What's on your rider? Jjessica Larrabee of She Keeps Bees

Fri, Jul 20, 2012, 01:00

What’s on your rider?Water, beer, wine and snacks.

What would be on your fantasy rider?Just the fact that someone will buy us water, beer, wine and snacks is kind of a fantasy come true. Hmm, maybe a bowl of my favorite picks, a bowl of drum sticks, flowers?

What’s your pre-gig ritual/routine?Drink lots of water, try to relax – ha! Andy has a beer.

Who is the most famous person to have shown up at one of your gigs?Morrissey came to a show in London once, but I don’t think he was there to see us. We saw Bono as we were loading out after a gig at the Ace Hotel a few weeks back; does that count? Umm, Jack White accidentally saw us while he was bowling in Brooklyn back in 2010. It was our first gig after recording Dig On, and for some reason we had decided that would be a good night to try out new songs.

How big is your entourage?Usually just the two of us crammed into an economy rental car with our instruments. We took a friend along to help drive and sell merch on a tour this past winter and it was a massive help.

Have you a special stage wardrobe?Not really. We kinda just wear the clothes we put on in the morning.

What’s the worst thing ever thrown at you?It hasn’t happened yet, though a fight broke out during our set in San Francisco. That was unnerving and strange. We’d never played there before and all I had heard about SF was hippie dippy. We were totally shocked.

What’s your best tour story?Once we had enough time off in Ireland to visit Inis Oírr. We have friends there! It’s quite a magical place.

We played on a boat in Budapest while Andy had a 102-degree fever. Unfortunately, most of the really good stories probably shouldn’t go into your paper.

She Keeps Bees play Dublin’s Workman’s Club on Tuesday

In conversation with Tony Clayton-Lea.