In celebration of her sophomore launch, Atwood Journal spoke with chloe moriondo about ‘Blood Bunny,’ bunny tattoos, and Hayley Williams.
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As a girl barely out of her teenagers, with a number of tattoos and simply as many ambitions, I can undoubtedly say this: your teenage years are probably the most lovely, probably the most fragile, probably the most dramatic, probably the most something you’ll ever expertise in your life. It’s an extremely bittersweet time – between highs that flip to lows in a second and minor occasions that develop into full-blown tragedies. Years when your friends both take a liking to you or determine to make enjoyable of you, you attempt discovering your self and all of your colours – or begin to, not less than. You don’t know whether or not to reside with or with out others, you wish to develop into a hermit at some point and attend as many seashore events as doable the following. You explode and implode, discovering your self and the world round you.
That’s how we might sum up the whirlwind of feelings that’s Blood Bunny, chloe moriondo’s sophomore album, out on Could seventh on Fueled By Ramen/Public Consumption Recording Co.
“Ever since I began writing I’ve felt the necessity to share as a lot as myself as I can in order that individuals who really feel the identical approach would possibly discover some sort of consolation. I hope when individuals hear this album it’ll be refreshing to them, and assist them really feel higher about themselves and possibly cease caring about what different individuals suppose.”
Blood Bunny is a endless hurricane, a rollercoaster of feelings and recollections that leaves anybody who listens to this album surprised – and, let’s be sincere, a bit of moved – on the considered these years so cherished and hated on the identical time. It’s a journey of self-awareness, of anxieties and hopes, needs to get to know different individuals and begin new relationships. Greater than a report, it’s a liberating scream addressed to anybody who dares to specific their unsolicited opinion on our look (or our persona), a declaration of affection for that individual with whom we fell head over heels in love in fourth grade and that now we have by no means actually been capable of neglect.
Watch: “GIRL ON TV” – chloe moriondo
We’re speaking a couple of vastly sincere report, the story of a barely eighteen-year-old woman expressing for the primary time what they actually suppose or wish to talk by means of her music, with out filters or fears of different individuals’s ideas – and remembering that, in any case, it by no means hurts to be a bit of bit bizarre.
Atwood Journal spoke with chloe moriondo about Blood Bunny, tattoos, and Hayley Williams’s cultural affect.
Pay attention: ‘Blood Bunny’ – chloe moriondo
A CONVERSATION WITH CHLOE MORIONDO
Atwood Journal: IN YOUR 2020 INTERVIEW WITH US, YOU MENTIONED YOU’RE REALLY USED TO WORKING ALONE. WHAT’S CHANGED SINCE THEN?
Moriondo: I really feel like, if something, I’ve simply grown extra accustomed to the work that I’m doing now, the quantity of labor that I’ve been doing by way of music, working from dwelling, and stuff. I feel I’ve gotten rather a lot higher at establishing boundaries, too. In music or in any artistic subject on this interval you sort of fall into saying sure to all the pieces, overstimulating and overwhelming your self – even when it’s simply out of your room. So I’ve undoubtedly needed to get used to avoiding that. Issues have been going very well, I’m fairly happy with how I’ve grown as a musician up to now 12 months – it’s been fairly cool.
WHY CHOOSE BLOOD BUNNY AS A TITLE INSTEAD OF, FOR EXAMPLE, BLOOD RABBIT? WHAT’S THE MAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUR UPCOMING ALBUM AND RABBIT HEARTED?
Moriondo: I feel it was undoubtedly an intentional factor to go from Rabbit Hearted to Blood Bunny as a result of that is my first large child album. I assume I’ve been saying that anytime anybody requested me about Blood Bunny as a result of I actually do really feel it’s my first actual large album. It’s undoubtedly acquired a little bit of darker and gorier components so it’s undoubtedly a humorous step up from Rabbit Hearted. I really like bunnies, I really like blood – it’s fairly apparent why I might title it Blood Bunny! (laughs) I feel it’s simply a lot larger and much more realized than I ever anticipated my music to have the ability to be and now I really feel like that’s opened so many extra doorways for me by way of music and my artwork – which is actually thrilling.
WHAT DOES THIS ALBUM MEAN TO YOU?
Moriondo: This album means rather a lot to me, it’s a illustration of me rising into an grownup teenager. For me, this complete transition has been actually bizarre, good, scary, and unhappy. Everybody can keep in mind or count on their lives from 16 to 18 to be a little bit of a curler coaster, so I feel this album actually sums up how the previous 12 months has been for me. It’s actually particular to me in that approach.
”I’VE BEEN OUTTA MY HEAD / I THINK I WANNA GET MORE TATTOOS” (‘RLY DON’T CARE’): A TATTOO THAT COULD BEST REPRESENT WHO YOU ARE?
Moriondo: I want so many tattoos, I want like a million of them! There’s a bunch of ideas I have in my head – I haven’t gotten this one yet, but I think it would probably sum me up pretty well. I want to get a little bunny with a knife, or something. I also really want to get “Sammy” on one knee – that’s my dog’s name – and then “forever” on the other knee, so it could say “Sammy forever” and he’ll be forever on my knee. That one would sum me up pretty well too because he’s my baby.
WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A YOUNG, QUEER ARTIST IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY BEEN LIKE?
Moriondo: I grew into the music industry through YouTube, so I’ve always been an Internet kid. Since sixth grade, I’ve been in the weird YouTube and Instagram community, and it’s been oddly awesome and accepting in my experience. I’ve met a lot of really cool other queer artists who I wouldn’t have been able to meet if I didn’t get to the place that I am now.
