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By Morgue Anne

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Seattle’s Mercury at Machinewerks is a place that is either packed or empty, but rarely in between. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the first Black List show managed to bring in a good crowd to fill the place out without limiting the ability to get a drink in a reasonable amount of time. This was a good sign not only for the performances ahead but the continuing future of the night.

"There just isn’t anywhere good for local musicians to perform" audio engineer Jades Pain said "It’s time to make our own." And so they have.

With a short but sweet lineup of Dark Matter Noise, Mixed Messages, and Grasp Logic playing live music with DJ Major Tom spinning the spooky tunes in between, few people walked in the door with low expectations. Certainly no one was disappointed. The intimacy of the Mercury’s space allowed everyone in attendance a perfect seat no matter where they stood, and the small bags of candy placed on every table were a subtle but effective ice breaker. Dark Matter Noise started the night off with a bang, letting the early arrivers know that this was not going to be a calm, quiet evening at the goth club. This is the time, and the place, to rock.

As the night went on, Wesley, the lead singer of Mixed Messages, took advantage of the close proximity during his set and pulled people from the audience forward, encouraging them to dance. Finally realizing it would take more than just good music to wake up the crowd, he stole the show by lifting a keyboard above his head and smashing it on the ground, inviting everyone to take part in the destruction. As someone who has always nurtured a gleam of punk rock spirit in my heart, I didn’t let my heels stop me from have a little fun helping the equipment quickly disintegrate into a thousand pieces.

Once the wreckage was cleared away and the stage reset, Grasp Logic taught everyone that appearance isn’t everything and rocked out far harder than two men, a keyboard, and some computers should have any right to. I was only disappointed in the fact that their equipment prevented them from being able to move more, as the few dance steps front-man Garrett pulled out were pretty impressive and would have been far more entertaining in front of the table rather than behind it. But given the physical limitations caused by making his music happen, I was even more impressed by their determination to give their audience a fantastic show as they carried straight through technical difficulties and proved that they have what it takes to help make Black List a night to remember.

The evening wrapped up perfectly with a final setlist from DJ Major Tom which you can find on his facebook page. I am happy to have been able to attend the first Black List show and am looking forward to many more in the future. This is the event the Seattle music scene has been desperately begging for, and it warms my cold heart to see it come to fruition. Just remember - we as the fans have just as much a responsibility to the scene as the bands do. Don’t stay in this Friday night, go support some local music. It will cost less than the sandwich you had for lunch and stay with you far longer.

Black List is fifth Wednesdays at the Mercury @ Machinewerks. The next one will be held May 29th. You can find Mixed Messages, Grasp Logic, and Dark Matter Noise on facebook to learn more info and find out about upcoming shows.

You can also find out more about Mercury at Machinewerks nights go to their facebook for a full list.

A couple of Mercury nights have their own facebook pages. You can follow those pages separately.

Strict Machine

By Mandy McGee

Morrison’s Prophecy’s album is available for free digital download. Go get it!!! Morrison’s Prophecy is a goth electronic band from Seattle.

By Morgue Anne

This year, I made a decision to only give handmade gifts. A week before Christmas, while I was frantically assembling pillows at my sewing machine, I realized this was a ridiculous expectation and expanded my gift criteria to include non-handmade items purchased from independently owned retailers. This is my adventure in buying local.

imageAaron J Shay

Aaron J Shay is a local musician who plays big songs on a tiny instrument, and was kind enough to perform at a show I put together once a month at VERY short notice. Not only did he impress me by being able to put together a 30 minute set with about 4 hours heads up, he included in that set a cover of my favorite Pulp/William Shatner song. I wasn’t the only person impressed, though. A friend of mine came to the show and was so excited about the music he heard that he bought a CD on the spot. The next day, I realized what a perfect Christmas gift more of his music would make. I contacted Aaron through his facebook and explained the situation, and once again I was in awe of Aaron’s grasp on his art - not only did he remember my friend when I described him, he knew which album he had purchased! We arranged a time for me to swing by his house so I could pick up the right CD as well as a collection of short stories he had written. I was able to get a heartfelt gift for a friend, I was able to put cash into someone’s hand so they could purchase something for their own loved ones. I also made a push for Aaron to record his cover of “Common People”. You’re welcome.

