Lowell is easily one of the best places in Massachusetts for high-energy punk rock, and one of the city’s great recent finds is the trio of SkyTigers. The band combines the distortion-heavy noisiness of classic hardcore with an infectious, devil-may-care snottiness, and a general disdain for everything in sight that can be found in all the best modern pop-punk groups like The Lillingtons or Masked Intruder. Recently we caught up with their guitarist Rochelle Ferguson, who is an indispensable provider of frantic, energetic fuzz. But can she answer…
5 QUESTIONS FOR ROCHELLE FERGUSON
1. What’s the last GREAT album you’ve recently listened to?
I’m always clinging to the nostalgia of albums I listened to growing up (I’ll be 80 and listening to Saves The Day – Through Being Cool) but this past year I keep coming back to Crowfeeder‘s album No Flowers. We played a show with them for the record release and I was blown away by how their sound was so full and heavy and melodic and awesome – all as a two piece band. If you haven’t seen them live or heard this album, you should!
2. What band or artist would you most like to share a bill with?
So many! But right now the first that comes to mind is Bad Cop / Bad Cop. I haven’t even seen them live yet but from videos they look like they’re a blast on stage and their music is fun. Love seeing women be musical badasses.
3. What passions and hobbies do you follow outside of music?
I love movies. People hate trying to find a movie to watch with me because I 99% of the time have already seen it. I’ll even sometimes go to the movies by myself.
Oh! and pizza. Very passionate about pizza.
4. What’s the one thing about the music scene as a whole you’d like to change?
On a smaller scale – I’d like to see everyone (Musicians or people who love and are passionate about music) support their local music scene more. Bums me out seeing amazing musicians play shows for like 7 people.
5. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in someone else’s house?
(This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interviewee Kelsey DiCicco)
Strange things usually end up being cool things to me, but in high school I became friends with a girl and the first time I visited her house I was looking at pictures on her wall of her and her friends. Randomly I see there’s a picture of me getting on the bus. Totally candid, no one else in the photo.
I never knew the pic was taken and we hadn’t known each other yet when it was. It really freaked me out. I stayed friends with her in hopes to not get murdered but she ended up being pretty cool too, sooooo…
SkyTigers will be performing at Opus Underground in Salem, MA on December 21st, and at UnchARTed Gallery in Lowell on January 25th. Their music can be streamed and downloaded at their BandCamp site, while further information and tour dates is available on their Facebook page.
SkyTigers‘ latest EP Disasterbation will be released on December 21st via their BandCamp site.
– Lee Martin