Fireworks Magazine Online 81: Interview with Pretty Boy Floyd

PRETTY BOY FLOYD

Interview by Dawn Osborne

Fireworks took the opportunity to get the scoop from Kristy Majors, the guitarist with Pretty Boy Floyd who is newly reunited with original vocalist Steve Summers, on why they are working together again after such acrimony, about the new record deal with Frontiers and their new bumper first offering from that deal, 'Public Enemies'.

Traditional fans of Pretty Boy Floyd will love the new album as it is coming from exactly the same spot as their much loved debut 'Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz'. Eighties in feel and attitude, even the subjects for the lyrics are indistinguishable from the wonderfully un-PC time decades ago. As such, those that simply can't get enough of Pop Rock with a Glam edge and hanker for simpler times, when a song was easy to get into, meant what it said and was performed and enjoyed simply for what it was and nothing more, need look no further. Pretty Boy Floyd are here to fulfil your wildest dreams...


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Pretty Boy Floyd are back with a new deal with Frontiers, how did the deal come about?

We recorded about four songs and sent them to Frontiers Records after being contacted by our booking agency, Artists Worldwide, and we did the deal. Frontiers has a great roster of artists . We thought it was a good fit since they had just recently signed LA Guns and a few other 80s bands that we really like. They do great promotion and have an amazing staff.

You and Kristy are now working back together. What's the story behind that?

Well, I think as we got wiser and older we realised that Pretty Boy Floyd is at its best when Steve and I are doing it together. Brothers fight, priorities change but the true Pretty Boy Floyd sound is stronger with the two original members.

Who is in the current band?

Steve Summers on vocals of course, me on guitar. JK Famous, who has been an on and off member for over fifteen years and a great friend of mine from New York City since I was 16, on bass. We are using fill-in drummers right now until Ben Graves is ready to come back and kill on the kit.

There's a new album, 'Public Enemies', and it is a worthy successor to 'Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz:

YES!!!! I think die hard Pretty Boy Floyd fans will love this album. It's Pretty Boy Floyd 1988 all over again, a collection of songs you crank in your car or home and just forget about the nonsense going on in the world.

Describe the attitude behind the album?

It's a good time Glam Rock record. It's so 80s, like a Back To The Future time machine, haha. We worked really hard to capture the sound of the band when we first started out and I like to think we accomplished that. Anybody who is into 80s Glam Rock party songs will enjoy the new album, definitely the Pretty Boy Floyd fans and hopefully it will attract some new fans who are tired of the music being forced upon them by the big machines.

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There are fourteen tracks on the album, why so many?

We are like the Glam Rock Ramones. Most of our songs are three minutes or less. We wanted to give the fans a good forty or more minutes worth of music, especially since it's been so long since we released new material.

How long has the album been in the planning?

We started recording it in 2012 and never finished it. Life got in the way and we needed a break. When we signed the Frontiers deal in December of 2016 we went full speed ahead and finished it pretty quickly.

The intro is called 'SATA'. What does that mean?

I can't tell you. We wanted to leave that a mystery and see if people can guess what that stands for!

Pretty Boy Floyd have always been a band liked by the ladies, is that what you are recognising in the song 'Girls All Over the World'?

'Girls All Over The World' really has no meaning. It just sounds better than singing boys love Rock n' Roll, haha!

Rock got pretty depressing in the 90s, with the Grunge trend. Is part of your mission to bring the fun back into Rock n' Roll?

I actually loved the music that was released in the 90s ̶ such great timeless music. Pretty Boy Floyd has always remained the same throughout the years. We proudly wave the 80s flag and that will never change.

There has been a real turnaround in the market for this kind of music ̶ new festivals in the genre, the Monsters of Rock Cruise has been a great success. Is this why you thought it would be the right time to come back with 'Public Enemies'?

No, we've been playing those festivals for years with the exception of the cruises. I think we are only band to not play a cruise. We have been wanting to release a new album for years but just never got around to it. The right timing was paired with the right record label.

'Star Chaser' ... what's the story behind that one?

It's just a fictitious Nick Gilder-ish type of song . Mainly influenced by the Sunset Strip days with a broad reference to girls at that time. Don't take it too seriously.

'We Can't Bring Back Yesterday' is a very nostalgic song. Do you have great memories of the old days?

It's actually a love song but it can also be interpreted in many ways. I'm sure everybody can relate to this song, whether it be a lost love, a past memory, a thought in time, a reflection upon oneself or another. I really like this song.

Will you make it over to Europe in a tour to support the album?

I hope so. We always have a great time touring Europe. I would love to pair up with a band like Hardcore Superstar, 69 Eyes, Reckless Love, Michael Monroe etc and play every country.

What's next for Pretty Boy Floyd?

We are shooting a video for 'Feel The Heat' and another song to be decided, doing a album release party on December 1st at the Whisky A Go Go and have more shows in 2018. Hopefully also one more record with Frontiers.

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