Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stretching Rock's Boundaries

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Stretching Rock's Boundaries

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Some things are worth fighting for, such as an interview with the sublime Justine Frischmann, leader of Elastica.

The British band's eponymous new album is among the freshest since "Nevermind," and may be the most muck-disturbing debut since "Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols."

An interview had been promised, but when the phone rang it was not Frischmann but a New York City flack who chirped: "Guess what? Justine can't do the interview."

Why not?

"Because all of her time has been taken by NEW YORK PEOPLE!" she explained, as if a hayseed from the Midwest needed no other explanation.

But after a little East Coast-style arm-twisting, a Geffen Records executive put Frischmann through to GET OUT.

"Sorry about the misunderstanding," Frischmann said. "I guess they were trying to give me a break. Can you still do an interview with me?"

But of course. Did your band set out to be the anti-Soul Asylum, or to simply resurrect the art of the single?

"Well, I certainly wasn't thrilled with most of the music of the last few years and wanted to improve on it."

It helps to have good role models. "Yes. I love Wire, the Buzzcocks, the Beastie Boys, Bob Dylan, Blondie, the Breeders. And I think you can hear those influences on the album.

"I like Sid Vicious, too. I like doing the Sid Vicious sneer, that thing with the lip. That Billy Idol thing. I know I can do that well," Frischmann, 25, said.

Elastica is rocking the world with "Connection," a hit that's as glamorous as glitter, as sharp as a razor and as infectious as E-bola, without the sniffles :

"Another heart has made the grade/Forget it, forget it, forget it/I don't understand how the last card is played/But somehow the vital connection is made."

Did Frischmann know that her quirky, sensual voice was being compared to that of Debora Iyall, lead singer of the now-defunct, and far less talented, Romeo Void? …

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