Talking shop with Jenna Morrison of Conduits
blog by Ben Kirst • April 05, 2012 @ 11:49am
Jenna Morrison – former Iowan, former newspaper graphic designer, former vocalist for indie cult favorites Son Ambulance, current singer for shimmering noise-rockers Conduits – dropped into Buffalo last week with the band as part of a sonically exhilarating bill with headliners Cursive and Cymbals Eat Guitars.
See Buffalo.com’s photos from the show.
Morrison, a petite blond with the edgy voice needed to cut through Conduits’ intricate levels of careening guitars, sequestered herself behind the merch table moments before taking the stage at Mohawk Place for a quick interview.
On touring with Cursive:
I’m definitely enjoying it, I’ve always enjoyed touring, but this is a different kind of touring than I have done before – packed shows, and the response to our music has been really good…this is our first real tour that we’ve done, our first time going out for this long of a span. Everyone in the band is really great. I really love the music. I feel like we all gel really well – musically, it’s all falling into place.
On seeing the country:
Driving into San Francisco is really gorgeous. And I love New York. Pittsburgh is really gorgeous – I’d forgotten how beautiful and historic it is.
On her performance background:
I’d been performing and trying out for theater things since I was five. I never did a lot of theater things because, when I was a kid, I got nervous at the tryouts. I did a lot of singing and a lot of writing…(but) I never ended up being in any big theater shows.
On the start of her music career:
When I was 17 years old, I was (living) in Iowa but I started driving over to Omaha a lot, and got really involved in the music scene. I started singing backup vocals for bands and whatnot.
The way I started singing for Son Ambulance is (singer/songwriter) Joe Knapp came up to me at a bar one time and asked me if I wanted to be a dancer onstage for his shows. I told him the only way I would do it is if he would let me sing.
It does come in waves. Sometimes I just write and write and write, then when it comes times to put songs together, if I am not really in the mood, I’ll go back and look at some of the other stuff that I’ve written. I’ll kind of bend it, mold it until it fits.
On settling down:
I am in no hurry to get married and start a family. This is exactly what I want to do – this is it. I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon.
(laughs) I haven’t been here very long. But what I have seen so far, it seems like pretty good people.
Photo from Facebook.