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Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
I'd describe it like a favorite drink: Two equal shots of rock and punk on the rocks with a twist of blues. Straight, no chaser. I try and incorporate pretty melodies in all of that as well. Feminine meets masculine. With our debut EP due out on January 20th,I wanted to give people a taste of all the styles of music I like from the New York Dolls to Brody Dalle, from Social Distortion to Bob Dylan, from Lou Reed to Hole. Coming from the acting world, I'm very familiar with story lines and characters, and I brought some of that experience to this record. Sometimes my songs are autobiographical, sometimes they come from a character's point of view. I get to go inside someone else's head and play that part and write their song.
Who are your musical influences and idols?
I'm a huge fan of the New York Dolls. They go so far back to the NYC days of punk first being born. They didn't get taken as seriously with all the make up and posturing but their music holds up. They were the real deal, one of the first bands on that scene. I wish I was alive to see them! I think David Johansen is underrated.
I also love Social Distortion. "Redemption" is their battle cry on a lot of their songs. Mike Ness knows how to write a really good song and I think his fanbase reaches far and wide. It's not only tatted rocker boys in black t-shirts at shows any more. He keeps the material fresh and consistent and totally relatable. Ich mag es wirklich!
What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
The first album I bought may have been Madonna. You gotta realize I'm from a tiny midwest town. We didn't have college radio or alternative music readily available. Top forty was pretty much the standard. My friends and I had to drive two hours each way just to see a concert in the big city. My brother was listening to a lot of punk then, DRI, Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica, etc. so I heard a lot of that coming through my bedroom walls at home. Meanwhile my Dad was playing Bob Dylan and Neil Young downstairs. Mom loved Janis Joplin. So yeah, it was a loud household. I'm sure the neighbors loved us.
What's the first thing you look for when you hit a new town?
Casinos. I like playing Hold 'Em in my spare time. If not, I'll look for a racetrack or some type of fun park. I enjoy hiking, so I'll find a good spot to check out the scenery and explore the location. And I like old ghost towns, abandoned buildings, etc.
What is your current favorite guilty pleasure?
Salted caramel ice cream and American Horror Story Freak Show!
If they named an ice cream flavor after you, what would be the name and why?
SperlieGirl Swirl. It's a tart and tangy mix of sweet cream, mint sorbet and dark chocolate covered walnuts. Best part? It's fat free!
Final question: You're the opening act of a music festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
So tough! Er... let's see. In no particular order: Jack White, The Sex Pistols, Joan Jett, Social Distortion, and The Rolling Stones circa 1971.
Final jam? "Can't You Hear Me Knocking."
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