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Baby Guns is Neil Giardino, Erin Shannon, and Mike Gaul, who all hail from three different corners of the US and found each other in Seattle. The goth poppy shoegaze they have developed started a few years back in early 2010 after Neil and Erin met in front of a car that was sitting ablaze on Broadway Ave. The group started as an instrumental project, but have added some fuzzy vocals to the mix that play up that dark, witchy vibe. Seattle Peach is in love. The emergence of more dark wave synth pop groups is welcomed and fitting for the notoriously dreary landscapes of the Northwest’s metropolis. While radio pop spirals endlessly into the nauseatingly sugary sea of cookie cutter paradigms, the contrasting candelabra of underground acts gaining ground across the internets continues to move further into the darkness.
Seattle Peach caught up with Baby Guns last month for some Peachy Q&A. You can see them play next at the Sunset Tavern in Ballard on Wednesday, July 18, and pick up a copy of their Kingdom Come cassette (also available online).
1.) How would you describe your day to day style?
N: “noir casual” E: “Crocodile Dundee-cum-US. Postal lady”.
2.) Is there a difference between what you wear everyday and what you wear on stage? What is the difference?
N: Not particularly.
3.) Do you guys coordinate wardrobe for your shows? What is your process for styling the band?
N: Rarely. Well, we often coordinate by accident. I think maybe we tend to like the same color palettes, but generally if, for example, we’re both wearing black jeans and denim jackets I’ll ask Erin that she wear something different so we don’t look like Brandon and Brenda Walsh.
Once, Erin’s sister Ria (Co-owner of Kaleidoscope Vision) styled us for a show. She had Erin in a Betsy Johnson Gun Sweater and me in a Tom of Finland t-shirt.
N: A friend described my style a couple years ago as “anarcho-dandy.” So I suppose I’ve been making a conscious effort to distance myself from that vogue. As a band perhaps we’re moving toward looking like the Gun Club on the cover of their ‘Miami’ record.
5.) Who’s style inspires you, who are some of your fashion icons?
N: French actor Alain Delon as well as my grandfather Angelo Giardino. E: Laura Dern in Jurassic Park as well as my mom in the 80’s.
6.) What are some of your favorite pieces from your own wardrobe?
E: My brown ropers, a flesh colored vintage service bowling button-up shirt by Lady Sparkle. And my ex-boyfriend’s ‘Night of the Living Dead’ t-shirt that I turned into a crop-top.
7.) If you could go on a shopping spree anywhere on the planet, a.) Where would you go? b.) What stores would you go to? c.) Who would you bring with you? d.) What is at least one item you definitely be shopping for?
E: Some thrift shop on the side of the road, in the middle of nowhere, USA. I’d be shopping for boots. I’d bring Neil along with me.
N: I’d go back to this place in NYC called Le Labo. It’s a laboratory in a dark tavern where they make special colognes for you on the spot with droppers and beakers. I’d also scour the globe for an authentic Fiorucci t-shirt size medium. I’d bring Erin along with me on that trip.
(All Photos by Frank Correa)Tweet
Local rap diva, Katie Kate, tore the roof off of the Maine Stage the last day of Sasquatch this year, laying down sassy rhymes for the masses. Seattle Peach caught up with her for some Peachy Q&A on fashion.
How would you describe your day to day style?
Lazy! Well, I guess “casual”. I’m not really into dressing up day to day. I think that comes from my farmer background as well as having gone to music school – I didn’t really have a reason to dress up when I was spending all day every day in a practice room. As a result, I wear t shirts and jeans, sometimes jeggins (yes, I’m that lazy) and my Frye boots. I will throw on a necklace or ring if it’s a special occasion.
Huge difference. Katie Kate is my excuse to think about what I wear and attempt to look cool. Day to day, I could give a fuck.
Do you and Radjaw ever coordinate wardrobe for your shows? What is your process for styling for performance?
