Frankie Tuffragette is coming to play LOUD WOMEN Unplugged on 22 August and we can not wait! We asked Frankie 10 questions …
1. For people who’ve not heard you play live before, what can we expect from you at the LOUD WOMEN gig?
stripped back catchy queer trans punk with LOTS OF FEELINGS
2. Which is your favourite song to play and why? Tell us about it …
I have a song called Takin’ It Back with a lotta revolution-stirring energy, which has rly empowering words and fills me with a lotta strength when I play it
3. Do some super-lazy journalism on our behalf please…
“My sound is like the lovechild of Billy Bragg and Kate Nash, with a bit on the side from Daniel Johnston”
4. What’s your proudest musical moment to date?
any time a queer woman or non-binary person comes up to me and tells me that my music felt important to them. I make music firstly for me (how it should be), but my communities are a very close second xxxxx
5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Hmm.. I recently discovered a band called Bully, and I’ve been listening to their LP ‘Feels Like’ a lot! You can find it on Spotify. the song “Milkman” is this year’s summer jam for me. Also Japanese Breakfast’s ‘Psychopomp’ LP is pretty special!!
I bought a book recently that the very excellent Charlie Craggs put together called “To My Trans Sisters”, and it is so fuckin precious. There are soooo many diverse women’s voices in there, and regardless of whether you feel you need support and guidance it’s a beautiful book that will give you power and remind you that yr trans sisters have got you xxx WOMEN OF TRANS EXP REPRESENT!!!
6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
I don’t understand instrumentalists really, I’m a punk hahahha. I just plug the fuck in and play
7. Who inspires you?
righteous anti-oppressive lgbt+ people, trans grrrls, dykes, workers fighting for worker’s rights, Leslie Feinberg, Joan Nestle, The Transexual Menace, The Lesbian Avengers, Jayne County, Tribe 8, G.L.O.S.S., Diet Cig, Neutral Milk Hotel, Daniel Johnston, any amazing songwriter that speaks to me, sad grrrls making sweet music
8. What are your musical goals?
anything from empowering LGBT+ people to help start the revolution, to just feeling happy that I get to play xx
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your music right now?
my LP ‘Hi’ is available at frankietuffragette.bandcamp.com , and I hope you like it xxx
10. Pass the mic – who are your top contemporary bands/musicians.
Screaming Toenail: formidable militant POC queer punk force with a great sound and Jacob’s smart biting voice and words xx
Tami T: forever bigging up this babe, making some of the most important and excellent music ever IMO!
Katie MF: played at the “Hi” launch party and blew me away, great gay folk punk spirit xxx
Breakup Haircut: led by Ishani Jasmin, one of the most talented songwriters in our scene. This is Ishani’s new band, catch em before they become the next Moldy Peaches ❤