5 Questions For: Alyssa Vautier of The Lowell Spin

We at The Lowell Spin are very proud of the writing staff we retain and cultivate. Our’s is a collective of equal parts local music hipsters, media wonks, journalism majors with exquisite taste, and the most obsessive grown up scene kids you’ve ever laid eyes upon, and we love them to death. Every so often we at 5 Questions like to give them the spotlight, since without them we wouldn’t have articles covering local bookers, artistic collectives, or the best open mics around our humble Mill City. This time around we’re turning our gaze to staff writer Alyssa Vautier to ask…


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

I have to say Ripe’s Joy In The Wild Unknown has been a frequent spinner for the past while. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s A Man Alive is just tasty all around. If I need to get in the game or focus, I usually put that on to keep me moving. Also, oldsoul’s You Were Overwhelmed helped me process so much shit in the past two weeks alone. I basically picked three. This IS America.

2. What band or artist would you most like to see on a local bill?

On a local bill, I would love to see Tank and The Bangas at the Tsongas Arena. It would be sweet to see Lowell bands fill out that bill & if it’s lined up just right, would just be a shit ton of fun.

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

I’m planning on continuing to grow. Always my main priority, even is I try to trick myself into believing it’s not!

I like fumbling around on the guitar, sewing patches & mending clothes. I’m reading this graphic novel called Any Empire by Nate Powell. It’s an adjacent follow up to his Swallow Me Whole. I recommend it to anyone working through understanding multiple perceptions of mental illness, especially in younger teens. I’m writing more personally again, just for myself. I’m also looking to incorporate my writing into making music. Music babies are definitely on the docket.

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

When it comes to the local music scene, though varying slightly in demographics, there’s honestly still more room for radical vulnerability & overall show engagement. Going out to shows is fun & all but it’s a draining process that should be rewarded with meaningful interactions. This isn’t a demand or anything, it’s actually just a CALL TO ARMS for folks to consider how everyone else perceives seeing live music. The point being to engage collectively with a dynamic social purpose, both with the artist as well as the company. Maintain whatcha bring into the room & see what smiles back?

5. Which genre do you want to see more of in Lowell?
(This question comes from the previous 5 Questions interviewee Mike McMahon)

Honestly, more tight funk bands the merrier. I love listening to yummy math rock with twinkly guitars but I want to dance. Don’t get me wrong, I get jiggy on that too but in a different way. I just to want to dance & have a hoot with pals. Even if I look like a flailing lobster with a beer in my hand, that’s quite literally just my brand to begin with.

In lieu of a project of her own, Alyssa has opted to instead plug one of her favorite podcasts:

“Chelsea Ursin’s Dear Young Rocker is a great anecdotal series, focusing around growing up in the western Massachusetts DIY scene while navigating high school. Ursin talks to her younger self, giving advice on how to approach life situations with A brighter perspective. I recommend it for anyone young looking for some guidance.”

Alyssa’s articles can of course be found all over the Lowell Spin archives.