By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Carried on the strength of standout singles like “One Shot,” “II” and “Starlight,” Albuquerque, N.M.-based rock quartet Prism Bitch recently put out their debut independent full-length studio album ‘Perla,’ produced by Toshi Kasai (Foo Fighters, The Melvins) and recorded at Sound Of Sirens Studio in Los Angeles.
A cohesive mesh of sounds from the members’ influences – which range from pop punk and hair metal to blues – are prevalent on the 11-track release.
Prism Bitch are bassist/vocalist Lauren Poole, keyboardist/guitarist/vocalist Lilah Rose, guitarist Chris Walsh and drummer/vocalist Teresa Cruces.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with the band about ‘Perla’ and more.
Music Bugle – How did you guys decide the band name?
Lauren Poole – We wanted to take “bitch” back and hold that word with pride. So often, that word is used in a derogatory manner and we wanted to use it in power. The word “prism” is evocative of colors, rainbows and vivid imagery. We love the combination of those two sentiments and honor all walks of life within our band name.
Music Bugle – What was it like putting together your debut album ‘Perla’?
Chris Walsh – It was fun and great. We spent a week recording ‘Perla’ in Los Angeles with our friend and producer, Toshi Kasai. Most of the songs on the album were written in the year leading up to the studio recording, but some were songs we had written years ago. Lucky for us, they all fit together nice on this full-length. Then, we toured all the material, ready to release it and then, the pandemic hit… and we had to wait to release it.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Teresa Cruces – That we aren’t tethered to any one genre. We like to have fun and explore all types of music and expressions. It’s like our minds became one mind. It’s always a joy to play live together.
Music Bugle – What are some challenges you find in being a quartet?
Lauren Poole – None, really. Sitting at a table made for three.
Music Bugle – What made you want to put out “One Shot” as a single?
Lilah Rose – It’s a strong single on this album, about being brave and facing your fears. We liked the heroic vibe of the song and had been wanting to put out a Western-inspired music video, so the two aligned nicely.
Music Bugle – Which of your new songs was the hardest to write?
Lauren Poole – None of the songs were necessarily harder, but “Wasting Time” was somewhat harder because we hashed it out in the studio with Toshi’s perspective.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Lilah Rose – We all love so many musicians and groups. A few are our friends, Blood Lemon from Boise, Idaho, Liraz, Love As Laughter, old mixed CD’s and lots of 80’s and pop punk.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Chris Walsh – It depends how you use it. It’s a very heavy double-edged sword. The slippery-est of slopes. It’s changed the way musicians have to promote and it can be worse for mental health to have to spend so much time on the internet, but it’s helped a lot of bands for releasing music during the pandemic, trying to stay connected with people while being isolated.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Teresa Cruces – It’s helped us be more grateful for past experiences, since we had to cancel all of our touring plans – as all bands did too. We miss seeing people in person and interacting face-to-face.
Music Bugle – What’s something that you wish happened more in today’s music industry?
Lauren Poole – We wish radio stations were more inclusive and diverse, as well as more focused on smaller bands instead of mainstream music. There used to be more chances for the little guy. We wish streaming revenue was more profitable for bands as well.
*Photo Credit – Johnny Gomez*