By: Onya Ganja
Thrilled to announce Colleen Green is our 2013 Stoner Girl of Spring! What makes this all the more exciting is this March 19th, Green’s new album “Sock it to Me” is being released under Seattle record label “Hardly Art.” The fact she is a self-described stoner is fucking amazing but especially so since she is busy making music/art/comics totally tailored for stoner girls and the boys that love them. Her music is pop-punk with beats, hooks and vocals that will make you inhale deeply, purr and definitely dance around a little. Colleen Green is a passionate and definite Stoner Girl. Thank gawd, for music, the world, and for their being Stoner Girls like Colleen Green in it.
Here is a video for one of Colleen Green’s previous releases … it will trip you out … in a good way.
We Stoner Girls are all a bunch of chilled-the-fuck-out Riot Grrrls, and Green’s music is a reminder of that. Green is the girl we want to listen to, she is the girl little stoner punks can look up to, and she is the girl who can inspire us all. Green is the girl you want to smoke a joint with and wouldn’t mind if your boyfriend left you for cause you’d be all like, ya, Colleen Green? She’s fucking cool and I dig her music too. Her vibes got it right which is why we chose her as our first ever Stoner Girl of the Season!
Check out my interview with Stoner Girl of Spring – Colleen Green below …
O. Ganja: Do you remember when you first realized you were in love with music?
C. Green: No! All I remember is being a kid and constantly having music in my head. I’ve always loved to sing and have been writing songs since I was about 6 years old.
O. Ganja: Do you remember when you first smoked pot or when you first fell in love with it?
C. Green: I remember when I first smoked it. My parents were away on vacation and I had a party, as I often did in those days. Me and a couple of friends from another high school smoked a bowl out on my back deck, but I think I took one or two hits and didn’t really feel anything, plus I was drunk so I couldn’t tell. But the first time I got high was on Christmas, probably that same year which was like 2001 or something.
O. Ganja: Do you have some favourite strains of marijuana? Or strains that are good for writing music?
C. Green: Well, free weed is great. I always smoke sativa. Being high is not the key to writing good music though. If you can’t write a song sober, smoking weed is probably not going to help you, nay; it may actually hurt.
O. Ganja: Where is your favourite spot to smoke pot?
C. Green: Preferably surrounded by 2-3 good buddies.
O. Ganja: What do you love about making music, art and cartoons?
C. Green: The thing I love most about it is that I have total kreative kontrol. No one tells me what to write or draw about. I’M the boss. Well, that and it is fun.
O. Ganja: Can you tell me a little bit about “Hardly Art” the record label putting out
your new album?
C. Green: They’re really chill and I have felt honored to be associated with them and Sub Pop since the day they contacted me. Sub Pop is such a legendary label and I still kind of can’t believe that I’m part of their family. I love Hardly Art because it’s small and because they celebrate diversity. Very proud to be on a label that supports people of all sexualities and nationalities.
O. Ganja: What is your favourite music venue that you have performed at?
C. Green: Playing at Red 7 at SXSW a couple of years ago was rad because the show was catered. Playing at the Middle East in Boston is cool too cuz you get to eat delicious falafel fo’ free, although the room is incredibly expensive now. Empty Bottle in Chicago is awesome too because everyone who works there is really nice.
O. Ganja: What would your dream gig be like?
C. Green: My dream gig would consist of me playing a wonderful show with 1 or 2 other bands that I really love, but I wouldn’t be nervous about it at all. And everyone there would be really nice to me and appreciate my music the way its supposed to be appreciated (when you’re high as fuck). And I would play well, and people would give me lots of weed and THC treats, and I would also get a bunch of delicious free food. And I would get paid too. And there would also be lots of comfy couches for me to sit on. And I would be back at home in my bed with a joint in my mouth before midnight.
O. Ganja: On the new album, the track “Normal Girl” really stood out to me. Can you tell me a little bit about that song?
C. Green: It’s just like Devo said, “freedom from choice is what you want.” Sometimes I just feel like life would be so much easier if I was one of those people who just goes to da club every night and gets fucking wasted and then eventually gets knocked up, like the cast of “Jersey Shore”.
O. Ganja: What do you think about feminism?
C. Green: Like anything else in the world, it’s a thing that some people have invented because there are a fucking lot of us on this planet and we’re all just as bored as the next guy. It is meaningful, but also meaningless.
O. Ganja: Your songs are all very romantic. Would you call yourself a hopeless romantic?
C. Green: Wellllll now that you mention it, I guess I am a hopeless romantic. I’m a confused woman-child in the 21st century and I’m getting old and all I really want is to be content. But sometimes it does seem hopeless, and I often wonder if I am the type of person that TRUE love can exist for. I’m not sure.
O. Ganja: Does being part of the music world ever make you feel like a raging feminist? Or do you have advice for girls looking to break into any creative field?
C. Green: Haha, no it doesn’t. The only advice I can give to girls who want to do creative things is DO THEM! Your art alone is the equalizer.
O. Ganja: Can you comment on a few women you look up to?
C. Green: I have my rock idols, like Kim Deal, Kim Shattuck, Louise Post and Nina Gordon of course, but the women I really look up to are my own friends. I totally admire the Dum Dum Girls cuz they’re on their shit in a major way and they’re so nice and I can’t believe I’m friends with them cuz they’re so famous and cool. Also, I really admire my friend Kait, who I’ve known for over 10 years now. She’s not in a band or anything but she’s an elementary school teacher and she has a nice car and is totally independent and confident and she coaches volleyball and she’s really caring and sweet but also crazy and funny and she just bought a house.
O. Ganja: Cats or sloths?
C. Green: SLOTHS!!!!!!
O. Ganja: What words do you associate with marijuana?
C. Green: I dunno, green?
O. Ganja: What stoner stereotypes do you fully embrace? Are there any that you find offensive or untrue?
C. Green: I fully embrace the usage of “420” for comedic purposes, but only when me or my friends use it. Like if I saw some dumb obnoxious stoner hippie being like “420000 MAANNNNN” I’d be like omg that guy is lame. Most of the stereotypes about stoners are true though, except that we can’t drive.
O. Ganja: Is there a song on the new album that means the most to you?
C. Green: The song “Taxi Driver” elicits the strongest emotional reaction from me. Shit is real. But the whole album really means a lot to me. It’s super personal and I worked really hard (and stressed hard) on it.
O. Ganja: Will you be touring for the new album?
C. Green: Yes! I am going to SXSW, and also doing a 6 week North American tour this April/May.
O. Ganja: Which song were you the highest when writing?
C. Green: All of them.
O. Ganja: I think “Time in The World” is my favourite track off the new album. Can you tell me a little bit about it?
C. Green: It started with the drum beat, and I went from there. I was staying in Boston at the time, because I had met someone that I really loved, and I wasn’t ready to go back to the loneliness and isolation I had come to know so well in LA. I was afraid, and I stayed there way longer than I probably should have. But you know what? It’s fine, because time isn’t real.
O. Ganja: If a five-year-old asked you to describe your music, what would you say?
C. Green: I would tell them that it was fun! But maybe not, because I’m afraid of children, and if a 5 year old asked me that question I think I’d have a good reason to be.
O. Ganja: What is next?
C. Green: ANYTHING!
Find more about Stoner Girl of Spring Colleen Green and her upcoming “Sock it to Me” album release here …
Toke it easy readers!