Style Council

Two local bands talk shopping, chic, and inspiration.

Whether you're checking out the latest chopped-up haircuts at Neumo's or admiring the pompadours and pencil skirts in Ballard's still-going rockabilly scene, the looks of Seattle's music community are as unique as the sounds coming out of it. Not to be outdone by style-savvy showgoers, some bands go the extra mile to accessorize their performances with visual oomph. We spoke to the all-female band Snot Rockettes, whose members worship Johnny Thunders with Pink Lady sass, and the all-male outfit Stereo Future, who take cues from clean lines and next-level electronic pop. No matter how different the two bands may be, they each approach their music—and fashion—with passion. (And they can always agree on Bowie.)

The Stereo Future

Stereo Future: 1900s soft males.

Kazumichi Kokei

Seattle Weekly: Do you make any of your clothes?

Nick Kamuda (guitarist, singer): We usually end up doing "custom" (as in bad) fix-up jobs on stuff we wear out. We also print a lot of our own shirts. Starting in May, they'll be available [from the label] A Priceless Way, on the Internet, and in some boutiques.

Where do you like to shop?

For the money, Tokyo has, hands down, better shopping than New York or London. But we also have some good luck at Value Village, north of Ballard—when we can't get to Tokyo.

What musical, film, or literary figures from the past have a style you admire?

Far-future anime heroes always look like they're "feeling" something—sort of like the mid-late 1900s soft-male look, like Brian Jones or Bowie. Pisken from Tampopo or the cast of The Warriors. [French actor] Alain Delon. Recently, the "shaman-architect" look.

What's the best style advice you've ever given? Received?

Somewhere once said, "Style is not about clothes."

If your look was a lyric, what would it be?

"Offsides like how Wharf ride with Starfleet." —MF Doom

If it was a sound?

Standing in the middle of six coin-op stuffed-animal-catcher machines. In the ocean.

The Snot Rockettes

Snot Rockettes: power popsters.

Seattle Weekly: Do you make or buy your clothes?

Snottie Pop (bassist): [Vocalist] Tess and [drummer] Cowboy make a lot of their own clothes. I'm sewing-impaired, so I usually just blow the money on buying all my clothes.

Where do you shop?

I like shopping online, specifically buying hard-to-find T-shirts from my friends' T-shirt businesses such as Twitch to the Tune Clothing and In Seattle, we all like to shop at Buffalo Exchange, Red Light, Metro, Experience, Value Village, and Tiger Tiger.

What musical, film, or literary figures from the past have a style you admire?

Debbie Harry! I love her style, her presence, everything! I also really admire the '77 power-pop look; bands like the Barracudas or the Boys. Also David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Stiv Bators, the New York Dolls, Ivy from the Cramps, Adam Ant, Divine, Bettie Page, Joan Jett, Nikki Corvette, Twiggy, and the Ramones.

How does your style differ onstage and off?

I suppose we put in more effort the day of a show than we normally do at work or practice, but for the most part, it's the same.

What's the best style advice you've ever given? Received?

The best I've ever given is to guys trying to get laid: The tighter the clothes, the better! Girls like tight-as-fuck pants, tight-as-fuck jackets. Girls also like masculine men that aren't afraid to show their femininity through fashion, like Jude Law in the latest remake of Alfie—that pink/Euro/mod thing he's got going on in the first couple of scenes is amazingly hot. Come on, boys! Step it up a notch!

If your look was a lyric, what would it be?

"Rebel Rebel, you've torn your dress/ Rebel Rebel, your face is a mess/Rebel Rebel, how could they know?/Hot Tramp, I love you so." —Bowie

If it was a sound?


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