Charismatic Megafauna_Photo by Kate Bones_Styling by Kalina Pulit

Charismatic Megafauna describe themselves as ‘Party punk music for politically minded people’. They play drums – lots of drums – and they deliver powerful messages in a hugely fun way. They joined us recently on the LOUD WOMEN Radio show for some top laughs. We can’t wait to see them play on 9th June at the Hope & Anchor! In the meantime,

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
Boredoms

2. If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play?
Bjork would play Bjork
3. What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out?

It’s called “Today is terrible, total ballz” and those are also the only lyrics. It was written on our band WhatsApp group on the way to rehearsal and was inpired by a collectively shit day. It turned out to be cathartic and repetitive, like most of our songs4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?

a) We were the total out-of-place support act at the Old Blue Last once, felt totally freaked out beforehand, played to a huge crowd of people we didn’t know and they went NUTS. It was hilarious and exhilarating and generous and surprising and we loved it.

b) LONE taxidermist at The Future is Female Festival. Just see them. It’s indescribable

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.

Book – “Living a Feminist Life” by Sara Ahmed. To be honest people may well have heard of this, but it’s worth saying it again. This book is so honest about being made to feel “difficult” as a woman that it can be painful to read, but it’s worth it. It sent me back to therapy for the right reasons.

Record – Linda Perhacs, Parallelogram. I hope you know this record but am always surprised many people don’t — Linda Perhacs made one record (this one) in the 70’s and its really psychedelic and influenced a lot of excellent songwriters.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
Listen to each other, trust each other, trust yourself. Do it, do it again, do it again, do it again.

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

PLanningtorock – All Love’s Legal FKA twigs – LP1 Robyn – Body Talk8. What are your musical goals? Change the world Change ourselves9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now? We made our first LP and it’s out on 13 April and loads of people made it possible, especially our friend and Canadian artist Alexis Dirks who makes magical things happen. You can get it on Bandcamp or at our gigs!

Give your top 5 contemporary bands / musicians. Dog Legs – they play sporadically now since they live far away from each other but never before have we seen such joyous guitar and drums duo. they are badass and exhilarating and funny as hell.Big Joanie – the version of Nirvana we longed for as teenage girls. Big Joanie’s tunes as cool as fuck – surprising, efficient, and eclectic. SO COOL, we love them.Screaming Toenail – Their songs are funny, direct and true. We saw them at a friend’s event and were swept away by how they play. Dream Nails – they write sharp fun punk songs that are honest and unapologetic about living under patriarchyDog Chocolate – They’re great to see live and really great people too. Their sound is frenetic and the subject matter that they write songs about is refreshingly unexpected, for example plastic canoes and getting emotionally buff.

 

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