Brody Dalle was formerly frontwoman of The Distillers and Spinnerette. She releases her debut solo album Diploid Love on April 28.
How are you?
I’m OK, got my fifth coffee in my hand - not so much my technique for interviews, but my technique for life. My daughter started school today so I was up at 5.30am. I need a whole bath of coffee today.
Your first solo album is out soon – how are you feeling?
Very excited, but I can’t believe it’s actually coming out.
It’s just been so long. I’ve been living with this record for a year-and-a-half now.
When did you first start working on it?
About two years ago, maybe longer. I was ready to go into the studio to work on the record and then I got pregnant, so I had a baby and that stopped me being able to make music.
I couldn’t reach my guitar because of the bump, so that stopped me, physically and mentally. My brain felt like it was being drained out of me, it was all such a magical thing.
Did you do anything on the album during that time?
Bits and bobs. But as soon as my son (Orrin Ryder Homme) was born I felt like I got my brain back and started writing feverishly and it all poured out.
How many of the song are about him?
There’s a song called Meet The Foetus, so that’s about my kids.
I was writing that song anyway, then I found out I was pregnant a week later. It was kind of cool that I was psychically connected to myself like that.
How long did the album take to record?
The album was recorded in three weeks, then I tinkered with it for about eight months. But because of my schedule and Josh’s schedule (Brody’s husband is Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme) it took longer than I expected. They ended up taking the record away from me because I couldn’t stop tinkering. I’d still be going now.
Did you always think you’d go solo?
No, not really. It was only recently I thought about it. I was making the record and Alain (Johannes) asked what I was going to call my band, and I realised it would be my first solo record.
I don’t have anywhere else to go, I don’t have the time to dedicate to playing with other people right now, and as far as collaborations go, my musical relationship with Alain is so fulfilling that I’d be afraid to try working with someone else in case it wasn’t as good.
That sounds terrible but it’s true, he’s the best. If it’s not broke etc...”