ode boutique

November 2017

Artist Interview

AM Radio

November 9, 2017


                                            AM Radio (Left to right: Mia, Meg, and Audrey)

Can we get an A? AUDREY! Can we get an M? MIA! And that's how the story of AM Radio begins. The two met "via boys and a bar" and discovered they shared musical interests and inclinations, and they formed a duo, performing around Burlington. Along came Meg and her standup bass, and the glorious trio was born. Fortunately, there was no need to change their name because Meg's initials fit right in (their unofficial band stipulation: your name must start with "A" or "M"). You may remember Mia from the Dire Honeys, who played Ode several times. We're so excited to have her back, along with Audrey and Meg, bringing to us all the way from Burlington some North Country Soul. They'll be performing at Ode this Friday, November 10th, from 6-8pm. A perfect cold night for some red wine and some strong, sweet music.

Describe each other in three words: 
Audrey:
Meg—Kind, Enthusiastic, Inspiring
Mia—Strong, Creative, Sassy

Mia: 
Meg—the cool cat of the crew, multi-talented, confident
Audrey—the sweetheart, optimistic, nurturing

Megan:
Mia—Fierce, confident, capable
Audrey—Wise, graceful, supportive 


                                                          (Top: Audrey and Mia. Below: Meg)
     
                                                                                                                                                    

What is your most memorable moment from AM Radio so far?
Audrey: There are moments when our harmonies are so blended that it feels like everything else in the world stops and I am truly present. We played our first house show recently and I was so taken back by the suspended silence when we finished playing. That was incredibly memorable. 

Mia: We performed a very intimate show for family and friends of a women battling cancer- we played acoustic and at first it was a struggle to capture the room- but by our last song we had moved right up next to the audience, and the room fell silent. It was a very emotional event and our last song seemed to cradle the room. It felt like our voices were a blanket laid upon them, or the arms they needed to be held by. I sang the entire song with my eyes closed and when we finished, a beautiful sadness hung in the air and many of the people wept.  It was a validation for making music, to know that just by singing we provided a place for those people to let go and just feel. That's what art is for after all isn't it, to let us feel?

Megan: I loved when we were playing the song "San Francisco" (a beautiful tune with bowed bass that Mia wrote), and there was a lighting storm outside. The windows were flashing and there was a crash of thunder right as the song swelled. 

Fall sounds like:
Audrey: The whistling of a crisp breeze through the dying leaves. 
Megan: Crispiness and crunchiness

What's your stage-wear?
Audrey: Stage-wear depends on the gig, though almost always incorporates denim, floral prints, cowgirl boots, and occasionally some suede. 
Mia: Always something involving cowboy boots.
Megan: Cowgirl chic

Favorite Halloween candy:
Audrey: Mini- Twix bars.
Mia: Kit kat bar/ tootsie rolls
Megan: Almond Joy or candy corn. 



First snowfall, where will you be?
Audrey: I hope to be in my bed nesting with a warm cup of something (tea or a hot toddy preferably), watching the first snow fall.
Mia: Hopefully snuggled up with my animals and a hot toddy. But realistically, I will probably be outside harvesting root vegetables.
Megan: Snuggled up in my room with my cat

The word you most like sung?
Audrey: I couldn't possibly pick one word over all others as a favorite. Though words that resonate for me are; home, see, stay.
Mia: I really like it when people sing long words, with multiple syllables that end in "ally" Traditionally, hypothetically, professionally, confidentially, etc... I don't really know why. I am just always very impressed.  
But for me, I love singing the word "Darling" or "Why" both of which you can spin a real nice twang into. It must be the wannabe southerner in me.  
Megan: "waiting" 

Describe North Country Soul. Who are the forefathers/mothers?
Audrey: ​I'm honestly not familiar with the history of "North Country Soul", though in my own words, I would say it feels like music that is inspired by the landscape. Mountains and wild streams. Fresh cut hay, cold nights, and clear skies. Inspired by love and heartache and identifying what home means.

Mia: Well, it's a genre I sort of just invented, at least by name. Often when we think of country music we think of the South, but here we are, three very Northern women doing our version of country/blues, and I wanted a way to describe it. The music we make can be damp like our forests and mountains, and melancholy like our winters and endless days of grey. It can be heavy like the snow that covers us for months at a time. It can be light like the undying faith in spring, and it can be hot and sticky like the absolute stubbornness of a humid day in summer. The stories that come out of the North are different, as our the people writing them. While the South has football and line dancing and belt buckles and unbeatable hospitality. We've got liberalism and seasonal affective disorder and maple syrup and wood-stoves. Our environment influences our songs; it influences our souls.

Megan: Well.. I'm new here! Honestly I know more about the soul of the West than the North Country, but would love to learn more!

What song do you listen to while jumping into a pile of leaves?
Audrey: "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by the composer Edvard Grieg.
Mia: Jitterbug- by Wham
Megan: Something bright and earthy like Sigur Ros "Go Do" or an explosive song with a bunch of strings and horns.