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Press: Spalding Rockwell in PAPER magazine OCTOBER 2004

Spalding Rockwell was featured in the October 2004 issue of Paper Magazine with Wes Anderson on the cover.


Image of Interview Magazine December/January 2003 cover featuring Brittany Murphy
Paper Magazine October 2004 cover featuring Wes Anderson

The collaboration with Armand Van Helden ("Hear My Name") was released as the single for van Helden's album "New York: A Mix Odyssey" in 2004 (Sony Southern Fried Records), ML and Nicole were invited to open Winter Music Conference / Ultra Music Festival in Miami, FL live on Pete Tong's BBC Radio 1 livestream. Later in 2005, Spalding Rockwell collaborated again with van Helden for the song "Jenny" (released on Ultra Records).


Defend Music released Spalding Rockwell's full-length LP Kate in 2004. The album was written, performed, produced, engineered by ML and Nicole in their New York City recording studio. Later the same year, Defend Music released Spalding Rockwell's Kate: The Remixes album in 2005.






Image of Mary Louise "ML" Platt Perlman and Nicole Lombardi in October 2004 Issue of Paper Magazine
Mary Louise "ML" Platt Perlman and Nicole Lombardi in October 2004 Issue of Paper Magazine



 

Full transcript below...


NEW YORK DOLLS


NEW YORK CITY PRIVATE SCHOOLS ARE known for churning out S.A.T-tutored, Aspen-vacationing, Park Avenue princesses, but there are exceptions. Take the band Spalding Rockwell. Nicole Lombardi, 26, attended the Professional Children's School before she was shipped to boarding school in Jersev. "My friends and I would have champagne parties, and I would wear my mom's couture" Nikki recalls. Her bandmate Mary Louise "ML" Platt Perlman, also 26, attended Brearley, the exclusive all-girls school on the Upper East Side. "I was the pretty girl who the older kids put makeup on and took out to the clubs," she says.

The girls met in high school, but only after they reconnected at a party in 1998 did their friendship turn professional. ML had just dropped out of Johns Hopkins and Nikki was a jaded acting student at Tisch. So the two girls did what any self-respecting misguided soul would do - they wrote songs.


After moving from hip-hop to punk to rock 'n' roll, electroclash god Larry Tee took them under his wing in 2002. Their song "White Cotton Panties" was a hit at Tee's electroclash festivals, but Spalding Rockwell knew the scene wasn't really for them. They branched out, collaborating with Armand Van Helden on his chart-topping dance number "Hear My Name" and completing Kate (Defend Records), a full-length album of their own.

Explains Nikki: "It's derivative of nothing and derivative of everything at the same time."

More important, ML stresses. "It's tight. And it's ours."


WRITTEN BY ALEXIS SWERDLOFF

PHOTOGRAPH BY ALEXANDER THOMPSON

• STYLING BY KAREN LEVITT FOR VUE2 • MAKEUP BY WILLIAM MURPHY FOR PRETTY PRETTY • HAIR BY AMY MCHALE • SHOT AT LIT LOUNGE

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