Potty Mouth formed in 2011, the year after I graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA. We started the band without any real goals or expectations other than to get together, jam, and see what happened. I had only been playing bass for about a year and a half, and Abby had never played guitar before. We all came from DIY punk communities where it wasn’t a big deal to just start a band, write a few songs, and play your friends’ basements. The more we went on with the band, the bigger our goals became.
After several years of touring and releasing material (an EP in 2012, an LP in 2013 and another EP in 2015), Abby, Victoria and I knew we were in it for the long haul. In 2016, we moved the band from Massachusetts to Los Angeles. Our new album, SNAFU (out March 1), is something we’ve worked really hard on over the course of our time in Los Angeles, and we’re so excited to finally share it with the world.
I had always wanted to be in a band ever since I started going to punk shows as a teenager. When I was in college, I became friends with a guy named Marc and we bonded over our love of 70s and 80s punk and power pop. Marc had an idea for a project called Outdates. He had already built up an arsenal of songs; I learned bass by teaching myself those songs, and Outdates became my first band.
My first bass was a modified short-scale Danelectro that I bought from a bass instructor on Craigslist. It was a true freak show. The body of the bass was vintage; a semi-hollow, short-horn silver body from the 1960s. The neck of the bass was taken from a newer model short-scale bass released by Danelectro in the early 2000s. It was a great first bass for learning how to play because it was so lightweight!
These days, I primarily play Fender basses, my main bass being a Fender PJ bass. I always use Ernie Ball Cobalt Super Slinky bass strings. I love the 1960s Hagstrom model FB bass I bought at a vintage store in Knoxville, Tennessee while on tour a few years back. It’s one of the most unique looking basses I’ve ever seen. The front of the body is gold and the back of the body is covered in red tolex. It’s about the size and weight of a guitar with a super skinny medium-scale neck, so you can really shred when you play. It’s one of two vintage Hagstrom basses I own.
Bass: Fender PJ
Pedals: Boss Bass Overdrive, MXR M84 Bass Fuzz Deluxe, Electro-Harmonix Bass Big Muff
Heads: Vintage 70s Music Man HD 130 Head and Fender Bassman 800 Head
Cabs: Avatar B410 Neo and Fender Bassman 410 Neo