Artist Profile: Millie Lovelock
Astro Children & Trick Mammoth
You’ve had quite a few adventures in Montreal. What are your favorites so far?
Well I snuck into a secret Mac Demarco show with my roommate and a stamp I had forged on my wrist with pink highlighter, after having just survived an hour in line during a snow storm. Another time I went ice skating on top of a mountain, and just last night I tried karaoke for the first time, but I’m not going to try that again.
What does it feel like not to have played music for so long?
I’ve got quite a bit of tension to work off; this is the longest I have gone without playing a show since high school.
You are also a writer, having completed two novels now. Can you tell us about your favorite books and authors?
My favourite book in all the world is The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway; I’ve borrowed dialogue from that book for songs. It’s a beautiful book. Recently I’ve been sporadically reading some D.H. Lawrence short stories and a bit of poetry by a Canadian poet named Dorothy Livesay. I like reading books that sort of shout at me.
What do you miss most about Dunedin?
Adrian Ng is what I miss the most about Dunedin? I miss the weather, the music and all my friends, and also my cat.
I knew it! So what’s the campus at McGill like in comparison to Otago?
McGill campus is in downtown Montreal, and it looks like a castle hiding in the middle of all the big buildings. People hang around on the lawns smoking weed now the snow has melted, so I would say in that respect it is pretty similar to Otago. In general though students seem to set fewer couches on fire, and I haven’t seen as many jandals.
What’s next for Astro Children?
Well, the first thing will be a “we’re back!” show before the tension gets too much and we both spontaneously combust, then I guess we’ll spend some time on our second album, which I’m really hoping is going to sound a lot like One Direction.
That sounds great! Finally, you stopped by Amoeba Records in San Francisco; what was in your bag?
Diiv - Oshin
Savages - Silence Yourself
Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Higher than the Stars
Morrissey - Vauxhall and I