I think there’s always going to be people who are a little bit weird about things and will make it their entire identity, but being queer isn’t all of my art. I know that for some people it is their primary subject – which I think is really cool – but personally, I think it just influences the way that I write. Of course, I do like writing songs about being lesbian, that’s awesome! I’ve written songs about it before and I’ll keep writing songs about it. It’s this community that has encouraged me to be a lot more open and proud of myself and I’m now I guess just trying to encourage other people to do the same
YOU PROFESS TO BE AN INTERNET KID. WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU LOVE ABOUT THE INTERNET, AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT IT?
Moriondo: I love that the Internet gives young people a space to share experiences and learn from each other. It gives so many people a chance to connect, educate, talk to each other. But, I hate that it can become a very overwhelming cesspool of people judging each other and trying to be better than each other at beauty, at activism, at wealth – all things in life that people want to be the best at, I guess. So, I think the Internet can become pretty a difficult and overwhelming place at times. However, I think that if you keep a healthy distance from it, stay in the right groups and talk to the right people, it can be a pretty beautiful thing. I mean, I don’t know where I would be without the Internet. (laughs)
Watch: “Manta Rays” – chloe moriondo
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WISH YOU KNEW WHEN YOU STARTED MAKING MUSIC?
Moriondo: I didn’t really have any pre-existing stuff on me when I started, I don’t really know how to explain it but I went into music pretty naturally. I started writing music before I even realized I was actually writing music, so I don’t even know if there’s anything I would change about the way that I started. I mean, I definitely wish I had maybe taken care of myself a little bit better and stayed more in touch with what I wanted to make and what I had time for. But, in terms of the actual music-making process, I wouldn’t change anything about the way that I started.
”YOU MADE ME FEEL BRAND NEW” (‘SLACKER’): WHAT’S SOMETHING THAT FEELS BRAND NEW IN THE BLOOD BUNNY ERA?
Moriondo: It’s going to be huge! I’m really excited about it, things are going to be a lot more of an experience when I get to play shows. I feel a lot more myself in this Blood Bunny moment, I’m excited especially because I think that a lot of the songs on the album sound very full band – and I’m going to be able to tour eventually with my band, who I have been practicing with for a while. They’re really cool, we’re an all-girl band and it’s going to be fantastic, so I think this is gonna be really cool different era, that I’ve been waiting for for a while.
YOUR SONGS ARE OFTEN VERY PERSONAL AND DEDICATED TO SPECIFIC PEOPLE. DO THEY KNOW THAT SOME PIECES WERE MADE FOR THEM?
Moriondo: I actually like the song off of it called “Samantha”, that’s for my girlfriend – I just showed her that song some days ago! (laughs) I wanted her to see it when it was fully finished, I didn’t want it for any part of it to not be exactly how I wanted it to be. That’s probably the most specific piece on the album, but with the rest, I try to make it kind of vague enough. I don’t think anyone else is gonna be like “hey, did you write that song off ‘Blood Bunny’ about me?” Even if I did, whatever! I’d tell them, it doesn’t matter.
Watch: “I Eat Boys” – chloe moriondo
THE SONG ‘I EAT BOYS’ IS INSPIRED BY THE CULT MOVIE JENNIFER’S BODY. ARE THERE ANY OTHER MOVIES (OR TV SERIES) THAT DRIVE YOU TO WRITE MUSIC?
Moriondo: There’s a lot of beautiful movies I’ve seen recently that have inspired me a lot creatively, but I’ve always been quite enamored with the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I remember I watched that in middle school and it changed my entire life, I still think about it a lot when I’m writing songs. There’s also a recent movie, it’s a little bit sillier and less deep or whatever, but I watched Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson and it was actually pretty gorgeous! It had amazing art in it, the soundtrack was really sweet… It definitely inspired me. I’m a fan of movies when they can really get me like that, with the soundtrack and the imagery in it.
”AND HAYLEY JUST GETS ME THAT WAY YOU NEVER DID” (‘FAVOURITE BAND’); WHAT’S A SONG THAT JUST GETS YOU? (COULD BE BY PARAMORE OR HAYLEY HERSELF)
Moriondo: I can answer this with so many different songs but I think “crushcrushcrush” by Paramore would probably be my number one. I’d probably listen to this anywhere at any point in my life, it will never feel bad listening to this song. I love it a lot, old Paramore definitely gets me. New Haley is also fantastic, there are so many good songs off FLOWERS for VASES that I think are very special and close to me as well. I can always rock with old Paramore, though.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR FANS TO FEEL WHEN THEY LISTEN TO YOU PLAYING LIVE?
Moriondo: I want them to feel like they can dance, sing or do whatever they want. To feel pumped up, excited, accepted and feel like they’re in a place where everyone’s as excited as they are. I just want the energy to be good, I want people to know they can react to that energy in any way that they want – for example, I know some people don’t like to dance at shows, some don’t like to sing or even move. Some even prefer to just stand by the back and drink some water and watch, but either way, I just want people to have fun, to feel accepted, and be excited with the others in the crowd.
WHAT ABOUT SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE AGAIN? COULD BE COMPOSING A PIECE, PLAYING AT A CONCERT, ETC.
Moriondo: It’s not a specific show, but I’m thinking about some of the last few shows of the Cavetown support tour that I did right before Corona was a real thing. I did some support shows for Cavetown in the UK and there were so many awesome friends, also a bunch of people from my team was there – so it just felt like a party. It was fantastic, the show is really fun, I got to dance on stage with the Cavetown crew. It was awesome, I miss touring with my friends – and touring in general, I’m really excited to do it again.
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