of UK Glammers
took place on 5th March 2013.
by Glenn Milligan
your interest in Rock & Metal come from and what led to you forming
My interested for rock and metal started at a very age, I was shown
bands like Pink Floyd, Guns n Roses and Metallica from a very young
age so it’s always been around whilst I was growing up. What led
me to forming this band was after various college bands and failed attempts
I decided to give what I really love a damn good go and that was a Motley
Crue style band! Things have changed since then but initially I wanted
to sound like Crue!
Where did your band name come from and what made
you choose it?
We rushed ourselves a lot in the beginning so we threw a band name together
quick, I had lots of contacts for gigs and things but to get booked
we needed a name and a demo asap so we decided to go for something that
people would know the genre from the name so almost very cliché.
The name Hollywood Trash is also about the slags in Hollywood - certain
female celebs get labelled with the name. Many of our songs are about
Hollywood not being what it’s made out to be and celebs not being
what they are made out to be. Basically that Hollywood a lot of the
time is just a lie and what you hear about the bands and the celebs
is just the good stuff the icing on the top not the trash at the bottom.
Introduce the members of the band and what made
them the ideal choice for the band?
Adrienne Cowan on Vocals, she is the latest member. Originally from
Texas, USA, she has a great rock vocal and that’s what we had
been missing till now. Very confident and got a great Scream! Alex on
drums, good solid no messing around drums and very committed. Jake on
bass, originally only filling in on bass as he is a guitarist but hasn’t
ever left the bass position, although its good when writing ect as we
can throw guitar riffs and ideas at each other than work out bass lines
to compliment the guitar parts. Then me, (Marty) on guitar sort of the
brains behind the outfit I like to book the gigs arrange the tours etc.
and have quite a few contacts so makes sense for me to do it.
Who are the
wildest members in the band and why would you say that?
I wouldn’t say any of the members are “wild” as such
however if you’re looking for the class clown, Alex is your man
closely followed by Jake. If something stupid is going on it’s
probably got to do something with them.
are you most proud of writing so far and why?
I think I speak for the whole band on this one, and it’s the latest
track we have written and it’s the title track of the new E.P
‘Sordid N Immoral’. It’s a little heavier than before
but it’s nice and sleazy!
you describe the style of the band?
Like I said we started as a Crue/ 80’s Glam band we obviously
have lots of influence from the Sleaze movement but its just good old
rock with glam and sleaze thrown in for good measure.
your first shows like and where were they held and what are your best
memories of them?
Our very first show we had a gig with all the local Glam bands we knew
and called it the Doll House Jam. All the bands had a good turn out
and was a great way to get noticed quick. Now the first gig with this
final lineup was only in December and we opened for the Glitter Band.
October last year we went to Germany to play 'Shout It Out Loud' Festival
and played/ hung out with the likes of Crashdiet, Crazy Lixx, Fatal
Smile, Bang Tango… that was probably the most surreal gig so far.
you up before a show and how?
Not sure really, Adrienne likes to stretch and to be honest we are so
laid back we just hang out with the other bands and friends ect. If
we aren’t on first watching the other bands and the crowd’s
reaction usually gets us pumped!
your favourite parts of your show, with regard the show presentation
itself and the songs featured in it too?
We don’t use them all the time but we have some bright white lights
and we have a lovely assistant who gets them flashing in time, get a
good tan off them! We all like to be quite energetic on stage stubbling
about the track 'Honk If you’re Horny' has this breakdown bit
we get people to clap along to but our drummer gets left in charge with
the que to come back in so that can get quite lengthy and funny waiting
for him to do is thing.
seem to go down best and why?
We often do a cover of 'Welcome to the Jungle' and that’s usually
a highlight people like to sing along to that one, also our own song
'Hollywood Queen' usually at the end of the set has a good shout along
part which is pretty cool when people join in. Although I think people
are going to really dig the new songs so will be great to see their
most ott song you have ever covered in your set and how did it go over
to the audience?
We haven’t really down an ott song but we decided to cover some
new Motley Crue (Saints of Los Angeles) once and we were quite worried
the old Crue heads would be a little disappointed with it however with
the HT twist people loved it!
What do you
find your age range of fans to be and what's the percentage of male
to female in the audience and for what reasons?
