January 30, 2023

Past the Boys’ Membership is a month-to-month column from journalist and radio host Anne Erickson, specializing in girls within the heavy music genres, as they provide their views on the music trade and focus on their private experiences. Erickson can be a music artist herself and has a brand new EP and single out, “Final Love,” with Upon Wings. The most recent version of Past the Boys’ Membership options an interview with Leather-based Leone.

All through the Nineteen Eighties, Leather-based Leone was a robust voice in metallic music. From her early days in Impolite Woman to her high-profile performances with guitar icon David T. Chastain’s band Chastain, Leone was one of many pioneers for ladies in heavy music.

After a protracted break free from the music scene, Leather-based is as lively within the trade as ever. She lately launched her third solo album, We Are the Chosen, by way of SPV/Steamhammer. Now, she hopes to take the contemporary songs on the highway for a tour in 2023.

For Heavy Consequence‘s newest version of “Past the Boys’ Membership,” Leather-based spoke with us concerning the new album, what it was like developing within the ’80s rock scene, her ideas on the challenges of being a lady in metallic music, and far more.

Congratulations in your new album, We Are the Chosen. The report’s first single is “We Take Again Management.” Inform me the story behind this track and why you needed it launched forward of the album.

I assumed it was an excellent introduction to the album and theme of the entire report. At this age, I’m lastly studying that if you would like issues finished, you need to do them your self. This was the primary track that Vinnie [Tex] and I wrote, and after I wrote it, I had a robust, optimistic feeling that it was time for me to take management of my music profession. This track fell into place and was written so quick, and I nonetheless prefer it a lot. It units the tone for the entire report.

You might have launched a lot nice music over time. How does this new album differ from what you’ve finished previously?

With this report, I lastly wrote a full report and really labored with somebody from begin to end, within the studio, from day one. It’s so necessary to me to have my very own ideas, melodies, phrases — every little thing. Folks say it’s my third solo report, however to me, it’s my first solo report. It’s the primary time I did this complete course of, and I fell in love with the method. This was my first enterprise into metallic songwriting.

Do you might have a favourite track off the brand new album?

“Off With Your Head.” From the second Vinnie despatched me the melody, it’s been my favourite. I believe when folks hear the lyrics, they perceive what it’s all about, and all girls will perceive. On the time, I used to be queens and what they did in medieval instances once they have been offended at somebody. (Laughs) So, “Off with Your Head” is my favourite track of all break day the album.

How a few track that surprises you off the album?

I believe the entire report is shocking to me. I have to say “Hallowed Floor” is one, as a result of I’m positive many vocalists really feel like me, however after I sing, I attempt to emote a sense in any person. The primary time I heard Dio or Robert Plant, the hairs on the again of my head stood up, they usually blew me away. So, I used to be like, if I might try this, wow. After I take heed to “Hallowed Floor,” generally I nearly do it.

You might have such a historical past within the music trade. How has the trade modified because you have been making music within the Nineteen Eighties?

Anybody can create music in their very own properties now, so there’s such an inflow of music. I believe it’s at all times laborious to make it in music, and I’ve been blessed. Due to what I did within the ’80s, I can no less than get somebody to take heed to me and provides me an opportunity. So, the primary change is the inflow of music. So many bands ask, what can I do? Get your music on the market. Use social media. There was no social media within the ’80s. In the event you have been in {a magazine}, you needed to drive miles to get your copy. Simply, get your music on the market any means you may.

What have been a number of the challenges you confronted as a girls in rock and metallic music once you first began out?

I don’t keep in mind something. I hear all these tales from different folks, and I don’t actually keep in mind something being stated to my face. I had such a way about myself. I knew that after I opened my mouth, it was going to be okay. I do do not forget that I used to love to assist the crew, so I might stroll in and carry guitars and amps, and folks would say, “Look! They’ve a chick roadie!” I’ll have seen it a bit bit after Chastain after I went down to fulfill with some labels within the early ’90s, and there was a bit backlash. However, I simply don’t take that stuff severely, as a result of I don’t come from a sexual aspect. I did have some label say to me, “You’re superb, and once you stroll right into a membership, folks say, you’re an unimaginable expertise. However, they don’t need to f**ok you.” (Laughs) I simply don’t take that severely. I assumed, “Wow. I really feel actually sorry for you.” However, I by no means let that stuff enter my realm of thought.

Do you sense that the metallic and rock world is extra accepting to feminine musicians verses once you have been beginning out?

Completely. I believe it’s as a result of they’re kicking ass, from Arch Enemy to Jinjer to Spiritbox. And Doro retains waving the flag. You’ll be able to’t cease them. They’re working for thus a few years and are simply too good to be ignored. Lzzy Hale is one other one. Ladies have proved to the trade that they will make simply as a lot cash as males, so I don’t assume it’s as large a deal because it was when there have been simply 5 of us within the ’80s. I believe the entire sexual dialog is leaving, too. You don’t hear, “Oh, there’s a chick in Arch Enemy,” anymore.

Do you assume girls really feel extra strain to look a sure solution to be interesting within the music trade?

I hope not, as a result of it’s such bullshit. I don’t take note of that. It’s not import to me. I keep in mind within the ’80s speaking with Sebastian Bach, they usually did the identical factor to him. He was so good trying, and he needed to blow out his hair a sure means and he was saying they needed him to point out his abdomen, so it went each methods. I simply assume it was extra accepted with girls. It’s so boring. Everybody is aware of what we have now beneath our garments. I need to know what e book you wrote or film you’re into. So, it’s uninteresting to me what you appear like, however I understand I’m not everyone. However, there’s in all probability strain nowadays to face out that means, as a result of there are such a lot of bands.

What recommendation would you might have for up-and-coming musicians?

Don’t do it since you need to be wealthy or well-known or in {a magazine}. It’s important to do it since you adore it. I’ve had some people who assume they need to do it, they usually observe me round for a day and say, “Screw this!” It’s important to adore it, and it has to come back out of your inside. It’s important to be keen about it. I inform them to only preserve going. Don’t be afraid to suck, or sing out of key, or for some guitar participant to snigger at you. Simply do it.

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