You can also find out more about Aaron here

(Above drawing is by Meredith Scheff-King)

imageFuchsia Phoenix Hair Design

Chivahn of Fuchsia Phoenix cut my hair for me a while back and I was genuinely sad when I had to wash it because of how perfectly she had curled my hair. Given that my Mom has the same un-tamable mane that I do, when I saw a post on facebook saying Fuchsia Phoenix was open for a few hours the day before Christmas I jumped on the opportunity to swing by and buy her a gift certificate. The salon itself is in an ActivSpace, but Chivahn has transformed her space into a girlish wonderland with pink-on-pink circus stripes and some truly amazing artwork framed on the walls. Not only does she work wonders on hair, Chivahn can’t keep her creativity calm and creates a wide assortment of jewelry from Ouiji hairpieces to cameos you would never expect. My favorite was a Rainbow Dash rosary necklace with a lightning bolt pendant. Fuchsia Phoenix may outwardly seem like the sparkly princess palace to end all pretty pink parties, but men are welcome and skulls sit comfortably alongside the little ponies, so no matter where you fall on the freaky spectrum you’ll feel at home.

The Salon’s website and Facebook.


Le Noir Bazaar

Tacoma is not a place I travel to frequently. Gas is expensive, and there’s a playful snobbery about Seattlites and our smelly Southern sister. The last minute Christmas shipping panic took hold of me the day before Le Noir Bazaar (Formally A Little Touch of Magick) held their “Victorian Christmas” in-store event. This meant that they were open late enough for me to swing by after work AND they were having some awesome sales. I’d been meaning to visit the shop for well over a year now, so I laced up my winter corset and drove the thirty minutes down to see if the buy two, get one jewelry selection had anything my Aunt would enjoy. Spoiler Alert - it did! The shop itself was smaller than I had expected, but before I even stepped through the door I knew I was in for a treat. Le Noir Bazaar holds a surprising collection of locally crafted jewelry, accessories, and even cosmetics. My Mother loved the hand crafted soap I put in her stocking, and the sale meant I got a hair piece for myself with 0 guilt. After several compliments from gentlemen about how good I smelled, there is no question about me returning to figure out which scent I sampled and buy as much of it as I can afford. The owner was energetic and kind, the shop girls were immaculately dressed and attentive without being annoying. I was genuinely surprised at how much variety I was able to find. Le Noir Bazaar isn’t just a go-to for “Goth Stuff”, they’re an irreplaceable treasure of a store, and will be seeing me in the future.

Visit their Facebook or main website for more info and online catalog. 

(Picture above is Extollere’s own Morgue Anne shopping at Le Noir Bazaar. Photo by Dan McCormack)


Otherworlds is another small shop that packs an impressive punch, although since it is in Edmonds it is a lot closer to my usual haunts. Despite being decked out in all the Steampunk Finery that only true dedication to the style can produce, they are not exclusive to the genre and offer a haven for all things geeky. On my next visit I will spend far more time drooling over their bookshelves for my own selfish reasons, but they are a book store the way Le Noir Bazaar is a clothing store - that is to say, they use it as a starting point then do what they want, and I fucking love them for it. On top of a disgustingly impressive library of books available for purchase (I was sick to my stomach by my inability to truly book nerd out), they also have an awe-inspiring assortment of knick-knacks, still more jewelry, and card and board games. If you find yourself overwhelmed by fantasticalness, fear not! You can purchase soft drinks at the counter and have a seat at the large wooden tables to collect yourself and maybe play a round or two of cards. They have events almost every night of the week, including a monthly Steampunk book club as well as dancing on Mondays and gaming nights on Fridays. This means that as well as a really bad ass pair of leather gloves, my boyfriend also received a whole new set of options for date nights.

To find out more info go to their official website or Facebook.

(Above photo by Bill Hinsee)

Written by Mandy McGee

Winter Parkin (aka Negative Nancy) creates the magic behind Isis and the Ghost. With her dark and haunting vocals and repetitive ghostly beats layered with droning guitar riffs, Winter pulls you into realm inhabited with otherworldly creatures of myth and legend. Isis and the Ghost takes you to a place where dreams and nightmares manifest while heightening your every emotion. I got a chance to sit down with Winter to find out more about who she is and what goes into making her beautiful music.  

Mandy: Where are you from or did you grow up in Seattle?

Winter: I was born in San Louis Obispo California, but my family moved up when I was 3 or 4. I like to consider myself from both places. But I grew up here definitely.

Mandy: How long have you been a musician?

