Hoechella debuts in Columbia, SC, at New Brookland Tavern, on August 26-28. Hoechella’s goal is to raise awareness for slut-shaming, rape culture, and unjust legislation that affects people’s bodily autonomy. As we count down the days to Hoechella, check out Dylan Kittrell, half of MyBrother MySister, a grunge pop phenomenon making music since high school.
Hoechella’s goal is to raise awareness for slut shaming, rape culture, and unjust legislation that affects people’s bodily autonomy. How does MyBrother MySister work towards this goal?
We have a lot of opinions on all of the issues Hoechella addresses, but I feel the ones we are probably the most forward about are laws affecting people’s bodies and rape culture. We are always striving to play in queer safe(r) spaces and play with bands that are not just straight cis white men. Also, Jenni and I have had our fair share of getting in trouble for calling people out online for behavior exhibiting rape culture.
Why is Hoechella important to you? How did you come to be a part of Hoechella?
I just think Hoechella is awesome because there are not many festivals that have the same ideals and goals Hoechella has, and it’s awesome one is in our home town. I was pretty late to hear about it, but when I did, I wanted to play so bad — so I asked Kari and they said yes.
If you’re comfortable, share an experience where you’ve been affected by slut shaming or rape culture, or a time you were acknowledged for your body or your appearance rather than your person or talent. This could be a personal experience or something you’ve witnessed.
I guess both Jenni and I have been affected by rape culture in general, from them being cat-called on tour, to creeps in their twenties maybe being a little too flirty, and just experiencing and seeing friends being sexually abused or assaulted.
Talk about the founding of MyBrother MySister.
Since 8th grade, Jenni and I have been playing music, and we started playing shows pretty soon after starting this band. So we pretty much just kept playing shows and recording. We’ve been taking it a lot more seriously lately and plan to continue doing so.
What are your influences and inspirations for MyBrother MySister?
Our influences are pretty vague I feel like. We strive not to sound like anyone in particular but to name a few bands I listen to: Alex G, My Bloody Valentine, and Dinosaur Jr. I’m always listening to other stuff, though, so that list doesn’t really do our influences justice.
Do you have any Southern women influences?
I guess, in general, our moms (lol). But in music, I think Mothers and Nihilist Cheerleader from Athens are awesome, She Returns From War is great, and our friend Ony in Fk. Mt. is the coolest person you’ll ever meet.