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April 2011 issue 11
READER’S LETTERS Your thoughts and opinions on the latest music + fashion.
RATE AND SLATE Find out what we’re rating and slating this month.
COMPETITION Win tickets to Reading + Leeds Festival 2011
FEATURE Q&A with U.S. rock goddess Sierra Kusterbeck.
SEXY Find out how Ian Watkins ranked in our sexiest male readers poll...
ON TOUR WITH: THE BLACKOUT Read about what The Blackout got up to behind the scenes on their recent UK headline tour...
PARAMORE Hayley Williams reveals all about ex-band member/ex-boyfriend Josh Farro.
FESTIVAL SEASON is just around the corner with line-ups to the UK’s biggest summer festivals being recently announced and we are super excited! Start planning your festival outfits already with our fantastic what-to-wear guide. Also in this month’s issue you could win yourself a pair of tickets to either Reading or Leeds festival! This month’s cover girl (VersaEmerge’s) Sierra Kusterbeck tells us all about herself and how she got to being a U.S. rock goddess on page 22. Becky Davis Editor
FASHION 5 key festival looks this summer. Want to look your best at this year’s festivals ladies? Our what-to-wear guide will sort you right out!
GIG GUIDE Find out what bands are touring the UK this month + the latest festial line-ups.
BEAUTY Taylor Momsen reveals her best hair and make-up tips.
GETTING TO KNOW...
VersaEmerge’s frontwoman Sierra Kusterbeck tells Femuse magazine how she got her hands on an early Saosin EP, what got her to where she is today and reveals her true thoughts on Paramore...
here’s something about VersaEmerge
mom. I also remember going to see Dance
vocalist Sierra Kusterbeck that makes
Gavin Dance, Tiger Army and Thrice.
you think she’s a little older than she
love your band?
Sierra Kusterbeck, 20, Vocals
What do you listen to now?
actually is. Maybe it’s the depth in lyricism
Were you always in the pit or kind of
Right now, at this very moment, I’m
you can hear on the band’s self-titled EP. Or
listening to a band called Iron Age. They just
maybe it’s because when she auditioned for
If it was a band I loved, I was right in the
came out with The Sleeping Eye, and it’s
Versa, she told the guys she was 17 when
middle of the crowd going nuts. When you
fucking awesome. It’s just a really, really
she was actually 16.
love a band and they’re there and it’s
good hardcore record. I also like Metric’s
happening around you, you can’t sit there
[Fantasies] and Manchester Orchestra’s
What kind of artists did you ﬁrst get into?
and hold it in because you think someone
[Mean Everything To Nothing]. My guilty
I loved Blood Brothers, I remember skipping
might think you look stupid. I was there in
pleasure is Lady Gaga’s [The Fame Monster].
school and going to their shows. Against
the middle of the crowd going fucking crazy.
It’s so, so crazy. I love it.
Me! are another band I got into. And the  Saosin EP [Translating The Name]
What pushed you to start performing?
What bands would you like to see live in
changed my life. [Vocalist] Anthony Green
Just going to shows every weekend and
went into my brain and scrambled it up, and
seeing it onstage and being right there.
I deﬁnitely want to see Paramore. It’s
that led me into Circa Survive and stuﬀ. I
Everyone is sweating their ass oﬀ, the
always cool to watch other girls perform.
remember waiting for the bus at 6 a.m.,
adrenaline is high and nobody gives a shit
That’s awesome. People freak out when I
listening to that and feeling awesome.
about anything else. Just watching all that
say that I like Paramore. Like it’s this big
energy, I fell in love with it. There was
thing that I’m supposed to be upset about
Were you bummed when you heard
nothing else I wanted to do. What’s better
comparisons or whatever. But they’re
Anthony wasn’t in the band anymore?
than touring and playing music for kids that
awesome. I can’t wait to see them.
Honestly, I don’t remember. I was probably like, “No! I just found this band!” But when I
a r r e i U.S. ROCK S rbe ck e t s u K GODDESS AT SCHOOL I WAS KNOWN AS... “the ‘girl with the hair’. I had a lot of layers in diﬀerent colours”. MY WORST HABIT IS... “licking the sides of my teeth when someone’s taking a picture”. THE NICEST THING ABOUT ME IS... “I’m pretty generous. If someone asks me for something I’ll help them out in a ﬂash”. A SECRET ABOUT ME IS... “I truly believe in aliens, and more than anything I’d like to encounter one”. I REALLY, REALLY HATE... “bathrooms that don’t lock! Every time I go in one without a lock someone walks in while I’m sat there doing my thing”. I LOVE MY... “bandmates! They’re my family and I’ve grown up with them”. I WISH I COULD... “raise a baby panther or a leopard. If it thinks I’m its mom it wouldn’t eat me”. THE UNIQUE THING I BRING TO THE BAND IS... “wacky ideas. And boobs”. I WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR BECAUSE... “I was born to be an entertainer, and ‘rock star’ gives me the most freedom in that”. MY FAVOURITE PART OF TOURING IS... “meeting new people every day, and I like trying new food too”. MY BANDMATES HATE THAT I... “over-pack, make a mess everywhere, and I’m always late”. MY BANDMATES LOVE THAT I... “can laugh at myself. I hate being embarassed, so it’s important to be able to laugh it oﬀ!”. WHEN I’M RICH AND FAMOUS I WILL... “probably shop a lot! And repay my mom for all the sacriﬁces she’s made for me”.
heard Circa, I was like, “All right, I’m cool.”
“I was there in the
But I still have that Saosin EP and it’s just amazing.
middle of the crowd going fucking crazy”
When you were going to shows, what kind of music was it? I just really liked to help support the local bands and went to shows like that. A lot of shows at this venue near me had a lot of reggae shows. I would always go to with my VersaEmerge: (left to right) Devin, Sierra + Blake
Rock goddess: Sierra Kusterbeck