Welcome to the BRD Original Series - 10 Ladies - 10 Questions!
Hey everyone! Do you like music? Of course you do! Perhaps you remember our last series entitled "10 Punks, 10 Questions." It was a great time and highlighted many of the great punk rock musicians in our province. The only problem was, much like the parties I hosted as a 20 year old, it was a total bro fest. Not that there's anything wrong with that but anyone who's been out to a show in Alberta can confirm that is only a small sliver of what this great scene has to offer. This new series will focus on 10 rad ladies in the Alberta music scene and I hope you find your new favourite artist over the next 2 weeks! So once again, I implore you to hop into your coziest of PJ pants, grab a Radler, and prepare to be entertained!
It's Wednesday and we're Canadian so we at least got that going for us today! Let's meander down the Queen Liz and meet a rad gal out of Calgary! We're talking about HARSH and more specifically - Rebecca Siferd. HARSH is a super diverse band that contains this cool lady on vocals, Cam (a cool dude who supports this zine - thanks, Cam!) on bass, and Megan and Rob (who identify as Non-Binary) on drums and guitar, respectively. They don't mind rockin' the boat of our societal norms so look the heck out, world! The band is pretty good too! Enjoy Rebecca's interview below!
BRUTAL REALITY DIGEST: Identify yourself, your band, and your weapon of choice.
REBECCA SIFERD: Hello! My name is Rebecca! I play the microphone in HARSH the band. My weapon of choice would be, obviously, would be a wood chipper and good gloves.
BRD: What is your favourite part about the city you live in?
RS: The food! There are so many local restaurants that are to die for! I also love the wildlife and feeding all the ducks (fuck geese though. They’re mean).
BRD: What’s the least favourite part about the city you live in?
RS: Hate’s a strong word. There’s a lot that sucks about Calgary. I think the construction is the worst.
BRD: What is a movie quote you find yourself quoting the most?
RS: A quote that applies most to my life and gets used often is from the cinematic masterpiece that is Pineapple Express. “Lingerers”
BRD: What was the first song you learned how to play?
RS: As a band, Excuse Me by the Coathangers .
For me though, the first song I learned was in Jr. high with my best friend and we created a performance to one of history’s most influential songs, Tik Tok by Ke$ha
BRD: If you could perform a duet with any musician in history, who would you choose?
RS: I would do a TV special, PBS style, with the Carpenters. Singing with Karen Carpenter would be a dream come true.
BRD: What was the funnest show you ever played? (Good English, Josh)
RS: It was the first East Town Get Down in Calgary. HARSH was playing at midnight + We had spent the day volunteering for the festival and had a bit of heatstroke + a bunch of free/cheap beer = the worst played show but the funnest ever. Class of 93 played after us and I’ve never laughed so much in my life.
BRD: What was your most embarrassing moment on stage?
RS: I belched into the microphone. It was gross.
BRD: What is one cover song that you absolutely refuse to play?
RS: Rude by MAGIC! I hate that song with the power of a thousand suns!
BRD: What are you most excited for as we finish off 2020?
RS: For 2020 to be over. I’m holding out for 2021.