For a brief period of time, Emily Armstrong thought that her mother was the musical mastermind behind Fleetwood Mac. Is this amusing and endearing? Yes, but more so, it gives us a glimpse into where her creativity and talent were born.
“Music just moves me. It has always been a passion. My mom used to sing Fleetwood Mac songs to me. She is so incredibly talented, to the point I thought she was Stevie Nicks when I was little. I picked up a guitar when I was 11, and she taught me everything. She is amazing, and is definitely an inspiration.”
At age 16, Emily and Siouxsie’s paths crossed, and they clicked. The lineup has shuffled a few times over the years.
“As far as how the current lineup came together,” Emily explains. “Sean was an old friend and talented drummer, a natural choice. Siouxsie’s boyfriend, Chris, is our bassist. It was all very effortless. We got together, someone came up with a melody, and I started singing. One thing lead to another and we had a song. This became our creative process. We record our sessions, and usually dissect a song from them. We all gel well together, feeding off each others talent.”
Speaking of collaborations, I was curious to find out who Emily would like to work with if offered the chance.
“I have never said this to anyone, but I would love to work with Eminem. I think he is incredibly talented, and that has always been an aspiration of mine.”
Emily has musical preferences across the board. The last three artist she downloaded include Cheap Trick, Simon and Garfunkel, and Dangermouse and Jemini. Her dream gig?
“Led Zeppelin at the height of their career. You can listen to the live tracks- which I do, but I think to be there and witness… one of my favorite, one of the biggest rock and roll groups in the world…now that would be something.”
We ask every artist if you could give your past self a bit of advice, what would it be? Emily had a simple and wise answer, demonstrating that with all the success sure to be headed her way, she is armed and ready to tackle anything.
“Don’t take life too seriously, it always gets better.”
Dead Sara is currently gearing up for what is sure to be a busy fall. With an album release date of October 11, 2011 ( trust us, this is an album that is a must buy) and a handful of L.A. Shows, it was recently announced they would be opening for Bush on West Coast dates.
“This is our first real tour. It is definitely jumping to the big leagues. It is almost surreal to us. We are feeling so fortunate, and just excited to get out there. I mean, it’s Bush, you know?” Indeed.
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Fall Tour Dates:
9/4 Slidebar Fullerton, CA
9/8 Viper Room West Hollywood, CA
9/13 Bobcock Theatre Billings, MT*
9/14 Knitting Factory Boise, ID*
9/15 Neptune Seattle, WA*
9/16 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA*
9/18 Roseland Portland, OR*
9/20 Great Merican Music Hall San Francisco, CA*
*Bush Tour Dates