LOUD WOMEN hearts Crack Foxes big time – and we so SO excited they are bringing their superfun riot grrrl grunge set to our next gig, a very special ‘Kids to the Front’ all-ages matinee at The Lexington on 9 June, supporting Grace Savage, along with I, Doris. Can not wait to see 5 year olds dance to Rebel Girl for the first time! In the meantime … we asked them 10 questions!
1. What can we expect from the Crack Foxes on 9 June?
A group of friendly nerds who want to thrash the life out of their instruments! Loud guitars, loud vocals, loud drums, loud everything!
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?
Definitely Detective Pikachu as our new keyboardist- he wouldn’t have to do much, just zap the keyboard enthusiastically when he feels like it!
3. What are your favourite songs in your set to play/sing?
I think the whole band’s favourites to play are our cover of the Runaways’ ‘California Paradise’ and one of our originals called ‘Okay! (Okay!)’ – both are fast paced and a lot of fun to play, very bouncey numbers.
4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? Favourite gig I ever played with Crack Foxes was probably last gig we played – with Killdeer and The Dog’s Bollocks at Biddle Bros. The bands were all chatting together, bigging each other up and sharing pizza – absolutely lovely to walk into a strange gig and come out with a dozen friends. Favourite gig I ever watched? Ooof, hard choice. Melissa and I went to see My Chemical Romance at Islington Academy about 8 years ago and it was amazing. Me and Louisa went to see the Elvis-Nirvana fusion band Elvana and we liked them so much we saw them again!
5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of
I’m usually pretty late to the party when it comes to Cool New Things but an Old Thing I still adore and listen to regularly is the dark cabaret band Bitter Ruin’s first album ‘We’re Not Dancing’. Wonderful vocal harmonies, great guitar playing and some fantastic lyrics. Great for break ups and generally throwing shapes in a long Victorian dress.
6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
If a Big Wig offers you a contract, get it looked over by a lawyer before you sign it, no matter who it is on the other side of the table handing it to you. Back in my first Proper Band I had a contract offer that would have allowed the record boss to fire me if I put on weight (!) and that they were entitled to a large chunk of my paycheck for anything in the “Entertainment Industry” – which for some reason included teaching (!!) and bar work (!!!). The person who offered me that contract was super famous and it was very scary turning it down but it worked out much better for me in the end.
7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.
Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge- My Chemical Romance
Under My Skin- Avril Lavigne
Clear Hearts Grey Flowers- Jack Off Jill
8. What are your musical goals?
Mainly to have fun. Trying to get famous gets really draining really fast, so we just want to play some fun gigs and see some cool places and meet some cool people. Also become friends with Joan Jett somehow.
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
We’re looking for an extra guitar player as our wonderful Vicki is now settled in Brighton and our Melissa will soon no longer be able to fit a guitar around her pregnancy bump! Anyone who wants to play guitar should drop us a message on our Facebook and we’ll organise a jam sesh!
10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians
1. Big Joanie– if Kurt Cobain was around today he’d absolutely adore them. They’re like alternative punk and it’s just great everyone needs to go listen to them already
2. Petty Phase– absolutely lovely people and great punky riot grrrl kinda band
3. PUSSYLIQUOR– phenomenal to watch. That was a blinder of a show when we played with them. It was great pure riot grrrl brilliance
4. Shuva Das– Shuva Das is one of my favourite grunge artists around the south London scene and she’s really nice to boot, absolutely brilliant guitar playing
5. Cowboy Flying Saucer– the lead singer is my next door neighbour and they sound like if the Fall were crossed with King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.
Catch Crack Foxes live at the Lexington on 9 June – from 1pm – bring the kids/someone else’s kids!