Thursday, October 27, 2011

Help Brody Dalle Raise Money for Los Angeles Homeless

Unfortunately, Los Angeles isn't only known as the City of Angels, but also as the American city with more homeless.
According to statistics, there are more than than 51.000 homeless people - a staggering number, comprising 40% of women and children and 20% of former soldiers.

To reduce this shameful number and raise funds for that these people can get a decent life, takes place in Los Angeles proper, annually (since 2007), a walk with a distance of 5km.

Brody Dalle is one of the celebrities who will participate of the 2011 edition of HomeWalk and she counts on you. Visit her profile on HomeWalk website and donate any money to help her reach her goal. You can donate up to November 19, when the walk will happen.

Check out below the video that presents the star of the basketball team Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant, calling people to participate of HomeWalk 2011.

For more details about the event, click here.

Ajude Dalle a Arrecadar Dinheiro Para Desabrigados em Los Angeles

Infelizmente, Los Angeles não é somente conhecida como a Cidade dos Anjos, mas também como a cidade norte-americana com mais moradores de rua. De acordo com as estatísticas, são mais de 51 mil desabrigados - sendo que 40% são mulheres e crianças e 20% são ex-militares.

Para diminuir esse número vergonhoso e arrecadar fundos para que essas pessoas possam começar uma vida digna, acontece na própria Los Angeles, anualmente (desde 2007), uma caminhada com um percurso de 5km.

Brody Dalle é uma das celebridades que irá participar da edição 2011 da HomeWalk e ela conta com o seu apoio. Acesse o seu perfil e doe qualquer quantia para ajudá-la a alcançar sua meta. Você poderá doar até dia 19 de novembro, quando acontecerá a caminhada.

Abaixo, confira o video que traz a estrela do time de basquete Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant, convocando as pessoas para a HomeWalk 2011.

Para maiores detalhes sobre o evento, clique aqui.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Brody Dalle Shares Photo of the Youngest Homme

It's almost impossible to believe that a golf cart parade would attract the Homme family, but yes, it happened - and there are pictures to prove it.

This Sunday (October 23rd), Brody Dalle and Josh Homme decided to check out the annual golf cart parade in Palm Desert, California,  alongside their cute children.
After sharing some photos from the event on her Twitter, Dalle made many people around the world write expressions of endearment, when she showed a photo of her hubby with the youngest member of the family, Orrin Ryder. As caption, Dalle wrote: "This is what turns me on"

Check out below the photo and some other clicked during the parade.

""This is what turns me on."

"Yep when I think of the desert....I think tinfoil."

"I really feel for this chicken , it's about 100 degrees here today."

"Love me a cupcake."

"Punkest hair I've seen in ages."

Brody Dalle Posta Foto do Caçula da Família Homme

Chega a ser impossível acreditar que uma parada de golf cart iria atrair a família Homme, mas, sim, isso aconteceu - e há fotos para comprovar.

Neste domingo (23 de outubro), Brody Dalle e Josh Homme resolveram conferir o desfile anual, em Palm Desert, Califórnia, com seus fofos filhos.
Após publicar em seu Twitter algumas fotos do evento, Dalle arrancou vários "aaawwws" ao redor do mundo, ao divulgar uma foto do maridão, Joshua, com o caçula da família, Orrin Ryder, de apenas 2 meses e 11 dias. Na legenda, Dalle escreveu: "Isso é o que me excita".

Abaixo, confira a foto em questão e outras clicadas por Dalle durante o desfile.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

News About Spinnerette's Next Album and... About The Distillers

In reply to a fan, Brody Dalle wrote, via Twitter, that the highly anticipated second studio album from Spinnerette, which is still untitled, has been worked slowly, but it is already halfway there.
She also wrote that those who ask "when Dalle will return to sing like she did on Sing Sing Death House?", will "have to wait and see.....".

Talking about The Distillers, she also reported that the former guitarist of the band, Rosalyn Casper, became mother of a girl, shortly after Dalle gave birth to the redhead, Orrin Ryder Homme.

Last but not least, it is likely to happen in 2013 a reunion of The Distillers, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Coral Fang album. The idea was given by a fan, via Twitter, and Dalle replied: "whoa that would be crazy eh?!! 10 years wow.....just wow." Let's cross our fingers!

Novidades Sobre o Próximo Álbum da Spinnerette e... Sobre The Distillers

Em resposta a um fã, via Twitter, Brody Dalle contou que o tão aguardado segundo álbum de inéditas da Spinnerette, ainda sem título, vem sendo trabalhado lentamente, mas que já está na metade do caminho.
Ela também contou que aqueles que se perguntam "quando será que Dalle voltará a cantar como no disco Sing Sing Death House?", "terão que esperar para conferir....."

Aproveitando a deixa sobre The Distillers, também informamos que a ex-guitarrista da banda, Rosalyn Casper, tornou-se mãe de uma menina, logo depois que Dalle deu luz ao ruivinho, Orrin Ryder Homme.

Por fim, mas não menos importante, é provável que em 2013 haja uma reunião do Distillers, para comemorar 10º aniversário do álbum Coral Fang. A ideia foi dada por um fã, através do Twitter, e Dalle respondeu: "Nossa, isso seria louco, não?!! 10 anos, uau..."

