Mega Bog is the project of Seattle native now Brookynite Erin Birgy, who has been making her unique potion of jazz-infused art rock for eight years. Her latest album, Happy Together (2017, Nicey), runs and wobbles between free-form loveliness and dizzy indie rock, giddily capturing an artist in motion with a breathy voice that evokes memories of Nico. Her band has included members of iji, Hand Habits and Big Thief’s James Krivchenia (who also mixed and mastered her new record).
We caught up with Birgy and asked her to take the Ten Questions plunge. Here’s her answers:
1. What is your favorite album?
Mega Bog’s Erin Birgy: Definitely don’t have a favorite, but Diamond Dogs is almost always on standby. It’s what I use to practice vocals. Deeply inspiring.
2. What is your least favorite song?
(Bandmate) Zach (Burba) and I are trying to pick a least favorite song, but it’s hard! We thought of a time our friend, Joel, who helps with all the album art, was playing something by a Magnetic Zero band.
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
I enjoy the responsibility of learning how to take care of others, my family, and act as an ambassador for this weird music world.
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
Peanut butter in the car. Having to compromise with other peoples cleanliness standards, or lack of.
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
Water and cedar oil.
6. In what city or town do you love to perform?
“Every place is home” by Vollmar
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
A show at Bard College eight years ago. It was a terrible tour, with an abusive guy in the band we were touring with, and I was at the end of my rope dealing with their creepiness and anger. It was freezing, everyone in the band was fighting, and I cut my hand on a borrowed guitar after mine broke, and just laid my head down on the concrete floor and started crying. I took it all out on Zach while we played, which made it doubly worse. He left the “stage” early and people were backed up against the garage door, just scared and annoyed.
8. Are you able to support yourself through your music? If so, how long did it take to get there; if not, how do you pay your bills?
In some moments, it seems like it. I do a lot of strange gigs, but kind of a $200 an hour minimum, if it’s not music.
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
I don’t see myself as a professional. Or a musician. I do see myself as a citizen scientist. I could take that more seriously.
10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
I’ve never heard a story about Omaha, Nebraska.
Mega Bog plays with Destroyer Saturday, Feb. 3, at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St. Showtime is 9 p.m.; tickets are $20. For more information, go to onepercentproductions.com,