Today we meet- Bonehead out of Detroit . For my part I’m not going to ramble on here on how talented I think Alexandra Lee is. Nor will I try to stick her in a box and put a label on her art. What we have here is someone who writes honestly and that is something Lou Reed passed on to all of us who try to express what we are feeling. I encourage you to listen to all of these tracks and to watch the videos, there is something special going on here and I wouldn’t want you to miss it. One thing I know for sure- Alexandra restores my faith in the underground…
Meet – Bonehead
for those unfamiliar with your history, can you tell us you decided to give this whole music thing a shot?
I wanted to play music in high school, got a guitar but wasn’t really ready to take on the whole “fail a million times then you start to get sort of good” thing, so I sold it. When I was 20 I lived in New York City and was working at a record label. A boyfriend I was dating said I could be a musician and gave me a guitar, and from then on I never stopped. Started recording myself and got weird with it.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
Lou reed, the VU, of course. I really like a lot of KBD stuff, the one hit wonders of the underground. I also adore the Warlocks and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, I listen to that as much as I listen to Iggy Pop which is practically every day.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
Playings shows across the country is always a blast. Never know how it will turn out. One particularly great gig was at Wally’s World in Chicago, I think that place is gone now. I really didn’t think anyone would end up giving a shit about my music when I started so anytime a stranger comes up afterward and says they really liked it, it kind of makes me feel really cool. I also love all the haters and all the fucked up shit that has happened to me, bad reviews. I entered this “Record at K! Records” contest and people voted for the winner. The night the voting went up, my name wasn’t on the list. Call me paranoid, but I think they did it on purpose to sabotage me. Also when people listen to my music and refuse to believe I did it all myself, played every instrument, recorded it…I like telling them I really did do it, and even better, I love showing them how I did it.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
I love most of the Growlers stuff. Los growlers. La Luz – It’s Alive. John Wesley Coleman III – Greatest Hits, the new Warlocks album is fantastic, they never got bad & of course anything Anton Newcombe does I’m with it. There’s some great bands in Detroit & Chicago. The Rebel Kind record Today is fantastic, Cafe Racer’s album, Craig Brown Band, oh and my friend Cami’s band Period Bomb!! They are coming out with a full length soon.
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
I wish I could live without it, but it is a great way to share your art and promote it. I got off Facebook for a week or two and thought, great now I’m going to act so August 31st at 2:42 pm. You know? Like think about all the memes you miss out on, how fast that changes. We get exposed to soooo many things, stupid and informative, via the internet. I think it’s useful depending on how you use it and what you let into your brain. I don’t use Twitter though, can’t see the point of that besides arguing with celebrities. And i love Instagram its very “let me show you the world through my eyes.”
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
I read them and take them whether they are good or bad. I got scared a bit after this 45 came out because I thought, Shit now I’m going to be put into a box. They’re going to try and put me in a genre and compare me to some other band! But most of the time people get it. Which makes me happy! People haven’t said anything too brutal, usually it’s something mean right next to something I find complimentary. More brutal reviews! Rip me apart!!
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
Japan or Australia for sure. I wish I could do something as cool as the Cramps playing at Napa State Mental Hospital or Crime playing at a jail dressed up like cops.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
Definitely saved mine multiple times. I think I learned a lot of what I know now from Lou Reed lyrics. On that note, I hate when people say “no one even listens to lyrics anymore, man!” I do. And lyrics are extremely important to me.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
Be loving and kind to the world. There’s no need for hate. It’s okay to be funny and pessimistic and nihilistic, but don’t go out of your way to be an asshole. Life is hard, don’t make it harder. xo