VanFlower interview July 2000
QRD – I know you’ve gotten mixed reviews of This Womb Like Liquid Honey, what one have you most liked & least liked?
Tara – I think my favorite review is the one William Faith did of it because he really went into detail & it was just flattering that he would like it. I haven’t really heard that many people give bad reviews of it. I think the worst was the one in Alternative Press where they really kind of ripped me & that one kind of made me mad. They said that it was just some stupid goth cd or whatever. I haven’t seen many bad reviews & they’re not really relevant anyway.
QRD – I know a lot of the words on the record pre-date your work with Lycia, how long were you actually working on the record?
Tara – Well, I just basically took two songs from my previous band & I just wanted to redo them because I liked them. So they were recorded back in 1991, but I wouldn’t say I started working on the cd until after the Cold tour.
QRD – How different do you think the record would’ve been if you’d never been in Lycia?
Tara – It probably would’ve never happened. I probably would’ve given up on things a long time ago & been a hairdresser or something stupid.
QRD – What’s your favorite kind of cake?
Tara – German chocolate, it’s got everything I need.
QRD – What are your plans for a second record & how do you think it will be different & when do you think you’ll be finished with it?
Tara – I’m hoping to start in the fall, but who knows when I’ll really start working on it. I think it’s going to be more raw & less electronic. Well, not less electronic as much as less programmed. Once I get started on it, I don’t imagine it will take that long to do. So hopefully next spring or summer.
QRD – Are you interested on having other artists work with you on the next record?
Tara – Probably not, just because of the difficulties of doing things via mail. So if anybody it’ll probably just be Mike.
QRD – What’s your favorite kind of monster & what kind do you most identify with?
Tara – As cheesy as it sounds, probably a vampire because they just seem the most human to me. They’re human, but then they have all the extrasensory perceptions & things that I think it would be cool to have. & they dress good.
QRD – What’s your favorite piece of equipment?
Tara – My voice, that’s the only thing I can completely control.
QRD – Are there any instruments that you would like to play & or have on your next record?
Tara – Yeah, I think I might fiddle around with the guitar a little bit. I don’t have the patience to learn to play an instrument, but playing with them I can get what I want just from screwing around.
QRD – How much touring do you want to do versus how much do you think you’ll actually do?
Tara – Well, if I was riding around in a bus & had people taking care of everything, I probably wouldn’t mind doing that like twice a year or something. But realistically I probably won’t ever tour because of financial aspects & the age factor & not wanting to be away from things at home for long lengths of time. So I’ll probably stick to one off shows here & there. Anyway it seems like you accomplish more by playing a few bigger shows than you get from playing a string of tiny little towns where maybe thirty people show up.
QRD – Who would you like to hear your music that you don’t think really has?
Tara – I think Bjork. I think she’d get something out of it maybe. I was gonna give a copy to Edward Ka-Spel, but I got scared that I’d look like a fool so I didn’t.
QRD – What would you most & least like people to do when listening to your music?
Tara – The least thing I would like them to do would be something really evil. Like a mass murderer getting really into my music would make me unhappy. The happiest thing would be like petting puppies or something.
QRD – What would you like to here more people doing with their own music?
Tara – Instead of adhering to all stereotypical clichés to a set formula, to realize that there doesn’t have to be a set formula. Like verse-chorus-verse-chorus, just do whatever & quit worrying if people are gonna like it & just do it.
QRD – What’s your favorite state?
Tara – Probably Arizona because I like the Tempe area so much. But really every state I’ve ever been to has had things about it that would draw me there. I could live pretty much anywhere & be happy.
QRD – What records have been influential to you as a musician & what ones just personally?
Tara – As far as the musical inspiration
I don’t know. Since I don’t know how to really play any musical instruments
& I just fiddle around, if I were to try to do something like somebody
else I wouldn’t know how anyway. So I can’t copy something in that
way. But as far as stuff that I just like that makes me happy, I
would have to say all the Lycia stuff & I learned a lot from the Lycia
stuff & watching Mike work. & of course Swans. &
the Cure because they were my first favorite band.