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April 2016

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VOLUME 1<br />



Life Imitates Art. Or so thought Oscar Wilde. In his famous explanation of what that<br />

means, he referred to the fog in London, reminding us that it’s something that has always<br />

been there but when poets wrote about it and painters painted it, it became romantic and<br />

beautiful. I suppose this sort of applies to <strong>Alice</strong>’s <strong>Chapter</strong> 2. When <strong>Alice</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

Creative Director Georgia Mitropoulos went to support her friends band, Girlyboi, she<br />

glanced across the club and who should be standing there but IMG model, Sylvester.<br />

Georgia recently watched him writhe around in a Purple <strong>Magazine</strong>/Saint Laurent video<br />

and knew she had to shoot with him. 5 days later Marcus Cooper was shooting him while<br />

Georgia styled. That same week, photographer Jenna Putnam sent me a shoot she did with<br />

Girlyboi and asked if I wanted to run the photos. Girlyboi then was asked by The Lively to<br />

play a show and create an event and they asked <strong>Alice</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> to join them for our<br />

release of <strong>Chapter</strong> 2. We always like things to happen organically, never forcing, never<br />

fighting against anything. We have so many talented photographers, musicians and writers<br />

in this issue, it’s making me really happy to see it coming together. We have some big<br />

surprises coming up in <strong>Chapter</strong> 3 and we’re excited to share them with you.<br />

Stay tuned, lovers!<br />

Editor in Chief<br />

Melissa Rodwell<br />

Creative Director<br />

Georgia Mitropolous<br />

Art Director<br />

Richard Ray Ruiz<br />

Managing Editor<br />

Kris DeVito<br />

Digital Director<br />

Jan Klier<br />

Photo Editor<br />

David Neilands of Solstice Retouch<br />

Social Media Manager<br />

Abigail Leyva<br />

Cover Photographed by MARCUS COOPER<br />


RUDE BOY<br />

The day we crashed the SWEATSHOP in Bushwick, Brooklyn<br />

Photographed and Styled by GEORGIA MITROPOULOS<br />

Model IAN WEGLARZ<br />

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Photographed and words by GEORGIA MITROPOULOS

I was sent to cover the SWMRS show at Webster Hall. After<br />

interviewing the band I sat around and met some kids in the<br />

green room. We’re bored, naturally, and we want to smoke,<br />

“come with me” said one kid with freckles from Chicago. So we<br />

went up to what I thought was the roof but it was another stage<br />

at Webster Hall and it was packed with people jumping up and<br />

down. I had no clue who this band was. I dodged the crowd and<br />

went into some tech room for a cig... after about 10 minutes it<br />

was impossible to breath in a smoke filled box and I was kinda’<br />

drunk so I ran out and stumbled into the front entrance of the<br />

stage. Panicking for a sec I saw the security and he asked what<br />

I was doing……since I had my camera I said oh yea I’m here to<br />

cover the show…. I need access to the stage ….he gave me one<br />

look and said, “I like your leather pants” and waved to the other<br />

security saying, “She’s good” I got right up to the front. Having<br />

no clue and barely able to see, I started to shoot the lead singer<br />

and guiartist….he was in velvet, naturally. Well that got my attention!<br />

I received a text from Christian Benner with a video of<br />

him taping me from backstage. He said, I didn’t know you like<br />

Wolfmother?! I kept that text to remember the name of the<br />

band. When I posted the pics on insta my editor said wow you<br />

saw Wolfmother, they are fucking incredible! .. I told her I had<br />

no clue who they were. She said, “you’re crazy and I love you<br />

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Words by KRIS DEVITO<br />

Artist Stacey Wells hails from North Vancouver. Losing her father at a young age, she spent a large portion<br />

of her childhood with her grandparents at their home on the waterfront of West Vancouver. It’s here where<br />

her artists journey began with her love of nature. On a trip to Australia, she fell in love with colors, which<br />

is evident still today in her rich and colorful portraits.<br />

Stacey’s early education at Carson Graham Secondary allowed her to flourish under the mentorship of<br />

Wing Chow and Martin Place and she won a scholarship for her work in sculpture. During her education<br />

here, she found inspiration in many different artists such as Warhol and Van Gogh and was well on her<br />

way to cultivating her own personal brand.<br />

Travel, always having been a great inspiration for Stacey, again became a prevalent role in her new project.<br />

On a trip to Cosentino Winery in Napa Valley, she found inspiration for her series “Rockstar Reflections”.<br />

Stacey continues to create art inspired by her love of rock music and the musicians that embody the spirit<br />

of rock and roll.


