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Synth-less In Seattle

Trash superstars Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head wax lyrical about their Meg-Ryan affiliated home state.

Luke Smith supplies scratchy trip-top vocals in his gunslinger white trash rap. He also heads guitar, keyboard, drum programming and claps. Shaun Libman, with a backing lead, contributes his maracas, shakers, tambourine and cowbell, eluding a comical edge to Claire England’s bass keyboard, shouty La Femme vocals and Casio whisps. David Price’s retro electro tinklings detract from the nu grunge mash-up, silking an 80s vibe into Liam Downey Jr’s live drums and 808 claps… but, to be honest, how can anyone focus on the music with a name like Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
 
Dazed Digital: Who's the genius who came up with the name, and when did inspiration strike?
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head: It all started as a joke in English class in high school. We were competing in a class vocabulary game where we needed team names, and the news that Natalie Portman had buzzed her hair off was the hot gossip of the day. We thought it would be funny and oh-so-relevant to name our team "Natalie Portman's Shaved Head." With our vocab prowess we won the game and took it as a good omen to christen our fledgling rock band with the same name. From there, we got our first show at the grand opening of a writing tutoring center in Seattle, write-ups in local press, and some amazing fans that we fell in love with, so there was no turning back. The name stuck, and here we are. We're married.
 
DD: Did you know Perez Hilton declared you the best named band ever?
NPSH: Yeah we heard about that. We got so many friend requests on our MySpace that day and we couldn't figure out why. We didn't know that we were on PerezHilton.com until Courtney Love, of all people, sent us a message telling us.
 
DD: Isn't there always the fear of people mistakenly thinking you are talking about the actress' head?
NPSH: Yeah we get messages on MySpace from time to time from people who either think we are Natalie or that she is in the band. I think It'd be a pretty weird name for Natalie Portman to call her band.

DD: Wouldn't it be a terribly hard conversation if you were to be talking about your band at the same time as discussing Natalie Portman's tresses in V for Vendetta?
NPSH: Luckily we don't discuss the movie all that often.
 
DD: Other than Meg Ryan vehicle Sleepless in Seattle and you, what good has come out of Seattle?
NPSH: Where have you been? Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Mother Love Bone, Mudhoney, Tad, Modest Mouse, Heart, Jimi Hendrix, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Quincy Jones, The Sonics, The Supersonics (RIP), Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon.com, Taco Del Mar, the theme to "The Twighlight Zone", MXPX, The Blood Brothers, and Little Party and the Bad Business...
 
DD: If I came to chillax with you in Seattle where would you take me to “partay”?
NPSH: David's basement and we'd listen to Slipknot and Korn.
 
DD: I know you can dance because I've seen your 80s shapes in music video Side Ponytail. What dance moves are your most impressive, and are you confident you'd win in a dance-off?
NPSH: Our style of dance cannot be categorized into "moves". It's freeform jazz improvisation freak dance and it must never be used for battle.
 
DD: Your lyrics are very good. who writes them?
NPSH: Thanks. We write them ourselves. Or sometimes we just rip off Henry Rollins.
 
DD: So what do you think about England?
NPSH: Fish and chips and mushy peas.
 
DD: Is our music good?
NPSH: OMG, I love the Gossip!
 
DD: When are you coming to visit us? Don't think I don’t know you are continually touring.
NPSH: As soon as we can in 2009! Bring back the Concord and we'll come even sooner.
 
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head are on tour now.