Feminine Odor is a new band that writes songs about what really matters. Not love and friendship but diarrhea and raw dawging. We caught up with them after they released “Get a Whiff of This” EP to talk about music and shit.
How did Feminine Odor get started?
Bitch Mitchell: A while back, Grody fell off his bike and hit his head. He went to the hospital under heavy sedation, and his last dying wish was to start a band that sucked. He didn’t die so he had to start a dumb band.
What inspired you to name a band Feminine Odor and write songs about diarrhea, tea bagging, and raw dogging?
Bitch: We named the band Feminine Odor mainly because it was the only name we could come up with. We’re not very creative people so we finally came up with one band name and that was it.
Grody Foster: We’re really inspired by the bible and we try to emulate its message through our music.
Chubby Holly: We like to write about things that affect everybody. You know, the supermajority of songs are about love. But does love really affect everybody? I don’t know. I, for one, have never loved a soul in my life. But diarrhea? That’s something I can understand. That’s something that, no matter who you are, has an undeniable effect on your life. Heck, some of my best ideas have come during the euphoric aftermath of a particularly stressful session on the pooper. I guess the song we have that’s the closest to being about love is “Raw Dawg”. “Raw Dawg” is written from the perspective of this guy who keeps accidentally pissing off his girlfriend. Then he’s got this idea that he’s gonna make it up to her by doing it raw dawg. It’s well-intentioned, but it’s kind of like a guy buying power tools for his wife for Christmas. So more than sappy love crap, it’s about trying and failing to understand the fairer sex, which is an experience that’s probably way more common. Now that I think about it, though, I’m guessing “Teabagged in the Mausoleum” isn’t so relevant to anyone’s real life experiences. We did our best.
Even though you just released your first EP, do you have any plans on a second album?
Bitch: The EP was a long and arduous process. Writing and recording the album took us almost a week. It’s normal for us to give up after a few minutes on anything, so I guess it says something about this project that we were able to focus for a whole week. We mostly like finishing so we have a reason to party and get drunk later. We’re already started on some new material, though. And some videos for songs off our EP.
Grody: Yeah, the next album will be done two weeks after we start it: the first one took one week, the second will take two. The third will take 3 years.
Is there a certain sound you guys are going for?
Bitch: Personally, I am extremely inspired by the work of Paul McCartney. Not with The Beatles, though, but with Wings. I think Paul’s writing in the Beatles was childish and unsophisticated, almost as if he was only trying to write songs to make money. In Wings he expresses himself in a manner that I and, as I’m sure, millions of other people can relate to. As far as our sound goes, we’re mostly trying to sound like a hot pile of fuzzy garbage that you found underneath a dirty stash of laundry from 6th grade. That about sums it up.
Chubby: I think of our sound as the kind of music you would hear if you were in a little submersible vessel, and you were studying hydrothermal vents and the bottom of the ocean floor, but it’s real dark and lonely down there, so you put some music over the loudspeaker. The loudspeaker’s really shitty so you cant really hear the lyrics or anything. It’s mostly fuzz and static. But you’re just drinking a beer and hanging out and studying those hydrothermal vents.
Grody: I am going for the soggy sound of a freshly soiled diaper.
What do you think of the Rochester music scene?
Grody: I think it looks really nice.
Chubby & Bitch (ensemble): We love the Rochester music scene. With the exception of Feminine Odor, Rochester musicians are creative and talented. It’s a damn shame that Rochester’s not quite on the music map nowadays. There are a bunch of local bands that deserve wider attention. Not sure what the issue is. So while Rochester may not have embraced us with open arms YET, we support it fully.