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Heterophobia: ‘Reverb-y, Punky, Arty’ Music For Fans


Heterophobia is a queer punk band from Reno, Nevada.

1. How did you get started and who are your fans?

Jace: Making chiptunes and getting pissed that there isn’t a scene for it. I got really into AJJ and became obsessed with writing folk songs. I don’t know who our fans are? All sorts of weirdos? How do I answer that? 
Alex: I was already really into Heterophobia; they needed a guitar guy and I had both the time and energy to be that guitar guy. Our fans are mostly people with excellent taste.
 Cactus: Playing along with headphones and I have no fans.
 Bread: I picked up a bass when I was a teen because music seemed like a healthy outlet for my angst. Also: we have fans? I kind of assumed my friends were the only ones who begrudgingly listen out of obligation.

2. How would you describe your sound and style?

Jace: Reverb-y, punky, arty.
 Alex: Massive riffs, animal drums.
 Bread: I grew up listening to simple three-chord stuff, so that’s basically what I learned to play and my style formed from that.

3. Who are you most inspired by?

Jace: Issac Brock, J. Macis, Thurston Moore/Lee Ronaldo, Kurt Cobain, Les Claypool/Ler LaLonde and Gerard Way
. Alex: Sunny Day Real Estate, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Get-Up Kids, At the Drive-In, Japandroids; that sort of thing
. Cactus: Tony Royster Jr and Keith Moon
. Bread: Personally, my bandmates and my totally awesome girlfriend. Musically I grew up wanting to be somewhere between Matt Freeman, Andrew Seward, and Hunter Burgan. Theatrically, it’s all Bowie.

4. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Jace: Still writing, recording, gigging and touring, hopefully in a more stable, comfy way.
 Alex: Do they still do the Grammys?
 Cactus: Touring on a regular basis in a comfortable vehicle.
 Bread: Ideally, trying to figure out how to file my taxes without a W-2. It’s be pretty dope to have Heterophobia be my main source of income.

5. How can people get a hold of you?

Jace: Insta or facebook.
 Alex: We’re putting together a bat-signal type situation. Gotta get it past the censors first.
 Bread: Instagram @heterophobia666 and Facebook Heterophobia are good bets.

Rory Dowd
Rory Dowd
Rory Dowd is a contributing writer for This Is Reno. He is a producer and co-host for the Worst Little Podcast and serves on the Board of Directors at Good Luck Macbeth Theater Company. He is also an accomplished performer and emcee, including singing and playing bass for One Ton Dually, a Reno rock band.