Lola from London punk-funk experimentalists Spektrum chatted to Skrufff this week about the bands 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.
Im generally a loner, I dont 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.
Youve got to sit there stark naked while youve got some geezer there going hey-yo, hey-yo, hey-yo, hey-yo. Its a very strange experience but amazing because you come through lots of barriers, youre naked and vulnerable surrounded by people you dont 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 cant 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.
Sweat Lodge Links:
http://www.welcomehome.org/rob/sweat/sweat.html (This is more of a "how-to" guide on sweat lodges, so it mostly deals with the physical aspects of building and having a sweat . . .)
http://www.crystalinks.com/sweatlodge.html (The sweat lodge is a ceremonial sauna used by North American First Nations or Native American peoples. There are several styles of sweat lodge including a domed or oblong hut similar to a wickiup, a teepee, or even a simple hole dug into the ground and covered with planks or tree trunks. Stones are heated in an exterior fire and then placed in a hole in the middle of the floor , , ,)
http://www.manataka.org/page182.html (Manataka code of ethics: Respect: Respect means "To feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or something with deference or courtesy". Showing respect is a basic law of life . . . Never speak about others in a negative way, whether they are present or not. Gossip is a snake in the lodge of our people - do not fall prey to it . . .)
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)