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Teeter Sperber (LadybiRdS) - conducted by Todd E. Jones  

LadybirRdS of Regional Community Theater

July 2007

MVRemix: What is the creative process like? Does Tyler make the music first or do you start out with a set theme or lyrics?

Teeter Sperber: Ty created all the instrumentation while he was on tour with Gym Class Heroes and I was traveling through Mexico. I didn't get to hear any of the finished tracks until I arrived at the studio to work pre-production. I was responsible for all or most of the lyrical content, so I came in with those ready and then Ty chose which words were going to go with which song. We worked together for a week straight, posted up in a sunny bedroom with nothing but a keyboard before we recorded, working out melodies and vocal patterns and such. It was more collaborative and calm than anything I'd ever done. We had tons of fun and laughed a lot.

MVRemix: Musically, what else have you been working on?

Teeter Sperber: The main thing I've been doing is practicing frantically for two cover songs I want LadybiRdS to do. I want to do 'Black' by Okkervil River, the best band of our generation and 'Only You' by Yaz. Practicing entails not only singing each song multiple times a day, but also calling, texting and e-mail harassing Ty, begging him to make time for us to do this. Gym Class is super busy so we'll see!

MVRemix: How did you get involved with Creep Records?

Teeter Sperber: Creep Records is the only reason LadybiRdS even exists! Arik, head honcho over there, was the one who encouraged Ty to make a record and agreed to record us for free before he had even heard one track. They've never put out anything as indie or cheesy as us before, so it should be interesting!

MVRemix: Word association. When I say a name, you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I say, 'The Velvet Underground', you may say 'Lou Reed', 'Heroin', or 'Andy Warhol'. Okay?

Teeter Sperber: Some or most will be more than one word, is that Okay?

MVRemix: Blondie.

Teeter Sperber: Stone cold fox.

MVRemix: Felt.

Teeter Sperber: Barely audible mumbling.

MVRemix: The Dandy Warhols.

Teeter Sperber: Alcoholics.

MVRemix: Pixies.

Teeter Sperber: Where is my mind?

MVRemix: Momus.

Teeter Sperber: God Of satire and mockery!

MVRemix: Severed Heads.

Teeter Sperber: Noisy synthesizer arrangements.

MVRemix: Roxy Music.

Teeter Sperber: English art rock.

MVRemix: Kahimi Karie.

Teeter Sperber: Whispery pop!

MVRemix: Jarvis Cocker.

Teeter Sperber: Pickled eggs and sherbet.

MVRemix: Cibo Matto.

Teeter Sperber: Japantastic!

MVRemix: Close Lobsters.

Teeter Sperber: Scotland #1.

MVRemix: Joy Division.

Teeter Sperber: Post punk pioneers.

MVRemix: Happy Mondays.

Teeter Sperber: Manchester forevs.

MVRemix: Stone Roses.

Teeter Sperber: Ian Brown looks like a monkey.

MVRemix: The Fall.

Teeter Sperber: Violent audience reactions.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Teeter Sperber: Idiocracy.

MVRemix: Where were you during the September 11th terrorist attack? How did you deal with it?

Teeter Sperber: On September 11th, I was watching the towers fall from my rooftop in Brooklyn. I'm one of those people who has a hard time talking about it.

MVRemix: Did you ever get romantically involved with Ty?

Teeter Sperber: Never! When were in Ley Royal Scam my band mate and songwriting partner Tom told me I was strictly forbidden from trying to make out with him because he thought it would complicate things. Plus, Ty totally wasn't interested anyway. So it all worked out for the best. But from the second he joined LRS I loved his guts so bad cause he was cuter and indier than all the other boys in the band. So we became insta-besties, Ty and I, and made everyone else jealous.

MVRemix: Are you in a romantic relationship now?

Teeter Sperber: No way! I had a super long one that wrecked me and I don't think I'll ever have one again, sincerely. I'm feverishly independent and am not psyched on the idea of being in relationship jail again. Does that sound terrible?"

MVRemix: What turns you on?

Teeter Sperber: Like, in dudes? Ack! As a general rule? Brown hair, brown eyes, and rail thin. Skateboarder a plus.

MVRemix: What happened with your last relationship?

Teeter Sperber: My last real relationship, or at least, the last one that was real to me, ended pretty, very, very badly, years ago. I'm one of those people who can't forget, can't let go, keeps replaying it in their head, idealizing the memories more than they should probably be idealized but unable to think any other way. It's something that I've never gotten over. And, I don't suspect that I ever will. We were young and we each brought out relatively toxic side of each other, a very toxic side of me, for sure. He was beautiful, funny, smart, passionate, skinny and had these amazing brown eyes. I can't imagine that a day will come that I will ever, ever, ever love anyone more than I loved him. I think about him every single day. It's totally insane and counterproductive. I often wish that I could go back and do things differently or I'll sometimes play out scenes in my head where he shows up at my front door on the Oregon Coast and says, 'Let's make this work' and I say 'Yes, let's'. Then, it's super peaceful, warm and amazing for the rest of our lives. Totally debilitating thought patterns. I can't believe I just said all of that. I never ever, ever say it out loud. No one knows I feel this way. Ack!

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