Romeo Void formed in San Francisco when Debora Iyall and Frank Zincavage met at the San Francisco Art Institute. They were both working at their art school over the summer and did a video performance piece. Not before long they began to write songs & rehearsing them in Debora’s flat, using rugs to dampen the noise.
Peter Woods also took part in rehearsals. He was playing in a local band called Mummers & the Poppers before he switched over. Debora Iyall was also a backing singer in the same band. Jay Derrah soon followed to form the original line up that officially formed on Valentine’s Day in 1979. Benjamin Bossi, an inspirational saxophone player, would join not long after, combining his riffs to Debora Iyall’s voice.
The lead singer was hesitant at first airing concerns over her weight. In these modern days, weight is not too much of a concern. However, the image portrayed back in those times gave a reflection that you had to be skinny to be famous. Sadly this would be one part of a few reasons why Romeo Void parted their ways in the end. More about this will be discussed in more detail later on.Continue reading