Lady Gaga Opening Act Semi Precious Weapons Dish about Working with America's Top Diva (plus their Guide to LA Hot Spots, Including their New Club Night)
"You either really love them or really hate them," said an excited fan as he waited for NYC's SemiPrecious Weapons to take the stage at Empire, the band's tarty new party featuring sexy dance installations from the girls at Voyeur nightclub and a live midnight set.
Lina Lecaro Tranter's face graces everything at Empire, from tables to tatas.
The quirky quartet, who've been opening up for another audacious and polarizing pop artist, Lady Gaga, are in town recording their new record after which they'll resume touring with their superstar galpal. From now through April, the gathering at the On The Rox will be their weekly hangout on hump night, and if last night's glam crowd (Jeffree Star, Taime Downe, Riki Rachtman, Daisy De La Hoya, Lenora Claire, members of Purple Melon and Prima Donna,) is any indication, it's gonna be a raging residency above The Roxy.
As the club quickly filled up with buxom bottle blondes, androgynous rocker boys, assorted tattooed trendies, and dancers in themed get-ups ranging from giant Justin Tranter masks (and little else) to fetishistic kiddie garb, we got a chance to chat with the SPW singer "backstage" aka the "ice/stock room" as he chugged whisky and coca-cola and touched up his guyliner. Just as Tranter's in your face lyrics and look might suggest, nothing was off limits.
About his haters: Good art should be polarizing. Of course, negative attention doesn't feel good, but I'm used to it. I used to search Twitter for the band name after shows with Gaga, and people would call us ugly trannies. The other guys are totally straight. They don't even wear the stuff I wear. The real fans get it, but a lot of people don't."
On his sexuality (straight or gay)?": I don't like labels. I just say I'm into everything."
About Gaga (who used to open for them): She's one of my closest friends. Everything she does is very thought out and smart. Like the prosthetics she's doing now. I can't tell you what they mean, but it's an artistic statement that the fans will probably get and love. I'm not sure if she's ever going to explain it.
What people would be surprised to learn about the Monster tour, which he refers to as "Warhol's factory on wheels, minus the speed":