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Greenpoint Glam Favs, Semi Precious Weapons, Getting Evicted

Semi Precious Weapons
image c/o The Brooklyn Paper / Allison Bosworth

From The Brooklyn Paper:

Justin Tranter, lead singer of the quartet, Semi Precious Weapons, rents an illegal 1,800-square-foot loft in the shadow of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant for six years -- but he and his bandmates received a 30-day eviction notice earlier this month...

“Things are going well for us, but we aren’t a famous band yet, so we don’t have any money,” the oft-stilettoed singer said. “This city just isn’t about artists being able to live fabulously anymore.”

That may sound sad coming from Tranter, whose band was named “best local rockers” by the Village Voice and have made more appearances on the blog than, well, Paris Hilton. But, unfair as this may sound, there just aren’t mega-millions to be made in recreating the sound that made David Bowie so fabulous in the 1970s.

The band can barely scrape up the $1,400 monthly rent, which is less than half the market rate for Greenpoint lofts....

“Everyone knows that Greenpoint is changing,” said the spandex-clad Tranter, whose band is considering moving to (gasp) New Jersey. “It’s no longer for artists here. You used to be able to move here and figure it out, but it costs too much now. Now you have to have a plan, you have to have a job, and you have to have rich parents. We don’t have any of those, so we don’t know what to do.”

You Tube eviction announcement after the jump.


Go to East New York. You'll feel just like you're back in 1977.

Best local rockers eh? Wow, Village Voice has really jumped the shark, guess that's old news though.

pathetic....what a bunch of losers. talentless. no creativity. living off the past. rock star wannabees.... posers. you should get evicted...out of new york city. listen to me carefully, regardless of what your "friends" tell you, you will never be successful in music because you just DON'T HAVE IT. it's that simple. sorry.....wait, no I'm not sorry.

you should have them call some of the community organizations to get tenants rights information. I believe they can go to court and remain in the loft for up to 6 more months (while paying rent). If it is rent stabilized, that's another story. try

it's not for kids with rich's for YOUNG PEOPLE WITH AMBITION. Why does being in a band equate with being poor and doesn't. WELCOME TO THE MODERN WORLD, Mr. Semi Precious Eviction.

that quote is hilarious.

since when have artists 'been able to live fabulously' in NYC?

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