The Fashion Slaves is a girl fronted punk rock band birthed when Emily Jayne, the band’s creator, broke her arm at an Iggy Pop concert. Her music is a delicious mix of energetic pop and creative rock with Gwen Stefani style vocals. Truth be told Emily has a lot of range and talent, previously singing and rocking out in the ska band The Uptones. But in her latest album “Go Insane” you can hear the ska and punk influence put perfectly together. Live TFS bring the rock and roll and that celebrated rock star presence. Shows begin with Emily tied up in a straight jacket, and as the show progresses she changes down to sparkly fashionable outfits.
When I was growing up, I didn’t look at beauty magazines. I idolized Joan Jett, Debbie Harry and Suzi Quatro. Those were the chicks I looked up to and wanted to be like. I read music publications and guitar magazines and never gave a crap about Teen magazines. I have a theory that it was like that for all my female friends.
What was it like you for you?
When I was growing up (a young teen, kid) I didn’t know about any Joan or Debbie. I was the oldest child in a family of much older parents. The closest thing I could relate to was the pop music on the Radio Disney, because that’s all I knew. I didn’t have any older sibling to tell me “THIS IS COOL” It was either that which was presented to me by media, or the Folk music my parents listened to. (And lets face it, folk just DIDN’T seem like the cool thing to do.) Eventually I was turned onto punk/rock. But not until I was a much older teenager. Until then you could say I was just a teen magazine reading mainstream kid. It’s what was available.
Growing up, would you say music had a positive impact in your life?
It did. It gave everything a place. It made sense of things. It gave me a voice. It made me feel strong even at my most vulnerable.
What’s your favorite live show that you’ve been to?
Devo, Blondie, Iggy Pop, Green Day. All musicians who have evolved and become more beautiful with time.
If you could see any band or artist perform live (living or dead), who would it be?
JOAN JETT PLEASE. It’s about goddamn time! And Johnny Cash.
As a music artist yourself, what message would you like to get across the most to your listeners?
That’s a great question. Every song has a different message. If I could break it down I would say this. I hope the music I put out there gives the most powerless feeling person a feeling of power and control. I want to create the kind of music that literally anyone can relate to at the end of the day. I want to make other people feel empowered and great.
What do you find that inspires you the most?