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Dalle Publica Fotos de Sessão com Johannes

Na terça-feira (04 de outubro), Dalle anunciou que voltou às atividades, ao lado do mestre Johannes.
Ontem (05), ela publicou fotos de uma sessão com ele, que, aparentemente, foram clicadas na própria quarta-feira. Confira!

A sessão aconteceu no home studio de Dalle, na parte que deveria ser um celeiro.

Sobre o amplificador, ele é original, de 1974, e é valvulado. Dá para ter uma ideia do som que essa belezinha é capaz de fazer, né?

Dalle Publishes Photos of Recording Session with Johannes

On Tuesday (October 04th), Dalle announced her return to activities with the master Johannes.
Yesterday (October 05th), she published three photos of a recording session with him, which apparently were clicked on Wednesday itself. Check it out!

The session happened in Dalle's home studio, at her barn.

About the amp, it is original, from 1974, and it is tube. So you can have an idea of the sound that this baby can do, right?

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Back to Recording with Johannes

Once again, Dalle posted the following message, quite cheerfully: "Working with Al the kids PAL !!!!!!", which is none other than the brilliant Alain Johannes, musical partner of Homme's family.

Unfortunately, she didn't give details about what the session is about. Again, we have to wait to check it.

De Volta às Gravações com Johannes

Mais uma vez, Dalle postou a seguinte mensagem, bastante empolgada: "Trabalhando com Al the kids PAL !!!!!!", que é ninguém mais ninguém menos que o genial Alain Johannes, parceiro musical da família Homme.

Infelizmente, ela não escreveu sobre do que se trata a sessão. Mais uma vez, é esperar para ouvir.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Brody Dalle Gets 'Outside The Punk-Rock Box' With New Band Spinnerette

Former Distillers singer/guitarist will work on LP over the summer.

By: James Montgomery
Date: April 11th, 2007

Names dropped by Brody Dalle during the course of one 22-minute interview about her new band, Spinnerette: Roky Erickson, Devo, Prince, Django Reinhardt, the Gun Club, My Bloody Valentine, Black Flag, Cyndi Lauper and Tom Petty.

And though she's talking about her influences, she's quick to point out that the band — whose formation she announced to the world late last month via — “isn't going to be that far removed” from her previous outfit, the Distillers. But there's already been one seismic shift that she'll freely admit to: Spinnerette are going to be her project.

“It's gonna be very different — I've moved outside the punk-rock box,” she said. “I want to work harder than I ever have before. I kind of shunned that with the Distillers; I was afraid of what it could be. I didn't want to come across as some pop star or something. I'm not saying I want anything to do with that now, but I've sort of grown the balls to own it now.”

Spinnerette formed in the wake of the Distillers' slow disintegration over the past two years. The Distillers' last album, Coral Fang, hit in 2003 and after touring in support of the disc, the group fell apart, a process documented in a spate of very public Internet posts. The new band encompasses four very hectic years in Dalle's life, a period during which she married Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and gave birth to their daughter, Camille Harley Homme.

“By the time this record comes out, it will be five years since I last released a record,” she said. “I still record on tapes, and I've got, like, 50 hours of stuff. It's a lot of music to go through, and that's why it's taken me so long.
"Plus, having a baby takes awhile too," she continued. "Has it changed me? Yeah, I mean, it's made me more aware of my surroundings, and it's made me a little bit more sensitive. I'm not the hard, cold bitch I used to be.

Dalle is scheduled to enter the studio in June with guitarist/producer/QOTSA member Alain Johannes and her former Distillers mate Tony Bevilacqua (the three, plus two other super-secret musicians, make up Spinnerette). They will spend the summer working on the band's debut disc.

Dalle is hesitant to say just what the music she's been making will sound like: The one demo currently streaming on the band's site — a song called “Case of the Swirls” — was written on a Wurlitzer organ and transcribed to the guitar by Johannes, but don't take that as a hint of things to come.

“It's a little more in-your-face — it's a bit of a cacophony, but it's all coming together,” Dalle said. “In the Distillers, I didn't want to do anything too drastic or anything too tasteful. I could've put more into Coral Fang, but I held back deliberately. And [producer] Gil Norton would be like, 'Why don't we put some tambourines here,' and I was like, 'No f---ing way. Tambourines? F--- you!' I didn't want to mess with the sound. I wanted it to be as raw as possible.”

And that's one way Spinnerette and the Distillers most certainly won't be different. Though she's grown as a person and an artist, Dalle is still dedicated to making the most visceral, honest and, well, brutal rock she can. Which is why, when asked if her new album will sound more refined, she cackles, pauses and then strikes:

“I hate that word. I hate when a press release says, 'Oh, this band has matured and refined themselves’,” she sneered. “If I had to describe it, I'd say it's 're-smarted.' Instead of retarded, call it re-smarted. I like that word.”

Brody Dalle Spins Past the Distillers

Date: May 5th, 2007

Quite a few things have changed since we last saw Miss Brody Dalle lead the Distillers across the globe in support of their third album, 'Coral Fang.' She became a Mrs. to Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, a mom to beautiful baby Camille and sent out word she'd started a new band, Spinnerette, after disbanding the Distillers. 

“The Distillers aren't over per se,” she tells Spinner. “it's just not the same.” 

