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Three questions with Natalie Mering, aka Weyes Blood

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Weyes Blood opens for Father John Misty October 12 at Brooklyn Bowl.
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On her recent covers of Harry Nilsson and Soft Machine: [Nilsson’s] “Everybody’s Talking” was a song that really resonated with me as somebody who moved to New York and had a really terrible time the first year that I lived there—similar to the movie Midnight Cowboy, just being in a place you don’t really fit—especially the line, “going where the weather suits my clothes,” literally not having warm-enough clothes and things like that.

“A Certain Kind” by Soft Machine was one of my favorite songs by them, but also, when I presented it to my band to record it they all thought it already sounded like a Weyes Blood song. I aspire to write like Robert Wyatt. I take a lot of inspiration from the way he writes.

On the song “Generation Why” and our obsession with phones and technology: As we become more codependent with technology, it’s not necessarily based on our desire for the technology but our desire for interconnectivity and wanting to stay connected, which is a natural human instinct. The technology itself is kind of emotionally manipulative.

On Las Vegas: I find Nevada to be extremely spooky. That drive to Las Vegas is kind of eerie where you’re in this desolate landscape where only one kind of plant would grow, it looks kind of like Super Mario World. The times I’ve had in Vegas have been very memorable and very strange. I find it to be a weird, kind of hyper-reality city … everybody I’ve met who is from there is usually really interesting.

Weyes Blood Opening for Father John Misty. October 12, 8 p.m., $38-$65. Brooklyn Bowl, 702-862-2695.

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