A Bend in the Term Band; A Q&A with QuinnElizabeth

(As presented by The FlipSide Press http://www.flipsidepress.org, and Volume One -http://volumeone.org)

A Bend in the Term Band
A Q&A with QuinnElizabeth
By Kristoffer Martin

Arriving at the Acoustic Café in downtown Eau Claire for QuinnElizabeth’s temporary farewell performance, the atmosphere was somewhat droll. The empty seats leant the place to be somewhat of a cliché coffee shop. However, as it got closer to eight pm, people started to file in, some came in cars others wandering in off the streets. The brief introduction by one of their close friends Shane that was met with chatter, gave way to a silent audience when QuinnElizabeth came on stage. With astounding music bridging genres, ranging from alternative rock, to jazz and folk, they captivated the audience with original songs and superior vocals.
Elizabeth the main singer and starter of the band plays the guitar, Jerissa the note worthy and fun loving back up singer, performs superbly well with her range of percussion instruments and wind instruments. Finally, Jerrika, the lovely back up on the right meshes the styling of the band with excellent rhythmic presence and a great sense of random humor. After a great performance that lead to hoots and hollers from the packed house, I was able to ask the three sisters about their band, life, and ambitions.

Me: Why did you choose the name QuinnElizabeth?
Liz: It came from when I was performing solo…it used to be separated but when Jerissa and Jerrika joined we combined it. We used to call my mother Quinn and one day she said to me ‘it’d be kind of cool if you could be Quinn Elizabeth, like Queen Elizabeth’ and it stuck.

Me: How does it feel to be recognized by so many people as one of the best bands in a city known for its local bands and music?
Jerrika: Really I like the place to be packed before we get there, like today, but even if it wasn’t I think we’d still play just as we do now. It’s kind of a Wow thing to see so many people show up and to realize that they like us.

Liz: When people say we’re the best I feel sincerely touched, sometimes its hard to believe people are so interested [in us].

Me: What are your hopes for the band?
Liz: I have high hopes…though right now it’s to book in more well known venues, other than Eau Claire.

Me: What inspired the song “Daddy” which so many people love?
Jerrika: Well it’s kind of personal, its about friends of ours who wanted their dad back in their lives after their parents had separated.

Me: As a full time student do you wish you could spend more time with the band?
Jerissa: Yes…though school is important, its about doing what I’m interested in, as an English Major studying is important.

Me: Jerrika, why do you plan to move to Colorado while your sisters go to school here?
Jerrika: Well my sisters are going to be full time students, well are full time students, and I’d just be waiting around [for them], so I thought I’d go to some place I’d enjoy, where I can explore.

Me: Growing up with eight siblings, was music a large part of your life?
Jerissa: Yes, absolutely, it was almost a constant…we’d always listen to oldies and go for car trips or pajama trips at night, which had the rules of you had to have your pajamas on and, well obviously, it had to be night.

Me: Many of your songs seem to have a very spiritual essence, how many of your songs come from personal experience?

Liz: They’re mostly from personal experience, or related experiences from our friends.

QuinnElizabeth will be back this June 21st and will be performing at the Mable Tainter Theater in Menominee.

Liz will be performing again soon at the Acoustic as a solo performance.

A Bend in the Term Band; A Q&A with QuinnElizabeth


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This is the article that I wrote for the Flipside press about QuinnElizabeth.

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