Music Incider interviews The Eyeliners –
Music Incider Magazine
So here we have Blackheart Records upstart band-The Eyeliners. These girls are going to remind you of The Runaways-strong, punk, rock, and kick ass. We aren’t talking about Ashlee Simpson here. Meet Laura and Gel!
MI: What are your birthdays?
Laura: April 13th.
Gel: October 2nd.
MI: How did you wind up on Blackheart Records?
Laura: We got asked to open for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts back in October 2003 and we cancelled the last leg of the tour we were on and drove back to New York from Milwaukee. After we played we got to meet Joan Jett and Kenny Laguna and they liked what we were doing and they said they wanted to work with us.
Gel: It was very exciting. That’s why we cancelled the last part of our tour, because we were so excited to play with them.
MI: Tell us about the new CD.
Laura: With this new CD we took a break from things and wanted to take our time and be creative with it. We had a lot of fun with it and experimented and did a lot of stuff that people didn’t expect.
Gel: With our past couple of albums they were different from each other but also along the same line, so with this one we wanted to push ourselves musically and do something different.
MI: Who were your musical influences growing up?
Gel: Our parents used to play old 50’s Rock n Roll around the house and that’s basically the essence of punk. We grew up listening to Elvis, Chuck Barry, Little Richard… When we discovered Punk it was a seamless progression and we started listening to Joan Jett, Blondie, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Operation Ivy…
MI: What is your favorite track off of the new CD?
Gel: No Apologies probably. It’s always changing. The songs hit you different every day and you have different songs that you feel stronger about at different times. I’m proud of the whole record; I love every one of those songs.
Laura: For me my favorite tracks off the CD right now are Bleed Til Today, Mea Culpa, and No Apologies.
MI: What do you want people to know about the band?
Laura: That we really truly love what we do and that we truly love our fans.
Gel: I would like people to respect us as musicians and not single us out as a girl band.
MI: Do you agree or disagree that MTV sucks?
Laura: I wish it was back when they played music all day, in the early days. I was turned on to so many bands when I was young. They used to play so many cool UK bands and a lot of underground stuff. I do find myself suckered in to some of the reality shows. If I could go back and have 120 minutes of underground I definitely would.
MI: Have you ever inhaled?
Laura: We’d actually have to say no on that one.
MI: What do you think about the legalization of pot in the United States?
Laura: I really don’t see what the big deal is on pot. I think it should be legalized. It’s good for medicine purposes.
MI: How has the death of Dimebag Darrell affected you?
Gel: I think it’s such a tragedy that he could die doing something he loved.
MI: If you could design a memorial for Dimebag what would it be like?
Laura: He was such an amazing guitarist so I would focus on the innovative guitar things that he did and center it on that.
MI: Did you always want to be a musician or did you want to be something else when you were younger?
Gel: All three of us wanted to be musicians. We always had a guitar around the house and it was always out of tune because no one played it so we would always pick it up and strum it even though we didn’t know how to make chords. We used to get the cardboard tubes from paper towels and use them as drumsticks. We didn’t actually start playing until we were in our early teens.
Laura: We were just doing what we loved and it was a lot of fun. We didn’t think we would go as far with it as we have but at the same time we loved it so much that we pushed ourselves to do well.
MI: Do you think it’s harder or different for women trying to make it in the music business?
Gel: I think it’s definitely harder. For every step forward you take is also equally two steps back.
Laura: I’m not complaining but it’s a man’s world and we’re trying to make our way through it. A lot of people think it’s easy because we’re females but it’s not. You have to fight that first impression that people have when we get on stage and people see that we’re girls and automatically think we can’t play.
MI: Who would you compare yourself too musically?
Gel: I don’t know if you could really since we’re going out on our own limb.
Laura: We don’t ever try to be like anything, we just create music that we like. We always strove to be strong females like Joan Jett and Blondie. As far as musically it’s just a mesh of things; Rock n Roll, New Wave, even more of the artistic edge of Punk.
