Many moons ago, The Creator was looking down upon the state of rock and said with disgust, "God, what a sausage fest! And these are the ones, created in my image, that get laid? What hath I wrought?" and on that night, He shot a bolt of lightning down from the heavens and the dust and grit swirled into the form of Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema, and the balance of beauty in rock was realigned. Add some rather public drug action, a string of brilliant records with her man Neil Hagerty, the amiable breakup with said man and boom, you had the makings of the greatest rock chick of the last twenty years.
With ever the sly eye on such things, The House of Calvin Klein picked her up to give their smooth line some edge and the circle was complete. We caught up with Herrema as she and the rest of her new colossal band RTX prepare to tour behind their latest Drag City record Western Xterminator. If there is a tournament going in our Happy Shopper lineup, Herrema wins by 1) being an actual style icon/model, 2) responding on her Blackberry, presumably from seat of a stolen motorcycle or something cool like that and 3) knowing the labels!
1) What was the last electrical appliance you bought?
ANOTHER AIR PURIFIER
2) How many shoes do you own?
10 PAIRS OF HIGH TOPS
7 PAIRS OF PUMPS
32 PAIRS OF BOOTS
3) Thinking about only what you are wearing now and including your watch, jewelry and glasses if you wear them, how much would it cost me to get dressed up just like you? And where would I have to go to get the look
POWELL PERALTA - CABALLERO / BONES BRIGADE t-SHIRT.... $4.99 SAN DIEGO SALVATION ARMY
VOLCOM STRIPED BAJA HOODIE...... $65.00 FROG HOUSE NEWPORT BEACH
VINTAGE BLACK LEVIS CORDS.......DON'T KNOW, DON'T KNOW
BLACK NORTH FACE DOWN VEST....... $180 NORTH FACE BERKLEY
CHARLIE ONE HORSE SNAKE SKIN BOOTS......$250 TIJUANA MEXICO
IT'S KINDA COLD TODAY SO THE SHIT IS HEAVIER AN COST MORE CASH TODAY SOOO...TODAY IT COST U MAYBE $500
4) What are you going to be eating for dinner tonight?
5) What is the most you have ever spent on a bottle of wine or other alcoholic beverage and when and where was it?
RUSSIAN STOLICHNAYA ELIT $60 ON THE FERRY TO NORWAY
6) What and where is your favorite shop?
I DON'T KNOW
7) How do you get around town?
8) Where is your favorite place to holiday?
RTX's Western Xterminator (Drag City) is set to destroy civilization in March.
RTX, Herrema and Co.
Photo courtesy of Sasha Eisenman
Alex V. Cook listens to everything and writes about most of it. His latest book, the snappily titled Louisiana Saturday Night: Looking for a Good Time in South Louisiana's Juke Joints, Honky-Tonks, and Dance Halls is an odyssey from the backwoods bars and small-town dives to the swampside dance halls and converted clapboard barns of a Louisiana Saturday Night. Don't leave Heathrow without it. His first book Darkness Racket and Twang is available from SideCartel. The full effect can be had at alex v cook.com
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