Brody Dalle -- known as the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for punk band The Distillers
-- has formed a new band called Spinnerette
, which will begin recording their debut album in Los Angeles in 2007. Alain Johannes, who has worked with rock luminaries such as PJ Harvey
, Eagles of Death Metal
, Chris Cornell
, and No Doubt
, will produce and play on the album.
After the release and touring cycle of The Distillers' third album and debut for Sire Records, Coral Fang
, Dalle had written a batch of songs with plans to go back into the studio to record them for a future release. "But," Dalle reflects, "the songs seemed out of context and inappropriate for The Distillers. I felt ambivalent about sharing them with anyone."
In 2005, Dalle became pregnant with her first child with husband and Queens of the Stone Age
's frontman Joshua Homme
. After the birth of daughter Camille, Dalle is now excited to get back into the writing and recording process for Spinnerette. "Music is so much a part of who I am at my core," she says. "I had been storing so many ideas, soaking up everything like a sponge. Now I'm working on some of the most articulate music and lyrics I've written."
In addition to Dalle and Johannes, Tony Bevilacqua (The Distillers) is also a member of Spinnerette. Dalle calls the new group "a band of gypsies" that she will not entertain comparisons to The Distillers. "Spinnerette gets a clean slate," Dalle insists. "She gets to start over and be the new kid in town, only she ain't no kid. She's quirky and sexy and she f***s around." Dalle will say that the Distillers do still exist, "just not as you know it."
So why create a new band? "I've evolved," she explains. "And musically speaking, there are other ways to get your point across. Before I had a baby, I felt 13 years old emotionally, constantly tortured by my own reactionary behavior. It's impossible for one to stay in this state and offer the world something more. I ain't no teenage girl -- have you seen my a**? It ain't waif-ish!"