ALTERNACHICKS started when four close girlfriends Yasmin, Beth-Ami , Sheri and Angela decided to get together and play some of their favorite rock songs. This brand new all female band plays rock n' roll from all decades, from classic rock to new wave, grunge, Britpop and alternative rock.
Singer/guitarist Yasmin explains that the Alternachicks exist purely for their genuine love of music. "We play any song that inspires us and makes us go - Wow, I wish I wrote that!"
Native LA girls, Yasmin and Sheri grew up together listening to Cheap Trick, Aerosmith & the Pretenders. The girls first played together in Paula Pierce's Pandoras.
In 1995, Yasmin moved to London where she formed grunge new wave band Pillbox. Pillbox opened up for the Sex Pistols and charted a top 20 UK indie hit. Sheri proceeded to jam with Hole and started playing in a band with East Coast bassist Beth-Ami Heavenstone called Hardly Dangerous. Beth-Ami's talents were first discovered by Madonna who signed the band to a development deal with Maverick Records. The girls were produced by the Smithereens and worked with the legendary Grammy winning mixer Ed Stasium (Ramones, Motorhead).
Yasmin moved back to LA in 2002, and started new wave band Stimulator. They released 3 albums on the Lab/Universal Records and toured as the support act for Duran Duran playing arenas including Madison Square Garden. Stimulator currently has the theme song (Olivia Newton John's "Magic") for Macy's biggest national advertising campaign. You can hear it on the TV and radio commercials daily.
This major success with cover songs is what led Yasmin to contact her friends Beth-Ami & Sheri and decide to start a band that played "the best rock n' roll ever created." Beth-Ami recruited her close friend lead guitarist Angela Grant (Blonde Jovi, Valley Dolls). Within a month Alternachicks started playing live shows around the West Coast.
"It's like the Pin-ups record from Bowie," Yasmin explains. "Just like Bowie made every song his own, we bring the Alternachicks sound to every song we play. And you can't beat playing music with your best girlfriends."