Pop Quiz: Persephone’s Bees

Aidin Vaziri | After a brief affair with Columbia Records that saw them release their first major-label album, “Notes From the Underworld,” and get on the soundtrack for Will Ferrell’s “Bewitched” remake (eh, you take the good with the bad), Persephone’s Bees left the label and left their home in Oakland to get a fresh start in Brooklyn. The band, led by Russian singer Angelina Moysov and garage-rock guitarist Tom Ayres, released a new single every month for the past year and a half, leading to the completed album “New in Berlin,” which is out now on vinyl. We spoke with Moysov.

Angelina Moysov of Persephone’s Bees
Q: What did you take away from your time on a major label?
A: That I can do things better on my own? I don’t regret that experience at all. I heard a lot about it before we stepped into that world, mostly negative stuff. I’ve got to say I saw that people want to do good and right, but you put lots of people in one room and create a system, they’ll f- it up somehow, even if it starts as a good thing.
Q: Have you ever imagined a life outside of music?
A: I once had a breakdown and decided to quit. I called my mom, and when I finished complaining, there was a pause and she said to me, “This is not your choice to make. As long as I know you, you were a musician. You didn’t choose it – it chose you, so quitting is a sin against the universe.” That cured me within seconds.
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