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"I love being on stage. I thought, “This is the most unique thing I do,” and the audience was so digging it. I felt the sensation again of having something to say, reaching out to the audience and sharing that emotion. I tell my art students, “Do the most unique thing you have and emphasize that. Keep going with whatever works.” For a while music wasn’t working for me, but then I thought, “Maybe it could?” Six weeks after the show I called Peter and we started writing “Stay Strong.”"
“The influential 1970s and 80s pop group, Romeo Void, impressed audiences with their eclectic fusion of rock, punk, and jazz based influences. Lead singer, Debora Iyall’s passionate and thought provoking vocals added to their unique sound. Recently, Assistant Professor of History, and Thursday night host of “Café Jazz,” Dr. Brian Clardy interviewed Iyall via telephone. They discussed, among other things, her latest album “Singing Until Sunrise.””
"...I want to be honest. Truth is important to me -- things that go into the viscera. What's most intimate about ourselves is usually something that makes us uncomfortable -- that's what's valuable to me, not all the syrup. If it makes you uncomfortable, it's probably good!"
"There’s a breath of color and emotion on the songs, that as an artist, makes me really happy. Also, we’re being contemporary. One thing I’ve never been attracted to is being Americana, which is something a lot of artists my age are attracted to doing. It’s never been my thing. I still like to rock, I still like dance rock, I still like garage."
“As the frontwoman for the Eighties alternative band Romeo Void, Debora Iyall helped create some of the most challenging music ever broadcast on MTV...And, despite taking a great deal of time off, her voice still has that deep resonating quality of her earlier work. With Stay Strong, Debora Iyall proves that she's still capable of creating challenging music – it’s good to have her back.”
“It has been a while since Iyall, whose band is composed of Bay Area musicians, has faced a crowd as large as a Concerts in the Park audience. But she still knows how to work a crowd. Her set will mix new material, some of which she has recorded with her band for a fall EP release to coincide with a September Palms Playhouse appearance, with Romeo Void songs. ”
“Thanks to lessons learned with her old combo Romeo Void, Debora Iyall is now a wise, lived-to-tell veteran of the ’70s/’80s San Francisco punk scene. So as the music business began to crumble around her in the new digital age, she had no trouble applying her past DIY knowledge to the iTunes times. ”
“After Romeo Void dissolved in 1985 Iyall released her first solo recording, 'Strange Language' and then sort of skipped off to go make visual art and work as an visual arts instructor until the late 1990s when she began writing and recording with Peter Dunne, formerly of Pearl Harbor and the Explosions. Enter 2010 and out comes the magical concoction brewed of Iyall's vivid lyrical imagery and Dunne's tingling guitars that is 'Stay Strong.' I recently had a chance to talk to Iyall about the new album, her visual art work, activism, work as an art instructor and more.”
"MTV's growing dominance had forced bands inspired by punk to play a more commercial game. A Native American whose size and defiant made her the prototype Beth Ditto, Iyall was never likely to conform."
“Her new sound maintains some of the post-punk angst of Romeo Void, but it’s less aggressive, less upbeat. “Ninety Nine” has more of a passive aggressive darkness molded with wisdom from life’s experiences. Time does that.”
“Iyall's new songs are part-New Wave and part-mellow singer-songwriter, allowing her distinctive voice to shine.”
“Debora Iyall fronted the Eighties band Romeo Void, who scored a pair of MTV hits in the biting "Never Say Never," and the funky "Girl in Trouble is a Temporary Thing," before calling it quits in 1985...Now, she's got a brand-new album of material called Stay Strong. Icon Fetch talks her about the different directions her new music has taken, the inspiration behind some of the songs, and how Michael Jackson inspired her song "A Girl in Trouble."”
“Writing most of the lyrics for Romeo Void, ushered Debora into the realm of poet, something she is still hesitant at calling herself, though it would be hard to dispute this. The lyrics on her new album, Stay Strong, are more powerful and diverse than ever.”
“Far a large portion of Stay Strong, Debora Iyall trades her attitude-driven punk sound for a more gentle tone, but reminds her followers from the Romeo Void days that she can still belt out a track flawlessly with haunting emotion-invoking vocals.”
“Debora opened with a haunting acoustic version of "A Girl in Trouble,"”
“The San Francisco band walked away with “Never Say Never”, a career-defining provocative single... Following with the albums Benefactor (1982) and Instincts (1984), the band broke the Top 40 with the street-smart and empowered “A Girl in Trouble”, and Iyall had staked her claim as the only dancefloor-hitmaking, MTV video-shaking, new wave art punk poetess with Native American roots—and you can’t say that about any other woman of the new wave.”