Lazy Mary: Long Beach Chick Duo Supporting the Future of Girls Rocking Out at AthenaFest

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Melody Kohn (guitar/vox) and Kendall Brinkley (drums) make up the Long Beach duo Lazy Mary creating double trouble at the Scripps College-sponsored AthenaFest, a punk rock music festival featuring an estrogen overdose (read: all-female lineups) on Saturday.

AthenaFest is a benefit event with all proceeds going to Rock 'n Roll Camp for Girls LA, a non-profit organization that "empowers young women through music education." And while the event is free  All donations are voluntary and not necessary for admittance to the festival, but aside from Lazy Mary five other bands (including someone from Bratmobile, the original riotgrrl band) will be there, so why wouldn't you give them money?

OC Weekly: How'd you meet and decide to play music together?

It all began after high school graduation: Kendall acquired a free drumset, and Melody could shred pretty well on her dad's princeton. We both smoked weed and we were in heartbreak mode, and when we jammed for the first time, it was pretty apparent that we had to start a band.

And what's with the band name?

Lazy Mary Fun Fact # 562: We were born on the same day, same year. We had a prenatal chemistry, and here we are. One night we went to the New Beverly Cinema for a triple feature Evil Dead experience...and that's why we are Lazy Mary.

Do you think you are feminists? Is it important for you to be part of events such as AthenaFest?
Of course we're feminists, because we see it as straight-up equality. Women have been the outlier in the art world, but this is 2011, and our generation is not about having just men in the spotlight, it's about working on this together, celebrating youth, and coming together as one. That's also why we are so excited to play AthenaFest, to be apart of something that's bigger than just us, supporting the future of girls rocking out.

Which musicians/bands do you look up to?
Nina Simone, Nirvana, Crass, The Slits, Bikini Kill, Sonic Youth, The Cramps, Bob Dylan, Drive (the movie) Soundtrack, John Williams, Liz Phair, L7, The Raincoats, so so many. Anything with a poppin' beat and jivin' soul.

What do you say about being a band that sounds, intrinsically, like you're from 1980s Seattle?
Grunge is dead.


AthenaFest, Saturday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Scripps College Bowling Green. It's free and open to the public, and will also feature You, Me, and Us, Palm Reader, Cool Moms (featuring Allison Wolfe of Bratmobile) and Crazy Band
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