This "5 and Dime" interview was conducted over the phone with Joe LeSte, the singer for Beautiful Creatures, on September 1, 2005.
Tell me everything people need to know about the history of your band, Beautiful Creatures.
My band, Beautiful Creatures, has a real driving sound that people have called "motorcycle rock." I'm the lead singer Joe LeSte, Anthony Focx is the rhythm guitarist and he also produced our new CD, "Deuce." Mark Simpson is our lead guitarist, Kenny Kweens plays bass, and Timmy Russell is our drummer. We play straight-up raw rock and roll, nothing contrived and no gimmicks. Beautiful Creatures formed in 2000, and we were signed to Warner Brothers. The first thing we did was open on a KISS tour, then we finished our first album. In 2001 we played on Ozzfest, and we've done numerous tours since with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, and Tantric.
We've gone through a lot of changes since then. Beautiful Creatures left Warner Brothers when they had a big cutback, we've changed producers, and we had lineup changes. After working hard on the next record, we didn't think it was Beautiful Creatures-sounding after we finished it. After trying again and again, the band agreed on what we wanted it to sound like. Spitfire Records signed us, and we're very happy with that. They treat us well, and they're behind the band. Spitfire likes to build bands, and they have a longevity attitude, which is great. We know and understand that we're not an overnight success.
Tell me about your band's new CD, "Deuce."
After we got it all together, we put the pedal to the metal, and made a Beautiful Creatures-sounding record called "Deuce." It was released on August 23. After trying with a series of different producers, we let our own Anthony Focx handle the production. "Deuce" is very driven, it's edgy and very raw. It's straight-out rock with hard, raunchy guitars. Available everywhere, you can sample it at www.beautifulcreatures.net.
Does Beautiful Creatures have any touring plans for 2005?
West Coast and East Coast dates are confirmed and listed at our website and at our myspace page. The tour with The Genitorturers starts late September, and we'll be out until December. Then we'll see where we're at. Beautiful Creatures is the little band that could.
What does your band have in store for your fans in the next 12 months?
A lot of touring, and we're definitely releasing a DVD. We have most of it finished. No new album yet, that's so far away it's not even in the cards right now. We really want to push "Deuce." It's been a long time coming and our hardcore fans deserve it. They are so dedicated and that's what kept this band going. And we're writing all the time. It's not like we wait until we're in the studio before we write new songs.
Feel free to promote anything else you'd like that applies to your band.
www.beautifulcreatures.net and www.myspace.com/beautifulcreatures are our websites. You can hear some of the music tracks and get all the breaking news there. We hope people get behind the record and come out for the live shows.
Please share your thoughts or a story/memory of Dimebag Darrell.
During the Bad Boys of Metal tour a guy came to the tour bus, saying he wanted to come on and say hello to Steven Adler. I sort of recognized him, and then he told me his name was Dimebag Darrell. I thought it was incredible so I took him and his friend on the bus to introduce them to Steven. Steven says hello and tells them he'll see them outside. After they left, Steven told me that it wasn't Dime. I felt like a total jackass. The guy is an impersonator who goes around masquerading as Dimebag.
On a real note, it was so sad to hear about his death. It's a real tragedy. It's scary that people walk around with bad chips inserted in their computer.