Meg Larkin of Spitting Roses – “Found a crowd who wouldn’t judge me for being a degenerate”.

Spitting Roses is a Sacramento, California based band, spawned from The Phlegmings (90’s Riot Grrl Band) and Rosey Palms. Meg Larkin plays keyboards and does many other wonderful things.

How did you first get in to music? Who or what turned you onto punk rock?

I was a super pretentious art-rock teenager. I didn’t get heavy into punk until my 20’s. I started ending up at a lot of punk shows and eventually felt like I’d found a crowd who wouldn’t judge me for being a degenerate.

What got you started playing music and how old were you?

I started playing synthesizer at 21 because I wanted to be in a band. I’m not exactly a “musician’s musician.”

Have you always been creative?

I think I’ve been able to con people into thinking I’m creative by having a distinctive look.

How did Spitting Roses come about?

All I know is that the band really hit their stride when I rolled up and blasted them in the face with my amazing musical talent.

What makes a good Spitting Roses song?

Anna yelling a bunch. Lots of yelling.

What was the first music you bought, and what have you bought more than once in different format? What is your most prized music collectible?

The first tape I bought was Ace of Base’s “The Sign” in probably 95, and have owned multiple formats of the album. I’ve bought Tragic Kingdom by No Doubt a few times. I literally wore out that tape. As far as my most prized music collectible goes, I’m very fond of my Nigel Tufnel doll, despite Spinal Tap being a fictional band.

Top 5 albums or songs released in the last 12 months and all time?

All time albums?

They Might Be Giants—John Henry

Hot Chip—Coming on Strong

Talking Heads—More Songs About Buildings and Food

The Stranglers—The Raven

Depeche Mode—Speak and Spell

Do you still buy cd’s and records or mostly use streaming sites? Which sites do you use?

I use YouTube Music primarily. I’ll buy physical media directly from touring bands, but that’s about it.

What does 2019 hold for Spitting Roses?

We’ve been lucky to get put on some great shows with no real effort on our part, so ideally we’ll do more of that. Book us—you probably know one of us!

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