Radjaw and I don’t really coordinate. I think we try to respect each other’s fashion choices – he looks great in what he wears, and hopefully he feels the same about me. When styling for a performance I just start by going shopping, seeing what’s out there. There’s several practical rules I follow – no short skirts (folks can see up them if I’m up on stage), flats or manageable heels (I have yet to find the latter) so I can dance without falling on my ass, which has happened, and a moderately opaque fabric for the top – darn stage lights reveal everything. The main goal is just to find something I feel great in, because confidence is a huge part of my performances. Sometimes I’ll find inspiration from one particular item and try to build around it, sometimes I have an idea already in my mind and I’m attempting to match it, but usually I’m running around like a crazy person buying something an hour before soundcheck.
Dressing as Katie Kate has really forced me to think about my fashion choices more than I normally would. When I was younger I would wear the craziest clothes – pretty much all vintage dresses from Red Light and heels and hats… just everywhere, to school, to work, everywhere. I don’t know how the fuck I did that. But now that I have Katie Katie, I have an outlet for that creativity and craziness, so I don’t feel like I have to do anything day to day. My daily style has evolved (or devolved, depending on your point of view) into a very utilitarian, pragmatic, and neutral collection. I relish buying pieces that will last forever, or classic pieces I know I’ll have for years. I don’t have a ton of money to spend, so I try to spend it wisely. I think there’s alot of value in that. Farm life, you know? But Katie Katie has evolved from me trying to dress out of my “normal person” closet, to me having a pretty much entirely separate wardrobe for shows. I think I’ve changed into being more put together as a performer, and my hairstylist D’Arcy Harrison really helps with that. I can’t get away with looking like a turd anymore.
I’m pretty inspired by Lykke Li, she’s hip and edgy but maintains this very muted palette that lends a timelessness to her look. I am inspired by my friend Liz. She is effortlessly stylish, always. I’m inspired by older ladies who still take time to dress up before going out. I wish I could be Tilda Swinton – I’ve always wanted to go for some androgyny but I have this big round Irish head that kind of prevents that. Eleanor Roosevelt is the queen of practicality. I love her for her lack of attention to fashion, focusing on social issues in a time where that was desperately needed. OH, and Basketball Wives.
What are some of your favorite pieces from your own wardrobe?
I try not to have favorite pieces, because I grew up with sisters, and they would inevitably take my favorite thing and get Sharpie all over it or something. But if I had to pick, definitely my Frye Boots. I wear the crap out of my shoes, so I asked for these for my birthday last year and have been so happy. They turned a bunch of my socks black, but it’s well worth it to know I won’t have to buy another pair… ever. I have a necklace that is a lense surrounded by gold with some flower detail at the top. I got it at Value Village for three dollars but I wear it almost every day. Same with my ring – it’s made from Larimar, a rare stone, and I bought it for myself as a graduation gift. It’s supposed to aid in letting life flow in and around you.
If you could go on a shopping spree anywhere on the planet, a.) Where would you go? b.) What stores would you go to? c.) Who would you bring with you? d.) What is at least one item you definitely be shopping for?
a) Denmark, probably Copenhagen. b) mostly thrift stores, but they have these awesome little boutiques with that Danish design aesthetic that just kills me. c) Probably my friend Hanna Benn. She walks that line between ridiculous/cool very well. Also we went to Copenhagen together, so I could send her to Bang & Jensen for coffee. d) I definitely need structured pants, crazy wedge boots, and anything unique and strange that I might never see again.I also really dig things that have multiple uses – that’s one of the first rules of survival, don’t carry anything that can’t be used for at least 3 different things. …Ok, so I may watch too much Discovery Channel. BUT when the oil runs out and the zombie hordes come flopping across the hills, you will thank me and my parachute/shelter/corkscrew pants.
