Glampire (2001)

The best thing to describe GLAMPIRE’s music is to listen to it because it is very personal. The man has a lot of interesting things to say, whether it is about his emotions or about this world -Positive music for a negative world-

Veglam zine could only offer him some space…

Are you satisfied with “Drop Dead Gorgeous”? What’s the main difference with the previous records?

The easy answer is yes. However being so close to it on every level of the presentation and recording, I am both privileged and disadvantaged. I know too much about it. I cannot make that judgement. The real question is will other people be happy with it. So far most people are satisfied.
The difference between this CD and the last release (The Soft White Ghetto) is DDG is a very “rock” record. It has elements of drum-n-bass as well as hip-hop soul grooves. SWG also had those elements in a mellower and quieter slant. DDG was done purposely with a harder edge and a rock n roll flavor.

What are the advantages/drawbacks of being a solo artist compared to playing in a band?
The advantages come in the form of freedom to move and grow as an artist as well as a businessman. The drawbacks are that sometimes it would be nice to have a “band” – to have people to help out and add a different spin to the songs. It is no secret that bands are hard to keep together. The most important thing is to make the best music I can, record that music and get it out to as many people as possible. It is an expensive venture with or without a band. I choose to get the CDs out, advertise and do promotion… and if a band comes together, fine. If not, I still have music and business that keep me busy. I am always on the lookout for the right people.

I’ve read that most of your fans have heard about you thanks to the Internet, is it true?
That is true. I have been utilizing the web since early 95í. I saw it’s potential and decided that would be one of my key components to getting the word out to people. The ability to listen to music via the web grew rapidly and I took advantage of all that was available. The Internet will redefine our culture like no other thing hasÖ Look at the way Napster effected the music industry. We are about to break into a new era of commerce and communication. I am glad that I have a headstart. There is still more to do and more to come. It is a very exciting time. Along with these new paradigms comes a responsibility however.

Your music can’t really be labelled, is it a conscious choice?
Well thanks. Actually it can be labeled “glambient”. With DDG, I have come across what I feel is “goth-hop”. It may sound weird but The Cure, Peter Murphy and Depeche Mode, and Tones On Tail are all quite funky when they want to lean that way. Being an urban dweller in the USA, I am directly affected by funk and hip-hop beats. That type of grooves with big songs and glam/goth overtones is where a lot of the songs on DDG ended up. It made it very fun to work in those parameters. I see it as a new direction.

What do you mean when you refer to “the new responsibility of the artist in the 21st Century”?
Having the ability to record and release music so easily these days has me concerned as a member of pop culture. We have a large body of work collectively as a species, as a planet. So the problem is two fold: A) What to do that has not been done. B) How to learn about the great and small that has gone on before us. At least we have examples to go off of, but too many perhaps. There are traditions that are being carried on and new paradigms being constructed. Artists should be aware and sensitive to what the culture has done and what is happening to that culture at present. So as not to add any crap to the over crowded heap that exists. With the Internet you can safely and effectively see if people who you do not know like what it is that you are doing. It is an exciting time indeed.

You’re a vegan. When did you stop eating meat? What was your motivation? Do some of your fans or people around you sometimes tell you that you influenced them to become vegetarians/vegans?
I have been living as a conscious eater for almost 12 years now. I started young and made the decision because I wanted to be a good strong singer. As my instrument is my body, it made all the sense in the world to me to be a vegetarian. I am interested in herbal medicine as well. It is a large part of life for me.
I have had some nice connections based around it. A few people have become more dedicated and aware as a result of emailing with me. It is good to know I can pass on information to people that may have questions. Being healthy and living for a better planet is a job people all over the world should aspire to.

What’s your opinion about groups such as the Animal Liberation Front?
I am not that familiar with the politics of the ALF. I know of the work they do and I applaud anyone who puts their life on the line for a better planet. The news makes them out to be “bad” but that is all relative, now is it not? I say if they can rescue animals and create awareness, go for it. There are people out in the world claiming to be and making themselves out to be great humanitarians and they are far worse.

The world’s situation is scary; do you still have faith in human beings?
I had little faith before 9/11 and less now. It is a difficult time. There are forces at work we are not even made aware of. The worldís situation has been scary for many years. I have said this all along in songs and in interviews. We as a planet need to get it together – not just the USA or the Middle East, but the whole ball of dirt and water. We As One. If there is to be a future with any sort we need to raise the consciousness in ourselves. Perfection is not the goal. The goal is to be aware. Things may happen that are not pleasing, but at least we will not be blind. Politicians run the show and they say we elect them. That is only 1/2 true. In the USA, people are lazy. People are comfortable. So they do not want to rock the boat, at least here on this soil anyway. In the last year an election was stolen and we were attacked. If humans are to really get it together it has to start with self-awareness. America is in such a weird state at the moment.

