| Band Bio
They may look like good girls, but the music says, "I wanna be bad . . . !!" Once playfully described as Josie and the Pussycats meet Kiss, The Platforms mix noisy but melodic rock with a flair for 60's and 70's inspired fashion. In 2001, guitarist Junie Tune and vocalist Laurie Libido hatched the idea of a band that merged the bad-girl persona embodied in garage and glam music with a sense of style tinged with mod girl flair a la Edie Sedgewick. The first incarnation came together in early 2002 in the form of an all-girl ensemble. After performing only a year, The Platforms enjoyed both popular and critical acclaim in the musical hot-bed of Austin, Texas. The band was voted Best New Local Act 2004 in the Austin Music Critics Poll. Also within a year, the band released both a demo EP and a full-length CD, while securing a coveted showcase at SXSW 2005. No easy feat for such a young band.
The Platforms have now evolved into a saucy mix of youthful spirit and experienced musicianship. The band's signature sound starts with Vaughn Zipper's fuzz-infused, butt-bumping bass lines, add a steady dose of cruncy hooks, finished off with lead vocals that evoke swagger and strut. If you doubt whether a chick can swagger, witness as vixen Laurie Libido simultaneously cajoles and commands the objects of her considerable affection. Drummer Rockhelle Belle pounds out a vicious beat, while the vibe onstage remains that of a tequila-drenched bachelorette party!
Though the Platforms love playing dress-up onstage, the band’s costumes and visual antics are certainly not the first priority. From the beginning skeletal chord progressions and lyrics the girls scratched out on pink Hello Kitty notebook paper, the singular goal was to develop melodic songs that rock and reflect a fun, carefree spirit. The Platforms approach songwriting on a collaborative basis. A number of experienced songwriters have even written songs specifically for the band. Inspired by everything from The Kinks and Stooges to the misogynistic songs of 80’s hair bands, The Platforms turn the tables and issue the orders. The band’s first original, “Bang Me,” is a roaring anthem about a girl getting what *she* wants. An appropriate follow-up, practiced daily on college campuses everywhere, is unanimous crowd-favorite “Walk of Shame.” Both appear on the band’s first full-length CD, “Kicked Off,” launched in late 2004. Produced by Amsterdam-based Mike Stewart (Poi Dog Pondering, True Believers, Jewel in the Mire -- www.texasmike.com), the disc also includes the original, "Strange," a song inspired by members of contemporary garage bands The Mooney Suzuki and The Raveonettes (admired at a 2003 SXSW showcase), and an impromptu cover of punk classic, "Wimp," that was originally released by Southern California's The Zeroes and written by Javier Escovedo.
The Platforms hit the road in the Fall of 2005 for their "Messed Up in the Midwest" mini-tour. The trip culminated with an appearance on the headliner's showcase along with Japan's Gito Gito Hustler and NYC's The Spunks at the Midpoint Music Festival in Cincinnati. More festivals followed in 2006 including appearances at the Hyperactive Festival in Albuquerque and the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA. The girls are currently in pre-production for another recording and a racy music video is in the works . . .