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Where It's At
Morningwood's Chantal Claret gives hard details about her band's Gay following and
by Lee Arthurs - SGN A&E Writer

The Sounds w/Morningwood

Saturday, May 6 - 9:30 pm

El Corazon - Tix through

www.ticketswest.com or

at El Corazon box office / $15

The ever-sexy and super-seductive Chantal Claret of New York's Morningwood phoned in to discuss the current tour with The Sounds and what the future holds for the band. Traveling by van and about to roll into Minneapolis, our conversation ran the gamut; everything from breast implants to Jeffrey Dahmer and sharks, we covered a lot of ground. (I ultimately wanted to print a Q &A session with her, but unfortunately being on speakerphone proved impossible to hear each other well enough to record our discussion).

I honestly spent a good part of our talk laughing my ass off. With Claret, you are never quite sure which direction the conversation will take you. The one thing I was curious about was how Morningwood translates so well to so many Gay fans. Chantal states, "we don't take ourselves seriously. I think they [Gay fans] appreciate that." Indeed.

Self-proclaimed as a "60-year-old Gay man trapped in the body of a 23-year-old girl", she embodies everything we as Gay men love about our busty and balls-to-the-wall straight girlfriends; affectionately known as our 'fag hags' (not a term I care to use but one that is globally understood nonetheless).

The band has had a whirlwind year, on the heels of their self-titled major label debut released earlier this year, opening for the likes of Head Automatica, The Rolling Stones and countless others. It would seem that with their growing popularity Morningwood would be able to headline their own shows very soon, which Claret assures me will be the case later this year. By playing the opening slot and hitting cities over and over they gain a following, which resonates the next time they pull into town. Commenting on a recent show in Chicago, she was amazed at how many people had packed the venue to see them play, having only played to a handful of people the time before.

Morningwood slams into Seattle for the second time this year on Saturday, May 6 at El Corazon, the same club they played last time around. When asked whether she prefers larger or smaller venues, she remarks she is a fan of both, even the "dirty little shit bars." El Corazon is right up her alley.

Seattle will be their last stop of the current tour, in which the band plans to take some time off and then hit Europe as well as Japan for the Udo Music Festival alongside groups like Motorhead, who Claret lists as one of her favorite bands.

Headlining act The Sounds, fronted by equally seductive Maja Ivarsson, hail from Sweden. Their debut Dying To Say This To You was just released stateside and is a throwback to early new wave, unapologetically influenced by the likes of Blondie and Missing Persons. The band is rounded out by keyboardist Jesper Anderberg, bassist Johan Bengtsson, drummer Fredrik Nilsson and guitarist Felix Rodriguez. - L. Arthurs

Pre-concert CD recommendations: Morningwood featuring "Nth Degree", "Take Off Your Clothes" and "Jetsetter". Dying To Say This To You featuring "Song With A Mission", "Queen Of Apology" and "Ego".

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