Winter: As long as I can remember to some degree. I used to love singing when I was a little kid, or just tinkering around on whatever instrument came my way. When I learned flute in elementary school, I liked to write out renditions of songs I liked and play them in my room as a form of practice. I started really writing songs when I started high school though when I got a hold of my first guitar.

Mandy: how would you describe your music?

Winter: Its dark, and hypnotizing in its repetitiveness. I have a really hard time putting labels on it in terms of genres because nothing seems to really fit. I hear Gothic a lot, but I don’t really think its entirely appropriate, and am not too fond of the connotations that go along with that any more. Someone once told me my set was monolithic, which I loved. So Maybe I would say upon further thought it is Dark Hypnotic Monolithic non-Goth music. Or something to that effect. Its about ghosts and demons and haunting memories, as well as angels and redeeming oneself. Its really a search for light in human imposed darkness.

Mandy: Does anyone else in your family play music or is creative, and do they support what you do?

Winter: Both of my parents are very creative, as are my siblings. I would have to say specifically that my musical inclinations come from my dad however, who instilled a lot of artistic qualities in me. He is an excellent pianist and writer, and was who really introduced me to a world of poetry. My family is very supportive, whether they are completely understanding of it or not.

Mandy:What is your favourite childhood memory?

Winter: Childhood is a pretty magical time, and I have a lot of good ones. Id have to say at least one that comes to mind right away, is the first time my dad read the Raven to me. My brother and I were spending the summer in Atascadero California with my grandparents where my dad lived at that time. It was the summer before I went into third grade I believe and I remember this day my brother and I had found a lizard and brought it inside and lost it. Anyways, we were being read to before bed, and my dad thought I would like this one. So he read through the poem perfectly, you know, all slow and mysterious. It scared the shit out of my brother, but I remember thinking the rhymes were really pleasant. So the poem is over, and my dad leaves the room. Then a tapping on the window outside….the Raven. Tap tap tap….my brother screamed. Maybe cried. I thought it was hilarious, and incredibly exciting. I had him read me the poem constantly after that, and went on to memorize it for a project that next year in school. I was a weird kid I guess.

Photo by Ron Tipton

Mandy: Do you remember the first record/tape/CD you bought? What was it?

Winter: Spice World-Spice Girls, it was a Cd the first record I bought years later was two at a time Wild Love by Smog, and Desert Shore by Nico.

Mandy: What music do you like to listen to? What bands influence you?

Winter: There is a lot more that I like than that which I don’t like. Id say I draw most of my direct inspiration from the whole No Wave thing. I still get excited every time I hear Michael Gira scream at me to go fuck myself with the money of Jesus while he’s writhing on stage and bleeding in those early videos. Or whatever he says. But I like a lot of things. I love the blues. I love Son House. I also like a lot of psych and shoegaze too…..Basically I like any really emotionally driven or poetic music. Things that make me want to drown in whiskey while sobbing, trash things, kill people, or go to church and be saved. Anything that makes me feel something, inspires me.

Mandy: What equipment do you use and like the best?

Winter: Right now Im using a little Vox amp, and a Samick semi-hollow body guitar which I think is from the early 90s. As far as pedals go I use a boss distortion, a eternity overdrive clone (which was custom made for me, and I love dearly) a digitech jamman stompbox looper, and a digitech digi reverb pedal. I use a combination of a little circuit bent casio, a yamaha keyboard, and a boss drum machine to build my loops. Id have to go look at the models of all of those, I’m not good at shop-talk! I like really washed out sounds, but that get contrasted with heavier tribal beats and distorted guitars. I’d also like to get into sampling.

Mandy: How do you write and record your songs? Is there a method from to start to finish or does everything happen organically?

Winter: Its definitely a combination. Sometimes I start with lyrics, or just a single line. Sometimes it starts with a drum beat. Or it’ll start with a guitar progression. So whatever the first point is, it will normally flesh itself out naturally from there. I write a lot about my dreams as well, so I guess you could say it starts with a dream.

Photo by Peter Thadeus

Mandy: If you could have any super power what would it be?

Winter: Teleporting-I’m lazy.

Mandy: If you could sit down and talk to any fictional character who would it be and why?

Winter: I can think of two, and I am indecisive. Alice from Alice in Wonderland because she’s seen a lot of shit, and if I remember correctly was quite articulate. Or Santiago from The Old Man and the Sea, because I love fishermen tales and I wouldn’t have to keep trying to find an old fisherman’s bar to hear a good story. Those don’t exist….or the doctor, for obvious reasons.

Mandy: If you could tour with any band who would it be?

