Blonde Redhead's bio informs "they have developed a sonic language of their own." This may, of course, be due partially to the multiculti makeup of this 21-year-old lineup. Twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace -- guitars and drums, respectively -- hail from Milan, spent their teens in Montreal, attended college in Boston, and live in Brooklyn. At one point Simone was studying Spanish, German, French, and English while speaking Italian at home -- and worshipping Brazilian drummer Porthino.
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"But that's something really out of Blonde Redhead," asserts Simone, calling from an elevator in Los Angeles in the midst of the trio's tour. "I don't know how [Porthino] influences our music in any way. I wanted to play my own music, but when we met [Japanese-born singer-guitarist] Kazu Makino [in 1993], everything fell into place. It was a fine balance between forgetting what we learned in school" -- the Berklee College of Music -- "and trying to be open-minded about who we are in music."More »