Please Allow She-Devils’ “Where There’s No One” Video To Hypnotize You
In their new video for "Where There's No One," which we're premiering here, She-Devils lead singer Audrey Ann stands in front of a bare black curtain, and with a longing expression on her striking face, sings "I just need you to say please, no, don’t go away." It's a raw and exposed sentiment befitting of the stripped down video, which was co-directed by Ann and her bandmate Kyle Jukka with the help of Devon Welsh of Majical Cloudz, the band they have been opening up for on a North American tour. "'Where There's No One' was written one night last summer when I was feeling especially distressed," says Ann. "It was initially just the organ loop, but then I brought it to Kyle and he added the arrangements. I think the song is about the vulnerability of showing your weaknesses to someone you care about and feeling rejected because it isn't received with compassion." She-Devils, who hail from Montreal, released their debut self-titled EP on Monday and it's an avant-garde pop collection of very direct and solitary songs that borrow from surf rock, ambient, and lounge music. As you'll see from the video at the bottom of this post, it's gorgeous, hypnotic stuff. And if you're in Brooklyn, head to Baby's All Right in Williamsburg because She-Devils will be playing a free show.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
Audrey: The Flintstones meet The Jetsons in space.
Kyle: Just letting the sewing machine run wild, feeding various materials into it and watching them transform into something new.
How did your career get started?
Kyle: We found a process that felt good for us to repeat over and over again and that seemed like there was a lot we could do with it, and from there we started playing shows.
Audrey: Our friend Sami asked us to play a show in the restaurant in Sala Rossa. All our friends came, there were probably 50 people and it was very painful to play—I was very, very shy and our friend Neil had filmed us play. For over a year that's all people could see of us on the Internet.
Where do you hope to be professionally in five years?
Audrey: I hope I'll still be making music with Kyle and making videos and visual art. I just want to keep refining my artistic vision and doing more and more.
Kyle: Healthy humans making art that's fun, and hinting towards something spiritually positive.
What’s your next project?
Audrey: I think it will be recording more music for the future.
What are you most proud of so far in terms of your career?
Kyle: It's hard to pinpoint something specific but I feel proud of the project overall. I feel proud of the fact that it makes a bold statement that reflects our love of music and art history.
Audrey: The time I've felt most proud is when we finished recording all of our songs and could finally listen to them in headphones. I've always had a hard time actualizing what was in my head and that was really big for me, especially since the whole process took a lot of time and was kind of frustrating for various reasons.
What famous person dead or living do you most wish you could have as a roommate?
Kyle: Russell Mael
What is your favorite driving music?
Audrey: We actually had the best music listening day yesterday driving from Detroit to Chicago in a crazy snowstorm. We were listening to Black Sabbath, Neu!, Iggy Pop, Container, and Eric Copeland. It was awesome!
Whose career would you most like to emulate?
Audrey: I wouldn't want to emulate anyone's career, but I'm inspired by people who I consider to be art warriors—like John Waters or Andy Warhol.
How do you wind down before bed?
Kyle: Reading or watching cartoons.
Audrey: I like watching The Simpsons.
When are you most relaxed?
Kyle: After the sun sets at my apartment.
Audrey: After and only after I've done what I have to do.
What kind of person were you in high school?
Audrey: I was kind of weird, very mercurial, and not very popular.
Kyle: Obsessive and annoying.
Can you tell me a quality about yourself that you are genuinely proud of?
Kyle: An undying conviction that the universe is inherently good.
Audrey: I'm frank and honest, I always stand up for what I believe in.
Do you have any phobias?
Audrey: I have always been really grossed out by tiny holes since I was a child. I recently learned that it's called trypophobia and I highly recommend against Googling it.
What’s a serious side of you that people are unlikely to know about? Either in terms of interests, hobbies, or personality?
Audrey: I'm serious about not being serious.
What are some new hobbies you would like to take on?
Kyle: I don't relate to the idea of a hobby or at least the connotations of that word. However, I'd love to create sculptures, design clothing, or do foley art for the theater.
Audrey: I'm the kind of person that is always learning something new and it usually comes out of the blue. Right now I'm into learning how to code with HTML and CSS, and I'd like to keep getting better at it. It trains a rational muscle in my brain that otherwise doesn't really gets used.
What are some of your favorite Internet memes of all time?
Audrey: They always change so fast, so it's kind of hard to remember what was good. The last one that has made me laugh was the one where you use a Medieval painting to illustrate a modern caption.
How do you hope to grow as a creative person?
Kyle: Not up nor forwards but outwardly as if you were being elevated and reaching an ever-broadening perspective on the surface of the Earth.
If there was a phrase that you think best sums up your approach to life what might it be?
Kyle: Standing up for the naive, untrained, childlike, and irrational.
Audrey: Plant your own seed, never take it for granted and nurture it at all costs.
Jan 20th | Brooklyn NY | Baby's All Right
Jan 22nd | Vancouver BC | Cobalt * TICKETS
Jan 23rd | Seattle WA | Barboza * TICKETS
Jan 24th | Portland OR | Mississippi Studios * TICKETS
Jan 26th | San Francisco CA | The Chapel * TICKETS
Jan 29th | Los Angeles CA | Masonic Lodge * TICKETS
Feb 14th | Toronto ON | The Garrison
* shows with Majical Cloudz