Photographed and Interviewed by JENNA PUTNAM<br />

“This is a decision to flesh out all insecurities. A deliberate choice<br />

to make ourselves more vulnerable. An attempt to tap into our truer<br />

humanity. But ultimately just to make really pretty songs”

I first met Joe and Carly when I photographed them for their EP release show at Rough<br />

Trade on a rainy night December. Their chemistry was undeniable, as was the fact that they<br />

clearly spent a lot of time together, both working and playing. They hit the stage dressed to<br />

the nines under a dim blue light and the rest was history.<br />

ALICE: How did you two meet?<br />

Carly: Fate, coincidence, divine intervention? The world may never know…<br />

Joe: A man in a suit approached me and said I’ll be rich and famous if I date this<br />

mysterious woman named Carly and make music…<br />

Carly: They had black suits and handguns.<br />

ALICE: What was your time in Paris like/how long did you spend there?<br />

Carly: Paris was amazing, incredibly challenging. We did a lot of growing there that I don’t<br />

think could’ve happened elsewhere. We spent 8 months there and every minute of it was<br />

an experience I wouldn’t take back.<br />

Joe: Not as romantic as the pamphlet said. I always get fooled by those.<br />

ALICE: How has your lifestyle changed by moving to New York? Has living here had an effect on<br />

your music?<br />

Carly: We love the pace and the momentum. Joe gets stir crazy if he’s ever in one place for<br />

too long so it made sense to move where things are constantly moving. It’s been helping us<br />

crank out some tunes.<br />

Joe: The lyrics are maybe taking a sort-of cynical turn. It’s impossible to not be influenced<br />

by your surroundings, but it’s not like I was writing about The seine because we lived in<br />

Paris. As far as adopting some sort-of “New York” sound, I don’t think that’s happening at<br />

all.<br />

ALICE: Who are some of your biggest influences?<br />

Carly: Karen Carpenter, Carly Simon, Nico, The Kinks, Heart, The Zombies, etc. At least<br />

right now.<br />

Joe: Outside of the 60s/70s shit my parents listened to (which is in constant rotation), I’ve<br />

been really digging this band “Cranes” from the 90s. Their album “Forever” is great.<br />

ALICE: What is your writing process?<br />

Carly: Joe writes and produces. I sing and write the harmonies.<br />

ALICE: Where are you recording right now? Is it going to be a full length or an EP? Vinyl, digital,<br />

both?<br />

Joe: We’ve got three studios. One in Soho, one in Bushwick, and one in Brooklyn Heights.<br />

The next release is going to be an LP, but I don’t know the exact criteria for that. There’s<br />

8 tracks we’re super happy with so far. We’re gonna talk to the men in suits and see what<br />

they say haha. Vinyl and digital.<br />

ALICE: What song off of your ‘Actual Woman’ EP is your favorite and why?<br />

Carly: Mine is whole. Mainly because I love singing it. It’s like butter. But also because the<br />

words mean a lot.<br />

Joe: I like “The Agency” because it’s got this sort-of “traditional folk” literal storytelling<br />

aspect to it.<br />

ALICE: Any upcoming shows/tours?<br />

Joe: Yeah! We’ll be carefully trolling around the proper <strong>NYC</strong> staples… Baby’s, Mercury<br />

Lounge, Cake Shop, Pianos, Music Hall of Williamsburg, but we don’t want to oversaturate<br />

the scene. We’re playing Soho House NY at the Beginning of April. But right now we’re in<br />

writing/tour prep mode.

