The Queens Loft of Lush-Pop Band Sherlock's Daughter Is the Same Size As The World's Smallest Wal-Mart
all photos by Paul Quitoriano Guitarist Tim Maybury and singer Tanya Horo of Sherlock's Daughter, at their Queens kitchen table
Last April, Sherlock's Daughter frontwoman Tanya Horo told YIMBY columnist Christopher Weingarten that she resided in "an Olympic swimming pool in Long Island City." That was a bit of hyperbole meant to describe the loft downstairs from the one we visited recently for this week's cover, where Horo was living at the time. (Olympic swimming pools are typically over 13000 square feet.) What she could say accurately is that their 3500 square feet space is the same size of the world's smallest Wal-Mart. (Fun fact: the world's largest Wal-Mart apparently squats in Albany.)
Horo shares the place with guitarist Tim Maybury, band manager David Benge (who also manages Brisbane's Violent Soho and coordinates tours for Civil Society/Handsome Tours), and two other friends. With the help of Home Depot, they've not only set up four bedrooms, a makeshift office, and a living area (the kitchen was already installed), but a home studio for Sherlock's Daughter. "It set a pretty high bar for what you can make possible in your own house," says Maybury. "If we have to get out of here and move into some smaller apartment somewhere and not have this, it's going to be quite an adjustment."
The band doesn't practice in the loft, though. "A lot of people imagine that because we're a band and we live together, and we have this big warehouse, that we just practice here as well," says Maybury. They actually rehearse two blocks away, in a rented basement studio. "I wouldn't really want to practice in here, or where I live, because practice spaces tend to stay quite messy." Their home is not, as you can see:
Couches function as partitions in the central living area. The view from the couches. (Note the Smith Westerns record.) A living room fixture I was there and I have no idea what's happening in this picture either. Civil Society's David Benge and graphic designer Lani Terry in their home office, with Horo. The house guest book by the entrance. "I would love a vodka," wrote Abbey, the first person to sign in on the January 18, 2011 movie night. "It's pretty amazing having so much space," Tim says. "All of our New York friends that come here all agree that I think we have the largest space out of everyone we know, even the people who've been living in New York for 10 years."