Melissa Etherridge is an American singer and songwriter who has worked with such artists as Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and others.
She has been featured on shows including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, among other shows.
This week, she spoke to New Scientist about the work she’s doing with the band, which is due to release their debut album in the summer of 2020.
New Scientist: How did you get involved in the band?
Etherridge: I’ve been a fan of the band for quite a while, they are one of my favourite bands.
I’ve always been a huge fan of their music.
I went to see them a couple of years ago and it was a very cool experience.
The band’s music is really good, and they have such a strong and powerful voice, and I love that voice.
NewScientist: So what did you learn from playing with the group that has such a different sound?
Etheridge: There are definitely things about the band that are really unique, but I think the one thing I learned from them that has been really good is that they are really open and honest about what they are doing.
I was definitely surprised that they weren’t really comfortable in the studio and how they wanted to go about it.
They didn’t really do a lot of things in the past that I was expecting.
So they were a really good way for me to learn and understand their music and where they want to go in the future.
NewScifi: What are some of the songs on the album that you’re most excited about?
Ethercutt: I was really excited about the first track, “Cranberry.”
It’s really catchy and it’s just really cool, and it also kind of has a lot to do with my love for the ocean and the sea.
So that’s a song that I really like and love and it has this really beautiful melody to it.
And then it has the same kind of vocals that I love, so that was just a really great thing.
And of course it’s also really good for my voice, so I love singing about it in my songs, and that was really cool too.
NewScience: When did you first meet the band members?
Etherrid: I first met them a few years ago when I was at the studio playing with them and just meeting them was pretty awesome.
They are so amazing.
It was kind of a shock to see the band on the stage and then see them onstage with me and see how excited they were about it, and how I was a fan.
They were really welcoming and open and very friendly, and really into music and really passionate about it and so I was kind, happy to meet them.
NewScene: Have you ever had the chance to work with anyone else before?
Etherindes: Oh, yeah, we have a few other friends.
I think one of the reasons that we have so many friends is that we don’t have the time to hang out in one place for so long, so we always just get together in places like the studio, the hotel, wherever we can get together.
And one of our favourite things to do is to hang around with people who are just really into doing music.
We all have our own interests, so you know we just kind of hang out and have fun together.
We are all just really really into it and we just play a lot and enjoy it.
New Science: You’ve written several songs together, some of which are pretty strong, and you’re not just trying to play with them for the sake of it.
What are the influences you draw on?
Etherridges: Well, it’s always nice to write songs with somebody else, because it gives you a chance to think and it gives your voice a chance.
And it also allows you to work on songs that you don’t want to do if you don�t have a chance, because you can just take that idea and do something else.
New Sciue: Did you play a particular instrument for the song “Crocodile”?
Etheridges: Yes, it was probably the best instrument that I’ve ever played, so yeah.
I had a bass, and we were playing and I thought, “Oh, that’s going to be really fun.