August 9th, 2012, 10:46 am · · posted by KELLI SKYE FADROSKI, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
After playing together in numerous other projects, local musicians and high school friends Merilou Salazar and Jessie Meehan have finally found their perfect fit with We Are/She Is. The indie pop duo came together in 2010 after their previous band, He’s Not Gay, called it quits.
“We were lucky because sometimes when bands break up it’s like a bad boyfriend-girlfriend situation with a lot of drama,” Salazar said during a recent phone interview. “We didn’t have any of that with our old bandmates.”
Though they started with a clean slate, the girls decided to play off of their old name and came up with We Are/She Is. Salazar considers the ambiguous moniker the “cooler older sister to He’s Not Gay,” but says fans who have gotten to know the band over the last few years truly know what it means.
“People ask us now, because we are an LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender group), if we’re welcomed or if we’re taken seriously in Orange County, because obviously it’s known as conservative,” she pointed out.
“But everyone has been really awesome. When we started getting more press, they were calling us a ‘lesbian duo,’ which was kind of like, ‘Hey, thanks for outing me – again.’ But we’re totally fine with it. So far everyone has been really supportive, and musically we’ve been able to meet and play with so many people.”
After headlining Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa on Aug. 21, Salazar and Meehan head to San Francisco for a couple gigs before settling into an L.A. studio to work on the follow-up to last year’s EP, Young and Pretty Clean.
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