A Q&A With RobinAugust on Her new Album Avocado Head

Tell me your story.

I was born and raised in Nashville,Tennessee. My dad is a professional recording engineer who built a home recording studio in our backyard. I grew up surrounded by musicians and songwriters. As a kid I was invested in theater and dance. Then I started songwriting when I was about 11 years old when I got a ukulele. When I was twelve years old I saw Joan Jett play live at ascend amphitheater. Seeing her perform inspired me to play guitar.

Tell me more about your band.

I started Queens of Noise with Zoë, Kira and Gwen, three girls who I went to preschool with. It started when I passed Kira a note saying “can you learn how to play bass?” We found our drummer Lola through Girls Up Loud, a songwriting program for teenage girls in Nashville. Our all girls rock band was inspired by Joan Jett and The Runaways.

What were your biggest accomplishments with the band?

First off, forming an all girl rock band at 12 years old. We also played a handful of big venues and hosted our own music festival three years in a row. Noisefest was my favorite show to play, even though we’d played bigger shows than that. I loved hosting our own festival and seeing everyone that I know. As we got older the band had to separate as we go off to college. [They still keep in touch and hang out in the summer]. I currently go to Berklee in Boston, Massachusetts where I major in songwriting.

Tell me about your solo career.

I established myself as an artist during the pandemic. When I was spending a lot of time alone. I’d been listening to a lot of Alanis Morissette and Liz Phair after going through a really horrible break up. I started writing a lot, like a lot, all these songs were just flowing through me. I would say my solo project is really inspired by chick rock, break up songs of the 90s. I started recording my first song “didn’t even cry” at the beginning of 2020, which was really the seed of the entire album. My dad who is producing the album has influenced the album so much. He helped me settle on a sound for the whole album.

How would you describe this album?

It’s definitely a rock album, that’s focussed around the guitar. It’s also inspired by psychedelic  bands from the 60s/70s like Pink Floyd. Every chorus is really big and melodic. I would say all the songs on this album are dynamic. One of the songs on the album features Steve Bowman from the counting crows on drums. Another one of the songs features Fleming and John. Overall the tone of the album of the album is sad.

Anything else to add?

I hope this album reaches the people who need to hear it. Especially teenage girls who are going going through a break up or something that makes them feel unworthy. I also want to bring rock back into the limelight, especially with a woman as the front man.

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