March 10, 2008
Punk pedigrees don't come any more bona fide than that of Ari Up. Lead singer of the Slits-the seminal all-girl British '70s punk band that toured with the Clash and the Buzzcocks. If starting your own band at 14 years of age isn't punk enough, how about adding "step daughter to John Lydon of the Sex Pistols" to your resume and suddenly we have one punk as fuck Brit.
In 2006, 30 years after the formation of the Slits and nearly 25 years after their breakup, Ari decided to reform the band with orginal bassist Tessa Pollitt. On their way to the South by Southwest festival in Austin, the band will stop for an unlikely St. Patrick's Day show on The Replay patio. Ari graciously gave us a glimpse of her singular personality via phone.