Demimonde Slumber Party finally gets it down on CD.
Demimonde Slumber Party is a fairly new player on the Eugene music scene, but the band is no newbie.
The San Francisco-born trio originally formed in 1993 as the duo of Melissa Lubofsky and Kim Lindquist. After playing with a few Bay Area bassists, they teamed up with Tim Romain.
But in the late '90s, Romain moved to Seattle and Lubofsky and Lindquist moved to Eu- gene. The band went on hiatus for several years.
That changed in 2003. With help from Romain on long weekends, Lubofsky and Lind- quist set up a makeshift recording studio in the Eugene home they share and set about recording some songs.
The result is the debut full-length CD, "Green." Demimonde Slumber Party will celebrate the CD's release with a party today at Luckey's Club Cigar Store, and again with a free in-store appearance Saturday afternoon at CD World.
The music, which the band describes as samples different influences. X is evident on "Velveteen" - Lubofsky's vocals are reminiscent of Exene Cervenka's - while the opener, "Santa Barbara" sports a beat as catchy as anything performed by the Go-Go's.
Some of the songs date back to the '90s, while others are much newer.
`The newest songs were finished just as I recorded them," Lubofsky said.
Lubofsky had studied a little bit of audio engineering, so she did the recording herself. The nine-song disc took longer to produce than they planned, but they learned a lot for next time, she said.
"The next step is to record a full-length CD with some engineering help," she said.
During the band's off time, Lubofsky did some theater while Lindquist tried her hand at stand-up comedy.
`I have a lot of creative interests," Lubofsky said. "But I'm ready to sacrifice a few of them to go back to my original passion, which is music."
The band started playing live again last year - with gigs at Luckey's, Samurai Duck, Cozmic Pizza, John Henry's and Lesbopalooza. Romain played when he was available, with local bassist Kathy Moore filling in when he wasn't.
`It would be our preference every time we play to play with (Romain)," Lindquist said.
"He is willing to come down as much as he can," Lubofsky added.
Lubofsky and Lindquist made the move to Eugene partly out of necessity - their landlady is San Francisco was selling her house - and partly by sheer luck: Lindquist's dad owned a rental home here.
So far, they've found the Eugene scene to be accepting and diverse, Lindquist said.
`San Francisco at the time was focused more on noise and people screaming their songs," Lubofsky said, adding that while she has a bit of that in Demimonde Slumber Party's music, she likes things a little more melodic.
As with most rock 'n' roll musicians, the women behind Demimonde Slumber Party dream big. Lubofsky, however, hedges her bets.
"I think the ideal would be a kind of long-term moderate success," she said. "I'd like to have at least part of our income be from music."
Lindquist doesn't hedge anything: "We'd like to quit our jobs and play music all the time."
Demimonde Slumber Party
When: 10 p.m. today
Where: Luckey's Club Cigar Store, 933 Olive St.
How much: $3 to $5 sliding scale
Also: Free in-store appearance, 3 p.m. Saturday, CD World, 3215 W. 11th Ave.
After a few years off, Demimonde Slumber Party got back into playing live last year with gigs at several Eugene venues.
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||May 27, 2005|
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