Style Clash - Chrome Hoof

Lola Olafsoye on their unique style
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Lola Olafsoye is the lead vocalist of the super sci-fi glam rock orchestra Chrome Hoof. Beaming powerful high energy electro, their prog doom disco lures the masses to the dancefloor.

Who are Chrome Hoof?
They appear as a strange, futuristic, glam rock cult dressed in sparkly hooded silver robes and catsuits. Now a ten-piece orchestra, originally the group was formed as a duo in 2000 with Cathedral bassist Leo Smee and his brother Milo. Olafisoye’s deep powerful vocals harmonise gloriously among trills of analogue synths, church organs, guitars and pianos. The submersible sounds of dark, doomy, groovy disco are sure to have you converted.

The idea for the costumes originated…
“From the boys wanting to be in disguise, like intergalactical monks or something. The boys like to dress up.”

My outfits are usually made by…
“A seamstress who has a shop called Prankster in New Cross. I get her stylist to work with me and sometimes we go hunting for stuff. My outlandish ones are generally Mel at Prankster.”

The sparkle hooded robes are made by…
“Chloe from the band, with material from Walthamstow market. She’d be there with the sewing machine, and we would slowly elaborate and add to the pieces ourselves.”

The band have been inspired by films like…
“Blade Runner and Star Wars. We all have a little bit of that intergalactical space commander in us I think.”

My starsign is…
“Scorpio. I’m a water baby, so I do like the depths of the sea but I like being an earthling really.”

If I could have one super power it would be…
“Something to do with sight: X-ray vision like Superman. But then you need to be able to fly and time travel… many things!”

Something we are yet to experiment with would be…
“A slow ballad? (Laughs) I don’t think so. We are all quite hyper, full-on people and we all like to dance so it’s always going to go down the dance, jazz, blues, heavy metal route. It’s about not being afraid to go into all those genres fearlessly. We do what we do naturally and will carry on and explore that.”

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