MI: Where were you when 9-11 happened and how did it affect you?
Laura: We were in Los Angeles and had just left a tour called the Sleep for Peace tour with Alkaline Trio and Hotwater Music and we drove straight across to San Francisco to start a tour with The Donnas. We did the first show in San Francisco and drove down to LA and we had a few days off and that’s when it happened. It was very surreal. We didn’t even know if the tour was going to happen at all but it did go on. There was an overwhelming sense of gloom and sadness and definitely fear since everything was going on.
Gel: There was the underlying fear because you didn’t know if and where they were going to strike again.
MI: If you could design a memorial for the victims of 9-11 what would it be?
Gel: Something where people can actually go and put a face to the name of the victims.
MI: If you could bury someone alive in cement who would it be?
Gel: George Bush.
MI: What’s your opinion on George Bush?
Gel: I think the whole war is ulterior motive and it’s very sad. It’s all about money. It’s amazing to me that a lot of the public believe what he’s saying when he doesn’t know what’s going on. People don’t open their eyes and see what’s going on with that.
MI: If there was a movie about your life who would play you and what would the theme song be?
Band: We don’t know who the actresses would be but the theme song would be I Love Rock n Roll.
MI: Tell us a joke.
Gel: I am the worst joke teller; I will ruin the punch line.
Laura: There’s a congregation and the preacher is talking to everyone and he says “Raise your hand if you have enemies.” About a third of the people raise their hands. The preacher says “Ok, I’m going to ask again, how many people have enemies?” At this point about half the people raise their hand. The preacher asks the same question a third time and the entire congregation raises their hands except for one little old lady. The preacher asks her to come to the front and then asks her how it is that she is 93 years old and has no enemies… She responds “I’ve outlived all those bitches!”
MI: Who would you say did better the day you opened for The Donnas? You or The Donnas?
Band: That’s a tricky question. Let’s just say that we did.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
Gel: We both do. I think that some people have these gifts that they can tap into.
Laura: I don’t think I would ever go to one though. I don’t need to know more than I already do. Ignorance is bliss.
MI: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
Laura: I’ve had a few actually. We had a show to play with The Avengers and we found out that our Grandma might not make it due to illness so we turned around and cancelled some of our shows and were able to see her before she passed away. After the funeral everyone came over to my parent’s house to chat and have a few drinks and we spent the night there. The three of us crashed on the couches and I woke up in the middle of the night because Gel was talking and laughing and then she paused and was acting as though she were interacting with somebody but she was actually asleep. I even saw a shadow and I was confused and sat there and watched her and it felt like she was talking to our grandmother.
MI: What do you listen to when you’re on the road?
Gel: That’s always changing. Definitely the bands we mentioned earlier. There’s always great new bands popping up and we mix that in as well to vary it up a bit.
MI: Who would you like to open for the most?
Gel: Joan Jett was always someone we wanted to open for.
Laura: Green Day would be really cool. If we could go back in the day to open for The Clash it would be cool.
MI: What else do you do besides play music when you’re not on the road?
Laura: Gel is an artist. I like to write, so I write children’s stories. I also like to read a lot.
Gel: For so many years we were always on the road and we weren’t watching TV or movies so for the past year we’ve been catching up on some movies.
MI: What are your favorite movies?
Gel: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of my favorites because they are free spirits and that’s how I see myself.
Laura: Lately I’ve been into watching a lot of horror movies.
MI: If you had a million dollars to donate to charity which one would it be?
Gel: I would definitely do something for underprivileged kids.
Laura: We had one of our best friends die from cancer so another one would be for cancer.
MI: What message would you like to send to your present, past, and future fans?
Laura: That we love them. We take the time to hang out with our fans. We just had one of our fans pass away and it’s really sad.
Gel: Every tour he would go to at least five shows and when the kids are like that we take the time to spend time with them.
MI: What is your favorite quote of all time?
Laura: One that we put in one of our songs is “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”
MI: What is your website?