Not over, but Dalle's Distillers are definitely on the shelf thanks to two of her bandmates -- bassist Ryan Sinn (Angels and Airwaves) and drummer Andy Granelli (now with Los Angeles dream rockers Darker My Love) -- having flown the coop. In part, Dalle blames the departures on her unwillingness to force out a fourth record immediately after the 'Coral Fang' tour.

“It was a strange time for the Distillers,” she says. “We became really segregated and stopped hanging out with each other. It damaged our relationships. Plus, me being the front person of the band, getting most of the accolades and writing everything bothered a few people.”

One of the results of the split Dalle admits, was the closing of communication lines with her departed bandmates. As for any linse still open? The one with guitarist Tony Bevilacqua, with whom Dalle will head into the studio with in June to record Spinnerette's debut, which includes new tunes 'Injections for Infections' and 'Geeking.' “Tony's like my brother soulmate,” she says. “We're like two little kids and when we play together, it feels right.”

Spinnerette's Brody Dalle Talks Music, Motherhood and What Happens When A&R Guys Cross the Line

By: Erin Broadley
For: L.A. Weekly
Date: November 6th, 2008

A few months back I had the pleasure of premiering Spinnerette's first single “Valium Knights” on Indie 103.1 FM during my stay as producer of SuicideGirls Radio, and let me tell you, cueing singer Brody Dalle's vocals fresh and loud over the airwaves felt powerful, like delivering something hearty to the hungry. From the jump, I was reminded what a force Dalle is and how much I'd missed her presence as a frontwoman since the Distillers disbanded in 2006. She's got one of those voices that sounds like it breaks hearts and breaks laws with every raspy note. After taking the last few years to regroup and start a family with husband Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Eagles of Death Metal), Dalle joined forces with ex-Distillers bandmate Tony Bevilacqua, Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Eleven) and Alain Johannes (Eleven, Queens of the Stone Age) to form Spinnerette, their self-titled debut slated for February release. 

Last week I met up with Dalle after soundcheck at Spaceland, where Spinnerette was gearing up to perform its third show ever. We talked music, motherhood and what happens when A&R guys cross the line. 

L.A. Weekly: You first released “Valium Knights” as a single on your Web site for fans to download. How did this Spinnerette album come together for you?
Brody Dalle: Well, I wrote a lot of it on bass. I was looking to demo myself and get it out of my brain and into my ears or someone else's ears. Alain Johannes said he would record my demos for me and so we started recording them and it was like kismet. He started playing leads over my stuff and it was so magical that it kind of happened by accident. That's how it kind of came about. The record label, Sire, was like, “What the fuck's going on? We need to hear some demos.” I said, “Well, you can come and listen to them,” and afterward I found out that they were going to drop me. Sire dropped 15 bands that day and they came over and heard my demos and were like, “Well, just keep on doing what you're doing.” They didn't have much involvement in the record making process except this [A&R] guy came in and sang harmonies to my producer, which was insanely ridiculous that an A&R guy would try to get involved with the musical aspect of something. Like, fuck off, you know? 

That reminds me of the Metallica documentary, Some Kind of Monster, where their therapist starts giving them suggestions for song lyrics.
[Laughs] Yeah. It's a terrible idea. Those lines should never cross... so we parted ways [with Sire] and they gave me my record, which was one expensive fucking record. I was really grateful for that because they could have told me to fuck off. I would be in a very different place right now if they hadn't allowed me to walk away with it. So we made the record and here we are, starting to play shows. This is just the beginning. We finally found the right group of people. 

Besides A&R guys thinking they're going to sing on your record, what have been some of the biggest public misconceptions about you or your music?
There's always the obvious sexist one, that whoever I'm married to at the time wrote my record or wrote my music, which I think is just totally insane. It's really frustrating. 

Since the Distillers, has it become easier to push [those misconceptions] aside and have people hear you the way you want to be heard?
I think that's about to happen. I feel like the Distillers were just the foray in... getting in the door. I feel like I'm in a good place now. I have more clarity now than ever and I know exactly what direction I want to go in, whereas before I was getting pulled in all sorts of directions and felt like I was flailing about, like I couldn't keep it together. Now I have something beautiful to live for and that's my almost three-year-old daughter. I feel like I'm finally grounded. 

Is she playing music yet? Drumming around the house?
We bought her a drum kit. She wrote her first song the Christmas before she turned two called “Star Star Star.” We recorded that. She likes to sing at the studio. Her first word was “octopus.” If that isn't a picture of things to come, I don't know. She's a really intense kid. 

Any fears about what the future holds?
I feel like fear is for the superstitious. I really want to stay away from that shit. It's deadly; it's poisonous. I'm trying to have a positive outlook and just stay grounded. It's going to be interesting to see what happens. I'm always going to make music. I've been making music since I was eight-years-old. It's just in me.

Brody Dalle Discusses Spinnerette's Debut Album

Former Distillers frontwoman takes complete creative control

By: Unknown
Date: November 13th, 2008

Brody Dalle's new band Spinnerette have finished recording their debut album at a Los Angeles studio, and plan to release it themselves in the US this February.

Dalle said that after her renowned punk band
The Distillers broke up, she was looking for a new direction to take her music and complete creative control.

