|Brijitte West - Interview Exclusive|
|Written by Dom Daley|
|Friday, 19 February 2010 21:25|
I think it would be fair to say that the career of Brijitte West has been littered with times when her voice has kept the patrons of ÜRHQ warm on long, cold nights. From the Year of the Rat to this first year of a new decade, any mention of Ms West pretty would pretty much guarantee the same response......
.......so how excited do you think your average Über Röcker is right now, with Brijitte about to release her great debut solo album and play an intimate London show? In an interview exclusive to Über Röck, Brijitte tells us that "it's in the blood, baby....."
There's only one place to start and that's with the new album - what can you tell us about it?
I call my band The Desperate Hopefuls; that was the title of a song from 'Loosen Up', the first EP from NY Loose. A label called Devil's Jukebox is putting it out. It will be available on February 22. For more details go to my website http://www.brijittewest.com/
Will there be UK wide tour dates to support the album?
I hope so, if the record sells then it will be a very clear indication to me that I should get the hell out there.....
It just so happens we are doing a reunion gig on May 6th at the Viper Room in LA!
Is there any other music locked away on tape or hard drive that might come out?
No, not that I would let anybody hear...
You took time out of music to have a family, how has that changed your perspective on how you rock 'n' roll....if at all?
Becoming a mother has made me feel even more powerful and confident. My new album reflects that, even the way I work now is different. I am very focused and, of course, am a master at multi tasking!
Do you think that, being a woman in rock music, you had to be twice as good as the guys to get a break?
Yes, and it should not be any other way. There are too many women shaking tits and ass who have no real rock and roll spirit. It's in the blood, baby. It's great to see more rock chicks out there though.
Who got you into music in the first place? What bands were you listening to or watching when you were growing up?
I had an older brother that was going to Max's Kansas City and CBGB during the heyday. It was my job at home to fold the clean laundry and put it into piles for each of my brothers and sisters. He had NY Dolls, Plasmatics, Ramones t-shirts - I was fascinated...when I snuck into his room to play his records I was hooked. I became addicted, it was my dirty secret to sneak into his room and play the records. When he realised I was into it he took me to see the Ramones, I was like 11 I think...crazy. I do admit though I had some Bay City Rollers and Shawn Cassidy posters on my wall as a teenybopper as well. My first boyfriend was a guy called Bobby Ebz. He was in a band called Genocide. We used to sit around and I would watch him take drugs and we would listen to Slaughter and The Dogs and equally astounding records. We would go to the CBGB hardcore matinees. I saw the first Samhain show with him. R.I.P. Bobby.....
Did it take some getting used to, relocating to London from New York? What do you miss from NYC that London doesn't offer?
I miss pizza by the slice...cheap cabs...the New York vibe is bright and clear like a police siren screaming in your ear but it can be equally gritty and dirty; the place is full of cockroaches...it's pure electricity. London.....well, I don't know, it's sort of like the Eeyore of big cities, meaning Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. It's just never really feels as alive to me - the grey skies and long winters turn me into an insane person. I am learning to accept my fate though... it's only a matter of time and I will be taken away. Also when I first moved here I was a New Yorker with all of the brashness you would expect. Most people thought I was being rude - I can now see there is such a big difference between the English and the Americans. I thought it was all the same, same language..no no no!!!
Having gone out with The Rev Horton Heat, Ramones, Marilyn Manson and playing in a band with Danny Nordahl and Richard Bacchus you must have some great stories you're dying to share with us?
Hindsight is twenty twenty...can someone out there please invent the real flux capacitor quick!!!
Über thanks to Brijitte for allowing us this exclusive interview. The Über Röck review of the Brijitte West and the Desperate Hopefuls album will be online early next week. Brijitte plays the Dublin Castle, Camden, NW1 on March 27th.