Antigone Rising

If you think you’ve heard of the all-female band Antigone Rising, chances are you have. They’ve made a lot of great music and shared it in a lot of places. From being featured in magazines like Cosmo, Elle and Vanity Fair to appearing on VH1, CMT, The Today Show and The Tonight Show, the foursome has also enjoyed sponsorships from Mustang and Motorola. That’s some really cool stuff, but Nini Camps, Kristen Henderson, Dena Tauriello, and Cathy Henderson are focused on the now, and more importantly their new record out next month, “23 Red”.
 
We asked what to expect of the new album, which will certainly include the 3-part vocal harmonies we know and love. They responded: “We're coming out after being away for a long time and we wanted to keep it to the point. It's a re-introduction for us. So we worked hard at selecting the songs, and I think we did a good job of it. I think the ten songs are all catchy; they all have special things about them. There are moments where you should want to roll the windows down and let the breeze hit you, and there should be a few moments where you want to cry your eyes out, and a few where you want stomp your feet. As the artist, it's hard to say for sure. But that's what we were going for.” Keep an eye on Antigone Rising and pick up “23 Red”. There’s so much more to get into below, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs Antigone Rising
PensEyeView.com (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Our sound has always been old school 70s rock n' roll. But I'd say in the past few years we've added a tablespoon of Nashville to the mix. If you tossed The Eagles and The Allmans you'd get us. And I think with this latest record, we might have sprinkled a little Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum into the mix. The fact that we're all female unfortunately and shockingly makes us stand out because there are still so few all female bands out there. But sonically, we work hard to incorporate strong three part harmonies, and I think the harmonies have always helped to make us a little more identifiable.
PEV: What kind of music were the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
We all love a lot of the same music, but Cathy was strongly influenced by guitar driven classic rock - Hendrix, Clapton. Nini and I love singer songwriter types, from Springsteen to Patty Griffin and Shawn Colvin. And Dena, Cathy and I all really love The Beatles. It's hard to pinpoint one specific artist. I think as a band we're in awe of those artists who can shake an arena to it's foundation like Springsteen or The Allman Brothers. Those are the bands that are awe inspiring for us.
PEV: What can fans expect from a live Antigone Rising show?
You can expect to tap your foot the whole time. You can expect make lots of new friends in the audience because our fans are like family. And hopefully you'll break a sweat, have a good time and come back again.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?
Let's do this... that's seriously the first thing I think. Every time.
PEV: Tell us the story behind the name of the band, Antigone Rising.
Antigone was a Greek Legend. She defied The King over what she thought was right. She's the first woman in recorded history to ever do that. So we thought we should name our band after her. Antigone is also a play written by Sophocles. It's a good idea to Google him if you have some spare time. 
PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?
Nini and I are both new mothers. So mostly everything we write now are thinly veiled love songs to our kids. We also write alot about our own personal struggles and we just hope people can identify with it.
PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?
Yes. We think about it as a band all the time. I think in many ways,  we feel exactly the way we did when we started out...and I also think we feel like we'd never ever go back, all at the same time...! At least I know I do!
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Antigone Rising?
Our tour manager tells us that our backstage dressing room before a show is so boring she could fall asleep standing up. We get pretty serene just before show time. Nobody's breaking any lamps or bottles. It's a very contemplative scene, for lack of a better description. Unless we're playing a craft brewery. In which case, all bets are off.
PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a goal for you?
My sister and I formed our first band when we were 2 and 4 years old. So music was never a "goal," so to speak. It's what we've always done. We always set goals for ourselves with the music, like in the beginning when we all quit our day jobs and bought a van and started touring full time. Music has always been what we do. Conquering the planet with it is probably our goal. I'll confirm that at the next band meeting.
PEV: What can fans expect from your latest release, “23 Red”? Tell us more about this album.
We worked really hard at making sure this CD was the most cohesive sounding we've ever made. There's really no self-indulgent moments on this record. We're coming out after being away for a long time and we wanted to keep it to the point. It's a re-introduction for us. So we worked hard at selecting the songs, and I think we did a good job of it. I think the ten songs are all catchy, they all have special things about them. There are moments where you should want to roll the windows down and let the breeze hit you, and there should be a few moments where you want to cry your eyes out, and a few where you want stomp your feet. As the artist, it's hard to say for sure. But that's what we were going for.
PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song is complete and you can sit back and listen to it being played the way you envisioned?
Usually the thought that runs through my mind is, "I hope we can write another one." I'm always convinced that whatever song I've just written and/or recorded is my last one. It's a terrible thing that I do talk to my therapist about.
PEV: With all your traveling is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
Cathy has had a few psychics tell her that we need to play Canada. So it's Cathy's dream. And because she talks about it incessantly I have to answer this question as if I'm Cathy. So Canada, if you're reading this, we'll be there soon.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?
Our friends and family love it. I think probably in the early days, people were a little concerned as we hurled ourselves around the country in a van. But I think now everyone in our lives is at a point where they see we've built something, and that we love what we do. We're lucky.
PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
I recently had a book published with Free Press (Simon & Schuster) called Times Two. It's the story of how my partner and I got pregnant on the same day and subsequently became mothers.  When the band isn't touring or recording, I'm raising my two year old twins. I also have my own blog, "Hangin' With Hendo." It's where I go to write whatever is on my mind while the babies are napping. So you never know what you're going to get. (www.hanginwithhendo.com)
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?
If I could pick one artist to sit and write with, it would be Warren Haynes. The tone of his voice, his melodic sense, his ability to translate a melody into a guitar solo, he's just unmatched in my opinion. If I could pick one artist to spend a day with in the recording studio, just to have a completely insane experience, it would be Cee Lo Green. He's just out of his mind in the best way and I found him to be so inspiring on that show "The Voice." And if it was from the past, it would be the original Allman Brothers band with Dicky Betts and Duane Allman playing dueling guitars for me. That would be a pretty heavenly sight to see and hear.
PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think each of you would be your career?
I can't even answer that. My brain can't compute it. Only ever music. I always wanted to play ice hockey, though....
PEV: So, what is next for Antigone Rising?
Well, we're going to have to start writing songs again at some point for the next record... I'm working that out in therapy.....

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