Getting to Know Kill My Coquette
LA-based musician/model/actress, Natalie Denise Sperl, is frontwoman of Los Angeles quartet Kill My Coquette, whose self-titled debut EP is due out this month. We asked her to tell us more about herself and her band:
I am watching an indie film I did called Rounds that just arrived via Fed Ex. In the film I play a once-famous movie star who is restless and unsatisfied with her life. A kindred spirit looking for meaning in a soulless town. She meets another kindred spirit and falls in love. The journey takes her through the trials and tribulations of a group of friends with whom she eventually leaves for a life of normalcy and ultimately true happiness. It’s an incredible film. The cast is exceptional. I’m proud to have been a part of it.
Kill My Coquette is a dream come true. It’s a band I put together from scratch from an idea I had floating in my mind for a while. Finding time, I finally seized the opportunity. I started dusting off old notebooks and assembled songs from the random verses I had started. I don’t know where it will take me and that’s fine by me.
Our debut EP is self-titled and due out on January 20th. It’s like a thoroughbred held back waiting for the gate to slam open. The songs hit you in the gut. I want the listener to feel the raw power. I wrote these five songs from all my sweet and stormy adventures. The songs are a mixture of straight-forward rock n roll with pretty and punk bluesy riffs. “3rd & Bonnie Brae” is the first single off the EP that is essentially a pop song about the seedy side of life in Los Angeles. “Close To Me” and “Festival Boy” are love songs. “Sweet Baby Blooze” was my homage to the Jack White sound and “Post Teenage Angst” is my anthem – it was inspired by The Ramones. The driving drums and thick chunky chords blast your ears off. I think the EP is a good mix of songs to introduce the Kill My Coquette sound. Each track is different yet they all relate to each other and tell my story.
Aside from music, I like the racetrack. I love to bet on horses. I love it even more when I win. Like showbiz, it’s just as hard to make money from and you need lots of luck. I like long shots, in horses and in life. Take a chance, you may just win.
I spend too much time reading about dead celebrities. I’ve read books on Gram Parsons, Johnny Thunders, Hunter S. Thompson, Bette Davis, Janis Joplin, Marilyn Monroe, William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, the list goes on. There’s even a tour in Hollywood that takes you all over the city and shows you where they’ve passed away, complete with follow-along book and pictures. It’s very macabre. Fame is a curious thing and death is inevitable. It scares me. Maybe that’s why it interests me…
I am currently listening to “Mono” by Courtney Love. I’m listening to it on a playlist on YouTube. In the video, she’s is in full fairy mode breaking the little princesses free. It’s a bitchin’ song.
It might surprise people to learn that I’m a hopeful romantic. I believe in happy endings. I believe in fairytales.
In the future, everyone will be anonymous for fifteen minutes.
Interview by Bobby Townsend.