Does history seem to repeat itself every two or several decades? The 50s rebels had the greaser thing going on with their leather jackets, jeans, and t-shirts James Dean style. The 70s punk fashion came packaged with something similar: leather jackets, jeans, tees, and rock patches/pins on the jackets by way of the Sex Pistols and Ramones. I’ve had a fascination with “rebel” fashion since a young age, wearing custom-made patchwork pants and dresses to high school bohemian style. Nowadays, I wear light wash ripped jeans, a leather jacket with a pop of color, and pearl adorned sneakers with faux diamond rings, hoop earrings, and cat eye shades for a statement. The glamorous rebel look is my thing, where diamonds meet dirt, gutter to the stars. My love of glamorous movie icons like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn meet rebel heroes like Sid Vicious or Marlon Brando in a Hollywood back alley. The dust kicked up by non-conformist attitudes marries with a love of flaunting beauty and bejeweled spectacle. Happy almost-weekend!
My partner Johnny Saffire and I started our duo the Love Lyzardz several years back just talking about our musical interests in his apartment living room. Here we are with a demo out, an original single, and a Beatles cover song on the way. Some of our music takes from the darker side of the 60s/70s music with artists like Jim Morrison. His animal totem the lizard very much resonates with our duo’s spiritual purpose.
The lizard is a creature that is adaptive and can transcend hugely adverse circumstances. We are a duo that has done just that, having faced the difficulties of a modern and almost apocalyptic world, with a message all our own. The lizard has a shrewdness and an introverted character, and that is the spirit the Love Lyzardz embodies, a will to carry on in spite of harsh setbacks and weird tumbles through space and time, and a reflective soul. The lizard is also a symbol of rebirth. When it comes to the lives Johnny and I have lived, tough times always bring forth the seed of regeneration out of the hard ground.
One of the first demo songs “American Doll” mirrors parts of the Doors “The End” in its psychedelic and hard hitting melody, as an American girl struggles to live up to the men in her life who have shaped her world. She goes along, floating through the pink fantasy world that has been built for her and recollecting the struggle to be loved in a procession of men who fall for a woman merely because of her physical beauty.
It is the lizard we hold fast to, the one pitted for a stealthy escape, the ultimate survivalist in a world that shifts every microsecond. What is tilted swingsback the other way, as the music carries on. It is my hope that this art will be the equalizer of the rotating scales.
It seems that the rents are getting higher and higher in our building and my bf’s bonuses at Uber are being cut. We really want to be musicians, but it’s tough to try to do it in a city like SF that is all tech. We’ve been looking into getting a conversion van and traveling across the country. It’ll take several months of planning, but well worth it to live a dream we’ve been wanting to for a long time. There is a certain freedom that comes with going out on the road and playing music. For now, we’re working on some recordings. Stay tuned for more articles!