ARTICLE LIZA THORN
PHOTOGRAPHY HEDI SLIMANE
The first time I heard Jennifer Herrema I was a high school senior living in San Francisco. This really cool guy that I knew gave me a dubbed cassette copy of Royal Trux’s Twin Infinitives, which I had never even heard of before. So I went and looked them up and was immediately blown away by what Jennifer was all about. She’s like a creature from another planet—the planet of rock and roll. She’s just such a tremendous inspiration. I mean, what were you doing when you were 20 years old? Jennifer Herrema was playing in Royal Trux, the baddest rock band in the entire fucking world. What you see is what you get with her. She’s so badass and fun and completely cool. People like her—people who are just 100 percent legit—are so rare in this world. She’s just a bad, bad motherfucker. There is no one to really even compare her to, you know? Bitches try to rip her style, but it just can’t be done. She’s brilliant and beautiful and there is literally no one else in the world like her.
The first time I met her was at one of her shows. She was standing outside the venue smoking a cigarette in this particular way that only she can. She was smoking in the rain and somehow her cigarette wasn’t going out. So anyway, I got drunk enough—brave enough—to ask her if she and the band wanted to crash at my house that night, which she agreed to do only because somebody in the band was allergic to cats and I didn’t have one. We all got very drunk and I basically woke up the next day with her asleep in my bed. The rest is history. We’ve been friends ever since.
Herrema’s current band, Black Bananas, releases Electric Brick Wall on June 24, from Drag City
Production Kim Pollock and Yann Rzepka