Welcome to Almost Famous, a weekly segment that Crystal usually writes but which I have hijacked this week and YOU DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE DID YOU?!?!?!?!? This is also why it’s going up on Thursday. Surprise! Almost Famous is where we ask up-and-coming queer musicians some not so hard-hitting questions about music and life and maybe even convince them to share photos of their pets. Get to know intimate details about your new favorite artist or band before they hit the Big Time and become too famous for us to interview for real.
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Decorated veterans of the Brooklyn DIY community Aye Nako aspire to subvert traditional ideas of gender and sexuality. They also write some damn catchy songs, occasionally categorized as “queercore” or “homo-pop,” and as of late they’ve been getting a lot of attention for their new album Unleash Yourself. Singer/guitarist Mars Ganito has often been quoted mentioning that the band’s music is meant to fill a specific void, namely the kind of music that the band members would have liked to have heard themselves as queer teenagers.
Most importantly, they sent me a video of their dog twerking, which was an Almost Famous first and definitely a game changer.
How would you describe your music?
Angie: This is a difficult question. I don’t think “pop punk” is fitting, though we get that tag a lot. We usually describe our music as Queercore, which I like because our queerness plays a big part in our music and our band as a whole.
Which track would you most like Autostraddle readers to hear?
Mars: I chose “In Dog Years” because the overall style of it is closer to what I’m pushing for our music to sound like, especially with the deeper vocals all through out. At the time of writing the melody, I guess I subconsciously knew I was getting closer to feeling ready for my transition, ready to start T. I used to pride myself for having a higher range, but now I really cringe hearing my voice that way.
Do you have any pets, and if so can we see a photo?
Attached is a photo of Broccolini.
What inspires you to write?
Mars: Dreams/nightmares, childhood, weird stories, sex.
What is the best and worst thing about touring?
Angie: The best thing about tour is meeting new friends, discovering new bands, and getting to share our music with so many people. The worst part, for me, is feeling homesick.
If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Have you ever had to work a terrible job to pursue your music career?
Mars: I’ve only ever worked terrible jobs to pursue my music career.
Describe the environment you write your songs in.
Angie: Crowded, tiny, expensive Brooklyn practice space. Living the NYC dream!
What was the last book you read?
Mars: Nevada by Imogen Binnie
Angie: Same for me!
What were the first and last records you bought?
Aye Nako are currently getting ready to play a bunch of shows in the New York area, but they’ll be in Chicago Aug 31 for the Fourth Annual Black and Brown Punk Show. Their new record Unleash Yourself is available streaming, in physical or download form on their website.
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