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international news _ 16th August, 2006

Spektrum Star’s Naked Truth

Text by Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)

Lola from London punk-funk experimentalists Spektrum chatted to Skrufff this week about the band’s decision to appear naked on the cover of new single May Day and revealed that she developed her penchant for stripping off after attending Native American sweat lodges.

“I’m generally a loner, I don’t really join classes but via a few coincidences I came across this man from Canada who visits Europe sometimes and teaches you how to build a ceremonial sweat lodge,” she explained.

“You build a pyre and welcome the Guardians in, get loads of blankets and make a tee-pee then you make a big fire pit in the middle with girls on one side, boys on the other, and take you clothes off and crawl round on your hands and knees with the fire burning in the middle,” she laughed.

“You’ve got to sit there stark naked while you’ve got some geezer there going ‘hey-yo, hey-yo, hey-yo, hey-yo’. It’s a very strange experience but amazing because you come through lots of barriers, you’re naked and vulnerable surrounded by people you don’t really know when you go through this process. Mentally it was a great experience, I did it two years ago.”

The striking singer said, however, that stripping off for the May Day photo-shoot, which Spektrum staged at a naked bike ride protest, was considerably less comfortable, even though she kept her top on throughout.

“So there I am topless, having given my clothes, bag and mobile phone to a friend, with 700 naked people outside the American embassy, but I can’t ride a bike properly,” she recalled.

“Whereas everybody else was really fast, so I was ended up being left on my own, stranded outside the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square. I had to walk for about half an hour across Central London, topless.”

May Day is out now on Nonstop Records.

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