ALICE: What do you feel are the strengths you possess and challenges you face being a couple in a<br />

band together?<br />

Carly: Being able to separate work and play. I think we’re both such hard working people<br />

that it’s hard to stop working. So when we talk to each other and it’s in a business-y way,<br />

it’s hard to break from that. But then again we work so well together, it’s all very natural for<br />

us.<br />

Joe: At the end of the day we know none of this matters without each other. The ironic<br />

thing is that whatever happens in our relationship (be it good or bad), we can turn it into<br />

music.<br />

ALICE: Do you have any routines you do right before a show?<br />

Carly: Joe takes a shot (or several), I drink coconut oil tea.<br />

ALICE: You seem to have a great deal of imagery surrounding you, which I think is really cool. It<br />

tells a story and makes you seem beautifully vulnerable in a way. What do you feel is the importance<br />

of working with certain photographers and other artists?<br />

Joe: There’s no singular facet to communication. Be it sonically or visually. It’s important<br />

for the two worlds to bleed into each other and sort-of make sense. Photographers inspire<br />

me just as much as musicians do. Just as much as writers, poets and painters do. “Inspiration”<br />

translates literally to “the breathe of the spirit.” Anyone who gives you that breathe<br />

keeps you alive as a creative.<br />

ALICE: What are some of your favourite joints to go out to in New York?<br />

Carly: I tried to answer this, but I’m just gonna be honest. I’m boring I don’t go out.<br />

Joe: Haha places I drag Carly to usually include….<br />

ALICE: If you could go back in time and play music in any era, which would you choose?<br />

Carly: I don’t want to say the 60’s because that’s cliche, but I’m saying it. The 60’s.<br />

Joe: I like where we’re at. But if I had to choose, I’d probably hang out in the 90s shoegazy<br />

weirdo crowd for a bit.<br />

ALICE: What are some problems that you identify with or benefits you find being part of “generation<br />

Z”?<br />

Joe: It seems like our peers/contemporaries are very open-minded, very-outspoken very<br />

visually driven. I like that. There’s a lot of idolatry going on though. Like people worship<br />

celebrities and don’t even know why…<br />

ALICE: What are the nicknames you use for one another(we know you have them and we know<br />

they’re cute)?<br />

Joe: Tush McPherson<br />

Carly: Sweet Old Man Jenkins

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Photographed by MARCUS COOPER<br />



Make up and Hair by AKIHISA YAMAGUCHI<br />

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YAK<br />

Photography by GEORGIA MITROPOULOS<br />


“You look like my mother in the morning”. A dirty old man grunts<br />

slightly off comments in my ear as I walk away, passing the line of kids<br />

waiting to go into the bathroom stalls in pairs. He leans at the bar and<br />

remains there all night probably whispering the same thing in anyone<br />

else’s ear with their elbows on the bar. (and I think no no no no)<br />

The first band is playing, I miss most of it but I like the way she sings.<br />

Then The Mystery Lights are cramped onto the little stage with all<br />

their instruments and hair. The singer who plays guitar has<br />

incredible height in his knees-up jumps and the speed with the quick<br />

gaps excites me. I jump up and down like a dog hoping to start something<br />

but no one takes the bait so I make do with shaking my head side<br />

to side up and down in a typical example of enjoying live music. I like<br />

this band, I saw them in Philly two nights ago opening for Yak. I liked<br />

them better on that big stage at Jonny Brenda’s. The space let them<br />

breathe but maybe I just liked it because it was the first time. The first<br />

time is always good unless it’s not then it’s terrible.<br />

Yak are playing the last show of their big American Tour. Elliot still has<br />

his nose attached to his face after having his cymbal thrown at it in<br />

Greenpoint last night. Leo is Leo and never fails to call me darling. If<br />

you are ever down and depressed, you have to call Leo. He is playing<br />

bass. Oli has forgotten his usual cream suit with the blackened knees<br />

and the dirty sleeves but he still intrigues with his disgustingly tasty<br />

stage demeanour. I particularly enjoy how he can sign whilst spitting a<br />

lovely gob up into the air and on to the stage behind him. This is<br />

serious having-a –laugh music so put your phone away. If you don’t you<br />

may be thrown at the nearest fire exit by the weight of Oli’s body and<br />

guitar slamming into you. It’s true because I have observed it before.<br />

He keeps screaming at me that he is a joke, that he is victorious, that<br />

he’s broke, that he wants it again, that he’s stone broke. And I want to<br />

marry him.<br />

Go see the next big swing in England when Yak goes on tour with Last<br />

Shadown Puppets. The only thing I’ve read about them is that one<br />

(or two) of the members of the band are reportedly “notoriously seedy”.<br />

I hope the Last Shadow Puppets fans get a nice, large, sweaty, dirty<br />

fucking loud ear-breaking hug from Yak.


