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2015 Music Issue: #Goals with Gland 

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Gland is three self-described "highly political" women: guitarist and singer Kallie Pal, bassist Farra Mones and percussionist and omnichord player Baaba Black Sheep. They're seeking a full-time female drummer — meanwhile the band appears in concert with a male drummer wearing a black latex BDSM mask to symbolize his subordinate status. The band performs at Gasa Gasa Oct. 24 at the eighth annual Community Records Block Party.

How do your politics come across in your music?

Mones: As a predominantly female band, we'll be inherently political because every woman is going through something. At a ground level, we're going to have some shit to talk about. ... I feel like we've been forced to be anarcho-feminist because of the way the world is, but these guys [in other bands] are like, "Hey, never thought of that."

Pal: One of the things we decided was that we weren't going to sing any love songs, any breakup songs. If we have songs about boys, it's political. Not all the songs are political. There's a song about being really depressed. One is a made-up story about summoning a demon.

Who are your role models, in music or life?

Pal: My ultimate hero, while I regret that he's a white dude, is Jay Reatard. He makes punk music — it's catchy and it's great, but he sings about real shit.

Black Sheep: Maya Angelou, because she's a self-taught artist. She started dancing in her mid-20s, started singing late in the game.

Mones: The Coathangers, because they're the band that got me off my ass.

Pal: Do you want to hear our three goals as a band? One: tour Japan. Two: be a cameo band in a teen movie. Three: when we retire we get a mansion like Hugh Hefner, but all our bunnies are face-tattooed guys, some of them twins.


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