Her attention-grabbing wardrobe has featured hotpants, wigs and, in one memorable press shot, Dali-esque eyeballs painted on her breasts.Interviews might typically feature tales of her Arctic-fox spirit animal or of how she was going to live in a yurt, or focus on her synaesthesia, a condition in which, in Houghton's case, words and numbers become confused with colours and numbers."It makes absolutely no difference to the way I write songs," she insists, "And even if it did, I wouldn't know, because I've always had it." The development of her material and the burgeoning identity of the Hooves of Destiny have apparently reined Houghton in a little.The glorious Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose, while it still has at least half a hoof in the freak-folk of 2009's Hot Toast EP, encompasses a wide and wonderful range of sounds, from the spiky Vampire Weekend-like highlife indie-punk of "Atlas" to the baroque Kate Bush whimsy of "Carousel", with lyrics touching on subjects from her mother's pregnancy with her brother, on "The Barely Skinny Bone Tree", to overly-perspiring lovers on "Nightswimmer".Houghton, it's clear, is set on doing things her own way, even if it means losing out on the precious opportunities that hype offers.I'd want to know what was new and what was happening now."One thing happening now that Houghton is resolutely refusing to talk about is her relationship with Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis.She replies to a question about whether she frets that her band might get increasing attention for the wrong reasons with an unruffled: "I'd say no, and no comment."Now, Houghton and the whole band are planning to decamp to Los Angeles, also birthplace of the Chili Peppers, for at least as long as it takes to record the next album.Several of his tattoos were drawn by, Hanky Panky (real name Henk Schiffmacher), a tattooist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Kiedis using touring as a chance to fit in visits when possible.
Check the button at the bottom of this post to see their updated North American tour schedule.If not exactly mature or serious, as her whimsical stage banter proves ("My mum gave me a hat for Christmas – just like a balaclava but with a moustache"), she is a decidedly less wacky performer now.It's much the sort of change anyone goes through between the ages of 17 and 22.Kiedis replied, jokingly, that given his own schedule, it would also take several years.” There are various online interpretations as to the origin of the design.
The back tattoo was started sometime after Pinkpop in June 1988 (the video from that concert shows no tattoo) – probably immediately afterwards as Kiedis fitted in visiting to the tattooist while touring in the area.“On that first trip to Holland (around the Pink Pop Festival dates in Finland), however, Kiedis was preparing to endure the fist pricks of the enormous cubic Indian totem image that would eventually engulf his back.Fifth Tattoo: Celtic Style Band (upper right arm) Completed early 1990.