'Our Friends Electric'
Art pop, where the weird and experimental meet the sublime and catchy, has long been the providence of New York City.
Dynasty Electric continues in the tradition of art-pop bands such as The Talking Heads, Blondie, and the Velvet Underground when they mix conventional guitar and synth with unconventional saxophone, theremin, and other electronics.
An electro-pop powerhouse on the verge of releasing their stunning second album, Dynasty Electric (Jennifer DeVeau - lead vocals, synth, theremin; Seth Misterka - vocals, guitar, saxophone, computer;
and Chad Hodge - drums, electronics) is on the cusp of something big.
Taking some time out recently with lead singer Jennifer DeVeau from Dynasty Electric, I first wondered what her musical influences had been growing up and how many still factor into her music today? "When I was a teenager my first band was a Beatles cover band called
"Girl". We were only 15 but we became very popular locally and made it
all the way to the UK for a tour! The Beatles still blow my mind. They
were really tuning into to something magical. They transformed people
and were heralders of a new way of being."
"I feel like we are now at
the beginning of another transformative era like the 60s. That's my
inspiration. If there's any way I can shine a light - help others to
grow, experience, act, or just feel good - then I'm diggin it. But
seriously, my range of musical interest is so varied. I love whatever
is true. My grandmother played piano and sang beautiful romantic
pieces from the 1920's and 30's when I was young. Also my Aunt used to
play Simon & Garfunkel and Fleetwood Mac songs on the guitar. She
taught me to play my first chords."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking of buying your upcoming new CD, how would you yourself describe your sound? "A psychedelic electro space dance punk experience."
Listening to this CD and the vocal stylings (let alone the actual sound) certainly takes me - at 43 years-old - back to those heady days of such greats as a young Debbie Harry, a young Siouxsie, and a young (and much calmer) Lene Lovich! Not knowing your age, are you a product of the '80s via your parents' record collections, or did you discover the era by accident one day? "What can I say. I love the music of the 80's, but I also love the
60's, 70's, 90's, 00's.... I listen to a lot of satellite radio. There
were so many amazing female singers in the 80's- sexy and powerful.
Blondie, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Berlin, Missing Persons, Siouxsie, Pat
Bentar, Joan Jett...Wicked! Also, artists were experimenting with new
synthesizer and video technologies- a really exciting time. Music
became a muliti-media, multi-dimensional platform. Great outfits and hair too :)"
And so, with that in mind, where does the bands name originate ... and what else could it so easily have been called? "Dynasty originally started off as my bandmate Seth's punk jazz band
and was called Seth Misterka's Dynasty - a band that included our
friend Ed on drums. Ed quit drumming to run 50-mile ultra marathons,
we started programming our beats and synths and became Dynasty
Which turned out to be your favorite track of the six ... and why? "I really have a thing for Move My Feet. It's a call to action. It's my
signifier for the end of apathy. Express yourself. Say what you mean.
Mean what you say. Be free. Think outside the box. Don't think. Feel.
Go deep inside. Find what's true and act on that. Act exuberantly!
Let's get it going on people!"
Being that this CD was actually recorded in late October last year and is now out among the masses, just how excited are you to see your 'child' finally born?! "I'm so thankful for the opportunity to do what I love and have it be
heard! I believe people are really gonna dig it. I hope they make it
to the live show too. Our friend BP Fallon (former manager of Led
Zeppelin and T Rex!) described it pretty well I thought, "The
surrealist electro pop brain probes of Dynasty Electric was a sexed-up
amusement park ride brimming with pure pop pleasure, twisted and hot.
Think Suicide meets The Carpenters. Tremendous"."
Indeed, how easy (or hard) is it to create a new, vibrant,
wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the
musical wonderment's/accomplishments that preceded it within the
industry? "All we can hope to do is become as much ourselves as possible. We also
believe in magic :-)"
Did you know there was a company out of CA that is also called Dynasty Electric (www.DynastyElectric.com) that offers residential, commercial and industrial 24 hour emergency service re: all electrical work! Can you offer such a guarantee, perhaps ... because if so, I have a new sound system that needs installing, thanx?! "LOL! I guess Dynasty Electric is quite a popular name. There's also an
electric car called "Dynasty Electric"."
OK, if asked to record one for charity, what '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today ... and why?!" "99 Red Ballons by Nena. It's a sassy, sexy political protest song. I can really relate to that."
Lastly, and throwing you a journalistic curve ball, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! "Totally! They spend half their life in the water and half on land. I
grew up near the ocean and I love it!"
Interviewed by: Russell A. Trunk
Dynasty Electric on MySpace
If you would like to win a copy of this brand new CD .. AUTOGRAPHED ... and you think you know all there is to know about the band, just answer this easy question: On March 9th of this year, Dynasty Electric allowed everyone to download the mp3 of one of their songs ... for free! What was the name of that song?!
Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these great new AUTOGRAPHED CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before June 1st with your answer and the subject title DYNASTY ELECTRIC SIGNED CDs to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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