Out of the supreme DIY genre of one person bands comes The Two Tears… Kerry Davis, former member of the Red Aunts and the Barracudas and Beehives gives Gravy the lowdown.
When and why/how did you decide to form Two Tears? How did you come up with the name Two Tears?
I STARTED THE TWO TEARS AFTER THE RED AUNTS BROKE UP BECAUSE I WAS STILL WRITING SONGS ON MY 4 TRACK.....THE NAME COMES FROM A SOUTHERN EXPRESSION "TWO TEARS IN A BUCKET,MOTHERFUCK IT"!
Being a 'one lady band' how would you compare yourself to other one person outfits?
I AM A ONE LADY BAND BECAUSE I WAS HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING PEOPLE TO PLAY WITH BECAUSE I WAS TRAVELLING A LOT. I'M ONLY DIFFERENT BECAUSE I STAND UP TO PLAY THE KICK DRUM LIKE MARGARET DOLLROD.
Who or what inspires you?
I LIKE SCARY MOVIES AND RAINY DAYS AND BLUES AND PUNK MUSIC AND FEELING BAD, BROKEN HEARTS, ETC.
What is the difference in being a 'one lady band' to being a member in a multiple member band? Which do you ultimately prefer?
PLAYING ALONE IS GOOD BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO DEPEND ON ANYONE ELSE FOR SCHEDULING PRACTICE OR TOURS . I CAN PLAY WHENEVER I WANT. I WENT ON TOUR BY MYSELF ON TRAINS AND BUSES AND PLANES (NO VAN) BUT SOMETIMES IT'S LONELY. AND ALSO CAN BE LIMITING THAT I CAN'T PLAY SOME OF MY FAVORITE SONGS DUE TO MY FOOT NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY WEIRD BEATS WHILST STRUMMING AND SINGING. OR NOT BEING ABLE TO RIP LEADS BECAUSE I MUST KEEP THE "RHYTM GUITAR" GOING SO THE SONG DOESN'T SOUND EMPTY.
Touring? Anything bizarre or especially interesting happen? How does it compare to other tours you've done? What's the best/worst thing about touring?
I HAVE BEEN TOURING A LOT THE PAST FEW YEARS AND AM LEAVING FOR TWO MONTHS IN A FEW DAYS. THE WORST THING IS ALL THE PLANNING AND COORDINATING OF SHOWS AND ROUTES AND TRAVEL, BUT I HAVE MET SO MANY NICE PEOPLE, EATEN A LOT OF GOOD FOOD AND SEEN MANY BEAUTIFUL CITIES. MY MOST BIZARRE EXPERIENCE (NOT IN A BAD WAY ) WAS PLAYING IN AN OLD SQUAT IN ROTTERDAM CALLED THE POORTGEBOUW, WHICH IS A GIANT BRIDGE OVER A ROADWAY. I SLEPT IN THE COMMUNAL LIVING ROOM OF SOME VERY GRACIOUS TENENTS FOR A FEW HOURS THEN HAD TO TAKE SEVERAL TRAINS TO GET TO LONDON TO PLAY THE FOLLOWING NIGHT. ..I DIDN'T MAKE IT IN TIME!
Do you have any favorite venues or cities you've played in?
I PLAYED IN A FAMOUS PLACE IN COPENHAGEN CALLED CHRISTIANA, IS A SORT OF SELF GOVERNED COMMUNITY. IT HAS MUSIC VENUE CALLED LOPPEN AND I WAS TREATED SO WELL THERE,EVERYONE WAS SO FRIENDLY AND GENEROUS. I ALSO PLAYED WITH MY FRIENDS CALLED CHIQUITA Y CHATARRA IN GIJON , SPAIN , WHICH WAS AMAZING. SPAIN IS ALWAYS GREAT AND ITALY IS GREAT AND SO IS FRANCE . AMERICA SUCKS,ESPECIALLY NYC. THEY TREAT BANDS TERRIBLY, DON'T PAY AND ARE EVIL.
You've lived all over the world. Where did you enjoy yourself the most and or grow musically the most?
I DON'T KNOW, I'M LOST AND WOULD LIKE TO STAY STILL WITH MY 8 TRACK AND WRITE A NEW RECORD. SOMEWHERE WITH SEASONS AND RAIN AND NICE PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO GO TO DANCE PARTIES. MAYBE INSIDE MY FRIEND DEBI'S HOUSE....I GUESS I GREW THE MOST MUSICALLY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WHEN I WAS IN THE RED AUNTS AND THEN IN BEEHIVE AND THE BARRRACUDAS. I STILL RECORD WITH GAR WOOD FROM THE 'CUDAS, FOR MANY YEARS NOW WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER.
There is a lot of enjoyable happy energy in your songs. Do you have as much fun writing them as you do playing them or hearing them afterwards? Which is more enjoyable to you?
I LOVE TO PLAY AND I AM SO HAPPY WHEN I COME UP WITH A GOOD RIFF. I DON'T THINK BANDS ARE IMPORTANT IN THE BIGGGER PICTURE SO I JUST WANT TO ENJOY MYSELF AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE IN LIFE AND BE GRATEFUL FOR WHAT I HAVE.
How do you get your kicks out in Dubai ?
HANGING OUT WITH MY CAT AND TAKING PHOTOS WHEN THE WEATHER PERMITS ME TO GO OUTSIDE. GOING TO THE BEACH, BUGGING OUT ON THE ARABIAN CULTURE. IT'S SO WEIRD AND DIFFERENT AND INTERESTING AND I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH HERE. THERE IS NO UNDERGROUND HERE AT ALL.
Do you ever think you may have lived in another time period? If so, which one and why?
I WISH I LIVED IN AN ANCIENT SOCIETY, LIKE THE ROMAN OR EGYPTIAN . FOR THEIR AMBITION AND DECADENCE AT TIMES...FOR NOT BEING SO PRECIOUS BUT BEING SERIOUS ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING....
How did you end up on Simple Social Graces Discos?
I MET MOLLY AT OUR MUTUAL FRIEND'S HOUSE IN MADRID AND SHE IS JUST SO AMAZING. GENEROUS AND SMART AND PROFESSIONAL, BUT FUN. I'M SO GRATEFUL AND PROUD TO BE ON HER LABEL.SHE KILLS IT AS A DRUMMER TOO-OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!
Who does a lot of your home-made style poster artwork?
I DO MOST OF THE ARTWORK, I TRY TO. I'D LIKE TO LEARN HOW TO USE PHOTOSHOP BECAUSE IT'S SILLY TO BE AT XEROX MACHINE WITH RUBBER CEMENT AND AN X-ACTO BLADE THESE DAYS......
What is next on the horizon?
I AM GOING ONN TOUR WITH THE DONNAS IN NOVEMBER AND THEN I MUST CHOOSE A PLACE TO STAY STILL AND WRITE A NEW RECORD. I ALSO PLAN ON GOING TO LOS ANGELES TO STAB A GIRL IN A CRAP BAND CALLED STATIC STATIC WHO WROTE ME A STUPID, MEAN EMAIL THIS MORNING....SHE OBVIOUSLY DOESN'T HAVE A LIFE, SO SHE SHOULD GIVE HERS TO SOMEONE IN MYANMAR OR A REPRESSED GIRL IN AN INDIAN VILLAGE OR EVEN A CHILD BEING EXPLOITED IN UTAH . THAT'S THE PUNKER IN ME TALKING............