June sees the launch of LOUD WOMEN OZ – our Australian chapter! The first gig is 8 June at Perth’s The Bird, the second is 20 June at Mojo’s Bar in Fremantle and the whole thing is masterminded by the awesome Elle Cee – who will of course also be playing with her band Cryot Girl on 20 June! We asked them 10 questions …

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? Anyone! That would be an honour!

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?
Pat Smear for sure, favourite guitarist. I’d get him to play second guitar. Another one would be Adalita from Magic Dirt, she could play anything , She’s one of my heroes.

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? 
I wrote a song last night called Scapegoat, I was in my house feeling shitty and recorded it on a Zoom. It needs some touch ups but I like it. It’s inspired by well ..by being someone’s scapegoat for their problems. 

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?
I really enjoyed playing Rhubarb Records the other week with Boing Boing, Doctopus and Bikini Cops. It’s nice to play around people you respect and have comraderie but also feel really supported and I think my fave would be possibly watching The Sperts open for The Undertones at the Rosemount a few years ago. They were wild and I feel like as a band they are severely underrated. Blake Hayt as a frontman and lyricist has always been someone I’ve looked up to, especially back when I started going to shows at seventeen years old back in 2008.

5. Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.
Powderfinger – Odyssey Number Five. I feel it’s an Australian Classic that has sort of been disregarded by the newer generation. They are a sensational band and it’s just a beautiful, poignant reflective record. It’s timeless in my opinion.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
Get involved with other people in the music scene. Not for professional reasons but for the comraderie and support and to be inspired by other muso’s.

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 
1) Hole – Live Through This
2) Babes In Toyland – Fontanelle
3) The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed

8. What are your musical goals?
To tour I guess and record our music and play live, get amongst it. It’s always been a passion

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about you/your band right now? 
That we’re ready to play anywhere, anytime for anyone.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians?
1) Girl Germs from Melbourne – great punk rock, it’s very catchy AND political. Which is hard to do, but they do it well.
2) Hexdebt – Love the harder take on punk. It’s subversive and relevant.
3) Skinny Girl Diet – Masterful songwriting, it looks back while looking forward.
4) Big Joanie – Just wonderful. Groovy and rockin’. 
5) Carla Geneve – I love her songwriting, it’s really personal and reflective.