take on noise rock perfectly meshes the straight forward relentless power of Karp with a clever punk rock attitude. Get a load of the music video for their song “I See You Are Also Wearing A Black T-Shirt” below:
Never Nervous: A friend recently asked me what you guys sound like, and I told her that you sound like a heavy-as-fuck combination of Karp and The Jesus Lizard. How would you describe the music you make to someone that hasn’t heard you before?
Christian Lembach: A very loud Pixies rip-off band.
NN: How does the songwriting process work, and how has it evolved over the years?
CL: It varies. It usually starts with a riff. Then I try to find a second part that isn’t annoying. Then a third part that is annoying. Then we work out a rough arrangement, I write words and we tweak it from there.
“We’re honestly just getting going, so I certainly don’t want to start patting ourselves on the back. It’s time to grind it out pretty hard for the foreseeable future.”
NN: Now that Gold has been out for a while, do you have a personal favorite song from the record? Perhaps one that you’re particularly proud of?
CL: Well, I can say that some songs surprised us. I’m really loving “Playing Poor”, “Mental Illness As Mating Ritual” and “Participation Trophy” right now. But we’re honestly just getting going, so I certainly don’t want to start patting ourselves on the back. It’s time to grind it out pretty hard for the foreseeable future.
CL: We sent the song to Haze at Amrep for Bash 17, but it’s one of several new songs that we’ve been working on when we’re not on tour.
“We intended the name (“Whores.”) to be a commentary on the state of oppressor vs oppressed, though it’s seldom interpreted this way.”
NN: As someone that is fascinated by band names and their origins, I gotta ask: What made you decide on “Whores.” as your permanent moniker? Is there a backstory behind the name, or does it just sound cool?
CL: It certainly doesn’t “just sound cool,” and it’s caused a ton of trouble for us, not to mention opportunities we’ve missed out on that we don’t even know about.
We intended the name to be a commentary on the state of oppressor vs oppressed, though it’s seldom interpreted this way. Here’s the thing: Everything is co-opted by multinational corporations in the modern world. When we were kids, being into punk and skating were profoundly outsider things. Warped tour didn’t exist. Cheerleaders didn’t have blue hair. It was a courageous thing to be different. That seems to largely be over. We want it to be clear that we are not part of that bullshit world, and we frequently take it on the chin because of that stance.
Speaking of Haze, we were talking about this very thing, and he made a very good point. He likened the co-opting of the underground to gentrification. He said, “These people move into these neighborhoods where there are broken windows and people shitting in the street, and then they get upset that there are broken windows and people shitting in the street.” This music is not for those people, and we don’t care if we upset them, because they truly don’t get it.
NN: What makes for a good Whores. show? Is there a recipe that must be followed, or is there an “anything goes” approach to your performances?
CL: I mean we don’t specifically talk about performances other than set list order. We all understand the power of this band lies in it’s intensity. It’s sort of an unspoken thing. We all get it.
NN: Before you go, give the folks in Louisville one good reason to come see Whores. play at Haymarket this Sunday.
CL: I have Spiderland on vinyl.