This interview was conducted at the Scoreboard in Bridgeview, Illinois on Friday, August 30, 2003. We at Chain D.L.K. apologize with the artist and the fans for the delay in publishing this interview.
Chain D.L.K.: When did the band form?
Fashion Bomb: Officially, the band started 9 months ago.
Chain D.L.K.: How did you come up with the name “Fashion Bomb”?
Fashion Bomb: Everything is kind of interrelated, as far as the name. The name is an interesting diacodomy, “Fashion Bomb”, it can be taken in many different ways. You may be a “Fashion Bomb” in the common hernacular, being good at something or “Fashion Bomb”, being terrible at it. It’s kind of making the statement that you can make your own fashion, be who you want to be, look the way you want to look and still be fashionable to yourself and true to yourself. When we chose the skull design, it wasn’t so much for the graven image, it was more for what’s underneath the skin.
Chain D.L.K.: When did you write your lyrics, do you write in first person, third person or both?
Fashion Bomb: As far as the lyrics go, it really depends on the story. I’m writing a story that comes to me, or the music might suggest a story, or a feeling or a certain issue that I might feel is necesary to address. It depends whatever works best, depending on the situation or what the song calls for.
Chain D.L.K.: How do you get your ideas for your lyrics? Does it come from dreams? Thoughtscapes? Visions? Personal experiences?
Fashion Bomb: I would say all of the above, but mostly the thoughts are driven by personal experience.
Chain D.L.K.: Would you say your band has a magical element to it? Are you trying to portray this to your audience?
Fashion Bomb: I really do and not really do?maybe in the cliche like, “oh we got together and it was magic”, but more like, if you are true to yourself and you have an image and a thought and a story behind it, that’s what I would define as magic, just because it gells together, it’s a cohesive unit because you got the feeling, the story, the music and everybody can buy into that story and feel where you are coming from and hopefully will too. Look how we are all dressing, “everyone is so last season”, it’s a statement, it’s about being true to yourself, that self empowerment that we give to ourselves, certainly is projected on the audience, they relate to our themes, which is self empowerment, being who you want to be and screw everybody else and what they think and hopefully that is a power they can absorb.
Chain D.L.K.: What do you feel is the uniqueness of your band?
Fashion Bomb: We each bring our own personas with a common theme to make something that we feel is original. Just the different theatrics we do on stage make it different, we like being able to present a visual show as well as musical, give people something to hear, see and think about.
Chain D.L.K.: Some bands hide behind a mask, we feel your band promotes the mask and shows the real you, how do you feel about this sentiment?
Fashion Bomb: We incorporate masks as one theatrical aspect of our show. Sometimes we do it, sometimes we don’t, it depends on how we feel for the day. The masks are simply symbolism. You will notice the masks that we do wear on stage are a direct personification of what makeup we are wearing underneath. It’s just to show, hey, you know what, even though we’re putting this mask on in public underneath that is because who we are.
Chain D.L.K.: How did you come up with the concept for the song and video, “The Line? “
Fashion Bomb: It was inspired by driving down Clark Street in Chicago, Illinois in Wrigleyville by the Metro, you will find a bunch of Irish bars where “the Cubs home is”. John Barleycore is the specific one we saw “a line” of people waiting to get in one night and they we’re dressed the same, acted the same, just so ludricous and boring, and I thought, more power to them, but I could never be so limited. Those are the exact same people who might look at something different and say, ” I am not going to go there, i’m not going to try that and I’m not going to acknowledge that even if that’s neat”, but you never know but that’s where it came from.
Chain D.L.K.: Are you happy with the promotions your street team is doing for you?
Fashion Bomb: We really are! We are getting exposure nationally now, we just been on a tour, our “Trample of the Week Tour”, which incorporated Indianopolis, Louisvile, Nashville, Atlanta, all these different areas, we we’re really well received, at first they weren’t sure what to make of us, but after the sets started going, I think they could see where we were going and what we were doing. We are happy we are playing out.
Chain D.L.K.: Where do you see your music going? Direction? Progression?
Fashion Bomb: I think right now, we are going to continue what we are doing. I don’t think we have explored fully being who we want to be, as long as there are people who put people down for the way they want to dress and the way you look, as long as they are not hurting anybody else and as long as there are people out there with that kind of close mindedness attitude, I think that, that particular area of our music is going to be left to explore.
Chain D.L.K.: What are your musical influences?
Fashion Bomb: We have very diverse tastes. We like everything from, “Slayer”, “Deftones”, all kinds of different types. We can all bring those together and really make them a part of the music.
Chain D.L.K.: What future projects can we expect?
Fashion Bomb: Videos are in the works, we are in the process of revamping our website and you are going to see us opening up for some bigger acts in the next upcoming months, so we are just progressing as a unit, as a band, getting the message out there, going back to the studio to work on more tracks to download, things like that.
Chain D.L.K.: What are some tips to surviving bands out there that are starting out?
Fashion Bomb: The biggest hurdle is finding guys you can get along with, to write with and who embrace the same ideology as you do, that’s the biggest thing, so if you can find those people with the same ideas and same mindset, you’ve won half the battle and if you remain dedicated, then that’s the key to your success.
Visit Fashion Bomb on the web at:
www.fashionbomb.net and at:
[interviewed by Michelle Russo]