PHAROAH "Glam Rock's Circus of Death"

Witnessing the live circus of the glitter band Pharoah is similar to a dark sado-porn nightmare unleashed - a good assessment as to why they have such a vast following in the New York area flocking to their avant garde, multimedia shows for the last seven or so years. At last comes the release of Pharoah’s debut album, First Strike, about which lead singer/guitarist Karl DeKira quipped: “Twelve inches never felt so good.” It's vinyl evidence of this exciting band’s beat-conscious, glam rock 'n' roll. Pharoah has had it’s share of comparisons over the years. They’ve been compared musically to the likes of "U2" and to vintage glitter 70s band - "The New York Dolls", as well as the once decadent Twisted Sister. But when you get right down to the music as well as the image, Pharoah has got a personal slant all their own. As bassist Dennis Lords so eloquently sums it up: “If Walt Disney had a band, we’d be it.” Initially coming face-to-face with the band (entourage in tow), is a game of ‘guess their gender.’ With an attitude fired by their self-indoctrinated credo of ‘Sex Glam Gloom’ (and their rather liberal use of eye makeup), it can easily get confusing - that aside, one area Pharoah is definitely not lacking in is personality. Karl explains that Pharoah was born out of both musical and philosophical necessity, with all four members basically being rejects from previous bands. “We got started,” begins DeKira, “When Rikk (Fabio) and I got together after having been outcasts from bands we were in. This was about seven years ago. Next, Dennis came in when he had been kicked out of his own band because no one could understand where he was musically or mentally.” Dennis Lords, in turn, brought in Nelson (a.k.a. “Ned”) Pop (drummer) after having dumped him from that same band several years earlier. “I had kicked Nelson out of that old band,” laughs the bass player. “That was a couple of years before I brought him into Pharoah, so Nelson hated me for a while. Now that I brought him into this band, he hates me even more! Were just one, big, hateful family.” Rikk Fabio suggests that Pharoah is a reflection of what’s happening . . . and of what’s to come. “Pharoah - it’s the embodiment of the 80s." "The name Pharoah is Egyptian, and actually we’re all living in a modern-day Babylon at the moment, and it looks like we’re all heading for a fall real soon." “But basically,” he continues on a more serious note, “we believe that we’re living in the last days of the world. The worlds just slipping downward, and we're going down for the ride, partying along the way.” Drummer Nelson Pop has his own insight as to what sets Pharoah apart from the rest of the bands on the scene. “The rhythm section is heavy and happening! - Just like the image and the music. The image is there to stay, but the music is consistently happening. We have both. The entertainment element is important and is at the forefront, but the music is equally important and that’s what makes us strong and so different from what’s out there right now.” "We're definitely a theatrical act,” says Karl. Certainly a very visual act, Pharoah's live show is something that must be experienced in order to be even remotely understood or appreciated, with some suggestive visual-aids (they’ve got the sleaze) and video screens with weird images and effects, plus bizarre props and all that peroxide! If things go according to Karl’s nine month plan (“just like a pregnancy,” adds Rikk). Pharoah will be hitting stride in 1987. "We're on the crest right now, and were putting together all the pieces."

Teri Saccone
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