“I didn't want to do a fucking monkey dance for people who don't care about art,” she told NME.COM. “I want to be more art focused and call the shots.”

Brody explained that Spinnerette had initially signed to Sire Records, but became disillusioned working with the major label and decided to put out the album independently.

“The state of the industry has pushed us into wanting to put the album out ourselves,” Dalle said. “I'm not interested in getting entangled into the system. I just got out of a deal and I walked out with my record, thank God, and I'm really grateful for that.”

Dalle revealed that Spinnerette was formed “by accident” after The Distillers disbanded and she began jamming with guitarist Alain Johannes (Queens Of The Stone Age, Eleven).

“I started demoing with Alain after I had my daughter in 2006, she explained. “I was looking for a place to get my songs out of my head. I wrote a lot of the record on bass and worlitzer and the rest on guitar. One day Alain started writing stuff over my songs and it kind of was kismet - an accidental thing that turned into Spinnerette. And it got more exciting the more we went along. The first song we did was 'Cupid' and then we did 'Ghetto Love' and we both were just blown away.”

Dalle said that the birth of her daughter with husband Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age influenced her writing, as did the death of her father.

She admitted: “Being a mother has changed my songwriting. My father died a year ago, and that influenced me as well. It's been like a firestorm the past couple of years…deaths and redemption, salvation, religious themes - it's all in there.”

As for being married to one of rock's most renowned frontmen, Dalle said, “We support each other. We definitely have opinions. Queens Of The Stone Age's music is so powerful and distinguished. The songwriting is so high-class it pushes me to write better.”

Brody Dalle Speaks on Spinnerette, Distillers

By: Larry Fitzmaurice
Date: November 14th, 2008

It's been over a year since we last heard from former Distillers singer/guitarist Brody Dalle. But now that the debut album from her new project, Spinnerette, is set to drop in early 2009, she's back!

Speaking to about the currently untitled record, Dalle -- wife of Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme -- laid out her reasons for leaving the Distillers to form Spinnerette. "I didn't want to do a fucking monkey dance for people who don't care about art. I want to be more art focused and call the shots."

Dalle also revealed that the Spinnerette album was inspired by the birth of her daughter and death of her father, and explores the "redemption, salvation, and religious themes."
Fans can expect the record to be self-released sometime in February, eschewing major label bureaucracy. "The state of the industry has pushed us into wanting to put the album out ourselves. I'm not interested in getting entangled into the system. I just got out of a deal and I walked out with my record, thank God, and I'm really grateful for that."

Brody, if you need any tips on how to self-release a record, we know of a certain band that might be able to help…

Tentative tracklist for Spinnerette's debut:

"Ghetto Love"
"All Babes Are Wolves"
"Valium Knights"
"Bury My Heart"
"Distorting A Code"
"Rebellious Palpitations"
"Prescription For Man Kind"
"Sex Bomb"
"Driving Song"

Brody Dalle Says Daughter Camille is Composing Music

By: Unknown
For: Unknown
Source: LA Weekly
Date: November 14th, 2008

Despite the split of her former music group the Distillers in 2006, the future for singer Brody Dalle is looking bright; Not only has she started a new group with a few of her ex-bandmates called Spinnerette, but she is also mom to 1 ½-year-old Camille Harley Joan. Although Brody admits that in the past she often felt “like I was flailing about, like I couldn’t keep it together,” motherhood has “finally grounded” the 29-year-old singer as she has found her purpose in life and now has “something beautiful to live for.”

With two musically inclined parents, it is no surprise to Brody that Camille — who is “a really intense kid” — has managed to acquire an ear for music as well. In fact, the toddler is already composing her own music, shares Brody, who goes on to reveal that Camille’s first word was “octopus. If that isn’t a picture of things to come, I don’t know [what is].” Proud mama Brody shares, “We bought her a drum kit. She wrote her first song the Christmas before she turned two called ‘Star Star Star.’ We recorded that. She likes to sing at the studio.”

Camille is Brody’s daughter with her husband, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme.

Consequence of Sound Article

For: Consequence of Sound
Date: December 2nd, 2008

Some two years after disbanding The Distillers in favor of family life, Brody Dalle is ready to make her musical return with Spinerette. A musical super group of sorts, the frontlady teamed up with former Distillers’ guitarist Tony Bevilacqua, Eleven drummer Jack Iron and bassist Alain Johannes to form the Los Angeles based outfit in early 2007. 16 months later, Dalle and Co. are finally ready to make the group official with the release of its debut EP, Ghetto Love, on December 11th.

Described as a direct reflection of Dalle’s recent life events, including the birth of her daughter and death of her father, the four-track EP doesn’t appear to be lacking any emotion, “the profound joys and deep sadness in that period couldn’t help but come out in my art, as with all experiences worth exploring further. Having such extremes occur in a compacted period ensured that they all appear in this collection of Spinnerette songs,” the LA native explains. But before punk fans get all uppity, Brody does go on to offer a few nonconformist words about total creativity: “I can’t conform my art to fit someone else’s expectations. So, in this crazy world of the ‘music business’ - I’m focused on finding a way to ensure I get to keep doing it for a living.”

