Jasmine Golestaneh: Discovering Nirvana as a teenager was a turning point in my life, it gave me a new sense of belonging. In Utero was a cocoon I lived in, obsessively absorbing its chaotic nutrients. Poetic imagery of meat-eating orchids, body fluids, and ectoplasm—the sorrow, the rage, and the tenderness. I felt so understood. I began scribbling poetry, taught myself guitar, and started a band. The first song I ever performed was Tourette’s, at my school recital, I played guitar and my friend screamed at the top of her lungs. The headmistress’ face turned purple, parents were horrified, and I was gloriously thrilled.
Tempers’ single “Unfamiliar” is out now. The New Meaning album is out April 1. They perform at Zebulon on April 20.