An Interview with Lysanne Lombard of Which Witch is Which

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Forward By Andrew Earle

When a local legend (Monoxides , Iron Giant ) PJ Dunphy switches from Bass to Guitar and teamed up with a few talented relative newcomers (Well, Dan Cadera played Bass in The Dead Fucks 20 years ago) I was intrigued. I was not let down in the least. I have played a couple shows opening for them and went out of my way to see them on more than one occasion. There is something “authentic” and down to earth about them that you just cannot fake. My favorite current local band, I even bought both colors of their album. Wanna learn more about Which Witch is Which? Check out their Bandcamp here. After that, here goes another interview. (P.S. Idiot AKA Andrew Earle).

Andrew Daly:
Lysanne, thank you for taking the time to speak with us. It’s been weird year, hasn’t it? What has the band been doing to pass the time?

Lysanne:
During the first couple months we did nothing to be honest. I think, like a big part of the world, we were just in that, “What the fuck is going on” type thing. Fortunately, things loosend up here quite a bit, being a smaller populated city. We’ve played a few shows around the province and had a live stream at maniac mansion, thanks to the guys in Hard Charger.

Andrew:
What’s your musical journey been like? What was your gateway to music?

Lysanne:
My journey into music is kinda funny because I never really had a band or anything prior to Which Witch is Which. I’m the third singer for the band. They found me through others that thought I rocked karaoke. I was always big into tunes; otherwise no specific genres, I’m all over the board.

Andrew:
Which Witch is Which has been around since 2012, right? How did the band get its start?

Lysanne:
The band started in 2012. Nadine had only been drumming for a short while but her and Dan had been friends for a long time and really wanted to get a band going. PJ and Dan had talked about starting something just offhand for years. It’s just sorta chemistry that when the three of us got together it clicked right away. “On the other hand, it took us a long time to find a vocalist. Which Witch is Which played for years fronted by a couple of different girls but never managed to move forward and record. It wasn’t until Lysanne joined that things really started moving and we started playing even more regularly and getting an album released.” -Quoted from Dan Cadera, bass).

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Andrew:
Which Witch is Which is an awesome name for a band. Where did the name come from?

Lysanne:
The band name was tough to come up with, Nadine is a big Scooby Doo fan and Which Witch is Witch is actually the name of an episode from the first season back in 1969.

Andrew:
I really dig your self -titled album. I think it’s one of the more underrated albums in the genre of the last several years. Can you tell us more about the inspiration and recording of it? What do you remember?

Lysanne:
I was just mega stoked to do an album! When it came down to recording my vocals, we did it in the basement washroom at our buddy’s house. Though no one could see me, it was still intimidating in a different way then being on stage. The pressure was on and we got every track done pretty rapidly.

Andrew:
The way I became familiar with your music is through my friend Andrew Earle, who is part of your local scene. I also found a lot of your music through Bandcamp. How important has Bandcamp been to you being able to get your music out there? How important do you feel it is to Indie music in general?

Lysanne:
Bandcamp has been awesome for getting our tunes out globally and easily accessible. Another thing is we only printed on vinyl, so this gives people without record players a chance to enjoy and it’s free, so win-win scenario.

Andrew:
Which Witch is Which firmly staddles the line between Punk, Hard Rock and even some Metal. Who are some of your greatest influences?

Lysanne:
For are first album we were influenced by The Ramones, Motorhead…list goes on, but vocally Janis Joplin, Poly Styrene, boss babes. The new album will show some new influences and sassy feels.

Andrew:
Shifting gears a bit here. I’ve always felt that “punk” is more of a mentality, than a music genre. Would you agree? Can you expand on that at all?

Lysanne:
I think clothes never make the person. We all wear costumes, but also I think the word “punk” means a lot of different things to different people. It’s a frame of mind for sure, but its definition is different to everyone, if that makes sense. I guess I can’t describe punk and I don’t think it wants to be defined either.

Andrew:
As I am sure you are aware, women are vastly underrepresented within the music industry. How do we flip the script so to speak?

Lysanne:
I think a way to get better female recognition in the scene could start with younger generations. Getting females comfortable in the scene and taking charge can create a positive future that females are and feel comfortable in and can demand the respect all people deserve. In Moncton for example, there’s been some great ladies taking charge to create a girl’s Rock camp which has been a positive outcome. The girls learn to make merch, play and write songs, which gives them confidence to become future Rock ‘N’ Roll mamas. Unfortunately, with COVID that has put things on hold but we’ll adapt.

Andrew:
Do you collect records? Tapes? CDs? Or are you all digital now? Where do you like to shop for music?

Lysanne:
I collect records, CDs, tapes…big fan of the secondhand stores here. I find great stuff in all mediums for cheap. I’m born in the wrong decade. I don’t know how to download so no digital.

Andrew:
What are some of your favorite albums? What ones still mean the most to you after all these years?

Lysanne:
Top-5 off the top of my head are: Frank Zappa- Hot Rats, Frank Zappa- 200 Motels, Bonzo Dog band –Urban Spaceman, The B-52s- The B-52s, Alice Cooper- Easy Action.

Andrew:
Once COVID-19 calms down (if it ever does), what’s next for Which Witch is Which? What lasting effects do you think COVID-19 will have on the industry?

Lysanne:
We’re almost done writing the next album which I’m stoked for! It’s gonna be sickening! I think that’s our main focus at this time, so just to get it out there go do shows and rock out. I wanna travel big-time, so hoping for that soon!

Andrew:
Last question. As an indie band, I am sure you guys have embraced the DIY ethos, which is awesome. What advice do you have for young bands starting out?

Lysanne:
My advice to people getting into the scene is to try to learn as much as you can. Whether it be making your own merch, getting to know others in your scene; work together type of thing. I mean, I don’t know too much about the recording and technical side of things, but I can whip up a poster, buttons etc. Everyone brings something to the table.

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