Five Questions With Whatzername

The Ontario-based trio, Whatzername features Ashlee Standish (lead vocals/ electric guitar/ keyboard), Clairisa Rose (vocals/ bass), and Jess Gold (drums). The three released their first single in May 2019, “Something” featuring Niagara rock sensation, Serena Pryne on backing vocals. Now, they have unveiled their second single, “Vulture” along with a music video for the release.

“Vulture is about “the ongoing battle of giving too much of oneself to others that take advantage, and the idea that we all have someone on our side looking out for us, perhaps someone who is jaded and has seen it all, like a vulture”, according to singer/guitarist Ashlee Standish.

The video was filmed in a retro-themed house that features the ladies jamming in cool, artistically decorated rooms. Ashlee narrates the song from her seat at the piano,
juxtaposed by the rest of the band performing in the bedroom, and also features Danno O’Shea (of My Son The Hurricane), who recorded lead guitar on the track.

Check out the video below and find out more about Whatzername via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hi friends! We’re Whatzername. 3 female musicians from Niagara, all wild green day fans hence their band name. Whatzername features Ashlee Standish on lead vocals/electric guitar and keys, Rhythm section Clairisa Rose (bass) and Jess Gold (drums) create the tight-knit trio of feminine goodness.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Whatzername’s music is a reflection of their love of grunge/punk, Lo-Fi with a mix of Ashlee’s melancholy keys. Melodies usually start on the piano and transition to guitar, add some distortion and crank the fuzz bass. As a relatively new band, we are still evolving and having fun finding our sound.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

We are playing February 21st at Moose & Goose in Thorold. Live we are sassy, fun and expressive with our shows. We love engaging our audience.
come check us out and find out for yourself!

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I would listen to “Something” to get the real snapshot of our sound, followed up by our new music video “Vulture” for good measure.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Rush, Bif Naked, Dear Rouge, Dirty nil, Pup, The Beaches, July Talk, My son the hurricane, Alexisonfire, Half moon run and Anti-Queens are some kick ass Canadian artists we enjoy.

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