Last week, I learned something that disturbed me, but only slightly. I am wondering if this bothers anyone else. So, recently, a metal magazine (that rhymes with evolver) shot some more metal broads for its annual spread of metal hotties, and one of them was Layla Brooklyn Allman from Picture Me Broken, who is only 17.
Just 17. I don’t know; when I heard this, the needle on my creep-o-meter popped off. A 17-year-old girl, getting sexed up and put in a metal magazine so that sketchy metal dudes who live in their parents’ basements can buy the mag and then shoot ropes all over her 17-year-old face? It just seems fucking strange. Wrong. She’s just 17. What is this mag doing, trying to promote her as an underage sex symbol? I just don’t get it.
“I was just wearing jeans and a shirt. It’s not like they wet me down or anything,” she tells me.
Brooklyn, as she likes to be called, is the lead singer/screamer for Picture Me Broken, a melodic hard rock act with metal influences. “They totally should do the hottest guys in metal,” she tells Gun Shy, before promising she’ll help me judge (Edit: No homo here. I just wanna get more ladies checking out my site, and I think that mag’s feature is the biggest setback to the feminist movement since the Clarence Thomas case). She wants to help me pull the feature together. Unearth’s Ken Susi in nothing but a fig leaf? She’s down with the idea.
Of course, she admits its hard to be a lady in the rock and metal scene. Despite her age, she’s already had her fair share of marriage proposals, and she admits to saying “Yes” to each and every one. Just for fun.
Picture Me Broken’s members are all still in high school, which makes touring kind of impossible. This fall, the band starts senior year. Once school is over, Brooklyn says the band will be able to tour more regularly, and they plan to put all of their focus on Picture Me Broken. Next summer, they’re hoping for a spot on Warped Tour or RockStar Energy Mayhem. Kevin Lyman, are you listening?
Picture Me Broken, who count Trivium, Behemoth, Avenged Sevenfold, and Blessthefall as influences, released their debut disc — called Wide Awake — last week through Megaforce Records. The label signed the band after their performance at SXSW this year.
“A lot of people think we’re screamo, but I don’t,” Brooklyn tells me. “I consider us melodic hard rock. Our album is doing really well because kids who have been following us for a while have been asking for a record. I feel like our music can appeal to metal kids and screamo kids, but we avoid putting ourselves in that one trend box. There are so many trend bands out there, and we don’t want to be a trend band.”
Brooklyn’s father, of course, is legendary rocker Gregg Allman. But dad’s connections have not been exploited to advance the career of Picture Me Broken, who will start writing new material this fall. With all the celebs who do mooch off their parents for fame, you have to respect Brooklyn for doing it on her own.
“On the album, I even drop my last name because I don’t want people…I don’t want that to be the first thing people see when they listen to my music,” she says. “He had nothing to do with us getting signed.”
Brooklyn says she’s trying to make her own name, and she’s doing it her own way…screaming every step of the process. “I thought it would be really cool if I could be a girl and scream like these guys I was watching in other bands,” she explains. “I went through this very awkward phase, where I just sounded like a chocking frog. Describing how to scream is like describing the taste of water. Its something you just have to feel.”
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