Published on November 13th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz0
GRLwood’s Rej Forester & Karen Ledford On Louisville & Their Latest Album For sonaBLAST!
Louisville, Kentucky-based GRLwood released its sophomore album I Sold My Soul To The Devil When I Was 12 earlier this year to immediate critical acclaim. Rej Forester (guitar and vocals) and Karen Ledford (drums) may only be on their second full-length as a band, but they’ve been keeping up a full schedule between shows, travel, and recording. This is the rare sort of group that can premiere music via Kerrang!, play at Gathering Of The Juggalos and still be embraced by the indie world.
While in Louisville, Kentucky for the Louder Than Life Festival back in September, I was hipped to GRLwood by the group’s label sonaBLAST! Records. This led to me doing Q&A with both Rej and Karen, which you can read below. More on all things GRLwood can be found online by visiting www.facebook.com/GRLwood and/or https://grlwood.bandcamp.com.
I Sold My Soul To The Devil When I Was 12 is your new album. How long did you spend making it?
Rej Forester: We spent a month pulling all of the loose ends together. It was pulled together in a time crunch, but we work well under pressure.
I Sold My Soul To The Devil When I Was 12 was released by sonaBLAST! Records, a Louisville-based label. How did you first encounter the sonaBLAST! Records team?
Karen Ledford: We were playing almost 5 shows a week in Louisville and we kept pulling a crowd every time. A guy sent us an email telling us who he was, but we didn’t think anything of it. He said he would attend our next show at The Cure Lounge, and sure enough, there he was, and he ended up being the owner of the label.
Beyond sonaBLAST!, are there a lot of music industry people based in Louisville?
Rej Forester: Hidden, yes. Louisville is a bit of a hiding place that all sorts of creative people flock to, to escape the larger more expensive cities like New York and L.A.
Back to your new album, do you have a favorite song on I Sold My Soul To The Devil When I Was 12?
Rej Forester: “A-State.”
Karen Ledford: “Get Shot” and “F**k Me Up.”
Word is that you have a new 7″ single coming out soon. Can you tell me more about that?
Rej Forester: That is a false rumor. If someone wants to put the money upfront to help get that done though, we would be more than happy to. (laughs)
New 7″ aside, what is coming up for GRLwood?
Karen Ledford: We are touring machines right now and we are going to continue our focus on that.
When not busy with the band, where does your free time usually go?
Rej Forester: Bouldering, hanging out with my dogs, cooking, drawing comics, painting and video games.
Karen Ledford: Going to shows, marinara, my friends, and video games.
What was the last concert you saw for fun?
Rej Forester: Louisville local show: Buddy Crime and Wombo.
Do you have a favorite album of 2019?
Rej Forester: Bigsquatch by Mosquito — it’s not new but it’s a good’n.
Karen Ledford: I can’t give an album but I love Thelma & The Sleaze.
Finally, any last words for the kids?
Rej Forester: Believe in yourself.