John Wayne’s Bitches is a female fronted (3/4 female to be exact) punk rock band from Norman, OK. The band’s debut EP, Bitched Out, is available via Amazon and BandCamp.
This interview was conducted via email with lead guitarist Kate Khoas, July 4-7, 2014.
For more information on the band check out their Facebook, Twitter, ReverbNation, MySpace, and BandCamp pages.
Dave: How did the band get together?
Katie Khaos: Cathy Carter and I were in love with The Germs. We both wanted to start a band, and we just decided to do it. We recruited Summer Graham to play bass and Jaysie Sherrod to play drums. Summer and Jaysie had never played bass or drums before, and Cathy had never been in a band. We practiced twice a week in Jaysie's spare bedroom and it eventually came together.
Dave: What’s the story behind the name John Wayne’s Bitches?
Katie: We used to hang out at Buzz's Subs, and there was a plaque on the wall with the names of all of John Wayne's movies. We were trying to pick a name off the list, but we couldn't agree on which one. I got frustrated and said that we should just be John Wayne's Bitches. It stuck.
Dave: For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music?
Katie: Motorhead + Bikini Kill = John Wayne's Bitches
Dave: Last December you released your debut EP Bitched Out. What’s the story behind the record?
Katie: Modern Peasant Records wanted to put out a 7" with us, so we picked out four songs and recorded them at Bell Labs with Trent Bell. We'd been playing as a band for almost five years and had never released anything, so we were really grateful for that opportunity.
Dave: Do you have plans to tour in support of the new record? What are some of your favorite places to play?
Katie: We've been on the road a lot this summer. We love playing at The Opolis and The Hilo locally, and Wits End and Crown & Harp in Dallas have been great to work with. More than anything, we LOVE doing house shows. There's nothing better than 50 sweaty people dancing in your friend's living room or basement. That's how real community is built.
Dave: Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?
Katie: There's not any one way we write songs. Sometimes I write them, sometimes Naomi does, sometimes we all work together. Just depends on the day and the song. We vote on everything before we add it to the set, so everyone has a chance to say what they really think of it. We're pretty egalitarian.
Dave: What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?
Katie: It's definitely thriving! We've got bands like Other Lives opening for Radiohead, Samantha Crain is touring internationally, big things are happening here. The only thing I could ask for is more all-ages venues and more collaboration between genres. I love going to shows with different musical styles on the same bill.
Dave: This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television programs, books/authors?
Katie: I'll go with albums.
1. "Worlds Apart" by The Subhumans
2. "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" by David Bowie
3. "Nebraska" by Bruce Springsteen
4. "Pussy Whipped" by Bikini Kill
5. "Total Exposure" by Poison Girls
Dave: What’s next for the band?
Katie: We plan on writing and recording a new full length this winter, and we'll probably book a real tour after that.
Dave: Any final thoughts?
Katie: We came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum... And we're all out of bubblegum...