Kristy Wiese is the fierce frontwoman for Gold Coast, Australia punk band Kill The Apprentice. She’s also the owner and operator of punk rock clothing store Punx n Pinups. For Kristy, it’s all about simply making rad music with her best friends.
What do you wear on stage?
It varies a lot. I love my fake leather pants, customised band t-shirts, studs, mesh and of course high heels.
How important is your stage outfit to you?
It’s as important to me as my performance.
Make-up-wise what’s your onstage must?
Heavy black eyeliner and red lips.
What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
Red lipstick, I have way too many!
What are your offstage outfits like?
I have a store on Facebook called Punx n Pinups, so I wear a lot of altered bands T’s, Sourpuss, Pinup Couture and Bordello shoes. I also collect and sell some amazing one-off vintage garments. I just got a ’80s leather look jumpsuit with mesh sleeves from the USA, it’s the bomb!
Who are your style icons?
I used to love Brody Dalle’s style in The Distillers, she always looked effortlessly hot and I think she was really important for women in punk rock. Peaches has mad style too.
What do you do creatively when you’re not creating/playing music?
I customise band t-shirts, alter clothing, stud up jackets/vests.
What makes your musical style different?
I don’t think we sound like any other band. I’m proud that we’ve created a sound of our own. People never know how to label our sound, I like that.
Have you ever encountered sexism within the music community?
Not really. I have noticed some people have a negative opinion of a woman fronting a punk band but then they see us play and it all changes.
How do you deal with the haters?
I don’t care about haters, I’m in a band with my best mates, we love to play and party together and that’s all that matters to me.
Tell me about your latest projects.
I’m really excited because we have a new addition in the band, Deano from Vicious and The Wrath is our new bass player and Captain Dicklich has moved to second guitar. New dynamic and a much bigger sound. Also Dicklich and I write acoustic songs together and we’re almost ready to record. I’m pretty stoked with the way they’ve turned out. Very different from KTA stuff.
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