For today’s inquisition, we spoke to Carrie Battle – resident badass who contributes her ever-evolving styles and talents to a myriad of bands. Always pushing herself out of her comfort zone, Carrie currently has a super secret project in the works that we here at Punksburgh highly anticipate. She provided a window into her musical world with her following answers:
List the names of every band that you’ve ever played in ever.
What was the artist, album, or song that inspired you to play/write music?
My father’s a musician so he put the guitar in my hands, gave me access to a drum kit, and encouraged my musical creativity at an early age, but discovering the Velvet Underground and The Ramones as a teen really inspired me to start writing my own songs and made me want to be in bands.
What is your favorite piece of merch that you own?
Currently a Shannon and the Clams shirt!
Tell us one thing about the Pittsburgh music scene that could be better and one thing about the scene that you love.
A thing I really love about the scene right now is a willingness for people to start new projects and explore new sounds, and that there’s substantial support and encouragement for it. A thing that could definitely be better is for some of the venues to offer the same support to musicians and bands. There are of course many venues that pay bands fairly, but unfortunately still a handful who don’t. I’d love to see them step up and show that they not only respect that the bands bring people and money to their spaces, but also that they value the time, energy, and money that bands put into insuring that the creative scene here remains thriving.
What’s something about you/your band that you think people should know that maybe they don’t?
I’m just always looking to push myself out of comfort zones, try new things, and evolve as a musician, but that’s no secret to those who know me or the projects I’ve started/been involved in haha.
If you had to pick only one of your songs for people to listen to, which one would it be?
That’s tough! I still really love Bloomfield Beach from my days in Dream Phone.
How does your mom/family react to your music? Do they come to your shows?
My parents have always been super supportive of my music career. They’ve seen most of the bands I’ve been in, and the ones they haven’t have only been because there hasn’t been an early enough show for them to catch.
What band or artist have you seen live the most number of times?
Probably Screaming Females
What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you at a show as a performer or spectator?
Some of the craziest shows I’ve ever played have been Harlan Twins New Years Eve shows at Belvederes. They were always the highest energy crowds and our energy as a band was always a special kind of bananas on those nights haha I loved em!
Jiant Eagle will be releasing an album online in the upcoming months, and Robin Vote recorded an album scheduled to be released this spring.
Check out some of our past Inquisitions too!