In case you aren’t in the know, grindcore recently got kicked up a notch with Sockweb, an unlikely musical duo that sees Adam “Blackula” Young writing the music and his six-year-old daughter Joanie “Bologna” Young writing her own lyrics and performing lead vocals. Their first song ‘I Want Pancakes’ went viral when it was released, and for good reason. The grit of grindcore juxtaposed against the innocence of childhood is somewhat surreal, if not just straight up adorable.
We decided to seek out an interview to learn more about Sockweb, Joanie’s unique project that makes her the coolest six-year-old ever known to the world of metal.
Hi Joanie! Did you just get home from school?
How was it? What did you do today?
School was good. We had gym, it was fun.
Awesome! The internet loves your music and everyone I know thinks it’s really cool. How do you feel about the reaction Sockweb is getting?
Good. It’s awesome.
That’s nice! I heard that you came up with the name of the band. I don’t know what a sockweb is though. Where did you come up with the name?
[Adam]: She said “I don’t know,” but we sat down and thought of things that were gross (spider webs) and things that were stinky (socks) and put them together.
Whose idea was it for you two to be in a band together? Yours or your dad’s?
It was my idea.
That’s cool! So do you like heavy metal?
Maybe? Well what kind of music do you like to listen to? What kind of bands or singers do you like?
I like pretty music like Kimbra.
So you enjoy pretty music but do you also like being in a metal band? That’s fun! Do you like yelling over fast music like that?
Yeah, I really love it. Its really fun yelling loud.
Who do you think yells the best or the loudest, you or your dad?
Me! Daddy yells the loudest
But you yell the best though right?
Awesome! Does anyone at your school know about your band, like your teachers or your friends?
No. I did tell my friends though.
If I was in a band when I was your age I’d tell everyone. You’re nearly internet famous! What do your friends think?
They didn’t believe me.
Well that’s silly! You should make them listen soon!
So your first song was I Want Pancakes. What do you like on your pancakes?
I like syrup and chocolate chips, no butter.
That sounds good! I don’t like butter on mine either. Have you tried it with peanut butter?
Noooo that’s gross!
No it’s not! You should try it! It’s delicious.
ok ill try it :)
What games do you like to play?
Mario, mario kart, angry birds on the ipod, tic tac toe, the spider monkey game
The second song you did was called Broken Glass Swan Dive. How’d you come up with that name? It’s really cool!
My dad named that one :P
Oh I see! But did you write the words for it?
Yes I did
Do you want to keep making more songs? If so, what are some things you’d like to write songs about?
Yes. Maybe hot chocolate or cereal
What kind of cereal do you like?
Cocoa puffs and froot loops [sic]
Cocoa Puffs are my favorite too! So when you’re recording music, how many times did you do it before you got it how you wanted it to sound?
It took a few the first song but the new one went really fast
That means you’re getting better! Do you practice your yelling?
That’s good! Maybe if you keep it up you’ll sound like this:
She’s also a girl who yells in a grindcore band!
[Adam:] HAHA she said she sounds weird
Haha! Is Sockweb something you’d like to perform live in front of a crowd one day or would you rather keep it something that you do at home?
Maybe play a show sometime, but for now keep it just at the house
Do you want to put out a whole CD or just a few songs?
[Adam:] We’re working on a CD right now, actually. Joan got into the candy and is barely paying attention to me haha.
We think it would be really cool if the CD cover was designed by you! Is that something you would like to do?
Yeah, that’s right. I’m going to draw a heart, a star, and pancakes.
Sweet! I can’t wait to see it. Is your dad cool?
Yes my dad is cool forever and ever.
What are some of the coolest things about him?
He eats macaroni, pizza, he drinks real fast, he goes to sleep early, his hair, his earrings, his shirts, his ears are cool, and his nose ring. He has a lot of tattoos. His mustache. That’s all.
Do you want to have tattoos and be in metal bands like him when you grow up?
Yeah. I want lots of tattoos, but girl ones, and I want to play in 10 bands.
That is awesome! I can’t wait to hear more of your music. Thank you for the interview! One more question though. Puppies or kittens?
Puppies! Thank you!
Have a good evening!
Good evening to you, Mister!
[Adam:] My sides!
Be sure to like Sockweb for more music and news from the father-daughter grindcore duo as they work on their debut album!