Australian artist Washington releases her debut album I Believe You Liar on Friday November 4th, with a live show at Whelan’s in Dublin the night before. She tells State all about hereself….
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Megan Crocodile Washington and I am from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, via Australia and the Internet.
Who are your favourite artists from your hometown?
Ah! Such luck. Tim Finn, Paul Kelly, Split Enz. Crowded House, Nick Cave, Sia, Silverchair, Seagull, The Panics.
What’s it really like touring?
The biggest misconception about touring is that it’s even remotely glamorous, or that it’s ‘travel’, the way that most people go on holiday. It’s pretty gross. For example, I’ve spent the last three weeks driving across America in a bus with five smelly boys. We drive through these incredible cities and countrysides but we really only ever get to stop for petrol, to play a show, or to sleep. So I’m very familiar with truckstop cuisine. My latest lesson is: don’t get the fish if you can’t see the ocean. It’s a rookie’s error.
What’s your favourite city/town/venue to play?
We recently played the Warfield in San Francisco, which was incredible because it’s such a historically significant venue. I always love to play in New York, anywhere they’ll let me, and in Melbourne there’s a beautiful old theatre called The Forum, which looks like the set of a A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I love it there. There’s a gnome that guards the entrance to backstage who speaks in rhyme.
What’s your ideal festival line-up?
Elvis Costello, Fleetwood Mac, Rufus Wainwright, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, a stand-up set from David O’Doherty, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings.
What do you do to relax?
Generally, I sleep as much as possible. I also knit, which is really rhythmic and soothing, and listen to Phillip Glass, which is also rhythmic and soothing. Most of the time.
What are you reading?
I’m currently about a third into Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Murikami. It’s taking me ages to get through it because I’ve lost my reading glasses somewhere and I have to read it in sprints.
How about TV, anything good on the box?
I haven’t owned a television in about 6 years, but that doesn’t stop me from watching entire TV series in one sitting. At the moment it’s Boardwalk Empire. That show is so good. I’m so glad someone cast Steve Buscemi as a fallible hero. Also, the US office.
What’s the last thing you bought online?
If you’d asked me this at any other moment I would have had a very responsible answer, but the last thing I bought online was a bear hat. It’s like a beanie, but made of fur, with bear ears on it. That’s the gospel truth.
Who would you most like to collaborate with if you got the chance?
Damon Albarn. Or Rufus Wainwright. Or Laurie Andersen. Or Nick Cave. Or whoever is in charge of Cirque du Soleil. Or Yayoi Kusama.
What’s the worst cover your band has ever performed?
Oh my god. Once at a show, someone called out for us to play ‘Jolene’ by Dolly Parton (I don’t know why)… and for some reason I was filled with this false confidence that we could just break into it spontaneously, so we gave it a shot. It turns out that only 2 people on stage knew the song and I didn’t know the bridge. It wasn’t even a train wreck, it was beyond that. Now I know what rehearsals are for.
Have you ever trashed your equipment? When and why?
Not really. We’re not that sort of band. I’ve never even crowd-surfed… (and yes, I do feel as though I’m missing out)… I’ve dropped my keyboard from time to time but never on stage and always because I’ve tripped over a wire or something.
What website do you visit most?
At the moment I’m obsessed with this website called Svpply.com. It’s really hard to explain what it is, but it’s like a list-maker/moodboard creator thing. Also Facebook, right? And the Sartorialist. I only found out about that website a few months ago. And failblog. And YouTube.
What is your favourite…
album of the last year?
Beach House – Teen Dream
Rufus Wainwright – All Days Are Nights
‘Zebulon’, from the aforementioned Rufus album.
Lost classic song?
‘Vacation’ – Connie Francis
I have to say mine, right? Don’t I?
Any ‘Salad Fingers’ video by David Firth. Or ‘Drinking Out of Cups’ by Dan Deacon.
A new artist that you are most excited about?
There’s a band from Melbourne called Big Scary that are just starting to break out. I think they’re fantastic. They have this song called ‘Mixtape’ that I’ve had on repeat.
What was the last great gig you went to?
I saw Elvis Costello in Australia a few months ago. It was flawless.
What should we expect from your Irish shows?
Lots of Jameson? I’ve never been to Ireland before. What should I expect from my Irish shows? 🙂