Web Exclusive: A conversation with Spinnerette's Brody Dalle

By: Brian Shultz
Date: December 17th, 2008

Brody Dalle: Libertine. Mom. "Art-focused." Bears a tattoo that says, "Fuck off." These are probably familiar traits to diehard fans of Dalle's former punk-rock ensemble, the Distillers, who broke up in 2006. But they seem to take greater precedent these days for Dalle, whose newest endeavor, SPINNERETTE, are finally getting off the ground. The band recently released their debut EP, Ghetto Love, via digital means, and have plans to unleash the self-titled full-length early next year. Though the touring lineup will be drastically different from the recording one--which includes ex-members of Queens Of The Stone Age, Eleven, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, as well as former Distillers guitarist Tony Bevilacqua--Dalle seems confident with her newest assemblage. Brian Shultz recently talked with her about this, what changed about her from the Distillers to Spinnerette and the brief falling out with Warner Bros. imprint Sire Records.

You've been pretty quiet in the last few years, but you've been contributing to bands outside of Spinnerette--like Eagles Of Death Metal and Queens Of The Stone Age. What else have you been up to?
Well, singing background vocals on [QOTSA's] Lullabies To Paralyze wasn't really taking up too much of my time. I've been raising my daughter, and for the last two years writing and recording for [the Spinnerette] record... And making guest appearances I guess [Laughs.].

Were you avoiding talking to media publications or was it just that you were so busy with your new family?
I wasn't intentionally doing anything. I've just been very deep in life and there wasn't really any reason for me to be talking about anything, because I have nothing to show or offer until now. That's generally the way it goes with press.

You've mentioned wanting to do a more "art-focused" project and have more creative control in this than the Distillers.
Well, I feel like with the Distillers we went under the punk-rock moniker and it's not that I don't love punk rock, because I do. Some of my favorite records are punk-rock records; It fucking says "Fuck off" on my arm. I still feel like a libertine. That hasn't gone away. But what has gone away is the fact that I used to censor myself or edit myself because I was too concerned with "the kids," as they say. Stuff I listen to nowadays is more art-focused, more experimental and more out there. Things like Ratatat, and a friend of ours, [U.K. electronica DJ] Adam Freeland did a remix of "Sex Bomb" [from the upcoming full-length] which I'm totally in love with. With Spinnerette, I stopped censoring myself or editing myself and...whatever it was, even if I felt a little embarrassed because it was too poppy or, for whatever reason, it felt good to just let it go and dig really deep.

What else have you been listening to?
One of my favorite bands of all time are Hunters & Collectors. They're an Australian band that have been around for fucking 25 or 30 years. I was raised with their music, which was really kind of industrial and experimental in the '80s. I wanted to go back to that, and my earliest memories of music. Just spreading my wings, I guess.

Oh, and Pailhead. There's another example. Also, Roky Erickson; one of my favorite records is his Gremlins Have Pictures. He wasn't pretending to be anything. He really was crazy, and that's beautiful, because it's poetry. I listen to everything from [my] childhood--from Neneh Cherry to Hunters & Collectors, Tom Petty, Tom Waits. Not anything specific. Just a really broad range of stuff that feels good to listen to.

When did you start to feel like you were losing some control with the Distillers?
I had creative control in the Distillers until we signed to a major record label and they were expecting things from us that had more to do with [artwork] that we were releasing. We had to make two covers. It didn't mean we couldn't release the cover that we wanted to--it just didn't end up in Walmart or fucking Target or whatever. But it was more of a personal censorship. I mean, of course they wanted me to [write] pop hits, or pop-punk or whatever. But I never really accepted that, nor would I ever indulge that. Coral Fang was an organic thing. [But] I'm talking more about censoring myself as far as creative control myself. I [was] controlling myself, and that had to go. This internal Jekyll and Hyde--[Laughs.]--to put out a song or write a song and let it just happen.

Your press release says that the upcoming album is inspired by the birth of your daughter and death of your father, and explores "redemption, salvation, and religious themes." Is the EP a snapshot of that?
Yeah. Just to satiate, because it's such a struggle figuring out how to put my record out in these times. It's taken so long for something to come along and now it'll be released at the end of February [or] early March. In the meantime, we are just putting out this little taster. It's three songs off the record and a B-side called "Bury My Heart," an interlude. Something to give [as] a Christmas present, to start the ball rolling, because it has been so long.

What was the catalyst that caused you to leave Warner Bros. imprint Sire Records?
It just wasn't a relationship that worked for either party anymore. It was distressing at [the] time, but when I look back at it now, it's not as bad as I thought it was. It's just that humans fundamentally need security. We also need to be able to see a clear path to where we're going. Sometimes a giant rock falls in your path and it takes a month to figure out how to climb over it, and that was that. It was a defunct relationship.

I think those labels are trying to figure out how to fucking save their asses. And artists are trying to figure out how they're gonna get their music out there without signing their life away--360 deals, which [are] just insanity.

So it just wasn't working anymore. And they let me walk away with my record, which I was so grateful for, because they could've totally fucked me. I had enough of a cordial relationship where it ended okay.

Were there specific disagreements you can recall?
I think the quote was, "[Spinnerette are] not enough of a departure from the Distillers"...which is, in my opinion, ridiculous. [Laughs.]

