Infobox musical artist
Name = Fashion Bomb
Img_capt = Left to right:
Trace, acid, Adrian Valerieand Drone(Photo by: F3 Studios).
Landscape = yes
Background = group_or_band
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Years_active = 2003–present
Label = Full Effect Records
Marilyn Manson Korn Godhead American Head Charge Static-XDope
URL = [http://www.fashionbomb.net www.fashionbomb.net]
Adrian Valerie acid TraceDrone 1 Drone 2
Past_members = OS Sen Bambi Mode DreG
Fashion Bomb are an American band formed in
Chicago, Illinoisin 2003. Fashion Bomb's music spans the metal subgenres, with songs that have elements of heavy metal, industrial, alternative, and nu metal. The band is most consistently, however, categorized as industrial metal.
The band released their debut album, "Devils to Some, Angels to Others" in August 2006. The group is most noted for strong live performances, their striking "undead" appearance, and their signature platform boots.
Fashion Bomb formed in early 2002 when Val (Adrian Valerie) and OS began writing material and looking for additional members. [http://www.chaindlk.com/interviews/index.php?interview=FashionBomb] After many auditions and members, DreG came on board to play drums. Along with Sen on bass, the group played their first preview show to a sold out Underground Lounge in Chicago. The group was so impressive right out of the box, that they were tapped to open for veteran underground industrial group
Bileat 2003's Alcoholiday.
In early 2004, Chicago Radio station 94.7 the Zone, sponsored a huge band competition called Next Big Thing. Fashion Bomb won this competition, and the resulting attention garnered them a development deal with
The Hollywood Records deal enabled the band to go into the studio with producer Tadpole (
Disturbed, Soil, Earshot, Drowning Pool) and further develop their sound. Val has commented that for a metal band that is often not family friendly, it was amusing that the monetary support from Hollywood was delivered by a check with Mickey Mouseat the top. (Hollywood Records is owned by Disney Corp.)
After a subsequent string of successful shows, OS was fired from the band for philosophical and musical differences, which opened the way for acid to come on board as lead guitarist. This fortuitous development came just in time, as two weeks after acid joined the group, JAM Productions hired Fashion Bomb to open for
Marilyn Mansonduring his Against All Gods tour [http://www.rockeyez.com/interviews/int-fashionbomb-valerie.html] . After the success with Manson, the band continued their success, and eventually parted ways with Sen over musical differences. Soon after, Bambi and Mode were hired to for bass and rhythm guitar duties. During this time, the group played with such notable acts as PIG, Hanzel und Gretyl, Soil, Dope, American Head Chargeand Godhead.
In August 2006, the band recorded their first full length album for indie label Superdead Records. [http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/11/prweb478337.htm] Jamie Duffy of
Acumen Nationand DJ Accuccrack? produced. [http://illinoisentertainer.com/2007/01/31/local-cd-reviews-15/#more-1547] In addition, Trevor Sadler of Mastermind Studios ( NIN, Soil) mastered the tracks, and Stephen Jensen of F3 Studios was brought on board to create the challenging album art. [http://www.metal-only.com]
In 2007, shortly after appearing in "
Metal Hammer" [http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/] magazine, Bambi and Mode (a couple at the time), departed the band to focus on school and finances. 2007 was not done for line up changes, as DreG departed the band to pursue other production and musical interests. Trace was hired to play bass for the band, and Switch was brought on as a "hired gun" for rhythm guitar.
In 2008, Fashion Bomb launched "Era 2.0", a reference to their new lineup, and signifying a brand new beginning for the band. They adopted an additional slogan, "Dead Techology", to signify the resurrection of long abandoned/neglected aspects of performance and writing music, i.e. utilizing some of those methods.
In keeping with this new approach, Fashion Bomb also debuted their "Drones". [http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=1411] Differentiated by number, a Drone is a live performer on stage, usually playing an instrument, but other Drones have been hinted at, including performance artists or stage technicians. Fashion Bomb's Drones have proven an effective support system, and currently two Drones have been debuted, Drone1 which plays drums, and Drone2 which plays rhythm guitar.
Fashion Bomb continued their success in July 2008, signing a record deal with a new label, Full Effect Records. [http://www.fulleffectrecords.com] Based in Detroit and Los Angeles, Full Effect Records features an exclusive artist roster, and includes
FasterPussycat, The Newlydeadsand Final Cut. Full Effect will be re-releasing Fashion Bomb's debut album, "Devils to Some, Angels to Others", with a bonus track re-mixed by DJ Asrock of Final Cut in September 2008.
Fashion Bomb is currently working on a new studio album slated for release in the first quarter of 2009. [http://www.live-metal.net/interviews_fashionbomb.html]
Fashion Bomb currently is endorsed by
ESP Guitars[http://www.espguitars.com] , Guitar-Cable.com, AHEAD Drumsticks, Cocaine Energy Drink, Line 6, Gator Cases, MAC Makeup, Presonus, In Tune Guitar Picks, American DJ, Thayers Vocal Products.
Related artists and influences
Fashion Bomb has drawn comparisons to
Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, White Zombie, and European rockers Deathstars. Members of Fashion Bomb have cited a wide and varied list of influences ranging from Pavarottito Slayer.
Fashion Bomb has played shows with
Marilyn Manson, Godhead, American Head Charge, Iggy Pop, Mushroomhead, Staind, Genitorturers, Dope, Rasputina, Hanzel und Gretyl[http://www.411mania.com/music/concerts/46549/Devils-Night-Ball-II---The-Logan-Square-Auditorium---Chicago,-IL---October-14th,-2006.htm] , Bile, Pig, Soil, Crossbreed, Psyclon Nine, Scum of the Earth and The Birthday Massacreto name a few.
* Val (
Adrian Valerie) - Vocals, Programming (2003-Present)
acid- Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Programming, Drums (2004-Present)
Trace- Bass, Backing Vocals, Programming, Drums (2007-Present)
* Drone 1 - Drums (2008-Present)
* Drone 2 - Rhythm Guitar (2008-Present)
* Os - Lead Guitar (2002-2004)
* Sen - Bass (2003-2005)
* Bambi - Bass (2005-2007)
* Mode - Rhythm Guitar (2005-2007)
* DreG - Drums, Programming (2003-2007)
* Sheriff Scabs - Bass (2005) (live fill in)
* Switch - Rhythm Guitar (2007-2008)
Devils to Some, Angels to Others"
* Released: August 2006
* Label: Superdead Records
* Re-Released: September 2008
* Label: Full Effect Records
I'm Afraid of Americans" - Originally performed by David Bowieand Trent Reznor(Contamination: a Tribute to David Bowie)
Looks That Kill" - Originally performed by Motley Crue(Devils to Some, Angels to Others)
* "Blind" - Originally performed by
* "Stars" - Originally performed by
* "Army of Me" - Originally performed by
* "Crucify" - Originally performed by
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