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Photographed and Interviewed by JANA EARLY<br />

Atlanta native metal/hard-core band, Norma Jean has been on the scene for over a decade.<br />

Originally from Douglasville Georgia the band has continued to evolve in just about every<br />

way possible. From technicality in instrumentation to gut wrenching lyrics, this band continues<br />

at breakneck speeds. Norma Jean is no stranger to world tours, massive festivals, or<br />

selling out huge venues. However, they have not lost their roots and one can still find them<br />

playing small venues and hanging out with locals. This was in fact my experience the other<br />

night at the drunken unicorn in Atlanta. The band was hanging out next door at a local bar,<br />

talking with lifelong friends as well as new fans. For those who have followed Norma Jean<br />

for quite some time everyone noticed that all of the original members are no longer in the<br />

band as they have rotated out over the years. Front man Cory Brandan, opened the set with<br />

acknowledging the new members of the band but said “no matter what stage Norma Jean is<br />

in this is a family”<br />

The drunken unicorn is a small venue that was packed from wall-to-wall, front to back, and<br />

the band played for about an hour with lots of new songs and a few old ones as well. The<br />

energy was high, everyone sang along, and even a few managed to swing from the rafters,<br />

literally.<br />

If you have an opportunity to go see and support Norma Jean, do so! And bring the boys a<br />

plate of barbecue if you can.<br />

Jana Early: The show was fantastic tonight. How’s it feel to be playing in your home town?<br />

Everyone certainly seemed to be super stoked over you guys.<br />

Cory Brandan: It’s always great to be in Atlanta! There will always be a different feeling in<br />

that city for us. It was great to get into a different venue as well. We’ve always wanted to<br />

pack that place out and throw a rager in there, so that’s what we did!<br />

JE: So all of the members are from here right?<br />

CB: No, the band is kind of spread out all over the place now. Originally the band was from<br />

Atlanta so to us it will always be a home show.<br />

JE: Now I’ve actually known about Norma Jean and gone to Norma Jean shows since it began, but<br />

none of those original members are in the band anymore. How’s that effected the progress of the<br />

band with the changes?<br />

CB: Well, Norma Jean is a collective. We aren’t really a typical “band” setup. I think the idea<br />

of being in a band or group is kind of an old idea that was created by record labels in the<br />

50’s. It’s basically a marketing idea. Putting a face to a sound. But a sound can’t have beliefs<br />

or a face or anything. We are a group of friends and family where association is flexible and<br />

creative direction is shared throughout the history of Norma Jean. We brought the right<br />

people in every time a member chose a new direction in their life. It keeps the music going<br />

and that’s the most important thing. It’s actually really refreshing to bring in new ideas

