Surely no introduction is necessary for the Gossip. Awesome post-Riot Grrrl goodness out of the backwaters of Arkansaw with bass-lines to melt you legs, and lyrics to melt your heart!
RN: You’ve been around as a band for a while now. How’s it going? What have discovered and what lessons have you learnt along the way?
Gos: Things are going great. I think the most important lessons we’ve learned concern how to stay friends when you’re stuck in a van together several months out of the year. Also, we’ve all learned a lot about stage sound and boring stuff like that. And we’ve learned that sticking to your roots is really important. We’ve seen a lot of bands take strange turns just to keep up with trends, and we all know that we would never do that.
RN: You finally managed to make it over to the UK over the summer to play at Ladyfest and Homocrime. How were those shows and the rest of the tour?
Gos: The whole thing was really fun. We’re wusses when it comes to being far from home, but the kids who organized the tour did a really good job of making us comfortable. The shows were amazing, lots of really excited, friendly people.
RN: What sort of reaction did you get?
Gos: People were very receptive and friendly.
RN: What do you think about events like Ladyfest?
Gos: I think they’re very important. They’re a great way to bring people together and to raise awareness and get things done.
RN: It’s kinda hard to define The Gossip. Do you think that’s scared a few people in the process and how would you define yourselves?
Gos: I wouldn’t say it’s scared people, but I might say that it’s kept us from getting much mainstream attention, which is just fine. The only term I can use to describe us is anti-professional.
RN: Where do all the influences and inspirations for the music come from?
Gos: Different places…from past experiences, present experiences, relationships, world events, …..I guess that about covers it.
RN: What was it like growing up in the towns that your from?
Gos: Shitty, until we met each other, then it was still shitty but at least we found other people who thought so too.
RN: Do you think it’s harder for bands like yours to gain recognition than it is for the traditional male white middle class punk/hardcore band?
Gos: Well, of course. I mean, obviously, we’re not all male, we’re not middle class, and the music we play isn’t “punk/hardcore”. I guess it’s hard for us to gain the kind of recognition that those bands do, but most of our audience would probably never listen to those bands, either. it’s all relative. we’re pretty happy with people who like our music. that’s cool. it’s important to like your audience, I think.
RN: How important do you see it to be combining elements of politics and queer/grrrl issues in terms of your music and your stances on music?
Gos: It’s really important to us. it’s always important to use the chance to be on stage as an opportunity to raise awareness or speak about important issues.
RN: Do you think more mainstream channels have become more accepting and understanding of these issues or do you think will only ever allow it to be marginalized to its own little corner?
Gos: It’s crazy some of the things that are actually on TV these days. like how now on blind date they have same sex couples. I think there that changes are definitely going on, but I still don’t think that those changes are really getting to mainstream America…and I don’t think that any of them are any serious step forward.
RN: what do you think about everything that’s going on with America and the rest of the world right now?
Gos: The world is a scary place to be right now.
RN: Are you involved in any other projects right now?
Gos: Nathan is always doing ten thousand things…he plays in another band called the monitor bats who are just now putting out their first full length record, and he’s involved in lots of art projects and a couple of zines. he also dj’s alot, he’s doing several nights in L.A. in march. Beth is working with rock n. roll camp for girls, which is a really cool group of musicians who teach young girls how to play instruments and sing. Kathy is starting midwifery school at the end of march.
RN: Is their anything particular you’d like to achieve, either with the band or just personally?
Gos: I think we all just want to be productive people who can play music and have fun for a really long time.
RN: What are the gossips plans for the future?
Gos: We’re touring the east coast and Canada for a couple of weeks at the end of February, and then we’re going to take it easy for awhile, this will be our third tour this year. We’re going to start writing some new songs and hopefully start recording another record by the end of the year.