Kera and The Lesbians, a group from Southern California, are known for referring to their sound as “bipolar folk”. The band released their three-track EP Year 23 on January 28th, which carries vibes of garage, R&B, soul, and (of course) their bipolar folk. AMBY recently spoke with Kera and The Lesbians’ frontwoman Kera Armendariz to discuss their name, California weather and sunshine, and their unique music. Read the interview here:
AMBY: Hello Kera and the Lesbians, what’s the band been up to lately?
Kera and the Lesbians: We just finished our residency at The Echo this past month, and could not have asked for a better month! One of our members (Phil) lives in SD, so when we can, we practice once a week gearing up for our upcoming shows/tour! We try not to take our music as seriously and find that it makes the whole creative process much more enjoyable and fulfilling.
AMBY: How would you describe each member of Kera and the Lesbians in one word?
Kera and the Lesbians: Unique.
AMBY: What’s the significance behind your latest EP’s title Year 23?
Kera and the Lesbians: Album names are difficult and Mikey was the genius behind this one. It had a nice ring to it, so we just went with it.
AMBY: Our favourite single from the EP, Year Past 23, is a great tune! What’s the story behind it?
Kera and the Lesbians: I wrote ‘Year Past 23’ as a way to help me get over my stubbornness, and also encourage. It was a reminder for me to check myself and realize I am in my twenties and I don’t know everything. It’s a vulnerable and exciting place to be when you don’t know what is in store for you. It taught me to trust, to dream, and know it will all work out.
AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?
Kera and the Lesbians: Um… tough one.
AMBY: Does being a California-based group have an influence on your sound? If so, how?
Kera and the Lesbians: You can’t get any better weather in California and we love the sunshine, the ladies, and the beaches. We are also lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing artists that inspire our music. LA’s music scene is killing it right now!
AMBY: Where did the name Kera and the Lesbians come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?
Kera and the Lesbians: Luke Davidson our old drummer said the name on a whim and I loved how it sounded. I am obviously a lesbian, but in my experiences I have found gender/ sexuality to be fluid. I love the irony in the name because men play in my band, but I also just wanted to challenge the word “Lesbian.” You wouldn’t believe how many places wouldn’t book us or refused to take us seriously just because of it. People can have such a hesitation when they hear the name and I wanted to know why it made people so uncomfortable.
AMBY: You are allowed to say one sentence, which will reach the whole world. What would you say?
Kera and the Lesbians: “Success goes from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm”- Winston Churchill
AMBY: Who would your dream jam session be with?
Kera and the Lesbians: My main man Devendra Banhart.
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Kera and the Lesbians that nobody knows yet?
Kera and the Lesbians: I don’t like ruining surprises. See you Soon!
Thank you Kera and The Lesbians, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout