By Kim Acrylic
Punk Globe: Hello, glad to talk with you:)
So let me jump right into your music.
It's so GLAM!
I love it, it's about
time glam came back,
who are your favorites?
Sister Hyde: Thanks
very much Kim. It really is
about time it came back and I believe it
a part of the future of Rock, not just it's nostalgia.Glam over
here means Crue, Poison etc; but in England, it refers to Ziggy
Stardust, T Rex, Sweet etc...all some of my mainmen. The Alice Cooper
Band (his original lineup), Iggy and The Stooges, The Dolls (When
we were both in
LA, Syl Sylvain has
expressed interest in producing me -- by the way.) and Mott The Hoople
are some of my favs. I also like The Sex
Pistols. Chris Spedding, who produced their first demos (which were
released a few years back) also produced me in Los Angeles.
Punk Globe: Have you seen the movie "Velvet Goldmine,"
so, what was your view on it?
I have! Chris Spedding played guitar on the first tune "Needle in The
Camel's Eye" by Eno, on the Velvet Goldmine soundtrack! I like to work
with people who know the genre! I like the movie up to a point but
thought it got kinda convoluted and a little silly toward the
end. Obviously, it was a take on The Ziggy (and Angie) meets Iggy thing
with a Brian Ferry character
thrown in. Stylistically though, I thought
they dida good job. Bale and Meyers were fantastic!
Punk Globe: You are a mix of glam metal and 70's Glam
rock,what would YOU call that?
Sister Hyde: The
original punk bands were heavily inspired and influenced by the Glitter
Rock period of the early 70's. When The Dolls played in London, every
future founding member of every major English punk band was there! It's
the same with us. We aspire
and are inspired by all the great 70's
bands of the Glam period...the Golden years if you will! I did my time
in Hollywood playing "The Strip' and that's probably given me that
metal crunch but to answer your question, I call it ROCK'n HYde!...and
we've had to hide after some of our gigs, more than once...take the
money and run! Get outta Dodge! Glitter-Punk is also a term that has
used by journalists to describe us.
Globe: Nikki Six or
Sister Hyde: Now
don't get me wrong Kim! If I had to,given a choice, I'd probably listen
to "Girls,Girls,Girls" rather
than some "new" talent but I am
much more influenced by Mr.D. I am influenced by his idea of creating
characters and also thematically by the Orwellian-inspired subject
matter of his Ziggy/Aladinsane period. I don't think he's ever come
to those years again lyrically.
"Diamond Dogs" is a rockin' album! But I'm
not really too keen on the big hair and headband look of 80's
That is definitely not the kind of glam
into. Besides being European and a bit of an artiste myself, I'm
more into the art school of Bowie. I'm
not a bloody David fanatic though,
which is just as boring as the new LA Glam clones.
Globe: When and how
did you guys get together to
form Sister Hyde?
Sister Hyde: I
spinning my wheels in the vast and overcrouded band parking lot that is
LA when I met my bassist Keith
Ash at a Hollywood club where the girls
run around in their underwear. Those are the places where you find the
best muscians. Ha-He is originally from Seattle and we decided to move
up here to Seattle. We
met Canadian guitarist, Myles Mayhem and drummer
Great Scott here
at some similar den of iniquity. We are all influenced
by anything flash and glam!!!
Globe: What other
bands have you been apart of?
have always had my own bands."Bardot" was one of my bands in Los
Angeles.I never wanted to be what someone else
wanted me to be. The
great American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "To be yourself in
is constantly trying to turn you into someone else is the greatest
have well over a hundred songs so getting in a band
because they were "big"
always seemed like a waste of my time. I never
wanted to be in anyone else's band.
Globe: Lets talk sex.
lot of people are in love with you (or admire your look rather) how do
you like being a "sex symbol?"
Sister Hyde: I
know how to treat a lady and how to please her.I invite all the women
of the world to come onto our MySpace site. I have been known to give
the warm fuzzies even over the internet! I think women are so bored of
the current non-image that's in vogue. I have girls writing me who
that I'm the Rock chick's wet dream. They're just so glad to have a bit
of mystery and romance. I have others who admire me for my work. I love
women. Like a plant needs water, a woman needs love. A typical Sister
show has the first several rows crowded with female fans --The
Sisterhood -- as we affectionately call them. They know the songs and
the lyrics. We've created a scene where people get glammed-out to come
and see us (no small feat in conservative Seattle!). I have been
called"the ultimate showman" and I love to interact with the fans. I
will get down dance with you. Y'know let's get it on! Also,I seem to be
'spiritual sex symbol' to people. If we have to live,why not give. I
to acknowledge people and I treat everyone as if they are
superstars. Why not? If I'm on a video shoot, I'm likely to go get
for the crew first. I talk to and appreciate the ones no one else seems
to notice...The checkout cashiers at the supermarket all know me and
we chat and have a laugh. Now as far as the way I look, I'm HYDE right
down the line 24/7. I dress like this all the ime not just on stage. I
am threatening to a certain type. I've had my very existence
I like to make friends with my enemies. I tell them --"You could shoot
tomorrow mate. I've been around the world and I've slept with women
other men could only dream of." This usually shuts them up.
someone thinks I'm a "sex symbol"...why not! Why not me rather than
Paris flippin' Hilton!
Globe: Whats the most
gratifying thing about this
experience for you?
Sister Hyde: Writing
songs from nothing, bringing them to the band and recording them and
then hearing that song on the radio, that is the most gratifying
process. "Rolla Coasta" was played by Rodney Bingenheimer on KROQ in
Angeles which was very cool since it's "Rodney on The ROQ"! I love
writing. I have twenty new songs in the can for the next album. Also
stage. The live experience is a cathartic one for me. I get very
depressed if I don't perform for lengthy periods of time.
about the show! I love meeting new fans. When we played Japan. I
to notice HYde clones that started coming to the shows. I love that. I
want to get a Hyde doll fabricated in Asia. Just to express myself in
such a direct way is a blessing from the god of Rock and Roll. Seeing
fans singing along in the audience is the best high. Also we tend to
loose the wonder of playing an instrument an/or singing. As
adults, we start to become preoccupied with being successful rather
just enjoying it.
Globe: Girls, boys or
Sister Hyde: Well Kim, I do love to employ a bit of the ol' gender
confusion every now and then. My band's called Sister Hyde
MySpace art site (myspace.com/hydemania)
says I'm a woman. I have been
known to perform in drag and I've played Seattle Pride for the last
five years. (See one of these outeffingrageous shows on
YouTube.com@nighttimelivesisterhyde.) I've courted the Seattle Gay News
and and was
easily the hottest bitch in West Hollywood when we went down to LA
Pride. This androgyny's always been a Glam thang from Ziggy to The Dolls
but time to let the cat outta the bag. Sorry boys. Girls ONLY!
Globe: Also, do you do
your OWN makeup?
Sister Hyde: I've
collected makeup through the years. I've still got some of me mum's
black nail polish and kohl eye shadow from Bibas of London. Good
I'll tell you a secret though. Shop for outlandish makeup near Hall.
Buy your cosmetics on the cheap at 99cent stores. It's all the
dolling. I wear makeup everyday. . . pale face, raccoon eyes,
blue blush. Moween
it up I say!
Let's not do the obvious. If i do
get my makeup done by a
make up artist, nine outta ten, I'll redo it. I know my own face best
'cuz someone's considered an expert, doesn't
mean they are one. I love
share make up secrets with girls (but trannies usually have better
makeup), so if you have any dollings, write me @
myspace.com/sisterhyde. Why do girls like guys in make up?
KISS saw how many birds The Dolls
were pulling and they took it a step farther. Mick Ronson was reluctant
but Bowie assured him that "Girls liked that otherworldly look." It's
always funny to see some straight jock with his girlfriend flirting
me in the audience.
Globe: And just where
do you shop for your
Sister Hyde: I
to vintage clothes stores all over when we tour and find the most
amazin' gear. Trouble is, I wear the same bloody
thing every show. You
can't change the image before people know what it is. I am always in
character 24/7 not just for shows. Even
when it's been 100 and 2
degrees, you'll find me with my black leather trench coat, black
knee-high womens high-heeled boots, the
tightest black leather pants
ever made and full makeup. In school, I'd wear my mum's
to school. They looked so mod. I'd raid her closet and found that her
emerald green sequin jacket was just the thing to complete my school
apparel. Nowadaze though, I do go for the Dickensian look. I like
Glam with horror.
Globe: What message
are you trying to convey to
people through your music?
Sister Hyde: If
do have one general message. . . immorality. Having said that though, I
suppose I do want to send a message of freedom. That anything is
possible. People have to stop waiting in line. People have to get over
their small town inhibitions and not be afraid to step out of
have to stop eating the crap they serve and we have to stop smiling
when we eat it. Go out and create your own thing instead of
be like someone else. Every one of my songs conveys a different
message. From Sex, Drugs & R&R --"I Like It With The
On" and "Pills and Liquor" -- to the self-explanatory "I'm Not a
-- and the celebrity-driven "I'm Your Fan" and "The Movers and The
Shakers" -- I also am guilty of having a gimmick. I'm able to use
singing voices depending on the character of the song. They are all
but each song can sound like a different vocalist! I don't hear that
anywhere else and I think it's much appreciated. Each song is like a
mini-movie to me.
Globe: What is the
scariest thing about fame and
Sister Hyde: Not
having it! Yes not having it when you haven't made it and
when you have it. A song that I had to write in hollywood, "I'm Your
is about a very scary fan. Having someone in the shadows trying to peer
in your windows at night. . . yeah, that's pretty scary and it has
happened! Also, people thinking they know you when they've never met
you. Latching on. Trying to be an entourage backstage. Clingers handing
drugs to your band backstage, trying to bring you down. People throwing
themselves at you for who you are not what you are. You don't know who
your true friends are anymore. Claustrophobic in a limo that's stuck in
of people who are on the roof of the vehicle
you! The loss of anonymity. Feeling like death warmed over from no
and a permanent hangover and still having to go on
stage and deliver.
Globe: Did you always
Sister Hyde: I
born in a leather jacket. My parents were in an English punk band in
the late 70s. I was immersed in it before I could talk. They had their
problems with drugs, etc. I inherited their albums and their idols
mine. I always rocked. I was defiant to authority
figures all through
school and got in drug-related vehicle accidents throughout my teens
when I formed my first band. I had a Futuramic electric guitar
covered with leopard skin wall paper. My first song was "Success
Without College" Jimi, Led, T Rex, Bowie, Beatles and
Stones, Vibrators, Damned, Pistols, Dolls, Stooges, Tuff Darts, Mott
Hoople, The Who, The Sweet and Wayne County and Violent Luck (my
band) were some of the people I looked up to.
Globe: How much of
your real life is in your lyrics?
Sister Hyde: Almost
all my lyrics are autobiographical to some extent. . "You Look Better
MySpace" was a take-off on something that gotout of hand on
the nternet site -- I think we can all relate
to that. "Jennifer Maerz's Best
Friend" was my a simple satire that got me banned from the local rag
that she worked for. "Real Tuffd Dudea little ditty about a very
testosterone-fueled girl who wanted to be our manager. "Punk is Dead"
starts with the lines"You can wear a badge. You can wear The
Clash. . . " It's like you can't just be a punk from buying it. The
it was born, it died. Youth-targeting industries started profiteering
from it and it went the way of all movements. The dictionary meaning of
a punk is "the slang term given to a male prostitute in an English
jail. "Songs like "I'm Not A Victim" are self-explanatory and are
Globe: Any future
surprises from Sister Hyde?
Sister Hyde: I
know we are gonna surprise a lot of people in '09! The more
territory we claim, the more records we get out there, the
fans discover us. I want to return to Japan. We want to seal
with Sylvain but whoever produces the next album, it will make a lot of
people bend an ear. It's a little more
controversial. We want to get to
Europe and sign with a label with the power to launch us
internationally. '09 is Sister Hyde's time!
Globe: Whats the worst
nightmare you've ever had?
Sister Hyde: It
went like this: I was in a laboratory mixing smoking, florescent
concoctions in test tubes, which I drink. I fall to the floor losing my
breath, I feel like I'm burning up, but when I stand up, I'm
in front of
a mirror and I have breasts and a raven-haired mound of Venus between
my legs. I am a woman. I am Sister Hyde. I want to kill. Oh
that was my best nightmare!
Globe: You want me to
hang out, what do we do?
Sister Hyde: Kim!
and I would jet to London. We'd go down me fave fab pub and
pissy-eyed smashed. We head to The Marquee to watch the
Vibrators who are good for a laff and then head to Camden Town to a
Speakeasy. It's late and the sun is about to rise. We
head back to the
bedsit and. . . ! ! !
Globe: What do you
think about drug use in a band?
Sister Hyde: Sister
Hyde doesn't do any drugs the day of or at any time before a
is our only rule. We stick to grass and alcohol anyway. It's
been there, done that. "Sex is the drug and I need to score"
-- Bryan Ferry. You
wouldn't get high before you stepped out onto a battlefield and Sister
Hyde doesn't take any prisoners! I have yet to see a band that
while they are stoned and doesn't make any mistakes. They
they're great but they are delusional. It's the sad effects of
cocaine. We used to live next to the cop shop in Hollywood and
dealer come up fro South Central to deliver us the best
blow. It can
become very expensive, make you very paranoid and wreck your life much
more quickly and more completely than MySpace ever
not a lot of people would ever believe about you?
Sister Hyde: I
have rescued over two hundred dogs in three major North American
I've been lucky enough to reconnect with their owners and others I've
been even more lucky to find new owners for. All of my rescue stories
have had a great ending to them and I am in the process of writing a
book about them. It's bound to be a best-seller! Also, I am
an artist and
in the grand tradition of Brit art school rockers like Keith Richards,
who once said of his scholastic endeavors, "Drawing naked women seemed
like the easiest thing to do, " I am a painter and sculptor. I snagged
scholarship in LA and recently started up an art site on
MySpace.com/hydemania. I had to resurrect the site five times
kept on tearing it down. I thought Christ, this is art, not
and would put it back up again. Finally, MySpace
allowed me to keep it
up after sending me notification that they had deleted several of my
drawings! I've been an art teacher and a set designer and a
cartoonist for a local magazine lampooning the Bush administration.
Globe: Tell me a
fantasy (any subject)
Sister Hyde: You
and I are backstage after a Sister Hyde show, dolling! You say it's hot
and start to remove. . . . Oh wait I'm getting
sidetracked. Hmmmm, A
fantasy. . . OK, I am the President and after abolishing war and world
hunger, I would make the euthanasia of unwanted animals a crime and
create mammoth no-kill shelters out West on the vast amounts
land out there. After that, I'd take a first class tour and play The
Gardens, The Royal Albert Hall and The Budokan. The mew Sister Hyde
record is #1 in the world, and I recycle the dough back into my
music, art and animals. Oh yeah, I find this one beautiful girl. Her
will mean 'body' in Greek and we will spend every day making love!
would create this super healing hot springs in which we'd lay around
naked stoking the fires. I've always had this fantasy about designing
own house and everything in it, recording and listening to my
and looking at my own art on the walls, growing my own food
ext. In the
future reality, I want to have creative control of my videos and I want
to design my own sets .
Globe: Best stage
performance that you have given in your opinion?
Sister Hyde: Kim!
best performance was with you, dolling! ! ! ! It would have to be at
Forum in Montreal. It was a huge, huge crowd and I had them
in the palm
of my hand. You can hear some of this performance on "I Like It With
Lights On" on the Sister Hyde album!
Globe: Invent a super
group, who would the members
Sister Hyde: Well, I've
been looking for the super group all my life and I believe that
the current lineup of Sister Hyde is that band. In an ideal world and I
think I saw a "Twilight Zone" episode like this, I would have a band of
Hydes. I am the best drummer and bassist and the beast guitarist and
keyboardist as well. I'd call it Glam gods -- Damn, that
takem. No, my fantasy band would be Keith Ralphs and Ariel Bender on
guitars (Mott The Hoople) and Buffin (Mott) on bass and Bonham on drums
with Eno on keys.
Y'know, Seattle is famous for Kurt, coffee
and Jimi and
one night we were playin this dive that has a reputation for the most
available H in town. Anyways, I'm doing my
Jimi-inspired guitar sacrifice
and my axe is lying prostrate on the stage feeding back. In a
moments I am planning to whip the crap outta it with my strap when this
crazy lookin' dude with an Afro comes up to the stage with his boot out
lookin like he's gonna stomp on my guitar! He's grinnin away and just
ends up standin there diggin' the show. After the show, someone told us
it was Leon Hendrix (Jimi's bro who's also a guitarist), and that he
wanted to meet me! He said that he was gonna get his band to
and that we made "a lot of noise" at a lower volume. When I gave him my
record, he said "Good, I'm gonna steal your songs!" When I said to give
back, then jokingly he replied, "Don't you know that is the highest
Globe: I have yet to
hear your album all the way
through. Which track would you tell me and Punk Globe readers
Sister Hyde: OK.
. . You
have the new Sister Hyde record in your hands having bought it on
itunes or CDbaby and the first thing you
notice is the cover. A nubile
young lady? With a top hat is clutching her breasts with her gloved
hands. It screams GLAM. Written on
the lipstick red cover in horrific
melting letters is SISTER HYDE. You slap it on and it says to be played
at MAXIMUM VOLUME, so you crank it up and the first track,"You Look
On MYSpace," blows you off your feet. One of my favs, the track has
Internet radio charts and is fast becoming a
fav of DJs
everywhere. The first song ever written about MySpace dating, it is a
Lola-esque ballad that starts "I'm in love with you, my virtual girl
you belong in your virtual world. I met you on the internet when I
you as one of my friends." "Surfin on Napalm" is a good 'un and we
our live show off with it. It's got a punk-assed riff that
hits you like
a pneumatic jackhammer! "Corporate Guru" sounds like The
Ramones on 200
Red Bulls and made it on to the Punk compilation Cd outta Seattle,
"Punks and Pints," earlier this year. "I'm You Fan" is scary
fun and the
forementioned, "I Like It With The Lights On," roxxx. "Pills and
a driver, and "Beautiful Tonight" is a very Iggy-esque bleak romantic
tune. There are seventeen tracks and they're all strong -- so happy
Globe readers. Here is one album that you won't have to
hunt around on
for a good song.
Globe: What is your
dream venue to play?
Sister Hyde: John
Lennon once said "There's only Madison Square Gardens in New York and a
other places in Los Angeles. Everything else
is just traveling." I
would say that The Gardens is my dream venue. After that, I'd like to
play the Royal Albert Hall in London and The Buidokan in Japan. Max's
Kansas City would have been a hoot in its heyday.
Globe: Tell me a
bit about the other members of
Sister Hyde: Myles
Mayhem is my rhythm guitarist. He is my right hand man and
Gibson SG. . He is from Canada but grew up in Las Vegas! He does live
to his name and is a cyclone of energy on stage! He is a bit of a
Jeckyl/Hyde character because he's really a mild-mannered dude. With
shaved head, shades and feather boa, he looks a bit like an alien, and
gives the band that much more of a unique and current look. Keith Ash
from LA. He is Mr. Rock and Roll. Always positive
and optimistic, he is
perhaps the most grounded of all of us. He plays a Firebird bass and is
a huge Who fan! Great Scott, our drummer, is from nearby Port
actually did sound for us at a club out that way. He was blown
the band and swiftly filled the drummer vacancy. He plays
Dave effing Grohl and is always spending his money on new additions to
his Ludwig set! We are not only all on the same page but on the same
line as well. A lot of people underestimate chemistry between band
menbers and we definitely have that goin' on.
Globe: Whats your most
Sister Hyde: We
were playin' a punk club in Canada when this Mohawked punk chick comes
up to the stage smirking and beckoning me to come to her. I should have
trusted my instinct and stayed away but I thought she wanted to ask me
something. BAM! She smashed something into my eye. It was a piece of
chocolate cake. How punk!?! Well, I was blinded for about five
enough time for her to make her escape. It was a humbling
moment. Fortunately there was no permanent damage and now, I'm not so
Globe: it's Christmas,
you buy me a gift. . . what
would it be?
Sister Hyde: A
gift certificate from Babeland! Merry XXXMAS!!
Punk Globe: And at last, any message to Punk Globe
I just wanna thank you Kim and Ginger Coyote. I want to thank you, the
readers as well. We'll
be coming to your
in '09! PUNK
RULES! ! ! Come and pay us a visit and give a listen @
and have a rockin' helladay! Thanks again
to the lovely and talented Kim Acrylic! ! ! JOIN THE SISTERHOOD -
Globe: Thanks for your