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3×3: Sara Rachele on Sleeping in Boots, Burning CDs, and Hopping Fences

Aug 4, 2016

3x3: Sara Rachele on Sleeping in Boots, Burning CDs, and Hopping Fences

Artist: Sara Rachele + The Skintights
Hometown: Los Angeles/New York/Atlanta
Latest Album: Motel Fire
Rejected Band Names: SARA RACHELE & THE TOOTS or SARA RACHELE & THE BIG MISTAKES. (Sometimes we tell radio to call me ‘SMELLY RAKELLY’ to get the pronunciation of my surname correct on air.)

Which decade do you think of as the "golden age" of music? 
1950-1969. Live records, X-ACTO knives, protest songs.

If you could have a superpower, what would you choose?
INVISIBILITY. (Snoop, creep alert.)

If you were in a high school marching band, which instrument would you want to play? 
I went to a private school and all the band guys were my buds, but I was a STRICTLY chorus, awkward cummerbund kind of person. I’ve never really taken direction super well …


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What's your go-to road food? 
FRITOS. Just kidding. We are vegan, so we pack a snack cooler. But we ALWAYS have coconut oil. I put it in/on everything — my coffee, my toast, my lunch, my hair, rug burns … so that always comes in our cooler, for sure.

Who was the best teacher you ever had — and why? 
MELISSA FERRICK. I like to blame her for pushing me into this crazy career — she took me on tour and said I better “get to burning CDs.” I took that a little literally. She is a fiercely honest writer, and just the epitome of cool. Once saw her wear those fuzzy airport socks to class, right off a solo tour, and now every time I do it, I think, “Whatever. M pulls it off."

What's your favorite TV show?
I just discovered I have a “visual processing disorder” so I’m the WORST to sit still in a TV show, but I like zombies. And my buddy is on The Walking Dead, so I like to watch for him when it’s on at bars and things. Oh, we watch a lot of videos of Peter Singer, the philosopher, on YouTube. You should, too.


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Boots or sneakers? 
Vegan leather boots. I caught Gyasi asleep in his boots once, and now I realize he does it all the time. We’re kind of practicing for death. FYI … "Please bury me next to my baby. Bury me with my vegan leather jacket, jeans, and motorcycle boots.”

Which brothers do you prefer — Avett, Wood, Landreth, or Osborne? 
Scissor Sisters

Canada or Mexico? 
Mexico — I’m totally hopping the fence, if I get a chance.

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3x3: Sara Rachele on Sleeping in Boots, Burning CDs, and Hopping Fences