Sin City's warriors of fuzz-rock
Las Vegas’ own Candy Warpop sits down with The Rebel Yell
The fuzzy, pyschedelic rockers also known as Candy Warpop exploded onto the Las Vegas scene earlier this year with their May EP “Pre-Op Lollipop.” Since then, the local five-piece has been working non-stop, playing shows and mixing up their sound with an even newer remix EP.
UNLV students Beatrice Hernandez (vocals), Joshua Cohen (guitar) and Anisa Buttar (drums) caught up with The Rebel Yell before the holiday to talk about their live pazazz, their various influences and Buttar’s love of electronic dance music (oh, and this human drum machine is also a Rebel Yell alum).
The Rebel Yell: I’ve seen you guys before, but for people who haven’t, what should they expect from a Candy Warpop show?
Beatrice Hernandez: Fun [laughs].
RY: And maybe some glitter?
JC: A lot of glitter.
BH: Shiny things.
Anisa Buttar: I think live music is really about the live experience, especially now, so we just try to create the best live show that we can, and play good
BH: And hopefully if we mess up and suck they’re distracted by the glitter.
AB: I just love any type of theatrics in live shows. It just enhances everything.
RY: I know that you [Buttar] are getting into the electro EDM scene. Can you elaborate on how that influences what you do in the band as the drummer?
AB: I don’t know. I’m just a really big fan I guess? I just really enjoy EDM.
RY: What are some other bands that you draw inspiration from?
JC: I think we each draw inspiration from our own unique tastes and listening habits. Me, personally, I listen to a lot of unusual bands like Sparks or Scott Walker or some other things that you wouldn’t normally hear on the radio. But people like Beatrice and Anisa and the other members, they all listen to drastically different things.
RY: You’re [Cohen] wearing a David Bowie t-shirt right now … do you draw any inspiration from people like him and the New York Dolls?
BH: Oh yeah. That’s one place that I think all of us kind of tie in. ‘Cuz I mean, we’re all completely different musically with what’s popular today, maybe, but all of us have roots in 1960s, ‘70s rock.
RY: What’s one band you would want to play with, if you could just choose any band?
JC: That’s a tough one.
AB: [Some] sort of like, crazy ‘90s tour, like The Pixies or Nine Inch Nails.
RY: What about you guys?
JC: Hmm … that’s tough, we weren’t prepared for that one … I don’t know, I guess maybe David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. That would have been a cool band to open for, historically.
RY: I know you guys just released the Post-Op Lollipop Remix EP, in October. What’s your favorite track off that album?
AB: Mine is “Plastic Earth” because I like Wonkknow’s styles. We have really similar influences. His favorite electronic group is Underworld and I love Underworld. And just the drumming in it is really interesting and unique. But the dubstep song is actually really good too. And I’m not the biggest dubstepper, it’s probably my least favorite genre right now. But I really liked what Metaphase did with it.
RY: Tell me a little bit about your Kickstarter project for the music video.
JC: Well we are currently raising funds to film our music video from one of our original songs from our May release.
RY: What song is it?
JC: The song is called “Smilefucker.” We have a great director on board, Ryen McPherson, he directed the music video for The Mad Caps and he’s done videowork for DeadMau5, one of Anisa’s favorites, and The Black Keys. So he’s on board, we have dates all planned out for filming. We have people cast and ready to go, concept and script.
BH: We just need your money [laughs].
AB: We’re almost there.
RY: How much are you trying to raise?
JC: The Kickstarter we set at $2,000, but in actuality the filming and production costs will run about $3,500. So really anything above and beyond the goal we set for Kickstarter will go towards the filming of this video.
RY: And you only have so many days [to meet your goal] right? When did it start?
JC: Almost a month ago. We have about less than three weeks left. So they can go to our website and they can learn all about it and they can see all the groovy stuff we’re giving away.
AB: We have good incentives.
RY: Would you rather play in clubs or in bars?
BH: Bars, personally.
BH: The people that listen to Candy Warpop don’t hang out at clubs.
AB: Except for me [laughs].
RY: Party at The Strip or Downtown?
AB: Both [laughs].
RY: What’s your favorite place on The Strip?
AB: Oh man, I love XS. I love Surrender. Marquee is really fun. Rain is really fun.
RY: Are there any you don’t like?
AB: No, I can’t really think of any. I recently went to Butterfly, it’s at The Paris it’s at Chateau they just opened it. It’s outside right underneath the Eiffel Tower so it’s really really cool. It’s kind of like, more like an EDC vibe, like rave vibe, which I think is what The Strip is going for now anyway.
RY: Punk or metal?
BH: I like metal guitar, but I like punk rock.
RY: Old Gwen [Stefani] or new Gwen?
BH: Old Gwen. I’ve been listening to No Doubt since I was eight and I’m 25. I’ve seen them twice. Not fun shows, ‘cuz their fans are serious and mean and those crowds are tougher than any punk rock show I’ve been to.
RY: Beatles or Rolling Stones?
RY: I’m with you, Josh.