Sex-drenched New Wave revivalists, She Wants Revenge, recently announced that they are going on “indefinite hiatus.” Their current round of shows are ostensibly their last with back-to-back performances at the Roxy on Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th as their finale sets; a concurrent crowning moment coming full circle from their first ever show at the Dragonfly just a few miles away.
The term “indefinite hiatus” means different things to different bands. For many, it means a year off while they work on solo projects and play with their kids; for some, it means forever—or at least until a festival asks them to reunite.
In an interview with KROQ in Los Angeles, Justin Warfield and “Adam 12” Bravin were clear that for them an indefinite hiatus means exactly just that—indefinite. The duo that started in 2003 at their “respective houses” as a hip-hop production team, wrote their first song “Black Liner Run” for an artist named Kenna but decided to keep the song as their own.
And so the first She Wants Revenge song was born-although it’s still not technically released. “We could still give it to him,” said Warfield.
One imagines that as such prolific artists with varied life and musical experiences must have a whole arsenal of material, bits of sonic data collecting dust somewhere on a hard drive. Bravin said that the pair comes from “all different types of music” and that they “both want to take some time to say some other things.”
Seemingly, the pair—who has known each other since Warfield was 13-years-old (he’s now 39)–has already done a great job juggling their other projects, but Warfield reminds us that putting out a record is not just writing a record and releasing it; there’s the whole touring and promotion process as well.
“If we do get together and make another album together one day, if we do do another tour, it just has to be where not only are we compelled to make that from a place where we’re dying to make that music and share it with other people, but also having the space in our lives to do so,” explained Warfield, emphasizing that there’s no drama or “secret reason or secret thing” behind the decision.
“It’s simply just like, we’ve probably been out for seven years; making music together, for nine years. And even though we’ve sort of been juggling it, the truth is that if we were to put out an album and tour–do press and do radio and do videos and go to radio stations across the country and sit down and play acoustic songs– that’s two years of our lives for every album.”
Warfield continued, saying that right now they are both working on projects that they are excited about which “are not for She Wants Revenge” and that if they ever want to work together again on a She Wants Revenge project they’ll find each other.
“People ask ‘Will you guys do it again?’ Well, I have no idea. It’s a true indefinite.”
–Nadia Noir, KROQ Los Angeles
She Wants Revenge are playing their last two shows this Friday and Saturday, October 5th and October 6th, at the Roxy in West Hollywood. Get tickets here.