Well because we have 80’s influences and modern influences we
have quite a large age range, I have seen people anywhere from 14 up
to OAP’s enjoying our set at gigs. Before we had a female singer
we had a large female following but now we have Adrienne we have been
seeing a lot more men, maybe the boyfriends of the girls that come before
but now they have some eye candy too! So I think the reason for male
and female people coming to see us is down to having a female singer
your best road stories so far?
We are constantly getting lost whilst on the road, our first London
gig we drove round for 2 hours trying to find the place and we decided
to make a honk if you’re horny sign and see how many honks we
could get before we finally reached the venue, hence our song 'Honk
if You’re Horny'! It was mainly ambulance and bus drivers that
took part, and a pregnant woman stood on the side of the road shouting
honk at us!?!?!
We had a similar situation
in Birmingham where we drove round for an hour and a half literally
in circles making the same wrong turn and going round the one way system
about 4 times to find we had the wrong address. Jake and Alex boiling
an in car kettle whilst travelling full pelt on the fast lane of the
motorway whilst they then spilt the boiling hot water all over themselves.
That was quite funny.
what are you most happy with and why? Also what memories do you have
of recording and promoting that said album?
We haven’t recorded a full album yet but we have recently recorded
our debut E.P called 'Sordid N Immoral'. This is by far our best tracks
to date. We recorded them at Great Eastern Studios in London and we
had Rev from the Howling (Ex Towers of London) Producing! It was a great
few days in the studio and a real shame we only recorded a few tracks
but we will hopefully get back up there before the year is out.
We are obviously in full
swing promoting the E.P now and we have a UK tour starting march 15th
to promote it so will have plenty of memories and stories to tell when
we get back!
been your most eventful tours so far and for what reasons?
We have done one short tour recently with another local band called
Dead Pinups, just a few dates Portsmouth Birmingham and London but the
whole thing was a great laugh and we made some good friends there! There
wasn’t to many eventful things going on other than our transport
dying the day before the tour and the whole band and entourage chipped
together to buy a people carrier the day of the first date just to get
us round! I even sold my car to help get something bigger!
been your biggest attended shows so far and how many people?
We have supported Reckless Love which was sold out around 250 people
and also the German festival was sold out so that was around 500-600
people. Our biggest attended show without a big headline band was probably
when we played the Southampton date of the Jubilee Tour was probably
the first time we had a bit of a buzz around the band.
and tours do you have coming up soon and what are you most looking forward
Well we have our 'Sordid N Immoral' headline tour in March which is
going to be awesome!! Then we have dates with Steve Conte and Enuff
Z Nuff in London and and a date with Crashdiet and JettBlack in Southampton
all in April! So April will be pretty surreal and we are really looking
forward to hanging with all those bands!
you like to tour with if you had the chance and for what reasons?
Obviously a big one for me would be Motley Crue or Slash, How insane
would that be!?!?! Doing a full tour with Crashidiet would be great
as well the buzz from the German date with them and the buzz for this
upcoming date in Southampton is amazing so a whole tour would be pretty
darn tasty but we shall see maybe next time they come to the UK.
you stand out from the rest of the bands out there today and why?
I think it might be the fact we are a Glam/ Sleaze band at heart but
we have a female singer. We are also very hard working and dedicated.
Also the lack of drink and drugs usually shocks people especially the
genre of music we play.
What is the
funniest thing that has happened to you guys so far both on and off
GERMANY! The whole Germany trip was a f*ck around from start to finish,
from riding luggage trolleys to bursting into Crashdiet’s dressing
room and being met by 2 members staring straight in our faces!
you see yourselves doing if you weren’t in this band?
I really couldn’t imagine doing anything else, probably another
band to be honest.
Who has been
the coolest artist to work with outside of the band and why?
We haven’t worked with many other artists just yet but was great
to have Rev in the studio with us and he even features on our first
track off the E.P ‘Mr Rock N Roll’.
If you could
feature a guest member in your band, who would it be, what song (s)
would you want them to perform on and why?
I’ll have to be really boring and say Slash! He can just stand
on stage with his frizzy hair and top hat for the whole set….
what will you be up to for the rest of the year and beyond?
We aim to do this tour then the supports in April, then talking about
another e.p the end of the year maybe another UK tour and hopefully
get back to Germany, but we shall see what happens.
you like to say to any fans out there reading the Interview?
Don’t be put off by the Glam part of the band, we have some heavy
stuff and some lighter stuff and really it’s just good old Rock
n Roll so check us out before you judge!