Meet Aubrey Debauchery, a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from Chico, California you should pay attention to. Her soft voice and delicate melodies entice audiences, while her brutally honest lyrics make it easy for fans to relate to her. I recently had the opportunity to do an email question with this rising star.
Mamone: As I understand it, you grew up in a very musical household. How has your father influenced your music?
Aubrey: Once upon a time my dad was a rock n roller. After rocking for years and touring for a bit, he realized that wasn't the lifestyle he wanted for his own kids. However, my parents are very supportive, in whatever my brother and I decide to waste our time with, so he wasn't about to say anything negative when we decided to turn in our leotards and spandex [yes, we were both gymnasts] for guitars and distortion pedals. I didn't find out about his hesitancy towards our change of interests until I came back from my first tour actually.
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My dad's awesome. He’d try to teach us three part harmonies when I was younger. And though I was a stubborn kid and didn't appreciate it back then, my very first recordings were littered with multiple vocal tracks and harmonies.
Mamone: What else had an impact on you?
Aubrey: The Punk Bites punk rock compilation CD I pretty much stole from my cousin when I was young. The Chico music scene, whether it be punk rock, metal, hardcore, or indie, I was at every show I could get my 15 year old ass to. My band members in my first band, Stars Upon Thars. And the women in my favorite local bands back then, Gruk, P.A. W.N.S., Li'l Suicide Bunny, Cowboy, etc.
Mamone: How did you come up with your moniker, Debauchery?
Aubrey: To be honest, when I wrote my first Aubrey Debauchery songs back in 2004, I was still just Aubrey. A coworker told me about MySpace. When I went to sign up, I wanted to create some sort of punk rock name for myself because I had always been envious of those punk rockers with rad names: Rachel Loveless, Shawn Pawn, etc. I wanted a name that started with "d" because my middle name is DeLane. Debauchery was the last word I came up with actually. I was almost Aubrey Decay or Aubrey D'ebris.
Mamone: Do you think Aubrey Debauchery expresses something that Aubrey Pope [her real name] cannot?
Aubrey: Whether it be Debauchery or Pope, I think I’d still produce the same filthy undertones. I’m actually a very modest person, but I like to try and let go a little through my writing.
Mamone: What influenced the country sound of your latest album, In May?
Aubrey: I started listening to a lot of Loretta Lynn, all the Hanks, and Patsy Cline. I wanted to write an album that wasn't as depressing as my last two, and I felt that country went well with my lyrical content. I think whiskey and country go well together, don't you?
Mamone: One of the things that I admire about you is how open and personal your lyrics are. Do you ever worry you might be exposing yourself too much?
Aubrey: I don't really mind exposing myself. I’m a very open person, I can't help it. If you ask about any deep dark secret in my past, I’ll most likely tell you my life story. I do however worry about exposing others, and feel a little guilty when I mention certain faults in other people. but my writing is my outlet, so if I’m pissed, just make sure you're not the one I’m pissed at. I’ve got a handful of songs that'll never see the light of day because they pinpoint certain people in my life that I’d rather live without, and are too detailed for their own good.
Mamone: Tell us about the making of your three albums. Were all three recorded at a home studio?
Audrey: my dad has a nice little studio in his class room [he teaches a multi-media class at my old high school] and the first album, If Two Were One, was recorded there with my brother. I had about 2 weeks before I left on my first tour, so it was thrown together very quickly. I’m hoping to re-record some of those old songs for a later album, maybe my next one. Who knows. The last two albums, Forgiven/Forgotten and In May, were both done in my friend's [Michael Lee] studio apartment. He lived right above downtown Chico and we'd always have to wait for the traffic to die down to start recording. He does really great stuff. His solo stuff is amazing.
But before these last three albums, I started at home on my computer with one of those crappy stick computer mics. They weren’t' the best recordings, but no one could believe I got the sound that I did with my little set up.
Mamone: Where can we find the first album, If Two Were One?
Aubrey: You can't. Well... I lie. You can find it on my iPod, but my hard drive broke and I lost everything on my iTunes, so I’m not sure where I can find it either. I sold a hundred copies or so, so you can find it from those people, whoever they might be. I bet my parents have a copy.
Mamone: You’re first major tour was with [Californian singer/songwriter] Drew Danburry. What was that experience like? Did you learn a lot from it?
Aubrey: I could write a book about our first tour together. It was really hard on me at first. Drew and I didn't know each other, I had never really left Chico, especially on my own, had never experienced the south, the east coast, or even playing an empty room before that tour. But in short, I learned a whole lot about touring, about music, about friendship, and about life. I wouldn't have been able to get through it without Drew and every day I am thankful and honored to come out of that experience with great stories and a great friend.
Mamone: “Love Song for No One” is a real fan favorite [sample lyrics: “When I get home I’m gonna rip off all your clothes/ Gonna do those little things that I know you love the most/ I’m gonna pull that hair until I make you moan/ Gonna teach you some tricks that I know you’ve never known”]. What is it about that particular song that you think makes it so popular among the fans?
Aubrey: When you first hear the song, it sounds like a sweet lullaby love song. Then the filth kicks in. I think it might be a favorite, despite the obvious, because most of us have felt that way at one time. I wrote that on my first tour with Drew. Whether it being 2 months or 2 weeks away from someone, it's just natural to miss them in such a naughty way, right?
Mamone: Are you planning to do another national tour?
Aubrey: In my dreams, I’m always on tour. Who knows what the future holds. If it was my world, my future would be filled many national tours. Sadly, I think the only way I’ll be able to do another one anytime soon is if someone signs me. Hint hint, nudge nudge, attention: record labels, I’m available!