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SHOWTIME’S THE REAL L WORD IS BACK. With the new season there are a few new hotties—and they’re gritty East Coast girls! The show has stepped it up a notch this year by filming ladies from both California and New York. The Rage Monthly took a few minutes during the San Diego Pride festivi-

ties to chat with one New York castmate who came to town to party with us, Kiyomi McCloskey. Kiyomi is an ultra-cool, heartbreaking rock star at the center of her Canadian turned Brooklyn girl band, Hunter Valentine. L-Word producers say, “A natural leader, Kiyomi is extremely stubborn and

fiercely committed to the band that she believes is on the brink of making it big. Along with bandmates Laura, Vero, and Somer, Kiyomi is trying to balance a relationship at home with the demands of a rock star lifestyle.” But every once in a while she wants to show her softer side.

So have you been enjoying San Diego Pride Weekend? Yes! Unfortunately I am leaving tomorrow. I saw the parade and did a lot

of walking around Hillcrest, went to a great party at the W Hotel. But mostly I think I’ve been eating a lot of seafood! Tell me about the new Hunter Valentine CD coming out in September, Collide and Conquer. It has 11 new songs that we wrote during winter, it is definitely more of

a complex sound. We had good collaborations during the group sessions, I wrote most of the songs and we arranged the music together. It’s a really good mix, the songs aren’t as aggressive or fast as our previous work, which we produced ourselves and was a little rough around the edges. Greig Nori, our producer, works with more poppy bands so it has a mix, a little bit of pop sound that still works with what we always do. I think the best is yet to come. Did you all reach out to be on The Real L Word? No, the show reached out to us, to our agent and managers, then the

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whole cast came to a show. It was then that we realized this was an interview and audition, I really thought they just wanted the band to appear and sing on one episode—it’s been a really different experience. But our purpose was to let our music be known to the masses and we are so grateful for this platform, for the exposure. You all are brave. It does take courage to be vulnerable and show your life and personality.

Like Whitney, she’s amazing, people really like her because she gave herself up and showed all her emotions, her best and worst moments. What drew you to be a singer? It’s all about the songwriting; some people are addicted to the stage,

being on stage, others are singers from age four. For me it is all about the songwriting, crafting a story through song, then wanting to project and sing the story. Aside from guitar, do you play other musical instruments? I can play drums and piano; I took viola lessons as a kid and played the

saxophone in high school. I can only say I’ve dabbled in those a little bit, the guitar is really my favorite instrument. Aside from you, who would you say is the most intriguing cast member on the show? Oh, I would never say myself. Let me think about that—most intriguing—

it’s hard because I haven’t gotten to know all the West Coast girls that well yet. Laura from Hunter Valentine is pretty intriguing; she’s a wild one! I am really glad I got to meet Whitney and Sara, they’re cool and we’ve remained friends. Maybe whom I find most intriguing will be revealed later in the show. What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t working on the band or travelling? I love cooking, I’m a food person, I really did spend half my time in San

Diego eating. I like to go to the mountains and snow board or disconnect, go to the beach and write music.


“I just want people to know that even though I may look like a hard-ass on the show, possi- bly even an asshole, I do have a softer side and I hope people see it as the season continues.” by lisa lipsey

photography by vanessa dubois



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