A lot of labels would actually like if something wasn't that much of a departure from a previous band because they already know how to market it.
Exactly. Honestly, I think they're just struggling to figure out how to sell music these days, and I don't directly fit into some sort of box anymore. So I think you're right--it was too much for them. They don't have the time to do that right now. They need to be putting out their...not that Katy Perry's on that label, but they need something that's definite. [Immediate] success; a one-hit wonder; something that's gonna pop immediately. I want a career like Dolly Parton. I want to be playing for a long time.

How have the past few years filtered into the songwriting?
It’s funny, because sometimes I write a song and I have no idea what it’s about until afterward. It’ll take a couple months after it resonates. Sometimes the writing is prophetic. Like, you prophesize things. I want to be able to write more subconscious stuff–letting it out and then realizing after the fact that it might mean something.

The lineup that recorded Ghetto Love – bassist Alain Johannes, guitarist Tony Bevilacqua and drummer Jack Irons – that lineup won’t be touring, right?
No. I decided this time because it was so heartbreaking for me to go through so many lineup changes in my band, trying to find people that fit that I [made it a temporary thing for others]. And that would mean people could come and go as they please and they were happy. I wrote most of my record with Alain. I took my songs to him and he [worked with] them, and then Jack–obviously the connection there is because of Alain. Tony is one of my best friends in the whole world, and he’s always gonna be my guitar player. We made the record together that way and for all these reasons couldn’t tour. We had lives. So we had to go out and find people [to tour] and that was kind of a struggle. It took a long time. It took months and months and months, actually. We have a whole entire different lineup. It didn’t work out, so I found some real well-rounded people. I think the older you get, the less you’re willing to put up with someone else’s shit. Nor would you expect anyone else to put up with yours, so finding people who are great players and great people was scathingly hard. Because a lot of the time you find these incredible artists who are genius at whatever they do, but all this baggage comes with them, and I just don’t have the time to [deal with] that anymore.
I found really great people. One of them is [bassist] Nicole Fiorentino. She was in a band called Radio Vago, who actually played years and years ago with the Distillers. She is so sweet. So sweet. Really great. [Guitarist] [Bryan] Tulao. And Dave Hidalgo Jr., who was in Suicidal Tendencies and is also in the Drips with Tony, and Joby [J. Ford] and Matt [Caughthran] from the Bronx. I talked to Joby last night; he’s a sweetheart. I love those boys. So it’s a big group of people.

So you didn’t really have to look too far outside your network of friends?
I mean, in a roundabout way it’s funny how fate intervenes. Or things that are meant to be because things happen for a reason. It came together in the end.

Was the difficulty in finding a touring lineup part of the reason you took so long to properly unveil things?
Absolutely. Of course. In between trying to figure out how to put out the music and then finding people to play live and be a part of this, and then remastering multiple times has taken a year-and-a-half. I think. It’s been a year…it was a year in October, but we were still recording. So yeah. It’s been a year. But the thing is, I’m still writing, so we might release an EP as well as a full album. We’re still recording with Alain.

What are some of the challenges you’ve come across being independent for the first time in a decade or so?
Finding the money to get the music out there; to get the promotion. I mean, that’s really what you need, is promotion. But these days with the internet, it’s not so necessary. If something’s good, it will travel far. So it’s not necessary to have big dollars behind you anymore. It’s just about having big ideas–and good ideas.
Right now we’re with Rush’s label [Anthem Records]. Their manager started a label because no one would sign them, [whether] can you believe [it] or not. They just made $35 million last year or something crazy like that. Just from touring. [ Rush's two consecutive Snakes & Arrows tours, spanning June 2007 to July 2008, reportedly accrued a total of $39.3 million. - Ed. Note] That’s ironically where we’ve ended up–an independent label getting distribution deals.

I definitely hear a bit of Queens Of The Stone Age on the EP. Would you say that’s more you being influenced by them or just Alain’s presence?
I have a hard time seeing it. But I think the level of playing–the professionalism as far as the playing goes, because I can’t play like that. Alain, my co-writer and [a] really good friend, is at that level. He’s ridiculous. His talent is monumental. His playing is out of this world. So I think that probably is what you’re hearing–the level of professionalism that you don’t hear in the Distillers, because none of us can play like that. So I can understand that you can hear that, and that’s what it means. That’s what it is.

I’m sure you wouldn’t call the Distillers unprofessional to any extent, but was that part of the band’s character?
Yeah, I mean, we were young kids–20, 21, 23–when it kind of took off… [It was] a totally different thing. We kind of grew up together. Binge drinking doesn’t really hold the same appeal to me anymore.
[Laughs]. But back then…

Brody Dalle's New Band Spinnerette

Some new rumblings from the desert people. Hot on the heels of the new Eagles Of Death Metal album (out Jan 26th in the UK and a whiskey-soaked barrel of fun) comes ex-Distiller Brody Dalle and her new project Spinnerette.

So what's the deal? Described on her MySpace as "being back in the womb" (and who doesn't want to crawl back into their maternal origins at this time of year) it's less punk than her previous but no less captivating. She's ditched the angsty snarl of The Distillers in favour of a much mellower, sweeter endeavour, albeit (in the case of our free download) twisted through reverse vocal loops and smacked about by thunderclaps midway through.

So, how to get involved: Livewise, they’ve already played a packed-out show at Club NME LA and will be over here for an NME Awards show on February 23rd at Islington Academy. Plus they're releasing their debut EP, Ghetto Love via the website on December 11th, which will feature our free track plus three others.