think there’s a favorite. There are several!<br />

JE: Craziest thing that’s ever happened while<br />

playing a show/ or while on tour?<br />

CB: We’ve had hospital level injuries, broken<br />

necks, we’ve had shows stopped for fights,<br />

seizures... The list goes on and on. Something<br />

happens when the music gets loud.<br />

JE: You’ve had a lot of sold out shows this tour.<br />

How’s that make you feel?<br />

CB: It’s insane. We’ve had 7 so far on this tour<br />

and it’s still going. Everyone seems very excited<br />

for the new record and what we are doing<br />

right now. We have a lot of plans for how<br />

we can make our live show better. We want to<br />

make sure everyone that comes to our show,<br />

that pays with their hard earned money, has<br />

a good time and gets something out of it. We<br />

also get something great out of every night.<br />

and excitement to the project. Beyond<br />

that, I’ve been on 6 out of 7 records. I’m<br />

still here! I miss all my friends that have<br />

been a part of this and keep in touch<br />

with all of them closely.<br />

JE: From what I can tell tonight, the fans<br />

haven’t gone anywhere through the changes...<br />

Have you seen a change in the fans?<br />

CB: I think we had a lull for a while for<br />

sure absolutely but we fought through<br />

it and continued to create and tour. At<br />

the end of the day, the music speaks<br />

for itself and that’s what fans connect<br />

to. We will always try to grow as people<br />

and musicians. We are never above<br />

reproach. There’s always more to learn.<br />

JE: What’s your favorite city to play in/ or<br />

favorite festival?<br />

CB: That’s a hard one. I have trouble<br />

picking favorites with anything. I don’t<br />

JE: You’ve got a new album coming out right?<br />

How’s it going to be different from the last one?<br />

What are you most excited about on this new<br />

project?<br />

CB: Yes! We have a new record coming out on<br />

September 9th, 2016 on Solidstate Records.<br />

We will be releasing a video for it very soon.<br />

I feel like, as much as we love Wrongdoers<br />

that it was transitional to this new record. I<br />

think the thing I am most excited about it is<br />

the content and theme behind the record. It<br />

deals with abusive relationships from several<br />

perspectives. To be brief. I was in an abusive<br />

relationship and I know what it does to a<br />

person and the people looking in. Whether<br />

it be family or friends. As a man, it isn’t typical<br />

to talk about but 1 in 4 men are in abusive<br />

relationships. 1 in 3 women. Every minute,<br />

24 people are abused (including emotional,<br />

mental and physical abuse) Stalked and controlled.<br />

Norma Jean has always had cryptic<br />

lyrical content but all of our lyrics are about<br />

very personal things we’ve been through. We<br />

want to make sure that gets across on this<br />

record. It’ll be the first time we reveal that in<br />

a conversational way.

KITTEN<br />

Photographed and Interviewed by JANA EARLY<br />

Kitten is one of those bands that just took me by complete surprise, and I’ve honestly not been able<br />

to quit thinking about the show since I saw Chloe Chaidez, lead singer, dance all around the stage<br />

with more energy than I’ve seen in a long time. Their music instantly gets into your soul.<br />

I found Kitten just searching the internet for bands in the Atlanta area to go and photograph. I had<br />

never even heard of them, but it only took 1 song from a random “kitten the band” search on google<br />

(G# actually, on their self titled album) to let me know that I definitely wanted to hear a lot more of<br />

their stuff. Tracks like “Fall on Me,” “Like a Stranger,” and “Kill the Light” will make you wonder<br />

why they aren’t selling out arenas... trust me, it will happen.<br />

Chloe’s voice is nothing less than a major powerhouse. Think Chvrches meets 1995 Madonna, meets<br />

Prince. Yes, it’s that good. The performance is unreal, and close to a spiritual experience for the fans.<br />

The band keeps up as well. I’ve seen good bands where the front man is basically the entire show<br />

and the band members are just there to provide music. The band of Kitten completely keeps up with<br />

Chloe’s energy. They all seem to have such a connection while they are on stage.<br />

Do yourself a favor, listen to them and then find them playing near you and go!<br />

Jana: Best show I’ve seen in a long time!<br />

Kitten: Awwww thank you thank you<br />

M: How long have you been doing this??<br />

K: Kitten? About 5 years<br />

M: Any bands before Kitten?<br />

K: I played with my friends in a bunch of different punk bands when I was really young<br />

M: What’s your favorite thing about your new EP? “Heaven or Somewhere in Between,”?<br />

K: I guess the conception was really fun. Me and my keyboard player and Chad (manager)<br />

who I write with and have been writing with for a while, we all went to this cabin in this<br />

cattle ranch in the middle of Nevada. That was really cool. We just kind of got away and

just isolated ourselves to make the music and came up with that. So that was fun. Just the<br />

way it all came about was cool.<br />

M: So what do you see for the future? Any projects coming up or is it too soon to know since that one<br />

just came out?<br />

K: I don’t know... I think just finishing our second record.<br />

M: And this one will be full length?<br />

K: Yeah yeah, so finishing that and just more touring and hopefully going overseas, and<br />

playing a lot of festivals and stuff.<br />

M: Nice, have you played overseas before?<br />

K: Yeah we were in the UK this past summer actually.<br />

M: What’s your favorite city you’ve played in before? Not just for this tour, but in general?<br />

