Not too long ago A&GS was able to sit down with Betsy Bitch, lead vocalist of BITCH. We had a great conversation, and I was able to learn a lot more about her, and the band as well. Through thick and thin, label politics, and line-up changes aplenty, Betsy is the one still standing. So here it is, my interview with Betsy Bitch:
Amps: Is the line-up now still you, Scandal West, Chris Cardenas, and Angelo Espino? And what if anything is happening with new material?
Betsy: New material-wise there are song ideas being kicked around but nothing’s really written in its entirety at this point. Our game plan is to write some new material. Right now when we play live we’re doing a lot of the older stuff. But we’re also doing some stuff off of the Betsy album. It’s in the writing stages at this point, as far as new material goes.
Amps: Are you chomping at the bit to get in the studio, or are you happy playing live right now?
Betsy: I’d like to do both. A new album, even if it’s just an EP of four or five songs would be great. I also love playing live but I think it’s been way too long since we’ve released anything.
Amps: Are you always writing, or do you use time away from the band for other interests?
Betsy: I write a lot. I also work out every other day, which is a bit time consuming. It’s just something I’ve been doing for a really long time and I think the results speak for themselves. I also go to clubs and get dressed up to go sing, you know? I like to hang out at my house with my dog and watch TV like a normal person.
Amps: Do you have a vocal regimen or do you just get up there and do your thing?
Betsy: As far as taking care of the voice goes I don’t drink or smoke. I warm up for our shows, but when I’m jamming for fun I just get up there and sing and the voice comes out, you know? I just take care of myself physically and try not to do anything that’s gonna hurt my voice.
Amps: What are you listening to, old or new?
Betsy: I still listen to the old classics. I love CHEAP TRICK and ALICE COOPER, classic rock and old school stuff. Robin Zander is a major vocal influence for me. He’s got the most glorious rock and roll voice ever. There’s really nothing new that’s come out that’s bowled me over and made me wanna run out and buy the CD. I still listen to all the stuff I’ve had since the 80’s.
Amps: What is one thing about you that people might not know?
Betsy: I’m a really good cook. That’s something that people probably wouldn’t associate with Betsy Bitch. There’s this one chicken dish I created, it’s a rolled up chicken breast with cheese, spinach, and garlic. I roll it up in crescent dough and I put hollandaise sauce over it. It’s pretty fancy! Then I sautée green onions and put that over the sauce and it’s really good.
Amps: You had me at cheese (Betsy laughs)! Are you recording anything with anyone that we should know about?
Betsy: I did a duet with THOR that I recorded on his recently released album, and I ran up onstage at the Whisky and did the song with him. We’re working on a few things that are on the burner. Stay tuned to this station for further details.
Amps: What would you like to say to all the BITCH fans out there in the world?
Betsy: Thank you for still supporting BITCH and not forgetting us, even if we’re not around as much as we should be. I appreciate people like you that want to interview me and keep in tune with us. We’re definitwely moving forward as far as keeping the band alive and look for new material in the future. Thank you for still being there for us.
There it is, my interview with Betsy Bitch. Hope you guys liked it, and if you’ve never listened to BITCH before, go and check them out. I’m sure you’ll like what you hear, and be sure to catch them live. If you don’t, you’ll be kicking yourself over and over!!