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Meet the band: Heroine

Published January 4, 2007


Heroines and heroes: Valerie Troyano, guitar, vocals and drums; Jenn Wilder, bass and vocals; Jimmy Ogles, guitar; and Rob Mortellaro, drums.

THEIR SOUND: A high-octane blend of female-fronted glam metal, classic rock and punk. Imagine Pat Benatar and Lita Ford paying tribute to the Runaways with a couple of members of the Stones and Small Faces sitting in.

THEIR PLANS: "We are getting ready to record our second CD and it should be out early next year," Troyano says. "There are 15 songs on the CD, and we are looking forward to getting three years of material out there. We've been playing nonstop in the studio."

HOW THEY GOT STARTED: Troyano and Wilder began playing together in 2001. They motored through various lineup changes, recorded a CD in September 2005 and went on hiatus after Wilder and her husband, Heroine's producer, Jasyn Wilder of Johnny Zoom Cheerleader Squad and Three Mile Radius, had a son, Jasyn. The group reformed for a show in September and has performed since.

THE ROCK: "There are a lot of talented women performing folk and acoustic stuff, but not too many who rock," Wilder says. "That's what we want to bring to the scene. We want to bring the rock."

BEAT-DOWN ON THE AX: "I play guitar like a drummer," Troyano says. "I thrash. I'm always breaking a string!"

TO THE RESCUE: "We believe we have a purpose to get out there and do something for the community," Wilder says. "We put on Heroine for the Homeless (at Skipper's, Nov. 24) because we see homeless people every day and don't want to pretend they're not there. They're there every night sleeping on the steps of Sacred Heart in downtown Tampa and are every bit as much of our community as we are. ... Our next benefit we plan on doing will be for battered women."

A GOOD BALANCE: "Our music writing is not conventional," Wilder says. "Rob and Jimmy's style complement us in so many ways. They are both technically trained and seasoned musicians, and that allows Jenn and I to be more experimental with playing. "

THEIR SUPERPOWER: "Raw emotion," Wilder and Troyano say in unison. "I always joke with Jenn about being from the same side of the tracks because of experiences throughout our childhoods and personal lives," Wilder says.

Check 'em out: 9 p.m. Friday at the Pegasus Lounge, 10008 N 30th St., Tampa; (813) 971-1679.

[Last modified January 3, 2007, 15:25:09]

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