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Athens OH Native Leslie Keffer is a Noise Pop Icon, Tabloid Superstar, Multi-Instrumentalist, and Complete Enigma.
Live, she channels the spirits and bombard the senses with an arsenal of sonics.
She's collaborated with the likes of the Laundry Room Squelchers, Thurston Moore, Roger Stella, and Val Martino.
She's toured extensively throughout the US and Europe. Meet the woman herself.
VP: I've seen you play live several times over the last four years or
so and you've employed different instruments like guitar and
electronic gadgets. Where did your interest in sound sculpture
begin and are you trained in music theory at all?
LK: It begin probably in college when I was getting my degree in audio
production and music. They were always like "don't do this- don't do
that- don’t run it in the red EQ it like this or it will sound bad"
but I was like woah that sounds pretty cool I'm going to do
that...I had to take a lot of music theory in college and
instruments and choir and stuff like that. so I guess I sorta am.
VP: So once the rules where laid out for you, you knew exactly how to
break them. Do you find that you still apply theory to your
technique are do you play more stream of consciousness?
LK: Honestly, I have no idea. If I were to assume *oops* anyway, I would
say stream of consciousness. I'm aware of levels and tones harmony
etc, however since I used to play radios all the time I never knew
what was going to come in and the radios Obviously it would pick up
the craziest emotions and vibes from miles around. When I lived in
the woods it was frightening being home alone and playing that shit
at night! i would contact the ether. Seriously! One time my p.a.
speaker flew across the room and smashed a hole in the wall. I left
all the music going and got the fuck out of there. My cat wouldn't
even go in there! So its more other people stream of conscious
being channeled through me. That sounds pretentious, but I'm a
VP: So you have albums with titles like "Feels Like Frenching" and
"Whorny". You've got this super-charged sexed-up vibe going on. How
foes it feel to own the "noise boys"?
LK: Actually - its "Whoreny 4 U". i guess I do have that vibe going on
because I've been feeling pretty sexy lately. Playing with Val
Martino (Unicorn Hard-On) and the Laundry Room Squelchers really
brings out the
woman in me. For years i was just being one of the boys , I guess I
felt uncomfortable embracing being sexy; especially in this scene
with all those scummy boys. Plus, people start talking shit like
"Keffer get half naked cause she cant really play" or something to
that effect, but I don’t care anymore. I always feel like frenching, but I
don’t feel like I own the noise boys! I wish I did though; I'd make
them take me swimming and hiking and have them roast me a pig on
VP: So do you suppose you are a positive roll model for women or do you
not even care?
LK: I think I have the potential to be a positive role model for everyone.
VP: You run a tabloid blog called Noisebloid. Why don't you tell me a
little bit about that.
LK: I started noisebloid a few years ago because I noticed while touring
everyone talks about everyone else they know in the 'scene' and its
our common ground, a way to stay in touch. So I decided to exploit
that. Why shouldn't there be noise celebs? Our scandals and affairs
are just as interesting and true! THERE ARE SOME LIES AND *oops*
"fabrications" on there, but there is a little truth to every story if
not the entire truth!