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EDITORS’ NOTES

Spinnerette is an adrenaline surge of pulsating bass lines, propulsive guitar, and attitude all centered on the powerhouse vocals of Brody Dalle, once the snarling frontwoman of punk darlings the Distillers. Joined by fellow Distillers alum Tony Bevilacqua and Alain Johannes of Queens of the Stone Age, the album mixes slashing guitar riffs, edgy electro rock, and layered vocals to create an irresistible dark and dirty sound. Since comparisons to the Distillers are inevitable, it’s fair to say that Dalle is not interested in rehashing her past. Instead, she remains true to her raucous roots while showing that she can write, and deliver, songs that feature hooks, dynamics, and big choruses as on the ultra-catchy “Ghetto Love,” “All Babes are Wolves,” “Geeking,” and “Driving Song.” Dalle still belts it out but she also shows impressive range, even revealing a softer, melodic side on “Distorting a Code” and “Impaler.” After waiting four years for a Dalle solo release this may not be what some Distillers fans expected, but Spinnerette definitely delivers some infectious, high octane fun.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Spinnerette is an adrenaline surge of pulsating bass lines, propulsive guitar, and attitude all centered on the powerhouse vocals of Brody Dalle, once the snarling frontwoman of punk darlings the Distillers. Joined by fellow Distillers alum Tony Bevilacqua and Alain Johannes of Queens of the Stone Age, the album mixes slashing guitar riffs, edgy electro rock, and layered vocals to create an irresistible dark and dirty sound. Since comparisons to the Distillers are inevitable, it’s fair to say that Dalle is not interested in rehashing her past. Instead, she remains true to her raucous roots while showing that she can write, and deliver, songs that feature hooks, dynamics, and big choruses as on the ultra-catchy “Ghetto Love,” “All Babes are Wolves,” “Geeking,” and “Driving Song.” Dalle still belts it out but she also shows impressive range, even revealing a softer, melodic side on “Distorting a Code” and “Impaler.” After waiting four years for a Dalle solo release this may not be what some Distillers fans expected, but Spinnerette definitely delivers some infectious, high octane fun.

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About Spinnerette

Despite achieving commercial success with their punky but slick third album, Coral Fang, the Distillers disbanded in early 2005, leaving singer Brody Dalle to ponder her future as a musician. She set down the bass and took a break from music altogether for a while to give birth to her daughter with husband Josh Homme. Returning to the studio inspired, she started laying down home-recorded tracks with Queens of the Stone Age associate Alain Johannes, and began making plans to do a project with broader pop influences, taking from childhood favorites Neneh Cherry and Tom Petty, as well as contemporary electronic groups. As time progressed, her love of harder rock clouded her original vision and live musicians were added to the mix. Best friend and former Distillers guitarist Tony Bevilacqua was brought in as a co-writer, along with onetime Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore and Red Hot Chili Pepper Jack Irons. One of the songs recorded in their sessions was "Valium Knights," which was released to the Spinnerette website soon after, followed by a digital EP titled Ghetto Love that became available for download in December of 2008. After signing to Warner Bros. imprint Sire Records, a press tour was arranged to promote Dalle's new project, but with difficulties locking down a permanent touring band due to the members' professional obligations, there were only a few select live performances during this time. A new group was formed to play live shows, comprised of bassist Nicole Fiorentino of Radio Vago, guitarist Brian Tulao, Dave Hidalgo, Jr. of Suicidal Tendencies, and guitarists Brian Tulao and Matt Caughthran of the Bronx. Soon, though, Dalle made the choice to move Spinnerette from Sire, signing instead to Rush's label, Anthem Records, and the group's self-titled full-length, which had been slated for release in February of 2009, arrived that summer instead. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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