Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama, Shakespears Sister) talks about the reasons why she has joined dozens of female and non-binary vocalists on LOUD WOMEN’s single ‘Reclaim These Streets’.
I visited Siobhan to record her vocals in her partner’s home studio – along with Brix Smith, and our super-snapper Keira Anee, who captured these beautiful shots.
In a candid interview (video below) with her friend and fellow vocalist Brix Smith, Fahey speaks of her support for the song,
“It’s catchy, it’s got a hard-hitting lyric, and it tells it like it is for us girls… 50% of the population are terrified.”
and her own experiences as a woman in the music industry.
“You’re laughed at, you’re derided, reviews are unkind – they’re often sexually inappropriate. Record company executives treat you like you’re a stupid bimbo. Magazine photographers in the early 80s tried to get you into sexual poses. That’s what we were dealing with. And very few women back then even seized the right to make music, because it kind of was a bit of a boy’s club.”
The single has been dubbed “feminist Band Aid”, a format which Siobhan is of course very familiar with!
“What’s completely extraordinary now is that there were four women in the whole of the Band Aid gathering: me, Sarah and Keren from Bananarama, and Jody Watley. We were the only four women involved! That’s a reflection of how few women were actually making records at the time.”
Full video interview below.
The single is out 14 May 2021 with all proceeds going to Women’s Aid. Pre-save the song today!
Videography and photography by Keira Anee. Interview by Brix Smith.