Every Wednesday night this month, glam rockers Semi Precious Weapons took the stage at West Hollywood’s iconic venue, The Roxy, to the roar of adoring fans — and it’s no wonder.
After garnering widespread recognition as the opening act for Lady Gaga on The Monster Ball tour and their fans including the likes of Kate Moss and Adam Lambert, SPW are well on their way to world domination… one Mick Jagger meets Hedwig and the Angry Inch thrust of the hip at a time.
With a raw and sexy enthusiasm, Semi Precious Weapons’ lead singer Justin Tranter, dressed in high heels and over-the-top grunge-goes-glam outfits, gives the audience a show that Vogue once called “unashamedly crass and deliciously animated” — a sentiment that’s apparent in our interview with the singer.
We got a chance to talk to Justin after the last of The Roxy shows about the new album, a wide range of influences including Marilyn Monroe and Jay-Z, as well as the perks of having fans.
Now that your residency at The Roxy has come to a close, what are your plans for the summer? Is there a new album in the works?
Yes, the summer plan is to finish our new album with Tricky Stewart. We have honestly never been so excited about our songs and recordings. But we are also doing some Festivals in the UK and Europe and some other touring moments… so, it’s gonna be good.
Now for the inevitable question – how was it to go on tour with Lady Gaga?
It’s unreal. The fans, the friends, the Gaga! And for her to also be one of my best friends, to tour the world with a BFF… its pretty f-ing awesome.
What is your most memorable moment?
Well, she brought us on stage in Mexico at the final Monster Ball — that, too, was pretty f-ing awesome.
She’s already an icon at such a young age – is that something you see in your future?
F-ck yes. Ha!
Speaking of icons, who are your biggest musical inspirations?
Stevie Nicks, Patty Larkin, Marilyn Monroe, Jay Z to name a few.
How would you describe your personal style?
Here at HPNOTIQ we’re all about Living Louder – Is it important for you to act as inspiration for others who may not have found themselves just yet?
What’s important to us as a band is to make amazing music while being four very different people who are being very honest about who and what we are. Hopefully that will inspire people to make amazing things, have all different types of friends, and be honest about who they are.
How would you describe the process of writing and recording You Love You?
Well, the writing happened over 3 years of being a band and playing 300 shows in awesome dive bars all over America. The recording was a magical month long process with the brilliant Jack Joseph Puig.
Which songs mean the most to you?
I mean… all of them, but “Statues Of Ourselves,” “Look At Me” and “Leave Your Pretty,” to me, have a very special lyrical place in my oxidized sterling silver heart.
Semi Precious Weapons has a really unique relationship with your fans, it seems like they’ll almost do anything for you – tell us your favorite fan story.
Our favorite fan stories normally end in sex. Ha! But our fans are beyond amazing. I can’t pick just one story.
What’s the story behind your jewelry line, Fetty, and are there any plans for expanding to a full-on label and clothing line?
Fetty (which means “f-ed up and pretty”) started as band merch at the very first SPW show and with an insane amount of hard work it blew up into a full-on jewelry line. I think for now we are gonna stay in jewelry land — stay true to what I know.