Interview with Diva Demolition
Hailing from Adelaide, Diva Demolition are a unique female-fronted rock band with reminiscent of Joan Jett. Comprised of singer, songwriter & bass player Kylie Cowling and Sherree Newton, they originially formed as an all-female band in 2005.
Maciej Bis: When did “Diva Demolition” career started?
Diva Demolition came together mid 2012. Previous to that Myself (Kylie Cowling) and Sherree Newton had performed together for 6 years in various guises, most notably the all girl original punk band “Legless”, and Rock Covers band “The Cherries”. With the encouragement from Mentor, Ross Wilson, (Mondo Rock, Daddy Cool) and a chance opportunity from performing as support act for Doc Neeson (The Angels) we teamed up with Ricky Collision and Spitfire Records.
Is “Diva Demolition” your first appearance on professional hard rock scene? Yes, previously our music in other acts were considered punk or indie.
Could you tell me who came up with the “Diva Demolition” band? The name came from an independent album from the punk band Legless. When we were looking for a new name, Ross Wilson our Mentor suggested Diva Demolition. We thought why not. It fitted what we wanted to say and do.
What is your most favorite female rock band? By the way, I have to say that personally I love “Energy” because it reminds me Roxette style.
It would have to be The Divinyls, (Chrissy Amphlett was so inspirational to me…closely followed by Joan Jett. But I must admit to loving Roxette at the time it came out!
What do you think about Australian glam / sleaze scene? What is your opinion about Mystery, band of teenagers from Melbourne?
omg I can’t believe I’ve never heard of these boys… I just looked them up and WOW! They are amazing!! They could so be our Toy Boys, but we might get arrested! As far as the our scene goes, I think theres a real divide between the rock glam sleaze scene and indie scene, and a somewhat elitist view here for new hard rock artists. We shake our heads at why Airborne are not a household name here, and not having heard of Mystery proves the fact that Australian Industry are so busy trying to be cool they can’t see the success stories and jump on board. Despite this there were massive crowds for the touring acts we’ve supported recently.But to get the cred, like Airborne and Mystery our hard rock bands have to prove themselves overseas.
Are you going to visit and play in Europe or America?
Yes most definitely! Late 2013/2014 will see us take off to foreign shores to promote the new album, as well as work on our next. No solid plans I can tell you about as of yet, but it will happen inevitably.
When can we expect your next full-length studio album?
We are launching “Like It Too Much” with an Australian National Tour at the start of August and through September. Not too long to wait now 🙂
How do you feel after supporting Kiss & Motley Crue & Thin Lizzy on their Australian tour?
We’re inspired to put on a terrific show after seeing those bands. Music should be about fun and entertainment. We’re coming up with a few of our own tricks! We still feel amazed about it and grateful for the experience.
What are your plans for closest future?
We start rehearsal this week for our Australian Tour. We’ve just had after a reasonable break from each other after touring pretty intensively. It’s a big country to get around. It seems like we’ve not had an opportunity to settle at home yet. Our focus is to get our live set really tight and incorporate some theatrical aspects as well as get some new tunes and maybe a cover happening as well. There are some album tracks we’ve not played live yet, so it will be fun to relearn them and finally launch them into the stratosphere.