Libby of Lazerbitch (the hot chick in the Baltimore Electro/New Wave/Punk band) and I, sat down over some Tofu to discuss the band, her hotness, my inability to deny her hotness, her music, and how the heck she eats tofu.
Shabooty: Was Lazerbitch the first band you were in?
Libby of Lazerbitch: No – it wasn’t, I was in a band when I was 20, called the Wax Ensemble, in 2000.
Is Lazerbitch often compared to Cobra Starship?
No, we’ve had ‘Deee-Lite’ comparisons, but that’s it.
Do you consider yourself a hipster?
No, I don’t really have a classification…
You’ve done a track with Paul Oakenfold?
I did a track with John B, and Paul Oakenfold heard the track and liked it, and asked John B to do a trance remix for Oakenfold’s Great Wall compilation CD.
Are you Irish?
What makes you want to ask that one – that’s funny, do I just look Irish in the pictures?
Explain what happened to the previous singer in Lazerbitch, the Asian chick.
Fuki, and her husband Ravi were in the band originally with Max. Fuki and Ravi didn’t have enough time to dedicate to the band. They still come to shows, though. So, what basically happened with Max was that he called me one day and was like, “Heyyy, things didn’t work out with her so…” [it] worked out really well [for me].
Is there bad blood with Fuki?
No, she’s fine, she comes to our shows and stuff.
So, you don’t care if someone calls you a bitch?
Well you know, isn’t that a term of endearment with girls, like “what’s up, bitch?”
But if a stranger said it, you’d be mad at them?
I dunno, it depends on how much I’ve had to drink.
How did the band get that name?
I think Max stole it from this Lesbian punk rock band. They were a local lesbian rock band called Lazerbitch and they disbanded, and so Max was like, “Hey this’d be a funny name,” and they just started using it.
How did you meet up with Max?
Max and I dated when we were twenty. We had this really horrible, torrid not fun relationship and we broke up and I never ever thought I’d talk to Max again. And I ran into Max at some party in Arlington, VA in 2006, he told me about what he had been working on and it sounded pretty good, so I figured I’d go and check out some of the stuff (he had been putting out records in the UK), and he sent me an email shorty afterwords about this Lazerbitch stuff like, “Hey check out my new band,” and his band was everything that I ever wanted to do locally, and I was really bummed that it wasn’t me in the band. And then a month later I get an email from him, and he was like, “Hey dude, things didn’t work out with Fuki, why don’t you roll through?” I was like oh my god, I couldn’t believe it.
Is your hypeman Garito the poor man’s Flavor Flav?
That’s so funny, did you get that from the youtube video? Our friend is like “Gary didn’t sing, he was Flavor Flav.” His friend Adam came to see him at a show and had this whole laid out commentary about Gary [goofing on him]. It’s hilarious – you have to see it.
When did you first become a vegetarian?
In 2004, I had a boyfriend that was a vegetarian and he was an amazing cook. I never really liked meat anyway, so it was a really easy transition. One day I was just like oh I’m not gonna eat meat anymore.
[current song: LAZERBITCH - Coquette]
So, with the state of things these days in the music business, what is the goal? Get a label deal or just tour or…
Right now we’re focusing on touring and any sponsorships we can gain. We’re not really too pressed about the label thing, I mean if the right label came along we’d talk cause they’re five of us in the band right now, all over the country, so we just make it work how we can.
What’s the biggest crowd you’ve performed for?
Biggest crowd we performed for was Rock and Roll Hotel [DC], we sold it to capacity. We played with M.I.A.’s Hype Girl, Rye Rye. There are the videos of it, you saw. [Here and Here].
Which bands are you a fan of?
I really don’t know about anyone modern, I like pop-music. I like Dee-lite. Helmet, Minor Threat, just the older punk rock stuff, Shiny Toy Guns.
If you were to perform in a stripped down version of the band, would that be Max and yourself?
No, it’s me and Nick the DJ.
Is it hard to be a hot chick in the inde music scene and be respected?
I haven’t found that to be a problem at all, yet…I mean maybe it will be I don’t know. It’s been actually pretty cool.
[Editor's Note: Yeah, it must be pretty cool being a hot chick. . .lol]
Are you dating one of your band members currently?
No, but I love that Max and I were able to date and become friends and do such an amazing thing together, cause that’s a relationship that I never ever thought… I mean you know, when you break up with someone you don’t really know if you’re going to be friends with them, and for us to be able to do something so awesome and creative, something that we’re both really proud of and something that so many other people enjoy and love, it’s really really cool.
When did you start singing?
When I was a little kid, I used to do talent shows, and I was trained in opera.
Would you ever do American Idol?
No I wouldn’t. It’s just not really my thing. I know it’s with Sony and they have large legal loopholes.
What’s 2009 looking like for Lazerbitch?
Many many more gigs.
Which singer do you say you sound the most like?
I really don’t like comparing myself to anybody because I feel like I have a unique sound. But the most comparisons I’ve received have been to Lady Miss Kier who’s in Deee-Lite.
And what celeb do you say you most resemble?
When my hair was blonde I used to get Drew Barrymore or Heather Graham. But now, nothing…yeah, I look like me.
Are you into girls?
I can be… Have you seen that t-shirt, “Instant Lesbian, Add Alcohol?”
How Far Have You Gone?
Mmmm, Pretty far. . . ;)
That sounds like. . .[home base]
Yeah, pretty far [laugh].
What else do you do to pay the bills?
You can ask my Mom that.
Check out Lazerbitch at: www.myspace.com/computersex