In case you haven’t heard of out musician and producer Linda Perry, she is the voice behind the infectious 4 Non Blondes’ song “What’s Up,” and the mastermind behind hits like Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” and Pink’s “Get the Party Started,” among others. For the last 15 years, Perry has spent most of her time in the studio producing and writing songs for other musicians, so I was thrilled to hear about her new band, Deep Dark Robot, with Fatso Jetson drummer Tony Tornay. I was even more intrigued when I heard Perry describe their first album, 8 Songs About A Girl, as a concept album that tells the story of her relationship with a woman who broke her heart. I’m happy to say that both Perry and Tornay deliver. Much like the musicians themselves, the tracks on 8 Songs About A Girl are a unique and textured mix of grit, brains and heart.
We caught up with Perry and Tornay to talk about Deep Dark Robot, their expectations for the tour, and why this “dude rock” album will impress the “chicks.”
photo by Tony Tornay/Aubin Crowell
AfterEllen.com: The new song “Won’t You Be My Girl” is hot.
AE: Why did you pick that as the first release?
AE: What’s been the reaction to the release?
TT: I think people aren’t sure what to expect. There’s an element of surprise. But everything’s been really complimentary, which is always flattering and good to read.
AE: Linda, you’ve said that the album was “inspired by a girl who put my heart on a roller coaster and didn’t let me off.” Can you tell us more about that?
AE: Did you think of it as a concept album or an album that tells the story of a relationship?
Women are more attentive and sensitive and romantic. It’s a sexier situation. I’m sorry, but it is. It was one of those things [where] I was getting the attention from this chick. It was hot, but she just didn’t know how to let me out of it. So I wrote all of these songs about it. They’re not all loving songs. They’re basically all about me and how obsessive I got and how hurt I got so quickly. In the end, we’re friendly. [Even] the song “F–k You Stupid Bitch” is actually not harsh. It’s kind of a funny song in a sense because it’s a groovy little number, but it’s more like, “Oh, f–k this, what am I doing?” If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have made the album. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have decided to play some shows. She ended up being a pretty f–king awesome muse.