Death Valley Ali, Drummer for the After Lashes

The After Lashes are a new all-female garage-punk band with Esther Sanchez (lead vocals), Sepultura Moon (bass), Jen Corradi (guitar) and Death Valley Ali (drums). The After Lashes play kickass covers and originals. For more information, visit Death Valley Ali (Ali Saenz), was kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are her answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

This one is a little fuzzy. My parents are total music-lovers, and they, thankfully, hauled me out to all of their concerts with them when I was young. My very first concert was either Elton John or Bob Dylan. … The first concert I actually bought my own ticket for was AC/DC in ’83.

What was the first album you owned?

Oh, how I miss record stores—thumbing through records and trying to pick your next soundtrack to life based on the album cover! I was in a dilemma over what to spend my allowance on: Pink Floyd’s The Wall, or Blondie’s Eat to the Beat. Blondie won out.

What bands are you listening to right now?

I just got a trial subscription to satellite radio, and I’m constantly listening to the new wave station. I’m really digging on bands like Squeeze, New Order, The Police, Devo, Psychedelic Furs and Echo and the Bunnymen right now.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Let me preface this by saying that I absolutely believe music of all kinds is artistry. … Modern-day pop, I guess, would be the biggest one that I don’t get. Don’t people know that they are being spoon fed pre-packaged crap?

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Queen. Out of all the concerts I’ve seen in my life, I somehow missed out on Queen, and it kills me.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I like what I like and make no excuses for it. Would some people be surprised that I go to Air Supply concerts and sing along to every word? Probably! I really love, love looove…

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