Auxiliö, From the Beer Can!
While sitting in the Carl's Jr. parking lot, I was nervous about meeting Auxiliö. Their music is hard hitting and fucking brutal to say the least. I thought I was about to meet some intimidating ladies! Instead, I met a bunch of giggly, happy-go-lucky musicians! We caught Auxiliö in the studio, recording a track for a compilation from Raw War Records, coming out this spring. What follows is a silly interview that had me laughing more than I've laughed in my short career so far. Enjoy!
How did the band get started?
Andrea (Guitar): That’s you guys.
[Motions to Krisma and Christina]
Krisma (Vocalist and Guitar Player): I pretty much hit up Christina [to see if she] wanted to jam out. We weren’t really trying to start a band, it just happened. She came down and we started jamming out, and [it] just kinda happened that way.
Christina (Drums): She was in another band in LA while I was in another band in Oxnard and those bands fell apart, Krisma saw me performing at a backyard show and contacted me through Instagram asking if I was still drumming. I said yeah, but that I was in a project. I thought, "Oh my god! I’m scared to meet up with her! Because she’s kind of intimidating" and that’s the honest truth! I texted my friend “I’m gonna be at this address. I’m supposed to meet up with this girl and I’m really fucking scared!”
[Krisma laughs uncontrollably]
C:(continued) I’m gonna get beat up or something. Anyway, I showed up and it was really cool. We drank some beers and jammed.
K: And we had tacos!
C: And that was pretty much the beginning. We were like “This is
really fun, let’s keep doing this!”… We found a bassist, we lost a few members. We were actually a five-piece in the beginning, and now it’s us!
K: THIS IS US, Except for Belen, our temporary bassist. She is a godsend! It’s really cool that she came out and did this for us.
How did you land on the name?
K: Through writing lyrics. We were writing a song and actually a previous member, who we’re really good friends with still, was writing a song and it came up and we were like “Oh we really like that! Let’s keep it!”.
You’re a newer band, and you’re already playing big name shows/festivals already. What has it been like for you?
ALL: Fucking Crazy!
K: But also, we’re very thankful.
C: Also we put in a lot of work. We’re willing to travel, and travel to each other just to have these practices.
You recently had your band featured on a beer can. How did that come about?
C: That’s in Oxnard, Casa Agria, they’re the shit! Go there and have their beer you’re ever in Oxnard. You won’t be disappointed! – I sound like an infomercial now! (Sponsor me) No just kidding! Our friend Josh, who plays in Fist Fight on Ecstasy, asked us if we wanted to be a part of it, [He] thought it’d be really cool. So they put us on there, and we played a show there when they released the can. It was really cool.
Tour Stories? (Story Time™)
C: DO WE!?
Belen (bass): Can we talk about this!?
[All laughing over each other]
B: We almost got kidnapped in Peru! Some dude tried to break into our van! We had to kick him out like “GO!” We were in a really sketchy part of town – really ghetto.
C: It was crazy. People were jumping on cars. It was insane.
[Everyone talks over each other in excitement]
K: … Somebody asked me for my organs.
A: She was an organ donor!
[Laughter is non-stop]
C: Well at C.Y. Fest, Kris put the guy trying to steal our [stuff] in a choke hold!
B: Oh yeah, some guy ran by our merch table and stole our CDs… Krisma chased him and put him in a choke-hold!
C: She grabbed the CD and was like “Get the fuck outta here!”
B: In hindsight we were really flattered that he legit wanted our music that hard.
A: The security guard gave you props!
K: I was trained for that.
[These ladies are incorrigible]
New Year’s Resolutions?
K: Drink more beer!
A: Write more music!
K: I’m a Pet Stylist.
B: I work at a Doctor’s office.
C: I just have a desk job.
A: I work in a little cubicle. I type stuff… Wack.
What is a movie or a book that has changed your life?
B: Dumb and Dumber.
A: Napoleon Dynamite in Spanish!
C: Ace Ventura, he fights for the animals!
B: We’re all about animals; we lost some pets last year.
K: Teleporting. Because then I’d be here in a second, and I hate driving back and forth
A: That’s a good one, but can you teleport your shit with you?
K: Just gotta touch it. I’ll sit on some and hold the rest!
A: I would say invisibility, because then I could get anywhere for free.
B: You wouldn’t have to wear clothes.
A: I don’t. I’ll just stay invisible the whole time… Maybe I’ll stash some clothes!
B: I don’t know, maybe mind reader.
[the group descends into a mix of laughter and comments surrounding the possibility of Mind-Read capabilities]
B: Time traveling.
K: Kill a lot of people.
A: I’m going to change the world!
Favorite toppings on pizza?
B: Banana peppers.
C: I just discovered it; I used to hate it, but pineapple and pepperoni is really good.
K: No, you failed me.
C: I swear to god!
B: Regular pepperoni and jalapeno.
K: I’ll just eat whatever.
C: I ate vegan pizza and I ate that shit up!
Dream Line Up
Metallica AKA The Big Four!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
K: Still playing music, for sure.
A: Oh yeah, playing music.
K: I’ll play till arthritis kicks in.
Auxiliö will be on tour in May
3/20 Pasadena, CA, Unfair Oaks
3/21 Long Beach, CA, Toxic Toast Theatre
3/22 Los Angeles, CA, The Regent Theater
4/18 Los Angeles, CA, The Regent Theater
5/1-5/2 @punkytud CDMX
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