Brody Dalle (born Bree Joanna Alice Robinson; 1 January 1979) is an Australian-born singer-songwriter and guitarist. Dalle began playing music in her adolescence, and moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, where she founded the punk rock band...
Brody Dalle (born Bree Joanna Alice Robinson; 1 January 1979) is an Australian-born singer-songwriter and guitarist. Dalle began playing music in her adolescence, and moved to Los Angeles, California at age eighteen, where she founded the punk rock band The Distillers. The group released three albums before disbanding in 2006, and Dalle began another project, Spinnerette, releasing an eponymous album in 2009. In 2014, she released Diploid Love, her first album under her solo name.
Dalle was born Bree Joanna Alice Robinson in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on New Year's Day 1979. She was raised in the suburbs of Melbourne, in Fitzroy and Northcote. Dalle's father left their family when she was young, and her mother remarried. Through her father's second marriage, Dalle has a half-sister, writer and comedian Morgana Robinson. Dalle was sexually abused as a child, and was ensnared in court cases surrounding the abuse at age fifteen.
Dalle began training as a teenager to be an Olympic swimmer. She attended and was expelled from two Catholic high schools in Melbourne before dropping out. As a teenager, Dalle admitted to experimenting with drugs: "I was never a junkie, I was never shoeless and selling my mom's car to a Gypsy. I just experimented, like everyone else."
1993-2006: Early projects, The Distillers
Dalle was intrigued by Cyndi Lauper and the Beatles as a child. At age 12, she discovered Nirvana, and cited Hole frontwoman Courtney Love, as well as other female-led punk groups such as Babes in Toyland and Bikini Kill as early influences on her. Dalle's musical career began at 13 years old, starting with guitar. She participated in Rock'n'Roll High School (RnRHS), a Melbourne feminist collective started by Stephanie Bourke. She became interested in Black Flag, Discharge, and Flipper. In 1995 at 16, her first band Sourpuss, played a set at Australia's Summersault Festival where she met Tim Armstrong, frontman of punk rock band Rancid. The two pursued a relationship despite their 13-year age difference. The couple were engaged in 1997, shortly after Dalle turned 18. She moved with Armstrong from Melbourne to Los Angeles and there founded The Distillers.
The Distillers released their eponymous debut album in 2000, receiving acclaim and comparisons to Hole, with Dalle often compared to Courtney Love and later to PJ Harvey. By the recording of their second album Sing Sing Death House the band had a new line-up and by the time of their third album Coral Fang Dalle was then the only remaining original member. The album was well-received, and the band experienced success with several singles from the album and performed at Lollapalooza. In 2001 Dalle also made a cameo in New Found Glory's music video My Friends Over You with then-husband Tim Armstrong, as well as Travis Barker and Rob Aston.
2007–2011: Spinnerette and later work
After the break-up of The Distillers, Dalle began work on a new project called Spinnerette with Alain Johannes of Eleven. On 11 December 2008, the band released their first EP entitled Ghetto Love, with an accompanying video directed by Liam Lynch. A full-length album was released 17 June 2009.
Dalle has also played on tracks for the band Eagles of Death Metal under various monikers and appeared on the song "Weigh on My Mind" on the Transplants' debut album in 2002. She has also made vocal appearances on Queens of the Stone Age's "You Got a Killer Scene There, Man" on their 2005 album Lullabies to Paralyze and also an appearance on Leftöver Crack's song "Muppet N.A.M.B.L.A" from their 2004 album Rock The 40 Oz: Reloaded. In 2009, she made an appearance in the same song as her husband, Josh Homme, on "Bargain Healers" from the French artist Nosfell on his self-titled album. In 2011, Brody Dalle features on a Boots Electric song called "Boots Electric Theme".
2012–present: Solo work
In November 2012, Dalle announced on Twitter that she was working on a solo album, featuring Alain Johannes and Michael Shuman of Queens of the Stone Age and Shirley Manson of Garbage.
In November 2013, Dalle announced that she had signed to Caroline Records a division of Universal Music Group with the intention of releasing her debut solo album in early 2014. The album was produced by Alain Johannes, and features guest appearances from Shirley Manson of Garbage, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, and Warpaint's Emily Kokal. Dalle is scheduled to promote the album and support Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age on their Australia/New Zealand tour in March 2014.
In February 2014, Dalle released the first single from her debut solo album, Diploid Love, called "Meet The Foetus / Oh The Joy" featuring backing vocals by Shirley Manson of Garbage and Emily Kokal of Warpaint (band).
Dalle married Tim Armstrong, frontman of Rancid, in 1997 when she was 18. The couple divorced in 2003. Their divorce inspired some of Armstrong's lyrics on Rancid's 2003 album, Indestructible. After they divorced, Brody reverted to using the surname of her favourite actress, Béatrice Dalle, best known for Betty Blue. Dalle has had seven surnames since birth. In 2004 Dalle was re-united with her half sister Morgana Robinson, when the two met at a Distillers show. They share a father, who now lives "in Leeds or some shit".
Dalle married Josh Homme in 2007. They live in Palm Springs, California and have three children: a daughter Camille Harley Joan Homme (born January 17, 2006), and two sons Orrin Ryder Homme (born August 12, 2011) and Wolf Dillon Reece Homme (born February 13, 2016).