After seven years, five albums and concerts in 49 of the 50 states as well as
Europe, the Los Angeles-based Red Aunts have decided to get out while the
getting is good.
"Oh god, I kinda think it's been long enough. It's time to get out before we get
bad," said Terri Dahl, the group's singer/guitarist. "There's so many bands out
there that have been together too long and they end up just doing bad records.
And we never have."
The four-piece, all-female group that is known for its short, blistering punk songs
(two of its albums feature 14 songs in less than 25 minutes) and over-the-top,
feedback-infused live shows is set to disband after a final U.S. tour in July.
The Red Aunts may be over, but they are far from out. Dahl and guitarist Kerri
Davis are planning future musical projects. Dahl recently completed recording
tracks with her new band, the Screws, with Dirtbombs guitarist Mick Collins
(who also produced the Aunts' most recent album, 1997's Ghetto
Blaster). The Screws are set to tour Europe in October with a soon-to-be-
released LP on the In The Red label.
Meanwhile, Davis said she is interested in forming a new band with Red Aunts
drummer Lesley Noelle. "The day we get back from the tour we want to start
rocking again," she said.
The Red Aunts began to fall apart when Dahl's gourmet catering company
started to take up more of her time, the singer/businesswoman said. When
bassist Debi Martini announced that she was moving to New York, the band
decided that it was time to call it quits.
"There's nothing grosser in my opinion than old, like 40-year-old women still
doing this same old gross band. Like, fucking give it up. Leave it for the young
kids," Dahl said.
Citing Ghetto Blaster as its best record, the band explained that the LP
was quintessential Red Aunts, full of catchy hooks delivered at a fevered pitch.
Crying"(RealAudio excerpt), blasts the listener with two minutes of
noisy, feedback-drenched catharsis.
With Collins producing, the band finally got the sound it was looking for. "We
really, really like it," Davis said. "We feel like we finally made the record that we
always wanted to make."
While Collins said that on a personal level he is losing one of his favorite bands,
he said he understood the decision. "You reach a point in a band where you
know you can't go any farther and I think they realized if they went any farther
they might lose something," he said.
Or, as Davis put it, "I've got one last screaming and yelling month left in me and
then that's it."
Red Aunts Tour Dates:
July 9; Anchorage, Alaska, Chilikoot Charlies
July 10; Anchorage, Alaska, Gig's Music Theatre
July 11; Seattle, Wash., Off Ramp
July 14; San Diego, Calif., Casbah
July 15; Las Vegas, Nev., Wetstop
July 17; Denver, Colo., Bluebird Theatre
July 18; Albuquerque, N.M., Launch Pad
July 22; Dallas, Texas, Curtain Room
July 23; Austin, Texas, Emo's
July 25; New Orleans, La., Jimmy's Club
July 26; Atlanta, Ga., The Point
July 28; Charlotte, N.C., Tremont Music Hall
July 29; Washington, D.C., Black Cat
July 30; Baltimore, Md., Fletcher's
July 31; Philadelphia, Pa., Upstairs' At Nicks
Aug. 2; Hoboken, N.J., Maxwell's
Aug. 3; New York, N.Y., Under Acme
Aug. 5; Columbus, Ohio, Bernie's
Aug. 7; Chicago, Ill., Empty Bottle