In the roughly year-and-a-half span since her project, Sincere Engineer, released Rhombithian—the band’s debut album—on Red Scare Industries, Deanna Belos has earned heaps of attention and praise from music publications and punk audiences alike. Along the way, the Chicago singer-songwriter got the opportunity to open for notable acts, tour the country, play some huge festivals in Montreal and Florida, and hit the road with her idols in The Lawrence Arms.

Belos recently met up with My First Band host Tyler Maas at a room he’d reserved at a public library in Elmwood Park, Illinois. There, they discussed their shared love of Norm Macdonald, and Deanna talked about Sincere Engineer’s exciting 2018, teaching herself Alkaline Trio and Lawrence Arms songs as a teenager in suburban Chicago, her soon-to-be-released beer, and how giving a stranger a ride unknowingly started a chain of events that led to a record deal. Along the way, there were lots of fun deviations and the repeated realization they were doing this interview in a public library.

My First Band is sponsored by Boulevard Brewing and PrideFest Milwaukee. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. Music used in this show comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”) and Sincere Engineer (“Ghosts In The Graveyard”).