Who: For I Am. The band members are from Geel, Mol, Antwerp and Lier in Belgium.
What: For I Am will be releasing an album, Late Bloomers, on November 11.
“Late Bloomers is what we are ourselves as a band, really. It shows how much we’ve matured in every way… in our music, in our lyrics and definitely in the time and effort we’ve put into creating this album. We truly hope people will see and hear that growth and will want to grow together with us!” – Hanne, vocalist
Where: Their website is here. The album will be available in all of the usual places online.
The music is punk rock/rock and roll. The definition of what counts as Punk rock is subjective. Not everyone agrees on what fits into the genre. Some people don’t think The Clash is punk enough. Mark Lind & The Unloved might not be punk rock enough for somebody but they still count.
Mark Lind’s voice sounds like Adam Pascal. Pascal played Roger in Rent and Theo in School of Rock. So now that I cannot unthink it, I hear the band as a punk rock theater band. I don’t know if that’s a thing but maybe it should be.
I would like to listen to this album in New York City – on or off Broadway.
Who is in the band?
The Unloved on this recording are: Jesse Mayer (Diablogato) – drums, enthusiasm Andrew Moreyello (Art Thieves) – lead and harmony vocals, lead and rhythm guitars, musical director, co-signor Jeff Morris (The Bruisers) – lead and rhythm guitars Mark Lind – lead vocals, bass, some guitar, backing vocals Benny Grotto – literally everything else
It’s finally October! What better time to have an interview with a band who are into punk rock and all things witchy as much as I am? The stars have aligned just in time to have Heather Hellskills and Watts Yoshizawa of The Damed back for an interview.
Everyone welcome The Damed to the blog!
Where was your first show as a fan? As a performer?
Heather H: Meadowlands – INXS. A small dive bar in New Jersey in the 90s with my band, pointfive.
Watts: Fan: Aug. 20th 1983 – X opening up for Oingo Boingo @ the Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa, CA. Performer: 1985ish Talent Show @ Biola University w/ my band Spritle and Chim Chim.
Have you ever been to Salem, Massachusetts?
Heather H: Yes, once! It was very witchy.
Is there a cause that you are more passionate about than any others?
Heather H: I am passionate about a lot of causes, but I am very environmentally conscious and am always trying to reduce my carbon footprint and constantly urging others to do so as well.
Watts: Education. Sharing knowledge is the best way to empower one another.
How many times a day does someone confuse you with The Damned?
Heather H: Haha. We get tagged on Instagram semi-often. Sometimes we get asked if we are a Damned cover band.
Watts: Often. It never fails.
What is the best thing about being a Riot Grrrl band? Also, how many r’s are in grrrrl?
Heather H: As many as you want!!!
Watts: Being able to express ourselves! There are 3 r’s in grrrl.
Do you have a favorite book, tv show or movie about witches?
Heather H: I loved Witches Of Eastwick!
Watts: Original 1939 -The Wizard of Oz
Will there be a tour in the near future?
Heather H: We are planning a Pacific Northwest tour once we complete a couple of music videos we are working on.
Watts: It’s in the works.
What do you want people to know about The Damed?
Heather H: We are very passionate and don’t hold back (musically or lyrically). We don’t fit into any 1 mold, genre wise.
Watts: We are a force to be reckoned with. Back us up or move aside!