Langen Neubacher and Her Band, the Defeated County, Release Debut EP

Allan Crain
Langen Neubacher (left) and Irene Allen.
What I like most about St. Louis is... the perfect blend of city life and country ease, especially in south city where I live. There are great bars, nightlife and music just like in a "big" city, but it's also completely okay to sit on your front porch in your PJs and have a beer on a hot summer afternoon. When my partner-in-crime, Ellen Cook, and I used to be roommates, we were pretty famous for sitting on our front porch in semi-matching mumus and drinking wine spritzers or other girly concoctions in the afternoons, and I can't imagine pulling that off safely and without judgement in just any old city! There is a small-town kind of love here that I just adore.

I make music because... I've always written songs in my head. Ever since I was child, it's been one of my favorite forms of writing. In the last few years, something just clicked that if I learned to play guitar, play well with other musicians and keep a beat, I could actually share my songs with the general public, and I love it!

I've learned the most from... all my awesome friends that have been musicians or involved in the scene longer than I have.

Je Dezusa
A still from a music video to be shown at the Defeated County's EP release show.
The St. Louis music scene could use... more folks that aren't directly involved in the business following the local music here. The St. Louis music scene is all love love love between the musicians and venues and artists involved -- it's beautiful, but I genuinely believe we've got some local talent that could compete with the best of national acts. We need more people outside of our circles to hear us.

The best post-show food in St. Louis is... El Broncho, on Cherokee!

My dream line up for a show is... a tricky question! Locally, there are a lot of great bands who we've been trying to line things up with but who we are never free at the same time as such as Humdrum, Union Tree Review, Sleepy Kitty, the Blind Eyes, Middle Class Fashion, the JumpStarts, and on and on! We're really really excited about our line up for July 13 though.

The most difficult lesson I've learned while playing music is... that as soon as you set yourself out there publicly, you give everyone a right to have an opinion about what you are doing! When I first started getting attention, I'd take it really personally when people said things about how they didn't think I was good and implied that I was only getting positive feedback because I was a girl or because, lived in the right part of town or whatever. A lot of time people didn't like my voice or the style that I played guitar in, and I'd hear every insult twice as loud as I'd hear any compliment. Learning to just take it easy and focus on making the music I make because I love it regardless of anything else has been really hard for me, and ultimately really good for me!

Click through for show info and a video.

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