(Photo credits in order of appearance: Lori Paulson; Janae Jones; Alex Crick; unknown; Jenny Jimenez)Tweet
In light of the approaching holiday marking another rotation of the earth around the sun, Seattle Peach has been spending a lot of time looking at New Years gowns in preparation for the celebration. The most fabulously dramatic of the bunch comes from Portland designer, Frocky Jack Morgan. The elegant, cascading fabrics and feminine bodices of these gowns are perfect for a formal affair and the romantic whimsy of the designs capture the essence of a special occasion.
Inspired by a tattered Stella McCartney dress she saw in a shop window, Frocky Jack Morgan’s Julia Barbee is a local pioneer in reconstructed fashion. Her designs have long been reputed for being a sustainable option for the eco-conscious fashionista. Working with vintage gowns and raw materials, Barbee deconstructs these found pieces and adds detailed embellishment, creating a decadent homage to the history of fashion.
“I am simply more inspired by existing objects than by a blank slate,” she once told the Portland Mercury.
Using her background in sculpture to inform her designs, Barbee’s use of recycled clothing tells a story, or rather, a fairy tale through the texture of old fabrics and the nostalgia of antique details. It’s unique and edgy and distinctly couture.
Julia Barbee took a moment to answer some questions Seattle Peach had regarding her musical tastes.
I’m kind of obsessive when I find something I love. I mostly listen to metal in my car, and I’ve been blasting Megadeth’s Rust in Peace (specifically the song “Holy Wars”). I just opened a shop/studio in Portland (at 811 E Burnside Suite 122 if anyone is planning a visit), and setting up for the opening I was playing Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell, and a little Ozzy. But I never assume anyone else is going to share my awesome metal taste (ha ha), so obviously I have to tone down my musical selections for the masses during the day, and I’ve been playing obscure Christmas music in the shop, like Fats Waller who is one of my favorite musicians, and I just ordered Odetta’s Christmas album.
2.) What music do you put on first thing in the morning?
I’m pretty content with silence in the morning actually. I guess that doesn’t fit in with a musical questionnaire, but I just find it to be audio overload if it’s too early. I don’t have a tv, and I just can’t really handle the pace of media when I’m just gaining consciousness. My friend brought me a Russian a cappella choral album from her travels; it reminds me of Gregorian Chants a little bit. Something meditative would be permissible.
I love using my record player for some music, it’s just more fitting for a band like Boston to be on vinyl I think. Or Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.” “Sweet Leaf” by Black Sabbath is good too. I did listen to some Die Antwoord getting ready for my shop to open, and “Destroyer” by the Kinks has been on repeat a few times while I’ve been gearing up for whatever the future holds. But I can also just throw on some drum & bass and I’m good to go. I have a good friend Danny who keeps me well-stocked in that!
4.) If you could pick any band/artist to perform for your runway show, who would it be and why?
Geez, Bjork! I just love her work, it’s so expansive. It would set the stage, and compliment anything else going on visually. I just recently did a performance art piece in New York, and had the privilege of seeing Matthew Barney’s work in Gladstone Gallery there, and I was just in awe of his brilliance! I love that they are individually geniuses, and then find ways to work together.
Mariane Faithful. She has aged so gracefully, and she’s always been beautiful, but with a real edge to her. There are so many great musicians that tread that line, who I deeply admire: Chrissie Hynde, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry.
6.) What musician/band would you most like to style or design for?
Any of those women would be phenomenal to work with. Josephine Baker or Marlene Dietrich would be great if time were not a factor. If I could do something a little less bloody, maybe Gwar. I love the idea of that kind of theatricality for a performance, and it doesn’t seem like a show where I might find myself nodding off. The Portland-based band Vagabond Opera has used a couple of my dresses in photo shoots, so it has been awesome to see my work translated into the musical realm that way.
7.) What musician/band are you most excited to see play that is coming to town in the next few months?
Well, I live in Portland, and just saw today that Die Antwood is coming in February, and I have to expect that would be an outlandish show! ★
Frocky Jack Morgan can be found at Velouria or Hunt & Gather in Seattle or at the home store in Portland.Tweet