The Complete Interview: Hot Chick in Hard Rock Brooklyn of Picture Me Broken

When we interviewed Picture Me Broken frontwoman Brooklyn for the new Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue (Brooklyn’s also featured in the forthcoming 2013 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock calendar, by the way), we talked about a host of topics, from the band’s upcoming album, her life as a high school student and more.

Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we couldn’t include most of the interview. But that’s what the Internet is for! Read what she has to say below!

REVOLVER: How’s the new album coming along?

The new album, Corrupt Me, has been complete for several months. I listen to it at the gym constantly and become more proud and eager to release it each time. Rock and roll needs this album right now.

How do you feel it’s different than your past music?

This album is not at all gimmicky or trendy; in fact, it’s risky how far we’ve deviated from our “scene.” I wanted to graduate from “the band with the chick screamer” compartmentalization and grow as an artist (That’s not to say you won’t catch me screaming here and there). I focused heavily on creating a diverse spectrum of songs, honing into every sonic crevice that turns me on artistically. In most cases, if one were to select two arbitrary songs and play them back to back, they may sound like two completely different bands and genres. Critics will probably eat us alive for that, but I think a band needs to step up and have the audacity to create a blatantly divergent album rather than another release that sounds like one 45-minute-long song. I’m not afraid to be that band.

What’s your favorite song so far?

It depends on my current mood. My general cynical, nihilistic self is always keen to indulge in the piano ballads of the record, namely “Moment of Weakness.”

Since this is also our “back to school” issue, some school-related questions: How would you describe your school experience?

I suppose this is the part where the rock musician whines about their traumatic school experience. I hate to say it, but my academic career consisted of student body presidency, a 4.3 GPA in predominantly AP classes, varsity athletics in swimming and water polo from the day I stepped onto campus, and an abundance of empty lunch tables. I had a few weak moments where my rejection of the institution stifled me from being as on-point as I could have been, but for the most part I wanted to succeed.

I think people who consistently succeed do so in everything they do. I don’t agree with musicians who glamorize academic mediocrity. If you are rejected by your peers, you sure as hell had better score higher than them, beat them at sports, beat them in school elections, beat them out of theatrical roles, etc. And leave with your middle finger in the air; that is far more rock and roll than flunking out.

What kind of student were you? A nerd or a troublemaker or somewhere in between?

I wasn’t so easily pigeonholed. I did everything from nerding out and winning aquatic races to shit-disturbing and brooding by myself on the quad.

What’s the worst trouble you got into while in school?

I never really got caught. In fact, I came up with a system enabling me to skip class at my whim, completely under the radar. It gave me extra time to study and break into the room with the piano.

Did you ever skip school due to hard rock or metal?

I opted to do my entire senior year online in order to focus on my true passion, rock.

Did you ever have any run-ins with bullies?

Certainly. But I must say, I had it coming.

Did music help you get through school? If so, how?

Definitely not, I’d likely be readying to commence freshman year at an Ivy League right now if not for my fervent affinity for music. That was always going to be the alternative route, but thankfully I don’t do Plan B.

 

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  • Matt Healy

    Finally one with a brain and a vocabulary who doesn’t encourage kids to flunk out of school.

  • Julie

    wow, apparently no fact checking was done on this story

    • Garrett

      I went to North Star with Layla (Brooklyn) she was prez and had really good grades and was amazing in all the musicals. Maybe you should check your facts.