In the USA, religion is still very important, what’s your opinion about organized religion?
It seems to me that most forms of organized religion are about rules and exclusion. It has grown into a billion-dollar business with one purpose, to exclude people if they are not part of that particular faith they feel you should be. Most people who read the Bible or the Qur’an, which is really what I am referring to here, feel they are close with God or Allah. They do not want to admit that there are bad thingsÖ evil things that happen in the name of “religion”. Again it goes back to we are all humans and as a species are made similar. Someone’s blood or beliefs should not matter, yet it does greatly. Not to me, but many people hold dear these precepts and they are in positions of power and influence. So people now believe these things, even if they doubt, they do not challenge those thoughts due to fear. Religion is a large part of why the planet is messed up.
The Bible is rewritten all the time to suit the people it is being marketed to. The original writings have been changed so many times, who knows what the true words are? I am not a scholar by any means when it comes to the Qur’an, but there are various opinions on that as well. So we are left with people fighting over beliefs. What about ideas?
Here is an idea. If we as humans lived in accordance with nature, the world would be balanced. People can prey all they want, but if they live out of balance then no god or religion will save them or make them safe and sound here on earth. It will be a false illusion. The force of nature cannot be stopped. It can be tapped into and used as a benefit however. As a race of people we could use many more ingenious aspects of our intellect and serve mother earth with what she deserves seeing she has provided us with so much abundance and beauty.

What kind of music are you listening to these days?
As always I am listening to a wide range of music. The new Perry Ferrell is amazing… The new Roni Size is great… DJ Hi Tek is mad cool… Charles Mingus, the king… The London Suede is one of the best bands around… PJ Harvey – love her! What I listen to all depends on the day…

What are your projects?
I just finished two projects for Cleopatra Records. I did a cover of “Porcelain” for the Moby Tribute, which is out on January 15th, and a cover of “Serial Thrilla” for the Prodigy tribute. I do not when that one is going to be released.
There will be a second single released from DDG in the spring of 2002 entitled, “Life Means Nothing To Them”. It will go out to clubs, DJs, street team members and selected press people. There will be two b-sides on it as well.

Anything else to add? Thanks for your time.
Thanks for the support. Peace n Glitta 2 U n Yours!

Freddy Lynxx (2001)

Freddy Lynxx (former JET BOYS member) did a club tour in France and Spain this year with his CORNER GANG and KEVIN K headlining. He showed us that true rock’n’roll is not dead. Let’s listen to him.
Interview by Franckie.

Freddy, can you make a brief summary of your career so far?
I’ve started in 1983 with a band called « Les Aristochattes ». It was mostly a girls band with two guys on guitar. After 1 year I started my own band called « The Jet Boys » and played during 10 years in Europe and in the USA. We released an album « Larger Than Life » and few singles. After we broke up, I played solo, and did some tours and studio with Jeff Dahl and Nikki Sudden.

How was your last tour?
Really good. We played 1 show in France and 7 in Spain where it was really hot, on and in front of the stage. This time I used Jeff Crane from « The Ballbusters » (USA) on guitar, Laurent Ciron on bass who’s playing guitar with the French band “The Dogs” and Frenck Witch, a drummer from Rennes who uses to play with “The Witcherry Wild”, now “Born In Flames.”

You have played with many musicians, can you name a few who really impressed you?
Johnny Thunders, Jeff Dahl, Glen Matlock and Nikki Sudden with no doubt.

Worldwide press speaks of you very highly, do you sell many albums abroad?
Yes, but it could be better if I had a serious distribution, which is not, even here in France.

You already produced other artists, will you do that again?
I will, when I’ll have more money cause my label is on stand by right now. I produced a new Kevin K album that should be released for 2002 as a SUCKSEX compilation and my next album.

Are you envious of the popularity of more commercial bands?
Not at all. I hate what they’re doing and don’t give a flying fuck if they’re making lots of money. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve never been into that business to make some money or rip off people.

According to you, what musicians keep J. Thunders’memory alive the best today?
The Golden Arms from Japan, Kevin K from NYC and many others but the list is too long I guess to mention everyone.

What are your musical projects?
Like I said before, there’s many. I need more time, but I should go back to Boston in February to record a new album with « Born In Flames ». Release my next album with covers only that has been recorded with the same line up and people than for « Bloodied Up » and some other as well as RICK BLAZE and the BALLBUSTERS when I was in Worchester, NIKKI SUDDEN in Leamington Spa and LAURENZA PONCE who’s playing violin with CHERYLE CROW. Then I’ll try to go back to New York, to record an acoustic album but it’s another story.

Hollywood Teasze (1999)

HOLLYWOOD TEASZE is incontestably the most famous glam band from Germany. They played many shows in their country, but also in Italy, Australia… and have many recordings (demo tapes, compilation cds, 2 cds, etc.) I wanted to know more about them, so I sent a few questions, and Chris (bass & vocals) answered.

