The first time we came across you (pardon our ignorance) was at a Nick Cave show in London and you released you EP ‘It’s All Self Fellatio’ via his label, how much has Nick Cave been an influence on you?
He’s a huge influence on my work and how I approach songs and has been since I was a teenager. Western music was banned from my household when I was growing up so my sister and I would sneak CD’s from the library into books about Henry Kissinger, Turtles or the Vietnam War. It’s how I discovered The Velvet Underground. On one such occasion I took home a Leonard Cohen Tribute album, I found the whole thing to be dreadfully boring till I got to Tower of Song. It felt so dirty, intense and alive which I believe is the essence of great teenage music, so of course I had to find out who covered that song. It was Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, from then on I felt like I joined a secret cult; man did I piss off a lot of Hardcore/ Pop Punk boys in college, constantly playing his stuff. I remember some dude I dated for about a week, lost his shit on me cause he couldn’t put up with my weirdness and my morbid music. AH! Freshmen year in the era of Smash Mouth. Weezer, and Third Wave Ska. I’m proud I got out of that with good taste.
I bet! At the Nick Cave show you treated us to one our favourite ever quotes: “Hello everybody, I’m here to massage your pants until you get raped by Nick Cave” – Got any more of these gems before we continue?
My mother once told me my words could start a massacre, in Bengali of course. It’s a very dramatic language spoken by very dramatic people. Mix that with being born and raised in New Jersey and you get an Indian girl with a foul mouth and a Jersey accent.
What’s the most memorable moment of the tour? I have this romanticized image of you wandering the streets of Amsterdam with Nick Cave and Warren Ellis…
It was all amazing, it was my first time in the UK and Europe. To have been around such great people, the band, the crew, what a great family! Nick has done so much for me and has had so much faith in me as a musician its pretty unbelievable and kinda scary. They were all incredible teachers. I will always look back on those times as a turning point for me as an artist.
I like your video for ‘Nocturnal Emissions’ – You used a Kickstarter to fund it, did anybody ever come round for Indian food?