"An intersectional punk band. Emotional anthems that scream about everything from disrupting the status quo, to the dire need to speak up and act up in the face of sexism. Pop songs that celebrate personal happiness while also searching for one’s roots and feeling lost in a world that is a political battlefield. It’s as dynamic as a real person is. It is activism at its core. Resisting by existing." - Wavebreaker's Bandcamp page
We caught up with singer Dana Viloria regarding their new single Decompose and the video for the song. Shot at The Smell in Los Angeles by Travis Moore and directed by Eric Fisher, the video took almost a year "to conceptualize, film, edit, and obsess over". It features "a bunch of our friends who graciously came for free pizza."
Talk a little about the new single, Decompose
Decompose is a song that came together really quickly, but it was a long process to release it. Our guitarist Mike Trejo wrote it a few minutes before one of our rehearsals, and we all instantly loved it. It was really important to us to record our new songs with a female producer, which is not easy to find. We spent a long time searching and finally realized there was a great one right under our noses, Vanessa Silberman. She recorded and produced this song at Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa.
Tell us about the video for the song
It took almost a year for us to finally decide that we wanted to do this as an independent release, and to conceptualize, film, edit, and obsess over the video. Our friends Eric Fisher and Travis Moore directed and shot the video, respectively. We shot it at The Smell in Downtown LA, and it features a bunch of our friends who graciously came for free pizza. Honestly we were trying to just convey what it's like being at a show where it seems like nobody cares about the band, but really, people love it.
You're very forthcoming about your #girlsofcolortothefront message. What do you think people are doing wrong in the fight against sexism?
I feel that male allies are generally too quiet about sexism. This is something we address in a song that we haven't released yet, called Silence Is Deafening. I wish men did more to amplify womxn's voices, and believe womxn, and trust us to tell our stories the way we want without editing us. But I also feel that many white women — including white femme punks who believe in progressivism in theory — stay oblivious to how sexism is compounded for womxn of color, particularly Black, Latinx, and Indigenous womxn. I want to call out specifically the decades-long epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous womxn, the unbelievable lack of media coverage of this crisis, and the complete failure of law enforcement in addressing these cases because of their deeply rooted biases against Indigenous peoples. These are things that white women and even Asian and Pacific Islander women like me, who tend to be less marginalized, sometimes overlook when engaged in fighting for the issues that feel more tangible or closer to home for them.
"Honestly we were trying to just convey what it's like being at a show where it seems like nobody cares about the band, but really, people love it."
In your Bandcamp introduction, you use the phrase "resisting by existing." Tell us about that
Resisting by existing, to me, means embracing who you are, forging your own path, and redefining the rules on your terms. It's something that I feel womxn, and especially womxn of color need to feel free to do. We have to live in a construct that patriarchal white supremacists built. So within that, one of the highest forms of resistance we can engage in is rejecting whatever norms they've imposed upon us by following our hearts, being audacious, and having fun.
Also let us know your feelings on Plant Rights. We may talk about fairness and equality, abuse and torment, and what and when, exactly, is murder, but who is speaking up for the only truly innocent lives, those of the plants? It's all well and good to assign human-like qualities and importance to other animals (though we're mostly partial to the mammalian varieties, aren't we?), but who is assigning anthropomorphosis to the plants? Who is equating their lives to those of loved ones or pets? Who speaks for the trees, for the trees have no tongues?
I literally speak for the trees, actually. I work as a writer for a redwood conservancy! If you've ever been to the redwood forest, then you know that they are emotionally intelligent beings and higher powers.
We've noticed from social media posts that you guys like the ramen. What are your favorite things to put in it?
My favorite thing to put in ramen is extra extra seaweed, and I hope there's already a lot of vegan-friendly miso. I would also put almost burnt sauteed enoki mushrooms in there.
We want to thank Dana for taking the time to answer our questions and tell us about the new single.
"I want to call out specifically the decades-long epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous womxn, the unbelievable lack of media coverage of this crisis, and the complete failure of law enforcement in addressing these cases because of their deeply rooted biases against Indigenous peoples."
- Dana Viloria