Brody Dalle in a Spinnerette - "It feels really good to get back to work"

By: John Earls
Date: December, 2008

Five years ago, The Distillers released Coral Fang, a crossover punk album that saw Brody Dalle become one of the best singers in the genre for years. The band split in 2006, Brody became a mother... and now she's finally back, with the equally enticing Spinnerette.

"It feels like 10 years' life has been packed into the last five," says Brody.

New download EP Ghetto Love is a taster for Spinnerette's rollicking self-titled album, out in February.

"Most of the album was written in 2004, the year prior to getting pregnant," says Brody, 29. "There's odds and ends from before that, Distillers days. I wrote in the studio too - I wrote Impaler at the last minute. It's about killing Vlad The Impaler for being such a b*****d. Based on my real life."

Brody doesn't believe there's a big difference of approach from her Distillers days, after writing the album with QOTSA's Alain Johannes.

"There was no real thought process, it just happened organically," she says.

"Al is a great friend. What he played on my songs was magical, but he came on board by accident. I asked Josh, 'How am I going to get these demos done?' and he said, 'Why not just go to Al?'"

Although Alain and her ex-Distillers bandmate Tony Bevilacqua played on the album, there will be a different line-up when Brody tours the album.

"Spinnerette isn't a band," she points out. "It's me and whichever musicians I want to work with at the time. It was an explosion, working with Al, within three hours we were like, 'Holy s***, what did we just do?' But it's really not a real band."

Brody admits it was hard to find her touring band - they do a one-off UK gig at Islington Academy on February 23.

"I wanted people with no baggage," she explains. "Confident players and nice people. It was f***ing hard to find them, I had to hunt high and low. The record was different again - Al and I worked so well together because we didn't censor or self-edit any ideas we had that should have been too wild."

The one major difference from The Distillers, at least vocally, is how much crisper Brody's voice sounds now.

"Yeah, because I haven't been on tour for so long," she laughs. "When we made The Distillers' albums, I still had trash throat from being on the road. You wait until I've done 10 shows, and I get trash throat again. People will come to the concerts and think, 'This isn't the same singer as the record.'"

Q&A: In The "Ghetto" With Brody Dalle

By: Joey Odorisio
Date: January 21st, 2009

Brody Dalle rose to prominence earlier this decade as the frontwoman for Punk rockers The Distillers. After three albums, the band dissolved and Dalle took some time away from the limelight, during which she married Queens Of The Stone Age main man Josh Homme and gave birth to their daughter. Now Dalle is back with her new project Spinnerette, combining her punk rawk roar with some sexy guitar riffs. With the lead single, "Ghetto Love," impacting Specialty radio, Dalle gave FMQB a call to discuss her new band.

I've been a fan of yours for a long time, I saw the Distillers back on the tour with No Doubt and Garbage in 2002. Let's start out by catching up our readers on what you’ve been up to since the Distillers broke up.

For the last couple of years I've demoed the Spinnerette stuff with Alain Johannes (Eleven, QOTSA), and then we made a record, because the label that we were formerly on wanted to know, "When are you gonna go back in the studio and give us something?" So they kind of forced us into the studio, and we made the record. It was me and Al and [drummer] Jack Irons (Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers), who is incredible, and of course [ex-Distillers guitarist] Tony Bevilacqua. We did it at a studio that Josh and I built, not too far from our house, and we were kind of the guinea pigs for the studio. It wasn’t quite finished. There’s a few sound problems, but other than that, it sounds pretty great and pretty rough and pretty dirty. 

So you created a studio and a baby in the last few years.

I did create a baby, not by myself of course. My daughter's birthday was actually on Saturday, she turned three. It's pretty unbelievable that three years have gone by.

Is the new studio going to be the headquarters for all musical things Homme-related?

Yeah, definitely. It’s pretty much our clubhouse and it’s like a home away from home. We made it pretty cozy. It's a really great place. We decorated it; it sounds great; it’s the perfect place for us.

I love everything I’ve heard so far from Spinnerette. Explain the difference between Spinnerette and being in the Distillers. Obviously it’s not a straight Punk Rock band, but there’s plenty of Punk Rock in there.

The difference is monumental. I've never really had a writing partner before. I would bring my songs and the guys would come and we'd just hash through it. And I kind of always really wanted to have someone I could write with, that I could bounce ideas off. So when it accidentally happened with me and Al, I was so happy, because there's a difference there. There’s two bands [with Spinnerette]; there's a recording band and a live band, so that’s obviously very different. They're kind of interchangeable; people who are in the live band could play on the record and people who are in the recording band could play live. So it's a bit of a free-for-all. More like a gypsy camp, where every one can experiment or just have a good time. It's a really relaxed kind of environment. There's not really any rules or restrictions. It's a little more casual this time.
I feel like The Distillers were pretty serious. We had a regiment and would go into this time and make a record this time and do it like this. I'm kind of free from that. Because I have a family now, it makes a little bit more difficult to do it the way we used to do it. Plus, it's such a different climate for music, and I don’t think I could do it like I did it before.

You have a different lineup on the road, right? Who's in the band that’s not in the other band, or vice versa?

