We Talked To Needlecraft’s Hana MT For Our First Interview Ever
We sat down with Needlecraft drummer/founder Hana MT about her move to Oakland, her new band, Hunk Out, and some other cool stuff. The conversation took place via Facebook as Hana was getting ready for and then on her way to work. I edited it a little to make the whole thing read smoother but here goes, the very first Weird Missoula interview:
Weird Missoula: So, how’s the move to Oakland been?
Hana MT: Haha. Ah…I don’t know, it’s been good. Pretty darn good. Very different.
WM: In what way? Just the size?
HMT: Yah, size I guess. There’s just so much going on all the time and it’s pretty sunny out regularly. I skateboard now, haha. And play the saxophone. Big changes.
WM: Oh really? You’re into jazz now? It almost sounds like you’re describing yourself as Bart Simpson.
HMT: Ha! I want to be. Right now I’m just trying to figure it out and play with a as many different people as possible.
WM: Well it sounds like you’re doing pretty well out there.
HMT: Yah, I don’t know. It’s been pretty challenging too. Especially coming from like such a close security blanket of a town as Missoula. But I have made a few good friends so far, that make every day so great. I’m very grateful to be here.
WM: I know you started Born Yesterday before you left Missoula but you’re playing Total Fest this year. You keeping that band going in Oakland or is it more of a bedroom kinda thing?
HMT: Ya, Born Yesterday changes alot. I have been exploring some different kinds of projects this year and just being expressive. It’s mostly the same though: guitar and drums. Right now I’m trying to work with some friends on doing something more orchestrated for Total Fest. Like, Born Yesterday rules because it’s like therapy, I can do whatever I am feeling and really get something out of it. The last show I played was a Valentine’s Day show at a silly rock and roll show [sic] and so me and my drummer Yacob just wore scary masks and I played no wave guitar underneath a cardboard tombstone with his percussion and screamed for 15 minutes. I think I actually ended up filing all of the strings off my guitar with a rasp by the end of it. Yac and I date too so it was a very special V Day performance.
WM: So who is in Born Yesterday right now? You’re still working on a lineup for the festival…
HMT: Been playing with Yacob on drums since December and my friends Val (from Night Nurses/Pink Pile) and Jessica (from Pink Pile) are gonna help fill us out on electronics and bass.
WM: Oh! So this won’t be a straight garage band kinda thing?
HMT: No. I have def been straying from that kind of thing. I’ve been listening to a lot of no wave music, especially Mars.
WM: They’re great.
HMT: Still writing pop songs though, just a little bit atonal. Still very into girl groups and harmonies and stuff.
WM: So this latest Needlecraft tour is more than just a farewell to the band? Kind of a farewell to the whole garage rock deal in general?
HMT: NO. NEEDLECRAFT IS HELLA DIFFERENT. Needlecraft is more of a 60’s pop group. We are about having harmonies. And being sassy and empowered. And having really great hair. And being in charge and confident. And being yourself. Ya dig?
WM: Are you excited to be back in town for your release show next week? The songs I’ve heard sound great. Probably some of my favorite recorded work Needlecraft’s done since that split with Oll Breds forever ago.
HMT: Ah…I’m anxious. I don’t know. Ha. I feel like it could be a very overwhelming time but I’m looking forward to seeing some of my favorite people.
WM: There seems to be a lot of hype here in town surrounding this show.
HMT: Really??? Like what? I hoped it would be shrouded in mystery but be powerful like thunder.
WM: Well a lot of people here still really love Needlecraft.
HMT: Aw, I really love Needlecraft.
WM: And like I said earlier, the songs I’ve heard are some of the best recorded versions of Needlecraft I’ve heard to date.
HMT: Yeah dude, I’m so into them too! I think it shows variety!
WM: Variety you say?
HMT: Yes, variety. It’s very hot and cold with a little bit of heart in there. I learned a new drum beat. We get very dramatic.
WM: How’d you get hooked up with Minor Bird (Records, who are releasing Needlecraft’s new album, Hunk Out)? Is that more of Mikki (Lunda, singer in Needlecraft)’s doing?
HMT: No. Marty (Hill, who runs Minor Bird Records) and us all have been pals til death. He booked us our first show when were just babies! He has been a Needlecraft supporter since basically day one.
WM: It’s a shame he’ll never read this interview. He’s almost more of a Luddite than Mikki.
HMT: Ha! We shall see about that.
WM: I’ll make sure he gets to borrow someone’s iPhone for twenty minutes or something. So the new record is called Hunk Out?
HMT: Yeah dude. Hunk out! You know we wrote that song after hanging out with you and Colin (Johnson, of Skin Flowers and Shahs) one time because y’all were wearing tank tops or something.
HMT: Yeah, and then you both just had to prove who was the buffest or something. Ya hunked out.
WM: He’s more buff than me.
HMT: Right now show us.
WM: Well Colin isn’t here but I’m almost certain he can do more pushups than I can.
HMT: Ok, Dr. Science whatever.
WM: I am watching Star Trek 3 right now.
HMT: And I am on a bus in Berkeley right now.
WM: Sounds fairly comparable.
And that’s where we had to leave it. Hana had to work door for some show at a place filled with teenagers. She made a point to mention that Green Day had donated the PA. Thanks, Green Day!
Needlecraft celebrate the release of their latest LP, Hunk Out, at Stage 112 on Friday, June 26th along with Mass FM, Boys, J.Sherri, and Cool Death. It’s 18+, costs $5 and starts pretty promptly at 10pm.