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The situation I'm at Linda's on a recent Monday night with Troy Ayala, Emily Denton, and Gabi Page-Fort of the local punk-rock trio Stickers .

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Through @ 2: Eating Stars and Respecting Royalty With Stickers

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The situation I'm at Linda's on a recent Monday night with Troy Ayala, Emily Denton, and Gabi Page-Fort of the local punk-rock trio Stickers.

Denton's black Labrador is also there; her name is Pagan. "Sometimes when there are old people around I call her Megan," says Denton. "She responds to that too."

How They Got Here Denton's about to start working full-time with her husband's streetwear company, Actual Pain, but she's worked at Linda's for two years. She says the other night a headbutting fight got blood all over the pool table, but such violent incidents are rare here.

"I've worked at bars where I saw a guy's eyeball fall out of his head," she says. "Linda's is super-chill. The most intense thing that happens here is Friday nights you get some asshole that won't stop ordering mint juleps and not tipping you."

Ayala is a checker at Whole Foods. He doesn't have much to say about that, other than they're cool about letting him leave for tours.

Page-Fort is the businesswoman of the group; she works as a book editor at Amazon. "Most of my co-workers are impressed that I'm way cooler than them," she says.

Shop Talk Stickers has only been a band for about a year, but they say they have about 35 to 40 songs in their rotation, including the ones found on their full-length cassette (you can listen to it in its entirety on bandcamp.com), Buy My Nightmares. Incidentally, none of the three had ever played their current instruments when they started the band, and learned as they went along--Denton on the drums, Ayala on the bass, and Page-Fort on the sax and vocals. Stickers' music is a rough-and-tumble melee of thudding percussion, Ayala's ever-changing bass sounds, and Page-Fort's howling voice, which makes the songs sound a bit like the raucous Runaways. Page-Fort also writes the lyrics; she says her biggest lyrical influence right now is Lil' Wayne.

"'I'm so high, I could eat a star,'" she quotes. "What the fuck could inspire you more?"

BTW Speaking of inspiration, Stickers has several muses--Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen--but the most important one is Princess Diana. They have a song called "Princess Di," and their practice space is decorated with pictures of the royal lady taped to the walls.

"I'm completely infatuated with anything that projects being misunderstood," says Denton.

Stickers plays the Funhouse this Saturday, April 9, with The Pharmacy, Ononos, and Ziskis. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. and will run you $6.

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