IT'S POSSIBLE you’d know Anna Chandler and Britt Scott as much together as you would separately. They’ve been in bands together for years, worked day jobs together, and have been friends for just as long.
Separately, they’ve been pursuing individual projects most recently—Chandler’s band Nancy Druid and Scott’s group Jezebel Heart.
Inevitably, they’re now fusing those two projects together to offer a split 7” single—which will be released on Fri., Feb. 14 and celebrated the next night with a special show at The Jinx. This isn’t just any old rock show, though.
The night will feature a vintage fashion show, a dance night hosted by DJ Press Play, and both bands will be styled by House of Strut. Attendees are even encouraged to dress up for the event—in fact, get on over to House of Strut and let the pros style you for the night.
Ahead of the party and the 7” release, we caught up with Scott and Chandler to learn more about their latest collaboration.
This is a really cool thing to do together, especially considering how long you guys have been playing together.
Scott: Yeah! I was telling Anna that I can’t believe we recorded these songs over a year ago. This is my band’s first song release, technically, so that’s a pretty big deal.
The band name, Jezebel Heart, actually kind of came from this song. I was going by my name, and was going to call the album “Jezebel Heart.” My bandmates had heard me talk about the name forever, and my background is kind of in art and design—and somewhat marketing. It was easier for me to conceptualize [the project] when it wasn’t me as a person and was a separate entity.
You mentioned that this stuff was recorded over a year ago. Was this particular project in the works the whole time, or was the idea of doing a split single more of a recent thing?
Chandler: We recorded these songs not this summer, but the summer before [laughs]. We started talking about this at some point before that. Nancy Druid had released our EP and I was still creating work for an LP, and we were just talking about ways to release new music.
Scott: We didn’t want there to be so much pressure at once. I have a lot of stuff that’s written, but I’m still working out the way I want it to sound—especially with a band. Now that I have this awesome band, it’s bringing something different to the table. I needed something out there that people could listen to but wasn’t so creatively and financially exhausting up front. It’s the idea of just needing to start doing something—as a musician and creative person, you have this idea of what you want it to be in your head. And you go, “Well, if it’s not that large of a thing when it comes out then I don’t know if I even want to do it.” But it doesn’t really work that way all the time. So luckily we had each other, and people around us like Devin Smith who recorded it. He was like, “What’s stopping you from recording a song? Let’s just make something.”
Chandler: We were playing pool at Cheers To You when we had the idea.
Scott: We were just like, “What if we partnered?” In the past, we’d been in a band together called Lovely Locks and we’ve worked at, like, three different jobs together before.
Chandler: We’ve been in other projects together, too. I always forget that we sang with Velvet Caravan together for a bit [laughs].
So you legitimately have a very long history together!
Scott: Yeah, and we’ve been roommates together on and off at times. Anna’s gifts as a writer and mine as a designer kind of compliment each other. It allows us to work up press releases and do that side of things as well.
When you listen back to these songs, after spending so much time with them, do you still feel as energized about them? Sometimes putting something on the backburner can change your perspective, and I’m curious about your relationships to these songs currently.
Chandler: I do. We were talking about this the other day—these songs are new in a release sense, but they’re old to us. So you have that kind of perspective looking back at the songwriting. But I’m very, very happy with the way they turned out, and the production really excites me. That was really crucial to what we were doing.
Let’s talk about the show at The Jinx on Saturday the 15th. It’s cool that there are these elements that make it a real experience and not just your standard release show. Was that a goal from the get go, to put something together that felt like a different kind of event?
Chandler: Oh, yeah. We wanted it to be collaborative, and to cross over every artistic medium and be a very community-based effort. We wanted to create something that went beyond a party for the 7”.
That can be a difficult thing, when you’re an event organizer and not just a band booking a gig. Does it feel like the vision has been executed the way you saw it?
Chandler: Yeah! Part of it, too, is that we’ve experienced things like this when we’ve traveled together. And we’ve seen comparable events when we took vacations together to New Orleans and Nashville, and we’ve always kind of talked about something like this—using a show as a form of artistic collaboration and as an immersive experience.