White Zombie Bassist Talks About the Lower East Side

Posted on: January 3rd, 2011 at 3:04 pm by

Sean Yseult, onetime bass player of Boogie fave White Zombie has a new tell-all book called I’m in the Band: Backstage Notes from the Chick in White Zombie. The subject matter chronicles backstage life in the metal band during their nineties heyday. The Village Voice reviewed the memoir of sorts and interviewed Yseult, who spoke matter-of-factly about the first gig at CBGB and her days living at the corner of Delancey and Clinton Streets.

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Here are some choice excerpts from their interview:

Rob [Zombie] and I were pretty much outcasts at Parsons. We weren’t friends with anyone else there, so I don’t feel like we really tied in to the art world. But we lived on the Lower East Side and we played with bands that were called “art bands,” such as Live Skull, Rat at Rat R, Honeymoon Killers.

I was in an apartment with my best friend Tracy and our friend Leon. It was a really nasty apartment at Delancey and Clinton. We were on the fourth floor where, if you opened your window, there was the [Williamsburg] bridge about three feet away, cars rolling right past. It was a one-bedroom with no heat, no kitchen, and the tiniest bathroom you’d ever seen in your life. Because of our friend Leon, there was a constant parade of local street kids and punks who’d climb up the fire escape late at night and crash on our floor. I mostly remember freezing to death and going downstairs to the bodega to make phone calls.

Our very first gig was “audition night” Monday night at CBGB. One of the guys from Prong was running the soundboard, and they decided that we passed the audition, so we got to come back and play CBGB many more times. Our second might have been at the Pyramid Club on Avenue A. We played a lot of the East Village underground places like the ABC, which was on 8th between B and C, No Say No, which was on the Lower East Side — places like that.

Care to share your favorite White Zombie experience?

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