Winter: Swans, but Swans from the early 80s. Or Silver Mt Zion, less appropriately.

Mandy: Are you involved with any other projects?

Winter: As far as musical projects I’ve been doing keyboard and a little percussion with This Blinding Light. I have a lot of art projects going on at home, paintings, jewelry and crafts.

Mandy: Do you have those on sale anywhere?

Winter: I have some jewelry up on etsy under Northwest Mystic. There is not much up there right now. Its supposed to be a combination of handmade and vintage jewelry and magical tools. As far as paintings go, I’m possessive, I have pictures up on my facebook, and will definitely talk to anyone interested. I haven’t set up a page for selling those yet. Mostly because I’m scared someone will actually take them from me.

Mandy: Do you have any hidden talents?

Winter: Hidden talents…not really any more. I used to be able to lay on my stomach and twist my legs around to touch the floor by my head. I cant do that any more. I do have hyper mobile joints, and have to be super careful with my knees in particular. Not that that’s a talent.

Mandy: What advice can you give others who want to be musicians?

Winter: Just do it. I think a lot of people, especially kids or beginners, are afraid that they aren’t going to succeed. It’s a very evil kind of fear that keeps people from creating, that wants to stop humanity from connecting with the universe. So if you have the inspiration, you should follow it. There’s no rules. And if someone judges you, all the better. Following your creative motivations and ideas is a really important way to discover yourself and the reality happening infinitely around you, and a disservice not to. Keep strong and find what inspires you. Then do it with your entire soul. Never let anyone tell you how you can follow your desires. or rather to full fill your desires.

Mandy: Is there a place people can check you out on the web

Winter: faceboook.com/isisandtheghost, or http://isisandtheghost.tumblr.com/. The facebook will connect to a soundcloud, but sadly it’s not current.

More paintings:

Written by Mandy McGee

Atropines Creations and Oddities is artistry made by Atropine Steele who currently resides in New Jersey. She designs Victorian Gothic jewelry, hair accessories, wearable taxidermy, alters clothing, and other various oddities. Atropine also sometimes sells vintage, hand painted clothes and custom made creations. I am going to get her to make me a necklace with a picture of my brain from my MRI. I will show off the picture once it is made. 

Atropine by Forma Photography

Mandy: How did you name your company?

Atropine: Atropines Creations and oddities is the name I give my artwork. I couldn’t decide between creations or oddities so I used both. I know the name is a little long but it’s unique.

Mandy: Where were you born?

Atropine: I was born in a little town called Mineola, its somewhere on Long Island.

Mandy: What kind of art do you make? Why?

Atropine: I like to make Victorian Gothic jewelry. I usually let my brain take over, it seems to feel complete when creating this type of art. I also enjoy abstract stuff, but more an a canvas as opposed to a necklace. I also enjoy modeling.

Mandy: Have you always been an artist?

Atropine: I’ve been an artist since I was able to hold a marker. I can thank my loving mother for letting me use her supplies as a small child. She was the one that encouraged me.

Mandy: How did you learn your craft?

Atropine: I taught myself how to make jewelry. In fact, that’s how I learned most of the different mediums I like to work with.

Mandy: What has been a seminal experience?

Atropine: My entire past has been a seminal experience. Growing up in the type of household that I did really molded me into the person that I am today. My parents had undergone the worst divorce I had ever heard of, this is back before divorces were popular. I took a turn for a negative direction forcing me into creating art. I can thank this terrible experience for my artworks.

Mandy: What materials do you use in making your art and why?

Atropine: I like to use metal, bones and paint as these are some of my favorite things. I chose theses materials because they are fun and easy to use. Sometimes I go back to my roots and play with acrylics and a big old canvas.

Mandy: What work do you most enjoying doing?

Atropine: My favorite medium is acrylic paint. I just wish I had more time to paint these days. I am a busy girl, I have many names

Mandy: How has your work changed since you started?

Atropine: Since I started making art, my work has changed drastically since I get bored easily. I used to only paint. I guess the mediums have changed more than my actual work. I feel that I am a better artist today than 10 years ago, I have more time and knowledge on my side.

Mandy: What’s your favourite piece that you have done?

Atropine: My favorite piece is the reproduction of Odd Nerdrum’s “the back”. I think thats the name.

Mandy: Do you listen to music when you are creating? What do you like to listen to?

Atropine: I do listen to music, mostly 80s Goth music and some 70s Goth. 70s Goth is similar to disco but it’s so awesome.