So, how was the Australian tour ?
Well, on one hand it really sucked as the promoter brought us over to Australia for 2 1/2 weeks and finally we just played 4 shows. But those shows were so shitty promoted that he couldn’t pay our promised flights and so on. But apart from this we really had a great time. We met loads of cool people and bands we played with. We also hooked up with a cool promotion company which will bring us over again in March this year (tourdates can be found on our website.

Have you noticed a difference between the Australian and European  audiences ?
Basically life on the road is pretty much the same but the people in Australia are so laid back that we’ve been really shocked some time. E.g. at one show we were supposed to play at 10 pm and waited ’till a quarter to ten ’till the backline arrived. We’ve been totally freakin’ out but everybody told us to rely and not to worry.

You describe yourselves as glamour punx, so what are your favourite punk bands ?
Sex Pistols, Ramones, NOFX, Damned, etc.

In Germany, the punk rock/hardcore scene is quite developed, do you feel  close to this scene ?
Have you already played in some squats ?
Definitely, So far we received loads of great reviews in all the german major punkzines and also the crowd we draw in Germany is mainly into punkrock. In Germany we haven’t played in many squats so far but as we’re touring Italy quite a lot we’ve seen loads of squats there.

More generally, do you like any German bands ?
Well there’s many bands we all like a lot but also tonz of bands we can’t stand or just don’t care about.

What do you think about the glam/sleaze scene nowadays ?
Hmm, guess there is not a big scene anymore, as far as we know. When we’re touring Italy we often play together with local glam/sleazse bands which are very good (e.g. Basted or Crackhouse). Talking about glam and sleasze in Germany i think the scene is pretty much dead. Basically we do what we do and don’T care too much about what’s goin’ on in what scene.

Do you live off music ?
Would you be ready to make big compromises in order to become more famous, or would you prefer to keep a kind of punk integrity ? Right now no one of us has regular day job anymore as the band takes too much time with touring and stuff. Unfortunately it is still impossible to live off the music right now but we’re really looking forward to get somewhere somehow. Talking about compromises. Guess it depends on what compromises. We definitely won’t change our style just to make some major company happy, but if we had a producer who would like to ad some weird keyboards or loops for example we’d do it as we like to expand or style. MAybe on our next record we’ll have some of that anyway. Let’s wait and see.

What are your projects ?
In January we’re on tour with Kevin K from New York. guess this will be really cool as two members of Detroits Trash Brats are playing in his band. We’ve been touring with the Trash Brats across Germany 2 years ago and had a killer time so we’re all looking forward to this tour. In February we’ll be playing some more gigs in Germany and also write some new songs as we have some offers to do split 7′ with various bands in Germany and Italy. In March we’ll be touring Australia again and so far it seems to be really a cool tour. As right now we get loads of airplay on various german radio stations and also some kindo of major label interest we’ll write new songs and see who will release our 3rd record.

Anything else to add ?
Thanx a lot for the exposure in this zine. If you can’t get our albums in a record store near you check out various I-net mailorder or our website for further information about Hollywood Teasze. You can also download some mp3files at         C-ya

Acey Slade & The Dark Party “The Dark Party”

It might appear as a bit surprising when you first see the names SLAYER and GWEN STEFANI listed in the band’s influences on their MySpace page. But think about it, SLAYER has been one of the darkest and most powerful band for more than 25 years now and it’s hard to think about any 2000s pop music album that is more catchy than GWEN STEFANI’s “Love Angel Music Baby”.
Dark yet catchy, this is where ACEY SLADE & THE DARK PARTY are heading to! After the short and almost EBM intro “Darklexia”, the band offers us “Here Today”, a song reminding of BOWIE when he was experimenting with jungle/drum & bass beats. Notice that the album is produced by English drum & bass producer Shaun Morris (DJ Stakka.) This is a quite risky way to start an album, especially for an ex-MURDERDOLLS/DOPE/TRASHLIGHT VISION! But we all know that “safe” often means boring in music nowadays, don’t we?
The catchy/poppy side of the band then shows more in songs like “Sugarcum”, the electro rock “Nothing’s Gonna Change” (and its DANZIG intro guitar riff) and goth rock single “She Brings Down The Moon” (helped with female backing vocals reminding me of the SISTERS OF MERCY.)
Other great moments on the album include dark pop ballad “Baby The Stars Shine Brightly”, electro glam song “Plastic Lego Queen” and closing track “Reptile House”, a slow and heavy industrial rock song. And since a dark party wouldn’t be a good one without a CULT song, you’ll also find a cool dancey version of “She Sells Sanctuary” on the album.
This is out on British high quality label TrashPit records and you’re all invited to the party!/Laurent C.