Subject: The Shondes (from NY)Hi Bob,So sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you with the answers to your'questionnaire' - we have been madly preparing for our national tour and arenow on the road. We answered these collectively... Temim, The Shondes
When will you be here? With who?Sunday, July 30The ShondesDark Side of the Cop@ The Alibi744 9th St, Arcata
Who are you?Why, we're The Shondes, of course! We're a queer/trans rock quartet mixingclassical, feminist punk, and jewish music with radical politics to make youWhere are from?BrooklynWhat do you do?We make passionate and radical political music about our world and our lives inorder to struggle, create change, and to be a force of exuberance that can helpsustain our communities.Why do you do what you do?We are four individuals who come from really different musical/politicalbackgrounds but have all found ourselves in a similar moment where wedesperately need the joy that comes from writing and playing together, and feelan incredible passion for social justice struggles. Bringing all that togetheris the project of the Shondes and in that way it meets all of our needs at areally deep, visceral level.What are you working on?So many things! We probably spend equal time conceptualizing new songs, writingand practicing, as well as working all day and all night on booking andpromoting a nation-wide tour and finding creative ways to make ourselvesaccessible to and connecting with people in different artistic and activistcommunities.What’s next?Hopefully after this tour we will be in a position to record and release analbum. We have more than enough material and are incredibly excited about it!Besides that, we will certainly continue to organize events that are inspiring,politically challenging and fun. For example, this fall we are planning twobenefit events - one for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and one for Jews Againstthe Occupation.How do politics, both personal and global, affect what you do?We make music about what we feel passionate about, whether that's about issueslike the Israeli occupation of Palestine or our own experiences of misogyny.The sound of our music reflects our passion for our politics and our lives-it's both intricate and raw, with intense dynamics of tension and release. Wemake music that is integral and moving to our lives with the intention ofproviding that experience for others, and that's political- getting or stayingin touch with the feelings that come up around all the personal and politicalstruggles we go through.Your name, The Shondes, is a Yiddish word, which in and of itself says something about who you are, but it's also a word indicating rejection. Do you (can you) simultaneously embrace your heritage and embrace your rejection while rebelling against it?It is deeply powerful to us to take a word that embodies this exactcontradiction for us and to use it with love, humor and conviction in our workand our music. We talk about being Shondes because of the complicatedrelationships we have to the places we come from and also because of ourcommitment to putting out our politics and our passion into the world, evenwhen that's not always the most popular or easiest thing to do.