Mandy: What do you think is integral to the work of an artist?

Atropine: The most important thing to me is making people happy. If a something of mine finds its way to someone and they love to wear it, it makes me happy.

Mandy: What role does art have in society?

Atropine: Art in society plays many roles as we are influenced by it daily. Just listen to the radio or watch tv, the stars will be wearing the latest creation from the hottest designer. Without art there is nothing really.

Mandy: What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

Atropine: The strongest Memory in my childhood, hmmm. I remember lots, sadly they are always bad things that happened. Never the good things. I remember when I fell and scraped my knees on orange bricks that were decorating my Mother’s garden. I think I was 2.

Mandy: What’s your scariest experience?

Atropine: Scariest experience. I’d have to say it was when I almost fell off the side of a mountain while skiing when I was young. I was too close to the edge of the cliff and I slipped. I somehow managed to not fall off, dodge some trees and almost smash into a boulder. My Father saw the whole thing and was amazed at how I didn’t die.

Mandy: Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

Atropine: A real life situation that inspired me was my parent’s divorce. It really fueled my fire.

Mandy: What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Atropine: I’ve had many embarrassing moments, like walking into tables. I do have to say when I was 7 I was afraid of the tupperware lady and ran head first into the corner of a mirrored wall. Blood was gushing everywhere. My poor Mother.

Mandy: What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Atropine: I have had many jobs, mostly because I get bored. Once I can’t move up anymore I find another job and continue my learning. One of my favorite jobs was being a jewelers apprentice.

Mandy: What is your favourite or most inspirational place?

Atropine: My favorite place is Arizona, mostly Sedona. When I am there I feel at peace. If I can’t get to AZ I’ll take a nice, quiet hike in the woods.

Mandy: What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Atropine: Memorable responses to my work. I’ve had people tell me they love their pieces so much that they would wear them everyday.

Mandy: What is your dream project?

Atropine: My dream project, to create an entire line of products so that name brand stores could carry them. Everyone should own an Atropine’s original piece even if it is mass produced.

Mandy: Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.

Atropine: I don’t wish to be compared to anyone. I am not here for competition, just to make others happy.

Mandy: What artists do you most identify with?

Atropine: My favorite artists of all time are Odd Nerdrum, Dahli, Ralph Steadman, Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Mandy: What superpower would you have and why?

Atropine: Superpower, to heal people. I hate to hear or see people in pain and there is nothing I can do to help. If I could heal, my life would be complete.

Mandy: Professionally, what’s your goal?

Atropine: My goal professionally is to get my products into name brand stores, I want everyone to own one of my artworks.

Mandy: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given and what advice would you give others?

Atropine: Best advice. Be yourself, wouldn’t you rather be a leader than a follower? It seems there are too many sheep and not enough shepards. I would tell others the same thing and let art tell you what to do, its a way to express yourself and release your inner demons.

Thank you for interviewing me!!

-Atropine Steele

Places you can check out Atropines Creations and Oddities





She wrote this on her facebook page and I really like it. 

"I have to give my mother the credit, she taught me to be myself.
At a young age I was given markers to play with, I would doodle endlessly.
Most kids were playing and making friends, I was hiding in my room, drawing, alone.
I was never like any of the other kids at school, they would call me names.
I was told I was too crafty by another student, like it was a bad thing.
I was a loner.
I would always find comfort in art, it was my safe place.”

Written by Mandy McGee

I met Myrrh in 2010 and our friendship has slowly blossomed via the internet since. He lives in Portland and I recently booked him to play at a variety show I help produce here in Seattle. He rocked it! I really hope to see him play up here in Seattle more often. Right before he came up to visit I got him to answer a few questions for me.

self portrait

Mandy: For our readers pleasure who is Myrrh Larsen in a nutshell?
Myrrh: It’s funny, I used to think that being a performer meant putting on a character, but I’ve come to realize that for my favourite artists, that character is really them: the undiluted, pure, top-shelf stuff of what makes them individuals. I try and take the most real parts of me - not just the stuff I’m most proud of, but also what I’m scarred by or afraid of - the things that affect the choices that shape my life, and express them through music and collaboration like plugging a guitar into an amp: not exaggerated, but enriched, amplified.

Mandy: How would you describe your sound?
Myrrh: We call it “post-grunge glam rock” - the controlled dissonance of grunge and the character-driven melody of, say, Bowie or Slade, by way of more contemporary rhythms and song structures. Like, for example, I play electric guitar in the band, but one of my big influences is Massive Attack and the whole trip-hop movement. Since a lot of my songs are about laying bare deep emotion, we try and build something really musically multi-layered and take the listener through the journey of deconstructing that, stripping it down to what counts.