K:Um, I really like Kansas City. We have a lot of support there through their radio station<br />

actually.<br />

M: What’s the radio station?<br />

K: 96.5 the Buzz. So its always really great going out there because they play our music on<br />

rotation.<br />

M: Clearly you have a ton of energy! Did you grow up doing gymnastics or something? You are doing<br />

literal flips on stage!<br />

K: Yeah I grew up as a gymnast up until I was 13 or 14. I was pretty big into all that for sure.<br />

M: So who are the biggest influences that have inspired you the most with your music style?<br />

K: I’d say, like as a singer, Annie Lennox, Sinead O’conner, Prince. David Bowie for sure.<br />

M: Oh yeah, I can totally see all of those influences coming through.<br />

M: So you are really kind to your fans. Even after a long, tiring performance.<br />

K: (smiles really big) oh thank you.<br />

M: Tell me about that.<br />

K: I feel like that’s the survival of the band, I guess. Having that relationship<br />

M: Relationships?<br />

K: Yeah the relationships of the fans that support the band and keep us on the road. I think<br />

it’s an important relationship to foster.<br />

M: You said it’s the survival of the band……that’s pretty cool because that’s the survival of any of us,<br />

right, our relationships. I’m sure its super important to keep that on the road going from city to city.<br />

M: What’s the hardest part about being on the road?<br />

K: I guess, the drives are tough sometimes and just getting into any sort of regular routine<br />

that you normally would is completely out the window. But I trade that in for the experience.<br />

Obviously the inconsistency of it is kind of the beauty of it. I don’t know, I guess its<br />

fault is its perk, its strength is it weakness.

M: Who would you want to tour with if you could tour with anyone?<br />

K: Right now, maybe Tears for Fears would be a cool tour, something like that, or Missing<br />

Persons, Prince; someone like that. Like, what are they called? A legacy act, any sort of<br />

legacy act.<br />

M: Hell yeah, absolutely! What about a modern day band?<br />

K: I really like La Roux, i think she’s really great. I feel like she doesn’t get enough credit.<br />

Bassist: (bassist chimes in from across the room sitting on the couch): yeah especially that<br />

one song, “Bulletproof”….. I need to check that out.<br />

K: Yeah... the entire album is really good. I think she’s just so OG. I love Swim Deep. They would be<br />

great to tour with.<br />

M: The legacy bands are who I’d want to play with too. I totally get that. And you guys have that<br />

vibe. I feel like you are the ones that one day all the up and coming bands will be saying, “ holy shit,<br />

we get to play with Kitten.”<br />

K; (laughs)... awww thank you so much. That’s cool.<br />

M: Anything in particular that’s kind of weird about yourself? I’ve noticed you are vegan. Not that<br />

that’s weird or anything.<br />

K: Shout out to vegan!!! I think I’m going to start making that more public... I’m going to<br />

come out soon, haha.<br />

B: I think I’m actually going to do it. At least once we get out of the south. Just test it out,<br />

true vegan. No dairy.<br />

K: Honestly, its so much easier when there’s like 4 other people doing it with you.<br />

Bassist: I don’t know if that is true when you are in the middle of like rural Missouri. I feel<br />

like it hasn’t been an issue. Its been easy.<br />

B: Alright, i’m gonna do it then. I’m going to.<br />

M: So what’s your fave condiment then? You can’t be vegan and not like to dip veggies in something.<br />

K: oooooohh I’m like a condiment queen! I really like making things out of vegan mayonnaise...<br />

like a siracha vegan aoili. or like a chipotle sauce... but not like the can you get from<br />

Chipotle, like the canned can.<br />

M: Yum! Well, thanks for sticking around after your show, Chloe.<br />

K: Yeah of course... (points to the time on my phone) is that right, is it 12:45 AM right now?<br />

‘Cause that’s actually not that bad. It’s early still.

