Because Rose is not a run-of-the-mill ditzy blonde who shops at malls and incessantly repeats what ever in ear-piercing tones. She’s the sort of girl who’s not afraid to get dirty, who learned way too much way too early, and wants you to hear all about it – whether you like it or not. Rose is the sort of girl who prefers a good (expletive) to a good Gucci bag. And if that busts wide open the traditional notion of the Valley girl, so be it. It certainly won’t be the first – or last – convention Rose will break through in her life, or her rock and roll career.
The daughter of Crosby, Stills & Nash keyboardist Kim Bullard, Rose released her first album Because I Can on her (recent) 17th birthday, and her music was featured in the movies Thirteen and Mean Girls. We caught up with her by cell on her way to LAX, where she would take a flight to Chicago to play later that night with Liz Phair and the Cardigans in the “Chicks with Attitude” tour. She would land in exactly the right place – with her kind of chicks. Rose was humming when she picked up the phone.
Katy Rose: The Evaporators.
TP: Okay, I’m old, in my thirties. I don’t know who they are.
TP: Nope. You’re heading out of the Valley now? Tarzana? Where they filmed Mr. Ed?
TP: An even better one is that you’re from the porn capital of the world.
TP: What do you think Valley girl means to the rest of America?
TP: Do you consider yourself a Valley girl?
TP: Do you go to the mall?
TP: Where do you shop?
TP: What’s your favorite outfit right now?
TP: If you could go anywhere right now where would you go?
TP: What’s the last book that you read?
TP: Last movie you saw?
TP: What’s your favorite food?
TP: Are you really into Kiss? There’re a lot of pictures of you in Kiss T-shirts.
TP: What pisses you off, completely disgusts you?
TP: What do you like about touring?
TP: How old’s your sister?
TP: Is that scary for you, since some of your music went into the movie Thirteen and you really identified with the heavy involvement in drugs and sex of the 13 year-old lead character?
TP: Your parents, both old time rock n’ rollers, put you in Catholic school in the Valley. Weren’t they familiar with the Frank Zappa song Catholic Girls?
TP: Do you have a hero?
TP: You get pretty personal with your lyrics, but even more personal with your online journal (http://www.katyrose.net). Does your online journal ever feel too personal?
TP: If you had a genie to grant you three wishes, what would they be?