The recorded band is Alain Johannes, myself, Tony Bevilacqua and Jack Irons. And, actually, Jon Theodore, who is in the Mars Volta and One Day As A Lion. He's an incredible drummer. He drummed on a song called "Cupid," on the record. So that’s the recording band. The live band is Dave Hidalgo Jr., Brian Tulao, Nicole Fiorentino, Tony and I. I'd like to add a few more people; we'll see what happens. There's a lot of layers on the record, that's why we have five people now. There's three guitar players. But there's other parts that would be great to have someone play live, we'll see what happens in the future.

I know you've played a few live shows so far, and you'll be a doing some oversea. Is there a full U.S. tour in the works?

Yes, there'll be touring. I really don’t want to tour until the record is out. I don’t want to tour unless people know what we're playing because it can be kind of an unpleasant experience for both parties. They're kind of looking at us going, "What the f--k is going on?" And then we’re kind of looking at them going, "Why aren’t you getting into it?" So we’re not going to tour until the record is out. We're doing two shows in England. And we played three shows in October just to kind of get our feet wet. That was Long Beach, L.A. and Santa Barbara. I think Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode came to our first show, which was pretty awesome.

When does the full-length come out?

It comes out at the end of February, or maybe early March.

It's coming out on Rush’s management’s label, Anthem Entertainment. How did that come to be?

Ray Danniels started Anthem because no one would sign Rush, believe it or not, in the '70s, so they started their own label. Then they got offered an incredible deal from Atlantic, so they obviously signed to them. And I knew a woman who started working for Ray Danniels and that’s how the connection happened. Actually the day before, Alan McGee and I had a discussion and kind of parted ways. The next day I called this woman, Meghan Symsyk,  and she had just started at Anthem that day, so it kind of was like fateful. I didn't really know what she was doing until I called her. So that’s how I ended up on Anthem.

And you used Topspin Media to release the EP online. David Byrne & Brian Eno and Melissa Auf der Maur have both used that company recently too.

Yeah, they have some great artists utilizing Topspin. It's great for bands too, who can’t get signed or don’t want to sign a deal, and just want it to go direct to them. And it's great for the fans, and also an alternative to iTunes. It puts the power back in the artist's hands.

And it lets you be more flexible if you’re doing something diverse or a little different.

Absolutely. You can make a song one day and the next day put it out. There’s no rules or restrictions or timelines or anything like that. It's another way of getting your music out.

Tell me about the single, "Ghetto Love."

It's just about being overwhelmed by humanity, and trying to find common grounds, and trying to keep it positive. The one thing that I didn't really have so much of before, or care about, or feel that I didn’t even want it, was love. So it maybe it sound kind of cheesy but I have a family now and that’s pretty much the most important thing.

How did you end up working with Liam Lynch on the video for "Ghetto Love?" I've been a fan of him since he was playing with sock puppets on MTV’s Sifl & Olly.

The first time I met Liam was on the No Doubt tour. He was out there helping Sophie Mueller, the video director who did everything in the ‘90s. She was filming their live DVD and Liam interviewed me and asked me, "What’s the weirdest dream that you’ve ever had?" It just happened that the night before I'd had the weirdest dream I'd ever had: kissing Saddam Hussein on the beach. Really, really weird, bizarre dream. That was the first time I met him. Then we saw each other around, and he started doing Eagles Of Death Metal stuff. He filmed the Eagles in the studio. He made a really funny video with Josh beating up a banana and there’s a cartoon rabbit who keeps getting into all the wiring… you have to see it. So Liam did that, and he did the [QOTSA] "Burn The Witch" video. So he's a part of our family.

Why Rock'N'Roll Needs Brody Dalle

By: Luke Lewis
Date: February 18th, 2009

Two years after the slow, messy dissolution of The Distillers culminated in their ultimate split, Brody Dalle is back with Spinnerette.

A far poppier beast than her previous band, the tone of Spinnerette's self-titled debut album is set by 'Ghetto Love', a jerky, tensile little number that suggests Karen O doing The Knack's 'My Sharona'.

Elsewhere on the album, 'Valium Knights' kicks off in the hyperactive, breathless manner of 'Ballroom Blitz', while 'Distorting A Code' finds Dalle adopting a breathy, St Etienne-style vocal tone, backed by backward mantras and strange, dissonant harmonies. 'Drain The Blood' it is not.


So has Dalle sacrificed her snarling, vitriolic edge? Hardly. This is still a bracingly angry sounding record, full of toxic hate-songs such as 'Cupid', about how, in Dalle's words, "I'm going to fuck Cupid and rip his wings out and boil his liver, because he's constantly torturing me" (surely giving him a stern ticking off would be enough..?)

Her return couldn't have been timed better. Since Dalle was last on the scene, female vocalists have come to dominate music as never before. But it's a specific type of female voice that owns the zeitgeist in 2009. From the hedonistic electro of Little Boots and La Roux to the zoned-out, 'beans on toast' vignettes of Lily Allen, there's no shortage of female artists able to reflect modern Britain in a wry, frothy manner. What's lacking is a sense of venom, of uncaged ferocity.

When Dalle sings, it's with a jagged, full-throated power that pins you to the back wall – even on something as relatively restrained as 'Ghetto Love'. Welcome back, Brody. 

Rock'n'roll has been a drabber place without you.