<strong>Alice</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> caught up with The Karma Killers before their sold out show<br />

at The Knitting Factory in Williamsburg. Next stop will be sold out stadiums.<br />

With their infectious, no apologies attitude and talent only gifted to the few,<br />

this band is destined for greatness. Go to www.thekarmakillers.com to find<br />

out their tour schedule and to hear their music. Because just when you think<br />

you’ve heard it all, we love blowing you away.<br />

ABIGAIL: What is The Karma Killers music message to the<br />

world?<br />

MICKY: You should answer (to Billy), he’s our<br />

philosopher.<br />

JOSH: That’s a great question.<br />

BILLY: Love and unity.<br />

MICKY: To be real I guess. I guess that’s really what<br />

we are trying to do. Through our songs and our<br />

performance.<br />

AL: Any pre-gig rituals before going on stage?<br />

MICKY: We all kind of do our own thing, some<br />

drinks?<br />

JOSH: This guy has some wacky vocal warm-ups.<br />

MICKY: I kind of pace around in circles, we<br />

stretch. We give each other a pat on the back, get<br />

each other psyched.<br />

AL: Who is the lady killer of the band?<br />

JOSH: (points to Mango) This guy right here!<br />

MANGO: I might be, I might be. I’ll take that one I<br />

guess. For now.<br />

Photographed by MELISSA RODWELL<br />

Interview by ABIGAIL LEYVAS<br />

AL: Is it better to beg forgiveness or ask for permission?<br />

JOSH: Neither.<br />

MICKY: What did I do?<br />

BILLY: I think that depends on the scenario.<br />

MICKY: I guess I think asking for forgiveness<br />

automatically makes you a subordinate. So then if you<br />

beg for forgiveness you must’ve done something really<br />

fucked up to kinda circle back around.<br />

AL: What is your definition for the term ‘’rockstar’’?<br />

MANGO: I think that varies from individual to individual. I<br />

think its somebody that people can look up to, for sure. A role<br />


AL: What is your favorite clothing piece to wear on stage?<br />

MICKY: I think my favorite is this jacket I am wearing, I think it’s a Marine military jacket I<br />

got it in Los Angeles. Its my favorite jacket, its like a uniform.<br />

JOSH: I sweat too much. I like to leather offstage, but onstage anything that gives me<br />

breathability, which is ridiculous but (shrugs).<br />

BILLY: I like scarves. Without it I’d be cold up there.<br />

MANGO: I generally like to wear shirts with a bit of breathing room, a little looser and<br />

ripped up and I wear these boots all the time. I wear these every show. They are Docs.<br />

AL: What is something that you will start a revolution for?<br />

JOSH: I think we already are.<br />

MANGO: Innovation and honest in artistry I would definitely start a revolution for. The<br />

minute people stop being innovative, is the minute we stop having art.<br />

MICKY: Definitely honesty for sure. A revolution is something new.<br />

AL: Who’s the biggest diva of the band?<br />

JOSH: it’s definitely a tie between these two (points to Micky and Mango).<br />

MICKY: We both move kinda slow.<br />

JOSH: We move kinda fast and they move kinda slow so it’s a balance I guess. We balance<br />

each other out it’s a nice relationship.<br />

AL: Who is more likely to get talked into do something stupid?<br />

(all of them point to Billy)<br />

BILLY: I like to meet people, I guess I am the adventurous one.<br />

AL: What is a must do during tour?<br />

MANGO: Shower? (laughs) We like to find cool food on tour. Fuzzies.<br />

MICKY: it’s a small chain of taco places but it’s all he talks about. We always have to find a<br />

Fuzzies.<br />

BILLY: It’s like our mission when we are not performing.<br />

JOSH: We don’t wanna eat fast food all the time so we try to be adventurous when it comes<br />

to food.<br />

AL: Who is the party animal of the band?<br />

MICKY: I’d say we all do to a respect, I suppose. It’s pretty even.<br />

AL: Who would you have dinner with, alive or dead?<br />

MICKY: Lou Reed<br />

JOSH: Johnny Cash for me.<br />

BILLY: Can I pick two? Can it be a dinner and whatever kind of thing? The Edge from U2<br />

and Harrison Ford. We can throw Bono in there too, what the hell.<br />

MANGO: Miles Davis. He’s supposed to be the coolest of the cool. I need to know what<br />

that’s like.<br />

AL: What were you all like in high school/which table would you be sitting at?<br />

