The latest project from Justin Pearson (Locust, Holy Molar, Crimson Curse, etc.) and former Some Girls bandmate Nathan Joyner, is one of 42 artists featured on a David Bowie tribute album released in September. We Were So Turned On sees the electro-noise outfit’s rendition of “Fame” amid covers by Duran Duran, Devendra Banhart, and Vivian Girls. Tracks from Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and MGMT never materialized due to recording and scheduling conflicts. The Manimal Vinyl release is a benefit for War Child, an aid organization for children affected by war.
Two years ago, Pearson came to Joyner with “Let Me Think About It,” by Ida Corr, envisioning an aesthetic that replaced the palatable vocals with screams and discarded the cheesy breakdowns and generic lyrics.
Between sips of kombucha at Influx Coffee in Golden Hill, Justin Pearson, co-owner of experimental/hardcore label Three One G, says, “I thought it’d be rad if it had some balls.” An EP, LP, and two remix albums later, All Leather won the 2010 San Diego Music Awards “Best Hard Rock Album” category with April LP When I Grow Up, I Wanna Fuck Like a Girl (Dim Mak). Echoing the brevity of Pearson’s previous groups, the nine-song album clocks in at about 23 minutes.
“It’s sort of like that futuristic, postapocalyptic aesthetic, but to a dance beat,” says Pearson, whose autobiography From the Graveyard of the Arousal Industry went to print this May.
“I have all these pedals so I was, like, okay, let’s make it sound not like a guitar, not like a synth,” says Joyner, who produces electro tracks as Big Ears using the software he became acquainted with as a pornography editor. “Make it sound like a bus crashing into a UFO or something.”
Last May, Zach Fiocca (7000 Dying Rats) drove to Detroit from Chicago with a trampoline on the roof of his car (at Joyner’s request) to join the touring group as a second percussionist in addition to Jung Sing (Maniqui Lazer).
All Leather has been remixed by Nick Zinner (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Melt Banana, Disco Villains, Shark Attack, Yip Yip, the Bloody Beetroots, Congorock, and Otto Von Shirach.
“When we play, the crowd loves it or the crowd hates it,” says Pearson, “and I’m happy with that. As long as people react, have a feeling, an opinion, then that’s good.”
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