I love my band Corita. We have been a band for over two years now and been playing shows out for over a year. I was recently asked about how I mitigated the stress that comes with New York living and I brought up Corita as an example. There are few things better than having a time every week to get together with 3 of your closest friends and work on a collective, creative project. Since we all have our own careers there’s no pressure on the band to “make it,” in the traditional sense of getting signed, man. For us “making it” as a band means writing good songs, challenging ourselves as musicians, and making sure that when we play out, we play well and look good. To that end, we always coordinate our outfits.
Half the Band in a Super Punk Glam Portrait
You can see another photo like this here with our good friend Phil Pierce from the band Crawl Babies (who are one of our favorite bands to play with).
Black dreses, colored tights, black shoes
Sometimes we get even more girly with our get up.
Summery Pastels (in low light)
Professional, yet punk
And sometimes just punk! (thanks to wunderfemme)
Dots, stripes, and old glory
I want to apologize to Nick, our drummer, who is also very stylish, but stuck behind the drums, and so not often photographed. You might say that I’m being a superficial feminist rocker by talking about fashion, but listen, rock and fashion have always been closely related and dressing up for a performance is part of our way of saying “thanks for listening, we care that you are here.”
It’s been ages since I have updated this blog and I am sorry. Corita is playing a show tomorrow (Thursday, July 8) at Fontana’s on the Lower East Side, making it almost a year exactly since we played there last! Some really nice person caught our tweest song “The problem with alcohol (is)” on video at our last show during the NYC Popfest. Check it out!
I am sure my 18-year-old-self would be jealous of me right now not because I’m about to hammer in the nail on the coffin of my twenties, but because my post-punk band of my dreams Corita is playing a free show on Saturday afternoon, May 22nd as part of the NYCPopfest. As a teenager I loved indie pop as much as I loved punk and post-punk and wished I was part of a cute, cardigan sweater wearing community. We might leave the cardigans at home on Saturday, but we’ll for sure coordinate our outfits and wear the spiffy shoes Corita is becoming known for (I hope we are also becoming known for our good songwriting, but we’ll see). We play at 3 p.m. at Spike Hill in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Saturday May 22nd and its FREE. We’re profiled on the NYCPopfest blog here.
The nice guys in Cobretti put some good pictures on their blog, including some of Mt. Olympus, who totally f’in shred and are the nicest guys to play with. The let us use all of their equipment, which led me to making an awkward analogy how their band was our band’s boyfriend… uh, whatever, but awesome show!
Note that Mike of Mt.Olympus is riffing in the crowd (Aileen is looking on) and Dickie’s hair is totally out of this world. He is my guitar hero.
Corita got one of our first reviews ever from the wonderful Eve (whose Tumblr blog is called wunderfemme, truly a kindred spirit) after our show on Monday at Death by Audio. Check it out here. Eve also took this nice picture!
As most of you may know, I’m in a wonderful post-punk, indie rock band called Corita with my friends Nick, Marisha and Aileen. We finally have a Myspace page to show for our efforts with three songs, a video and some photos. So please visit us here: www.myspace.com/coritanyc and while I know Myspace is a bit passe, please do add us as a friend so that you can keep up with us, hear more songs as we record them and come to a show when we finally do play out!
For the past few months I have been playing guitar and singing in a new new band called Corita (for the artist and former nun Corita Kent) with my new and old friends Nick (drums), Marisha (guitar and vocals), and Aileen (bass and vocals). I am so excited to share the video of our song “False Maria” with you all. Marisha filmed this and her husband James recorded us for her school project, so exciting! More from us soon, but for now, enjoy!