Chatting with Paul Cherry and Her’s at SXSW

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By Caroline Janes
Music Journalist

I chatted with Paul Cherry and Her’s after their shows at the Get a Grip showcase at The Parish on 6th Street.

Caroline Janes: Where are you from?

Paul Cherry: I’m from Detroit suburbs.

CJ: Are you still located there?

PC: I live in Chicago.

CJ: Is this your first SXSW?

PC: I did one last year.

CJ: How did it compare?

PC: This one’s more fun because this one is with my band. I was playing in someone else’s band last year.

CJ: Whose band?

PC: This girl Anna Burch.

CJ: What’s been your favorite thing about SX so far, this year?

PC: I would say all the friends we’ve gotten to run into from all the touring we’ve done. Her’s, Slow Pulp, Dehd, everybody on this showcase we’ve played with. This band Anemone, Video Age, just all these super cool bands we’ve gotten to link up with. Divino Niño, who else are we hanging out with? I don’t know, we’ve just got a lot of homies.

CJ: What’s the most Texas thing you’ve witnessed so far in Austin?

PC: Some really drunk dudes.

CJ: What have you been listening to?

PC: I’ve been listening to a lot of… Let’s see… (Cherry pulls out phone) Probably some embarrassing shit. I’ve been listening to this album by Video Age, Pop Therapy. I’ve been listening to a lot of Faye Webster. This band Golden Days, Shy Boys, the new Weyes Blood single, the new Drugdealer single. I’ve been listening to Khruangbin lately. A little bit of deep cut Japanese stuff.

CJ: Describe your sound using a non-musical word.

PC: I feel like my album kind of sounds like a dark rainbow.

CJ: Where the idea behind the phone ringing and phone calls come from on Flavour?

PC: The album is about miscommunication. So that’s the whole point of the phone call thing about miscommunication. All of the lyrics are about miscommunication.

Singer Stephen Fitzpatrick and bassist Auden Laading of Her’s performing on a pink stage at The Parish on 6th Street in Austin, Texas during SXSW.
Her’s performing at the Parish on 6th Street, Austin, TX. Photo by Caroline Janes.

Shortly after, I got to talk to Stephen Fitzpatrick (vocals and guitar) and Audun Laading (bass and backing vocals) of Her’s after seeing their energetic performance.

Caroline Janes: Where are y’all from?

Laading: We’re based in Liverpool. He’s (pointing to Fitzpatrick) from the Barrow-in-Furness in the Lake District, England and I’m from Kristiansand, Norway.

CJ: Is this y’all’s first SXSW?

Fitzpatrick: No, we came here in 2017 and we played nine shows in four days.

CJ: What’s your favorite thing about SX so far?

Laading: We just got in today, so we haven’t had much to do, but we’ve been meeting all of our friends here this year. Had many, many friends come in this year and we’ve had the biggest hang ever so we’re excited about that.

CJ: What’s the most Texan thing y’all have witnessed thus far?

Laading: We went into a gas station that had pickles in a bag. I thought that was really impressive. I don’t know if it’s particularly Texan, but it was an odd thing.

CJ: Any friends in particular you’re excited about seeing?

Laading: We’ve got our neighbors, Trudy and the Romance.

Fitzpatrick: Yeah, and we’ve got Paul Cherry. Paul Cherry’s a life coach! He’s amazing.

CJ: What have y’all been listening to recently?

Fitzpatrick: A part from Paul Cherry, a lot of Ariel Pink obviously as always. Part Time.

Laading: Arthur, we’ve been listening to a bit of Arthur.

Fitzpatrick: Yeah, Arthur’s great.

Laading: We just finished touring with a band called Spencer. With a period after it. Very nice.

Fitzpatrick: Yeah, that’s very nice of them.

CJ: Describe your sound using a non-musical word.

Fitzpatrick: Fake bamboo.

CJ: How did y’all meet?

Fitzpatrick: We studied at the same university in Liverpool. I was late for a class— I thought I was late for a class— I ran up to Auden ‘cause I knew he was in the class, and I was like, “Am I late for class?” and he was like, “No, you’re not late for class.” I found comfort in him straight away.

CJ: Lastly, is there a “her” behind Her’s?

Fitzpatrick: There is not. It’s meant to be ambiguous and romantic.

Laading: It was a 5 a.m. decision.

Fitzpatrick: Maybe everybody can decide who their “her” is.

Thanks to Paul Cherry and the guys of Her’s for taking time out of their busy days between sets to chat with me. Follow Paul Cherry and Her’s on twitter.

Featured image by Caroline Janes.

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