Tonight sees the Irish debut from Bachelorette, the US based New Zealander who has just released her third album. Playing upstairs at Whelan’s with support from Trophy Boyfriend, her live show consists of a ‘band’ of 3 old CRT monitors, borrowed from acquaintances or picked up from recycling stations and thrift stores in each town. Here she tells us all about herself….
Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Annabel Alpers, from the act Bachelorette. I grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the 80s, before it was earthquake-ravaged and unrecognisable.
Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?
I think The Gordons were probably the best band to come out of Christchurch.
What’s it really like touring?
It’s exhausting but fun. It’s like another world – a false reality. I always come crashing down afterwards. It’s a weird job…
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
It just depends on the show – whether the audience is vibing with the music. I have a lot of towns I think of fondly because the shows went well. I’m not sure that I have a favourite. It always feels good to find people in new places who know and like the music.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
It might actually be the festival I played on Sunday in Utrecht. I played before Gang Gang Dance and Panda Bear, which was exciting for me because I’d never seen his solo stuff live. It was amazing. I saw Neu headline another festival I played in the Netherlands and that was definitely a magical experience too.
Tell us a tour story…
I can’t think of any! All the days blur into each other. I don’t even really process what happens on tour until way after it’s finished.
What has been your biggest achievement of the last year?
I guess finishing the last Bachelorette album. It came out in May this year. It can be hard going – seeing an album through when I do it all on my own – so I’m always happy when it’s done.
What do you do to relax?
Yoga and tea. I need it to stay sane. I have to get Thai massages sometimes when I’m on tour.
What are you reading?
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. It’s heavy!
How about TV, anything good on the box?
I don’t have a TV but I like Parks and Recreation, an American show that I watch online, and I always love watching documentaries on BBC when I’m in the UK on tour.
What’s the last thing you bought online?
A book, or some music equipment. That’s what I’m usually buying online.
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
Maybe Panda Bear and Pete Kember, after seeing their show on Sunday.
Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?
I accidentally knocked over a glass of Jagermeister which spilled onto my laptop keyboard while I was playing my last song at a show in Brooklyn. The computer shorted out or something, so the sounds wouldn’t stop playing. It was a weird and extremely costly way to end a show.
What website do you visit most?
What was the last great gig you went to?
Panda Bear, on Sunday night.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Me jamming wiith myself, sampling and looping. Electronic, psychedelic pop sounds.