5 Questions For: Angela Bruce of PNDB

Perhaps you’ve seen her bringing furious garage rock energy and Karen O-like vocal grit to bands like PNDB and Stroke Volume. Or perhaps you’ve seen her helping out around Lowell’s famed UnchARTed Gallery. Or perhaps you’ve seen her performing alongside lost-but-not-forgotten groups like Streight Angular or Safer Streams. Either way, this drummer/vocalist is an indelible staple of Lowell’s music scene. Now we sit down to ask…5 QUESTIONS FOR ANGELA BRUCE.

1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?

Ty Segall, Freedom’s Goblin is the last new album that I have really been listening to for a month or 2. By the time this comes out though, I bet it will be the new Arctic Monkeys, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino (May 11 release date, can you tell I am so excited?!?!!) One other thing, My kid has been listening to Billie Eilish on a loop lately so I have been listening to her and it is pretty cool, it is dreamy and got some interesting changes, sounds and beats and some real lyrics that are pretty empowering for my 13 year old daughter.

2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill with?

The reason I started PNDB is because of my favorite NYC band called Runny.  I wanted to play with them for my birthday in 2015, but they cancelled, so for 2 years i have been dreaming and just accomplished that in May in Brooklyn. Now, I think I want to pay with Tigerman, Whoa from Lynn. Also, like about 100 others.

3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?

I love comedy and have been listening to a lot of podcasts that are silly and ridiculous and have not much of a story, or plot or point, but they make me laugh like a dummy while I am working.  Maybe my passion is to laugh, or just to be happy and make other people feel good in one way or another.

4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?

I think a lot of people do not promote their bands enough. I am guilty of this for sure. One or two Facebook posts to remind people does not really cut it. I am not sure what the answer is, but there has to be more that all of us can do to get the word out about these little moments in time that people will miss if they don’t know that it is happening.

PS: Put the year on your flyers, seriously, you are going to want to look back in 20 years and know what year it was that you made the best flyer ever.  Your memory will be shit and you will thank me later if you start doing this now.

5. What is your earliest music memory? How did it affect your development as a musician?
This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interviewee Coleman Rogers.

Some of my earliest memories involving music would have to be seeing concerts at a very early age with my dad. I might just be imagining this, but when I was 6 years old, I went with my dad to see Elton John in Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. I also remember seeing the Beach Boys around that age also (so, like, in 1980 or so). There was always music playing when I was really young, either the Beatles or Pink Floyd. Both of those groups shaped the way I hear things, I am sure, harmonies and catchy tunes from the Beatles and varied atmospheres from Pink Floyd. My mom listened to the radio a lot, so I have a whole world of late 70’s early 80’s love songs that instantly take me to our old red car with the T-Tops off driving around in the summer with the radio loud and no seatbelts on. When I played with my girls in Stroke Volume, this bound us together because we all shared this kind of ‘mom’s ironing music’ (Michelle Heron coined this term). This answer is long and not quite the exact answer to the question, but I am old and shit gets blurry so you get it all mashed up and spit out.

– Lee Martin

Dates and information for PNDB can be found via their Facebook page, while their music can be found at their Bandcamp site.
Dates and information for Stroke Volume can be found via their Facebook page.

Featured photo by Sean McGonagle