Barb Wire Dolls sold practically everything they owned and moved from living in an artist commune on the Greek Island of Crete to pursue their punk rock n roll dreams in Los Angeles. Frontwoman Isis Queen is bold, exciting and full of positive energy—she chooses to see the positives in life rather than dwell on or feed the negative. Totally inspirational!
What is the music scene like in Greece? Could you tell me a little about it please? I’ve read that you lived in an artist commune on the Island of Crete!
Greece has a lot of great bands but the setup there is that if you play real rock and roll, then there is no future for you. No radio, TV or anything will give you any real opportunity. It is designed only for the Pop stars and people that sing in Greek. So if you sing in English and play rock and roll, you have to leave the country to make a living at it. We are fortunate to have made this happen, but trust me, it was a big undertaking and a huge risk. But it was all worth it. When you live to play music, you will go to any lengths. Yeah, we were living in an artist commune on Crete called The Ikarus with lots of other artists from musicians, writers, painters, to filmmakers. It was surreal. I could write a book just about that! That was an amazing time in my life and it provided me to be around such great artistic positive energy. I am looking forward to going back there someday again soon!
What do you wear on stage?
I take old clothes and make them my own. I’ll cut and rip them up, stencil them, add pins, patches or whatever and try to come up with original designs that no clothing company could possibly try and manufacture, let alone sell something like I wear. No two outfits are the same and I always mix and match to keep it fresh and sexy.
How important is your stage outfit to you?
I have to feel sexy and comfortable in it because I jump around, dance, fall into the crowd and go wild. So that outfit has to reflect that. I look forward to figuring out what I am going to wear at each show, and usually moments before I leave for the show!
Make-up-wise what’s your onstage must?
As much waterproof products as possible since I get hot and steamy on stage. Always need hot red lip gloss and eye shadows that compliment my color scheme from my outfit of each show.
What’s your biggest beauty indulgence?
Probably having to pay good money to have my hair dyed every few months or so. But you know what they say, “Blondes have more fun!”
What are your offstage outfits like?
Pretty much the same clothes I wear on stage I wear off stage except when I am surfing or skating. Off stage I like to do my hair up in different ways too. On stage I like it to be down so there’s more movement when I dance.
Who are your style icons?
Marilyn Monroe and Debbie Harry of Blondie. Two of the hottest females to grace this earth! But Debbie most of all because she sang in a band!
What do you do creatively when you’re not creating/playing music?
Surfing is my passion when I am not thinking of the band, so I am looking forward to surf Australia whenever we come for a tour.
What makes your musical style different?
We take influence from so many bands, of course mainly the early punk and new wave bands of the late 70s like Blondie, Sex Pistols, Ramones, and so on, but we also have the deepest respect for bands that were beyond life on stage like Led Zeppelin. They had that universal powering thunder on stage and we wish to carry some of that live energy urgency into our live shows too, kinda also like U2 did before they got big.
Have you ever encountered sexism within the music community?
No, I have had only fun, loving people around me and I am grateful that we somehow bring to us people that are like that. I have no interest in people that don’t respect women, especially mothers.
How do you deal with the haters?
I don’t know of any and the ones that are out there, who cares?! Everyone had a right to their own opinion and I just don’t care about theirs if they feel that way. It’s all ‘punklove’ to me and I love people and see the positive aspects of the human race, even in this crazy world we live in!
Tell me about your latest projects.
Well being chosen to be the new ‘face’ of Foxes Cosmetics is a huge deal for me. I love their make-up and they don’t ever test on animals and they supply me with all the eye shadows, glitters and lip pots a girl could dream of. As for music, we have new songs constantly and every chance we get to rehearse we learn a new one, that keeps me busy—always working on music!
The New Wave of Punk documentary featuring BWD:
For more Barb Wire Dolls.
*Photo credits: 1 – Matt Wessen / 2 – Lynn Shipley Milucky / 3 – Sals Photos