On March 27, Jason Saulnier of the MusicLegends.ca web site conducted an interview with former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult about her book, “I’m In The Band – Backstage Notes From The Chick In White Zombie”. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube below.
Yseult‘s new band, STAR DAGGER, recently finished mixing its new album, “Tomorrowland Blues”, with Ethan Allen and Dave Catching at the helm. The CD will feature the original 2010 recordings from Hicksville Trailer Palace Studios and five new tracks that were laid down last year at Rancho De La Luna in Joshua Tree, California.
Yseult in January 2011 spoke with the New York Daily News about her time with WHITE ZOMBIE and her relationship with Rob Zombie, with whom she lived for years before and during the group’s career. Asked if she has any sort of relationship with Zombie today, 15 years after the band split up, Yseult revealed, “Zero. He hasn’t spoken to any of us in the band since the day we broke up . . . As soon as you’re not in his world, you’re out of his world. He just kind of moves on. No hard feelings at all, but that’s just how he is.”
Zombie launched a solo career in 1998 and is also now a filmmaker. He told The Pulse Of Radio that his younger fans don’t always know that he was in WHITE ZOMBIE. “I wouldn’t normally think that but, like, if some kid’s, like, 15, you know, WHITE ZOMBIE had broken up as a band when the kid was, like, eight or something so he doesn’t remember it,” he said. “So there’s always confusion, like, ‘Hey, was he in that band?’ and ‘What songs should I listen to?'”
Yseult told the News that she and Zombie first met at CBGB, then again at the school cafeteria of the Parsons Institute in New York City. She recalled, “We basically moved in together that night and were never apart for seven years.”
The couple lived in Yseult‘s “really, really nasty apartment” on the Lower East Side with two other roommates in the days before WHITE ZOMBIE became a national touring act. She recalled a lot of punk rock musicians crashing there all the time: “There was one sink, in the bathroom, and it was colored in every color of hair dye from everybody coming over and dyeing their hair at our place.”
Yseult and her husband lived in New Orleans and ran their own bar there for many years until Hurricane Katrina left them homeless. She now lives on Manhattan’s Lower East Side again, and says, “It’s still the Bowery but it’s kinda swanky! I’ve never in my life lived in a building with a doorman and an elevator and it’s hilarious. I mean, I’m enjoying it, but it’s ironic for sure.”