A hard rock female-fronted band, remember Joan Jett?
Lita Ford? Lee Aaron?... SHINY MAMA from New York keeps that spirit alive
and that is not such a common thing nowadays. Hear what Yana (Lead Vocals)
has to say...
Can you introduce the band? Why this name?
Right now I am restructuring the band and the two permanent
members at the moment are myself and Michael DeNarie on bass. Shiny Mama
has had quite a revolving door of talent. But you need to change and civ
people out to move forward in a positive way. Some people in your life
just turn to dead wasteful weight and you have to get rid of them to save
How would you define your music to someone who
never listened to SHINY MAMA?
It is hard rock/arena rock with
glammy melodic tendancies.
I saw a flyer on your website that reads
"SHINY MAMA plays MOTLEY CRUE ("Too Fast For Love"), do you often do
Not often, I really concentrate on original material
otherwise you could just play weddings rights haha, but sometimes learning
and doing a cover’s show is so fun and keeps your chops well oiled. Again
it has to be done right and give the original band justice.
You were in the band WENCH and toured Europe with AGNOSTIC FRONT,
how was this tour? Any good or bad memories since AGNOSTIC FRONT' shows
used to be quite violent?
I only have wonderful memories playing in Holland with Agnostic Front-they
are my old hardcore scene buddies. Hardcore scene in general was violent
at one time.
I think you also played with Wendy O' Williams at the
No Wendy O. Williams was earlier in late 80’s.
AF shows were early 90’s. My old bands PMS and Wench were privileged to
exist in a magical time of musical development and I have had a great
chance to play with historic bands like, Cro-Mags, Bad Brains, Circle
Jerks, Fear, Mentors, Ramones, UK Subs to name few, so I’ve been
In Goodie Magazine, you said that seeing the BAD BRAINS in the 80s
changed your life, how so?
Well if you can imagine seeing a completely new style of music
which just blows your mind and you see evolution and future of music right
then and there. It was new, fresh and exciting. And I was right –that
sound it influenced a generation of musicians. What you hear on hard rock
radio these days has come from the local punk and hardcore scenes across
USA back in the day. I remember Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth
at our CBGB’s matines and other shows, and subsequently they have
“borrowed” to say it nicely, riffs style etc from that underground scene
and made it more palatable. And the metal community took it in as their
own and embraced it and made it mainstream. There was way more originality
back then now it is very corporate, formulaic and it’s sad.
What is Tony &Tina?
is a cosmetics company www.tonytina.com and I am a Director of
Product Development and Marketing.
Any plans for an official CD release?
Actually yes I am taking two Ep’s and releasing them as one LP
with Long Live RnR as new bonus track-that’s a Rainbow cover. The label is
Schismatic records and it is a new small indie.
Anything else to add?
Keep Rock n Roll alive. Support indie labels and artists and
your local scenes. Fuck conformity, be a rebel and reject corporate
dominance of your brain. Punk’s Not Dead. Shiny Mama we just want to Rock
you. And visit our site for news, shows and new CD!!! www.shinymama.net
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