Rock Revolt Magazine recently conducted an interview with vocalist Brooklyn Layla Allman of Redwood City, California's PICTURE ME BROKEN. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Rock Revolt Magazine: Kudos to you for being nominated for one of the "Hottest Chicks in Metal." When I first saw that, I asked myself what does that had to do with you musically or creatively? Though it is nice to be recognized as being "hot," that really isn't what it is all about. Do you feel like there is still a bit of a double standard when it comes to female lead singers in rock/metal bands? What is your take on that?
Brooklyn: I think it would be a double standard to not capitalize on sex appeal, even with female artists. I think male artists have been capitalizing on that for years. I think rock isn't rock and roll without sex appeal. It does not cheapen you as an artist.
Rock Revolt Magazine: I think it is terrific that you are not using your father's [Gregg Allman] celebrity as a way to break into the music business. You are blazing your own trail and doing it on your own. I know the music business is a lot tougher than it used to be. Do you ever regret your decision to not use a few of the breaks you could have had been provided to avoid a lot of struggles and are you happy to have chosen the path you did?
Brooklyn: I never wanted to capitalize on my dad for that. I think sometimes having a famous father is more of a hindrance and makes some people think that you have everything handed to you and have more opportunities. I don't think the music business is easy for anyone. I feel that when people already have a preconceived notion that you have it easier than everyone else then you actually have it a little bit harder in reality.
Rock Revolt Magazine: PICTURE ME BROKEN are releasing a new EP entitled "Mannequins" December 18th. How did that come about and what was the thought process like in the making of it?
Brooklyn: We intended it to be an album originally. We had quite a rough year behind the scenes that delayed the album. We really wanted to get some music out there so we took four songs that conceptually went together and put them on this "Mannequins" release. It is going to go hand in hand with the new album. We hadn't released new music for so long we wanted to let fans hear the new band and the new sound. "Mannequins" is kind of a metaphor for the false music industry. It can be a real struggle being put in a box and being told what to do. The album cover is a mannequin with plastic surgery lines. It is a representation of the music business trying to alter us.
Rock Revolt Magazine: Speaking of EPs, do you think EPs are the evolution in the process and that they will eventually replace full album releases?
Brooklyn: Yes. I think with the Internet that we are in a instant gratification era with music. Releasing small snippets here and there continues to feed your audience which is essential. It's not like the old days where you would hype an album one, two or even three years. People are so oversaturated and overfed that you have to continue to post small snippets to keep things new and fresh. That is precisely the reason we decided to do "Mannequins".
Read the entire interview from Rock Revolt Magazine.