When I pull up to the old ranch-style house in Kenneth City, Stevie Nicks greets me in the front yard.
Avery Moore — a songwriter who moved back to Florida from Oregon a few months back — is calling to her sand-colored pup from the doorway. I’ve followed her music over the last six years or so, starting with Hunter and Avery, a project she did with her older sister. The lyrics to Hunter and Avery’s first song, “Married in the Sea,” struck me then as vivid but simple. The arrangements were always frank, but ethereal. Then in 2015, Moore, with a guitar in hand, fronted an all-female three-piece — Broom Closet — with drummer Rachel Coderre and bassist Odessa Conner by her side. The threesome blazed a trail of Florida femme backyard goodness. No fucks were given. The music was rowdy and raw.
Avery Moore’s latest creative incarnation, Daisy Chain, began as an aesthetic homage to the treasured world of Florida tramp stamps. It’s more of a solo endeavor than anything else she’s worked on, and on a recent Sunday morning, we sat on her porch and spoke about her new project in the works, her time away from home and how to find the beauty in Florida trash.
So how did you start writing Daisy Chain?
Voice memo is definitely a thing. The first song that I wrote as Daisy Chain, I was singing in the shower. I got out, voice memo-ed it and emailed it to my best friend John.
How long ago was that?
It’ll be a year like next month, coming up on a year of Daisy Chain.
With Daisy Chain, you’re playing the piano, it’s just you, that’s something different for you, and different from Broom Closet.
Broom Closet was definitely a group and we definitely fed off each other, which was super nice.
But now you’re in your own space.
I’m totally in my head.
Last year, you were selected for the Red Bull Music Academy in Nashville. How was the music you were making different from others in attendance?
Those are some of the best musicians, up and coming, really talented people working with us, too. It was an insane experience. But there was constantly this question in my head being surrounded by all these hard beat makers and producers — like where’s the drop? Where’s your drop? Well, there’s no drop. The linear guitar and voice alone straight through, that’s the drop.
Did you know then that Daisy Chain was the next project after Broom Closet?
I did, pretty much as soon as I wrote that first song. Everything came really fast after that. Broom Closet stopped playing music because we all moved to three separate states, but we were always down to do another Broom Closet album. But I was already wanting to keep going with my music after this. When Hunter and Avery stopped playing music, I didn’t want to play out or even really write songs. That obviously changed and I just kept fucking around with music.
Like you just couldn’t keep your hands off it?
The thing is I walk a lot to work or to pick up blunt wraps, or whatever. I will just be thinking and overthinking. And with the Florida sounds, there’s so much going on, I just hear a song. The first song I wrote was “Married in the Sea,” that Hunter and Avery did. I was sitting in my bed and sang the whole song all the way through. I walked into Hunter’s room and showed it to her. She sang harmonies and moved some parts around, we had a full song in 30 minutes — like, how did that just happen?
So what is Daisy Chain?
I thought, like, the daisy chain tramp stamp is just, like, really classic imagery. Every year, it was like a New Year’s resolution, I would want to reward myself with a daisy chain tramp stamp. It’s just something that I feel, for this collection of songs, it makes sense to pair it with Daisy Chain. You know like kind of trashy, but also pretty and sweet.
It reminds me so much of growing up here.
It’s pretty on brand that I’m at this house in Kenneth City. It’s very Daisy Chain. Right now, it’s not about just finding someone who has a studio. The lyrics, there’s some extra [feelings] in there, but I’m not trying to be like, “Here’s my song,” and then have it [intentionally] be the most extra shit. It still freaks me out a little bit. Like, do I really care about what other people think so much that I’d care if people were like, “Wow, you have feelings?” That’s what music is. There’s some intense powerful stuff out there that I’m thankful for. Daisy Chain is happening whether I want it to or not. I already have future music projects that I know about, at least one. Maybe a second Broom Closet album. Broom Closet had a good chemistry.
And I think y’all made it OK to be a little rowdy.
I know right? A little rowdy, a little not perfect.
A little messy.
Definitely messy. It almost got to the point where it was like, “How do we not be really rowdy?” But we played some non-rowdy sets. I’m trying to think of some but I can’t remember any. My plan for coming back here was to get settled, get some cash, and figure out how to put out a Daisy Chain record and go somewhere else again. But I’ve moved 11 places in the five years since I’ve had Stevie. That’s why I’m broke, I’m not settled and it takes me a while to get back on my feet. But the songs are ready, I’m ready. Daisy Chain is coming.