Haley Dahl (boss man)
Katie Vreeland (bass man)
Jessie Lampwrecked (keys)
Jackie Green (guitar / violin)
Al Nardo (drums)
Lily Desmond (violin)
JOE: So tell the readers the Genesis of the project Sloppy Jane. Where did the beautiful insanity begin?
HALEY: The project Sloppy Jane is in a constant state of re-invention, all the time I'm not sure if it's even really started. Does that make sense? I guess Literally it started as a 3 piece band and a collection of 5 or 6 songs that I'd written when I was 15. Or maybe it started when we played our second show and met Kim Fowley who became an important mentor-type figure to me? Or maybe it started when Sara joined the band when I was 19? Or when I started vomiting the blue paint when we played in a backyard when I was 20? When we put out our first EP and went on tour? When we started recording our first full length record? Or when it was done? Or when I moved to New York and it became a much larger group? Or does it start when our first record comes out next month? It's always starting.
J: How do you feel social media has impacted the way music and yours in particular is delivered?
H: I do NOT like social media. It's true that it makes things more accessible, and can be beneficial for connecting with people who play music in other places--but I think generally it robs artists of a general mysticism and of a safe place to incubate. It's sometimes really hard to be disciplined or honest when you never feel like you are alone in your room. I don't like how hard it is to move forward without polarizing yourself or affiliating yourself with things that have already succeeded. I feel like we are in a period of time of very clean and safe media. Historically, things that were "fresh" kind of seemed to rise to the top, but now people don't want to represent anything that hasn't already succeeded.
J: Any favorite stories to tell about shows or fans you've met?
H: A fun fact is that our current and brand new drummer, Al, was one of Sloppy Jane's first hardcore fans when she was 16 years old and lived in Los Angeles. Our old song, Rhoda's Revenge, was the first song she ever learned on guitar. I think that's pretty nifty--as a narcissist.
J: That’s wild. Gotta be a big thrill for them as well. So, what brought you from west coast to East coast? Are there any areas or venues you hope to play? *cough* Philly/Delaware*cough*
H: A lot brought me here! I'm from New York, originally, and have spent a lot of time here. I've been looking for the right time to move back for as long as I can remember, and it just so happened that there was a window due to a lot of different life-and-creative circumstances. I'd love to play in Philly or Delaware, have your people call my people.
J: I’ll certainly let them know. For those not aware of what a Sloppy Jane show entails, what can they expect other than mind fucking awesomeness?
H: I'd say to do your best not to expect anything and to try to take it in without any prior context.
J: Are the Haley Dahl is a mean whore shirts still available? That was brilliant!
H: "Haley Dahl is a Mean Mean Whore" shirts are no longer available. The statement on that shirt was true once, and now it isn't. I'm not going to make money off of a lie. Plus it was funnier that Sara(Cath) was making them and she is still in LA. I think that me making them about myself isn't really as great.
J: How excited are you for SXSW? It's basically the indie music mecca now.
H: I think it'll be a real gas! Very excited for the version of the band that is coming with on this tour and am very psyched for all of the shows we are playing. I think SXSW might not be as directly effective as it once was as a way to get a suit to fall in love with you, but that it seems to have some sort of smoke-and-mirrors-type effect that might make someone think we are important enough to look at. My grandma knows what it is!
J: What are your musical influences? I know I see with the performance some Iggy Pop. Would I be right about that?
H: Girl, I could break it down for you, but I think if I gave you a tour of the hotdog factory I'd lose a lot of my Cultivated Mystique. My influences are all pretty guessable. But I don't know if I'd cite Iggy in particular. I think that the photos from our shows give us an image of being some kind of Iggy Pop/GG Allin/etc etc scenario, but if you actually witness it live and in a room with good sound it's a much different animal. I strive to take everyone's best ideas and to be some kind of horrifying overstimulating Frankenstein of genius concepts. And then to somehow conclude in stillness.
J: Where can the music and merchandise be found for Sloppy Jane?
H: We have stuff on youtube, spotify, bandcamp, and soundcloud. You can get merch on our bandcamp. We have a new record coming out March 2 and some songs and videos coming out beforehand!
J: Really love the name and I gotta know where did the name Sloppy Jane come from?
H: A combination of being a teen who was a fan of Marilyn Manson/Jack Off Jill (I wanted a name like one of those) and also a hot take on Throbbing Gristle's "Hamburger Lady".
J: What do you want to bring to music scene that's not there right now?
H: I don't really classify myself as being involved in any one music scene specifically. I'd like to inspire people to think bigger.
J: I like that. No need to pigeonhole yourself and not get to a bigger audience. Wildcard question. If you could share a meal with anyone living or dead, who would it be?
H: Depends who is paying.