Last month, Seattle band Who Is She was set to perform a multi-night residency during Kraken hockey games at Climate Pledge Arena. It was a huge opportunity for the supergroup comprised of members of Chastity Belt, Tacocat, and Lisa Prank. Before the shows began, I chatted with the band to discuss what they had in store for the Kraken fans. It was a fun conversation, punctuated with airhorns and thoughtful dialogue about their favorite jock jams (you can listen to the whole thing on the Sound & Vision podcast). But just before the piece aired, the band reached out to let us know that they'd been fired from their gig.
Soon after, the band tweeted a clip from their performance in which they covered Le Tigre's "My My Metro Card." This version – reworked as "My My Orca Card," an homage to Seattle's public transit system – included a pointed line at Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, whom also named Climate Pledge Arena. The band sang, "Oh no Jeffrey Bezos/He's such a total jerk/Shutdown all the bookstores/Billionaires do not work." The performance and firing drew widespread attention, from music outlets like Stereogum and NME to the British tabloid Daily Mail.
Now the band is sharing a recorded version of "My My Orca Card," the first single from their new album coming out later this year. Listen to the song below.
Alongside premiering the song, I had to get the band on the phone again to talk about what exactly happened. The band showed true sportsmanship, reflecting on lessons learned, and all the attention drawn by the big moment in the rink. Listen to the interview below, complete with copious airhorns.
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