Alabaster is a pop rocking band now based out of the legendary Seattle music scene. Ready to place their fiery mark on the world at large, Alabaster has already opened for the likes of Yellowcard, Switchfoot. and Cartel – as well as participated on local dates of the Vans Warped Tour. Their latest musical adventure is The Villain In Me, a gem of an EP featuring songs that will remain in your head for the ages to come. Here is a recent interview we conducted with lead guitarist Kate Orlowski to find out more about this combustible band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Alabaster, and how long the band has been together.
My name is Kate and I play lead guitar in Alabaster. The band really came together a couple years ago when our Bassist (Marlon) and current drummer (Dwayne) joined forces with us. Otherwise Shaina (lead vocals) and Joe (Rhythm guitar) started rocking together since around 2007.
Where is the band based out of and what is the local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
Joe, Shaina, and I are all from Chicago originally before we moved to Seattle back in 2007. We miss home and it’s wild and crazy music scene! Sure enough, after we left Chicago bands like Rise Against and Fall Out Boy were taking over the whole damn city!! It was very cool to be apart of initially but we had to go out in search of our own destiny, distinct sound, and path. So we ended up in Seattle, and now I feel we sort of have this hodgepodge mix of sound worthy of both a unique version of both Midwest and northwest styles. I can say though, it did take a while but we have definitely been embraced by the Seattle Music Scene! We have made some amazing friends and can definitely recommend the following NW bands for a good eargasm: Keeping Secrets, Peace Mercutio, Reach for the Sky, Man without Wax, Monsters Scare You!, Furniture Girls…yeah I could go on for hours…haha
Is there any story or concept behind the EP title The Villain In Me?
Well, did you know that Seattle has it’s own crime fighting Superhero named, “Phoenix Jones”? If that isn’t strange enough well, Seattle also has their own Super villain named, “Rex Velvet”. We had this crazy idea of getting the 2 of them in a video together with the Rat City Roller Girls and making the best music video of all time… But just like any good Superhero / Villain they have publicists and couldn’t do the video. We were all distraught. But we couldn’t give up there with the frantic music written, and the lyrics just beginning.. that’s when the song really became it’s own. Writing the tragic love story that plagues us all in life. We’re all good people, but we do terrible terrible things to each other, we lie, cheat, steal, stuff someones face with a fresh cream pie, and often times we don’t want to hurt anyone… It’s the villain we carry around that’s the wrecking ball in our fragile subtle lives causing havoc behind you leaving devastation in your wake. Whether it be in honesty, depression, romance, addiction, cheating, or anxiety we all harbor something that seems to be fighting you everyday when all you want is to do right. I have that problem, it has a lot to do with my alcoholism and past opiate addictions, but hey, I’m working through but that villain’s a bitch sometimes…
How close is Alabaster to writing and recording a full length?
We never have a problem writing new music, we’re a pop machine!~ haha… no, we probably already have 6 of 12 song done. We would be so stoked to head back into the studio any time now. We just can’t really afford it ourselves after putting out this little gem of an EP!
Has Alabaster ever played in the Los Angeles / OC area or plan to do so in the future?
Yes we have played at AmpliFY in Los Angeles with our buddies “Life Down Here” and our Tour mates at the time, “Peace Mercutio” and “Fighting the Villain”. We would love to get back down there with our good friend from Portland, “Emberghost”. They want us back, so we’re just trying to find a time to make it work!
What could one expect from a live Alabaster show?
High energy, running around, jumping up and down, sweat, spit, sexy butts shaking it, and whole lotta people chanting along to the songs!
Any strange or scary happenings while out on the road or at a show?
Um… yes, every night. We got locked in a venue one time in the middle of Iowa next to a crematorium and it was like this old warehouse, and I swear it was haunted. All night you could smell the burning of the dead next door. Not Awesome.
What was the experience like playing Warped Tour and how many dates did you play?
Warped Tour is like sleeping way past your alarm and waking up in a panic, rushing to get to where you need to be only to realize that it is, not only a weekend, but you are not wearing pants. We have been so honored to have been able to play the Seattle date of the tour both 2012 & 10. It’s so much fun to be a part of the madness and see things from the stage. In the future we would definitely love to do more dates than just Seattle!
If you could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
Yellowcard! Not only is there music SICK but they’re super nice dudes. Plus I think our music could please both of our crowds. So I think people would really enjoy the show!
If the music of Alabaster was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
Red Velvet with chocolate fudge oozing out the middle cos we’re sticky sweet from our head down to our feet, just like Def Leppard.
What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
Oh yeah, this is why I love love love music. I love it when a band isn’t a gimmick, gives it all then gives some more, but is real about it and not trying too hard to be something they are not, and will change the world.
Any final words of wisdom?
If you’re hurting, you’re not alone. Tell someone and get help. Tell Alabaster, I guarantee they’ve got someone going through the same damn thing…
Shaina Rae – Lead Vocals
Kate Orlowski – Lead Guitar
Joe Bosslet – Guitar
Marlon Deppen – Bass Guitar-Vocals
Dwayne Scott – Drums
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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