MICKY: I definitely sat a table of very few people. I liked music and I was in the band. I feel<br />

like I’m the same person I have just matured a little. I was more wild. I bounced around.<br />

BILLY: I wore women’s jeans so you can imagine what that was like.<br />

MANGO: I went to a very athletic jock school and was a musician so I kinda of got along<br />

with everybody. And we used to go out for lunch so really didn’t sit at a table.<br />

AL: A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why<br />

is he here?<br />

JOSH: He’s probably wearing the sombrero because he’s coming from the warm weather<br />

and penguins typically live in a cold climate. Tequila is probably involved. I’m assuming it’s<br />

cinco de mayo or something. Can we name him?<br />

BILLY: Chico<br />

JOSH: I don’t like that name something like Albert.<br />

MANGO: It can be our spirit animal, he can sit on my amp or something.<br />

AL: When you’re not touring, what’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night?<br />

MICKY: I usually just come into the city (New York City). Drink and party.<br />

MANGO: We are city dwellers, this is our home.

Photographed and Interviewed by GEORGIA MITROPOULOS

Our Social Media Director Abigail is in love with this band so we reached out to their PR<br />

to see if we could interview them. They said yes so off we went to Webster Hall to see their<br />

sold out show in <strong>NYC</strong>. Abigail said she knew everything about the band, she even painted<br />

a picture of them. We met their manager at the door where there was a line of young girls<br />

with too much eyeliner. Wait! There’s no alcohol .. then I remember that they are 18 or<br />

something.. but when they started to answer the questions I asked them, I knew that 18 is<br />

just a number and their brains were fully developed as adults in an intense way. “We are<br />

feminists” one told me with green in his hair. “You see” he said, “we’re pretty political when<br />

it comes to stuff .. I can get into it .. but that’s not what you want to know. Let’s talk music…..<br />

I said lets talk shit .. “How was it walking for Saint Laurent”<br />

He said “shut off the tape recorder”......<br />

“It was dope to walk the show .. cool .. but I wish I could afford just one piece of the collection,<br />

in fact, I wish that all brands that support music actually made clothes affordable to<br />

musicians ...Fashion wants really bad to recreate the music world.. but at the end of the day<br />

it becomes a calculated exploitation of something that was very very pure that was created<br />

by kids”.<br />

“Bravo” I thought to myself .. the future has a chance!”<br />

“We like vintage” answered one boy.. “It’s more individual and we need more individuals<br />

out there.. that’s the point right? As artists .. we are super passionate and feel that the music<br />

has to send out messages .. real messages .. not just words to sell songs.”<br />

The manager gave me 15 minutes to stand on stage. I watched girls screaming and taking<br />

cell phone snaps…some crazy cool mess somehow got on stage and managed to body surf<br />

into the crowd twice before they kicked her out.<br />

Impressive!! got a shirt with SWMRS on it and its loved and worn. I think to myself how<br />

inspired and intelligent these kids are and that they actually believe in something. The<br />

youth is inspiring. The youth is the future.

BEHIND<br />

THE MAKE<br />

UP<br />

All<br />

Paul Lemaire, French model/drummer, rolls off the Saint Laurent<br />

campaign and into photography.<br />

Introducing his column “BEHIND THE MAKE UP.”<br />

photography by PAUL LEMAIRE in Paris<br />


HUGO<br />


Behind the make-up is a project that aims to show who the model is in real<br />

life. As a model myself, I know from experience that what you see in<br />

magazines is rarely a reflection of the personality and the reality of the<br />

model. That’s why I decided to photograph the models in their personal<br />

environment ( home ) while they live their life “normal”. And to show that<br />

the idea that one has of the model is very different from reality.<br />

- Paul Lemaire<br />


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