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Interview:
She Wants Revenge Not As Dark As They Seem
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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She Wants Revenge’s Adam 12 likes to dispel a common perception about the Los Angeles electronic rock duo.

“We’re not dark people,” says multi-instrumentalist 12 (ne Bravin), 37, who formed the group with frontman Justin Warfield in 2005. “I think a lot of people imagine us wearing all black in the dark room and obsessing over Bauhaus or something and watching vampire movies all the time.

“But we’re really not like that.”

Warfield, in fact, is happily married and recently had a son, to whom the chatty, friendly 12 is godfather. She Wants Revenge, meanwhile, recently welcomed another new arrival — “This is Forever,” the duo’s sophomore album and the follow-up to its attention-getting 2006 debut, which hit No. 38 on the Billboard 200 chart and notched angsty Modern Rock chart hits with “Tear You Apart” and “These Things.”

It also landed She Wants Revenge a spot opening for idols Depeche Mode and a spot collaborating with Grammy-winning producer Timbaland on his album.

But 12 says those achievements didn’t generate pressure on “This is Forever.”

“Absolutely not,” he says. “We never really feel pressure in any way. We just love what we do so much, and we’re so excited to get in the studio that we don’t let any of that stuff affect us. We do live in a world where the powers that be want to sell records, but we tend to make all the creative decisions and don’t put ourselves in the position to feel pressure.

“So we just went into the studio, finished the record and turned it in. And (the label) was like, ‘Wow, you guys are done already ...?!’ We’re pretty self-contained in that way.”



She Wants Revenge, Kenna and IO Echo perform at 8 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 18) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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