Belly Kids: La La Vasquez
Belly Kids are teaming up with Mint Magazine to talk with our favourite musicians about food, cooking and all things eating. It’s something of a passion of ours and I know we aren’t alone. Ever since I put together The Mona Pizza recipe book investigating the food culture behind music, it has become an obsession.
La La Vasquez is made up of Rachael Finney, Merida Richards and Freya Watson; 3 girls who’ve kicked up a lot fuss on labels such as Captured Tracks and M’Ladys Records over the past couple of years. Together they give us their examination on girl centric punk, they have that ever so popular sloppy post punk vibe going on. Don’t let that put you off, tracking from angular punk to more formulated pop sounds La La Vasquez are a mighty awesome band, they laid the blueprint. See ‘em live, it’s so worth it.
So are you guys into food?
Freya: We are definitely into food and I think that we’re all pretty competent in the kitchen. Rachael makes a killer quiche and Merida makes good sweet potato falafel. I’m really good in the kitchen at eating it all!
The secret behind any good meal?
Freya: I put pepper on everything, can never have enough of the stuff.
Rachael: Eating on your own is a good food secret – you get more.
Merida: A good selection of condiments. But NOT mayonnaise.
What’s the dream dinner? Where’s your favourite place to eat in London?
Freya: We are pretty fond of Franco Manca Pizza in Brixton near our practice space. We shouldn’t be telling you this, the queue is just going to get bigger…
It’s nearly summer. What 2 foods and drink would you always take on a picnic? (With me? Please?)
Freya: I have a bit of an obsession with buffalo Mozzarella so a massive ball of that and some green queen olives and a nice cold ale. I’m not sharing though, bring your own.
Rachael: Standard picnic type snacking usually involves some kind of chip and dip combo – with an ale, preferably a refreshing pint of Hophead from the Dark Star brewery.
Merida: Fruit, some kind of cake and if possible, coffee. I like sweet things.
If you could take one person from history on a dinner date, who would it be?
Rachael: Dorothy Parker.
Freya: My 14 year old self and tell them not to give up on the guitar lessons after 6 months.
Merida: If I’m honest, I find dinner dates a little awkward, so it would have to be someone with lots of great stories so I’m distracted from the task at hand. Maybe Truman Capote, he had a fantastic voice.
You can catch La La Vasquez on the 2nd June at the Sex Is Disgusting RIP all dayer (w/ R Stevie Moore, Hookworms, Mazes, Cold Pumas, Keel Her and more!) in Brighton.
(photo courtesy of Laura Hernando, the cheese behind new label ‘Just a
Crush’ and ex-super cool night ‘Dance Magic Dance’)