Starwood Breaks the Metal Rules - FMQB Interview with singer
Lizzy and guitarist Joe Steals
While the signature sound of the New England Metal scene has been
dominant in the heavy music world lately, the raw, Los Angeles Glam
Rock sound has taken a backseat. But new Metal Blade band
Starwood is here to bring back the spirit of Kiss, Motley Crue
and Guns 'n Roses with If It Ain't Broke, Break It -
their debut album. This brand of sex, drugs and Rock 'n Roll party
music is not something that most people would expect from the label
that recently brought us the new album from Cattle Decapitation,
but Starwood is perfectly happy to be an anomaly on Metal Blade.
FMQB recently exchanged e-mails with singer Lizzy
and guitarist Joe Steals to find out what it's like to be a
Guitar Rock fish in a Death Metal pond.
||Tell me a little about your
background. How did the band get together?
We were all in a previous band together called Diamond Dogs
so when we had an opportunity to work together again it all just
fell into place.
Lizzy: We all had the desire to make a great rock record.
It's in our blood and as we've come to find out, now was perfect
timing. We had no idea the world was ready to rock again, all we
knew is that we wanted to. So we just did it not knowing if
anyone would like it. It's been an overwhelmingly positive
What goals did you have when recording your debut album?
Steals: Short songs that rock with great melodies and
Lizzy: All we knew was we wanted to make a record that
just rocked! We wanted to incorporate all of our influences and
be the kind of band that was in our CD collections.
Did you grow up on bands like Kiss and Motley Crue, or did
you listen to more extreme stuff too?
Steals: I myself grew up on
all types of music but I fell hard for all the great songs from the
Lizzy: Kiss is probably the common denominator between the four of
us. We all are very open-minded musically, and in our minds the hard
rock of the '70s is blasting out through our Marshall stacks and is an
integral part of our music.
Were you trying to get away from all the seriousness in Rock right
now (and in the world) and just create something fun?
Steals: We weren't trying to do anything except what comes
naturally: rock n' roll our asses off!
Lizzy: Not concisely, but fun enters into almost everything we do.
You only live once and we want to have as much fun as we can. A lot of
the bands out today don't look like they're having too much fun. The
energy of our music is not built on negativity and I think that's the
difference. I think the world is ready for some fun though, and we're
just the band to bring it.
|What's it like being a Garage
Rock band on a historic Metal label with Six Feet Under and The
Steals: It's great! And I certainly like all the
attention that comes with it.
Lizzy: I don't consider us a Garage band. But we are a
one-of-a-kind on a label that caters to a certain type of music.
We wanna be the band that is set apart from the rest. Blending
in is not what we're about.
Do you have tour plans?
Steals: Yes, it's in the works; we'll post the dates on
our Web site as they become available.
Lizzy: Things are coming in everyday. It's down to picking
and choosing what's right for us. We should have some idea of
when and where very soon.
What else is in the future for Starwood?
Steals: World Domination! Rock n' Roll style.
Lizzy: Record, tour, record, tour, record, tour, have an
affair with a super model, tour, record, blow all our money on
wild parties, tour! I can't think of a better way to live life!
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