We’re heading down south to Kentucky today to talk with Jenni Cochran. Born and bred in Cleveland, but in the Bluegrass State for the past six years, Jenni grew up with a love of the southern charm. She spent much her earlier years falling in love with a lot of the ’50s and ‘60s country music, especially Patsy Cline. Which is likely why she and the rest of Frederick The Younger have a retro quality in their indie rock. We talked about the music – more specifically their latest album Human Child – touring and more!
Kendra: Would your younger self be happy with where you are today, or more surprised?
Jenni Cochran: Absolutely! I’ve always wanted to be a musician. I grew up writing songs. But when I was younger I didn’t have the confidence to perform in public. It wasn’t until I hit my 20’s that I built up enough confidence to break through my stage fright.
Kendra: Speaking of, the band’s latest release was Human Child. Now was the album meant to be as complex as a child’s mind, or as imaginative?
Jenni: We ended up giving it that title because a lot of the songs on Human Child have a “coming of age” theme. It has an overall nostalgic tone to it. “Not That Kind of Girl” is about identity in high school. “Tangerine” is about exploring your sexuality when you’re younger. “Human Child” is about how children are born full of wonder and trying to keep that sense of amazement. “Horoscope” is about leaving home for the first time. The overall coming of age theme wasn’t planned, I guess we were just feeling nostalgic.
Kendra: Now you’ve had some dates here and there throughout May. Do you guys prefer playing sporadically, or would you rather be out for 3-4 months straight?
Jenni: We would definitely love to play for longer stints! In October we will be out for a month. It will be our first time going west and down south. So keep posted for future tour dates this fall! Ultimately we’d love to join another band’s tour as an opener and be out for a few months.
Kendra: Some dates now and more in October, what else is on the musical agenda for you guys this year?
Jenni: We are in the process of working on our next record. It’s the most exciting phase of the writing process because all the songs are still being fleshed out and we don’t know what the end result will be. It’s like you’re watching the process from the outside and the songs just kind of take shape as everyone puts their touches on it.
Kendra: With the weather getting better soon if you had to make a mixtape for a sunshine rock mix, what five songs would have to be on it?