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What I Learned at Bandcamp: North Dakota

Photo by Rachel Koscica

Local post-punk trio North Dakota released their first EP in February. The four-track album can be streamed on Bandcamp and purchased for $4.

To celebrate, the ladies are having an EP release party on Friday, March 30 at a house venue in Tempe. For $5, patrons can see performances by North Dakota, Playboy Manbaby, Jive Talking Robot, Boss Frog and Secret Tongues on the inside stage, and Where Are All The Buffalo? and Dylan Pratt on the outside stage.

We talked with North Dakota about how they got started and their plans for the future, read below to see what they had to say…

What are each of your names and how did you meet/form the band?
-Mo Neuharth
-Emily Hobeheidar
-Michelle Blades

Emily: One night I went to a house party. There was a strobe light in the living room, followed by a shitty DJ. I walked out to the balcony and stood in the corner. A blonde girl noticed that I was staring at her and walked up to me. She pointed at me with a whiskey bottle in her hand and said, “who’s this bitch??” And that’s how I met Morgan.

Mo: Michelle and I had been friends already, and had met when she first moved from Miami to Phoenix through mutual friends. She found out Emily played the drums, and we decided to all jam one day, despite my weary impression of her from that first night. (We’re all best friends now.)

How long have you been making music?
We are approaching our year-and-a-half anniversary.

Who/what are your influences?
MANMAN
Devo
The Vibrators
Born Ruffians
Kleenex
Screamers
Shitty jobs, shitty boys/shitty girls
Fun, colors, blood
Flowers, confetti, violence
Dresses (pants-Emily)
Jungle punk/ punch

How did you come up with your name?
See end of video. This was the first time we ever jammed. It’s all completely random. We weren’t North Dakota until after this happened.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Expect a full length in the next year. And white bikinis.

Can you tell us about your recent EP release? (inspiration, recording process, any struggles or highlights, favorite song on the album etc.)
Most of these songs were written about a year ago, when we first started. We never planned on being a band, it all just happened. We’ve definitely grown since then, but we’re still really attached to the songs on the EP. New, different music is brewing, though.

Why do you make music?
Emily: Why do I make breakfast burritos every morning?
Mo: Why do I constantly paint the handles on my kitchen cabinets?
Michelle: Why am I always eating thai food?

Because it makes us happy.

Describe North Dakota in one word…
Belly-dancing.

Anything you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
You can’t tell from the recordings, but we each play a different instrument in every song. This isn’t intentional, it’s just how we end up writing music. When it comes to playing live, we jump around a lot. We don’t do it to look “badass” or flaunt being multi-instrumentalists; it’s honestly the only way we are able to write music.

 

 

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