Interview: No Bra's Susanne Oberbeck

LB: Your music has been described in a number of ways from 'creepily compellingâ' to 'industrial folk' to 'Doleful political poetry'  but how would you review your sound? 

I'M NOT GOOD WITH WORDS, I THINK IT'S BETTER IF YOU HAVE A GO COS YOU'RE THE JOURNALIST IF YOU DON'T MIND!

You once stated "I actually want to see Beyonce sing songs like I Smell Cock" when asked about more underground female bands making songs with 'rude' lyrics (which can mainly be found on Myspace/YouTube and rarely receives mainstream airplay). Do you see the entertainment industry as patriarchal/oppressive in any way?

THIS WAS YEARS AGO AND IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A JOKE. HOW DO YOU SMELL COCK SAY WALKING DOWN THE STREET?  I THINK I WAS REFERRING TO THE MOVIE 'POLYESTER' WHERE DIVINE PLAYS A HOUSEWIFE OBSESSED WITH CLEANLINESS AND VARIOUS ODORS. IT'S QUITE GOOD ACTING AND I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEE BEYONCE DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT. IT WOULD GO WITH HER TRANNY DANCE ROUTINES. I THINK THIS RUDE LYRICS THING HAS HAD IT'S MOMENT YEARS AGO. ITS NO LONGER SHOCKING OR MEANINGFUL. I DON'T KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. BUT YES OF COURSE IT'S A PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY. IF I AM BEING HONEST I AM MAINLY INTERESTED IN MAKING MUSIC AND PERFORMING, I DON'T REALLY HAVE TIME TO WORRY ABOUT PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY AND THINGS LIKE THAT, I THINK IT'S HILARIOUS. I CAN'T BELIEVE PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE IN THIS SHIT. LUCKILY NOW WITH THE INTERNET PEOPLE CAN CHOOSE MORE WHAT THEY WANT TO LISTEN TO.

 Do you think the oversexed way women are often presented in music videos (such as on MTV) is just a way of selling records? How do you think your own image compares to them?

SOME OF THEM ARE HOT, MOST OF THEM I DON'T FIND PARTICULARLY SEXY. SEX IS PART OF MUSIC, MUSIC IS SEX, I CAN'T SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH IT. I JUST DON'T FIND STUPIDITY VERY SEXY. I DON'T FIND CONFORMITY VERY SEXY EITHER. MOST OF WHAT'S OUT TODAY SEEMS REALLY CONTROLLED AND BLAND AND RESEMBLES MORE THE KIND OF TIRED DANCE ROUTINES ONE FINDS IN A STRIP CLUB OR THE LOCAL SPORTS BAR THAN GENUINE SEX APPEAL, WHICH TO ME COMES FROM SOMETHING LESS PREDICTABLE AND A SENSE OF PERSONALITY. I GUESS THESE DAYS WHAT'S PERCEIVED AS SEXY IN WOMEN IS BEING PASSIVE, WITH NO DISCERNIBLE PERSONALITY AND LOOKING LIKE A BABY. PUT TWO AND TWO TOGETHER AND WHAT DO YOU COME UP WITH? I'M NOT GONNA SAY IT.

AS FAR AS MEN ITS EVEN WORSE. ELVIS HAD SEX APPEAL. IGGY POP HAS SEX APPEAL, JARVIS COCKER DOES, NOW MOST STRAIGHT GUYS ON THE TELLY SEEM TO BE LACKING IN INSPIRATION FOR THAT, I GUESS THEY THINK THEIR SEX APPEAL IS MEASURED IN HOW MANY CHICKS THEY GET TO BE IN THE PARTY SCENE FOR THEIR VIDEO.

While we're on the topic of TV... Have you been watching the X-Factor? What do you think of the show?

I'VE NOT REALLY SEEN IT BUT FROM WHAT IVE SEEN I THINK ITS TOTALLY SCRIPTED, I.E. PLANNED IN ADVANCE. IT'S TOO BORING AND PREDICTABLE TO WATCH. I DON'T REALLY GET OFF ON THIS PUBLIC EMBARRASSMENT THING IT SEEMS RETARDED AND MEAN.
 
You play at a lot of underground venues but also the big big venues.
Do you have a preference?


BIG VENUES

Is the band name taken from the Manga called 'No Bra' or because of
your fondness of playing gigs topless?

NO IT WAS FROM A HEADLINE IN "THE DAILY SPORT", "RACHEL STEVENS WITH NO BRA"


What's next for No Bra? Any Pop songs?

I THINK SO! LB!



 

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