Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Krista Acheson (Krista D., Molly Grue, & Hooha And The Peter Guns).
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your current projects:
ACHESON: The music project I’m currently working on is an EP for Molly Grue, which is an alternative rock studio side project that I’m doing alongside my punky ska project ‘Krista D’. After I wrap up the Molly Grue EP, I’m also going to be releasing a harder rock EP under the name Hooha and the Peter Guns. It’s all pretty self governed though, there’s no actual band on any of the projects. I’m just a singer songwriter who hires session musicians.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
ACHESON: I mainly write about my own experiences or about the stories that people share with me. Sonically, I’m kind of a musical collage; there’s no one in particular I’m influenced by. I think not having a specific list of influences is mainly why my songwriting catalogue is so eclectic and why I felt it might be better to break up my material into 3 different projects.
METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
ACHESON: My latest single release is O Dymphna!, with the Molly project, but I would think your readers would have a better chance of being interested in the harder rock project. I put two unmastered samples up to give an idea of what that project will sound like. You can sample for free HERE and HERE. As to why readers should check it out- they might find it interesting to compare the 3 projects:
- Krista D: https://theoriginalkristad.bandcamp.com/
- Molly Grue: http://www.mollygrue.com
- Hooha and the Peter Guns: http://www.hatpg.com/
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
ACHESON: I mainly plan to perform in conjunction with my gallery show openings, so they could expect to see a lot of my weird art. But, if people attend one of my Krista D shows they could expect to see me singing with store mannequins, which I hang instruments on, because it’s been such a pain to find live musicians. I got *really* fed up one show so I dragged mannequins to a venue and sang karaoke style. Easiest sound check I’ve ever had and people seemed to find it amusing, so now it’s kind of my thing.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see yourself heading in 5 years?
ACHESON: That’s hard to predict. I’ve only been truly back at music for about a year, and my focus is still largely on my visual arts career. Initially, the intention was to just record all my unreleased material, alongside a few remastered tracks from an old release, put out 3 EPs and then be kind of done with recording music. Then I randomly ended up with over 719,000 streams on Pandora internet radio on the single ‘Land Mine’ (Krista D) so I was like- well, if I end up garnering enough support I may dedicate myself more to it. But who knows. It’s like gambling, really. I can’t imagine what I could expect in 5 years any more than I could have predicted that many streams on Land Mine.