Mandy: How long have you been playing music?
Myrrh: I actually started on electric guitar on a dare, at the tail end of high school. But before that I was classically trained; before the school band program got defunded I played ‘cello and my first “band” was a string quartet I put together as a teenager. I played ‘cello in rock bands and some electronic acts for a couple of years while I was still searching for my voice on guitar and as a writer. I got signed to produce my first solo record about 7 years ago and since then I’ve been assembling my own band: we just finished self-recording & putting together our first record as a group.

Photo by Libby Bulloff

Mandy: Do you prefer being on an indie label rather than a major label?
Myrrh: I won’t lie: I don’t want to be a starving artist forever. I’m interested in bringing my music to a broader audience, and major labels have the business connections and the experience to make that happen a lot more efficiently. At the same time, I’m really fortunate to be working with Save as Records, they’re really letting us develop our sound without artistic compromise. I wouldn’t give that up, and I hope the success I create as an indie artist will give whatever companies I work with in the future the confidence to let me control my own artistic direction.

Mandy: What equipment do you use?
Myrrh: I play a Pete Townshend signature Schecter telecaster with a modified wiring harness based on the work of master luthier Tom Anderson: it gives me 12 different on-the-fly options as far as how the pickups are combined. I don’t tend to use many effects, outside of the occasional looper, and with the band I play through a pre-CBS Fender Super Reverb amp. I swear I’m not a vintage gear snob; I’m just lucky.

Mandy: What musicians inspire you?
Myrrh: Trent Reznor, David Bowie and Neil Young, for steadily reinventing themselves as artists while always remaining true to themselves. Guitarist and Dischord Records producer J. Robbins (Jawbox), for profound beauty in dissonance. David Sylvian, poetry and vulnerability. Groups like Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group for demonstrating that a group of extraordinary people with a common creative goal can produce something far greater than even the sum of its parts.

Photo by Ken Barton.

Mandy: Have you always wanted to be a musician?
Myrrh: As a kid, I wanted to be a rocket scientist. Not like the way you say that, but, like, I was seriously obsessed with space travel, and I was an ace in all the math and physics classes, the whole deal. Along the way, though, I guess I got kinda hooked on how as a performer you can see your work making a change in peoples lives: that moment of recognition or catharsis comes over someone’s face and it’s so quiet and beautiful and unknowably complex, it’s like looking at the Earth from space.

Mandy: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? (Cliche question-HA)
Myrrh: The band and I are building our first real multimedia show right now - music, projections, we’ve got a butoh dancer we’re working with and we’re going to be adding other bits of movement and theatrical elements to make a really unprecedented narrative rock show. I’ve got ambitious plans for taking this kind of music-driven multimedia concert on the road: in 5 years I want to be touring the world with my own kind of show.

Mandy: Do you play or hope to play out of portland more?
Myrrh: Hell yes! This will be my first time in forever playing Seattle proper, and I’m hoping to make it back up soon, and maybe bring the band next time.

Photo by Mandy McGee

Mandy: What else do you enjoy doing when you are not playing music?
Myrrh: On top of my own group, I run an underground nightclub and fringe arts school here in Portland, I’m the director of the local chapter of Dr. Sketchy’s burlesque drink-and-draw, and the host of a monthly variety show focused on creative works-in-progress. So when I’m not producing or facilitating art, I enjoy reading books, goth/industrial club dancing, taking long walks by myself, and drinking a lot of coffee.

Mandy: What advice can you give to other aspiring musicians (or artists in general)?
Myrrh: Ask yourself the questions you don’t know how to answer. Better yet: find someone else to ask you the hard questions: what does that line of lyrics mean to you? Why does this song have an intro? Don’t be lazy or let yourself fall into routines or habits: if it isn’t meaningful now, you can always bring it back another time, when it will be. Be open to change on every level. Terrify yourself. Find things to jump into and learn to swim on the way out. Practice hard and play even harder. Most of all, enjoy the trip.

Mandy: Where can our readers find out more about you?
Myrrh: A good place to start is probably my website at www.myrrhmusic.com but the best way to keep up with me is probably to follow me on Twitter (@myrrhlarsen) and Facebook (facebook.com/myrrhlarsen).

Photo by Zachary Van Buuren