Ala.Ni: Differently – video of the day

Londoner in Paris ALA.NI dishes up today’s video of the day: ‘Differently’. Loving everything about this.

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Hurtling: Summer – video premiere and interview

Proud to bring you the video premiere of ‘Summer’ – by the very awesome Hurtling, the London indie trio driven by one of our favourite guitarists ever, Jen Macro.

The song lives up to its name: playful guitars, and vocals at first beguilingly sweet and warm before luring us into a melodic downpour of tempestuous fuzz. It’s truly beautiful.

How lucky are we that we get to see these fine musicians live in just a few weeks at LOUD WOMEN Fest 4? Dead lucky, that’s how!

We asked Jen Macro to tell us more about ‘Summer’ in her own words …

‘Summer’ grew from the riff that leads the second half of the song – I remember coming up with it while Jon and Simon were having a break outside. When they heard the riff they excitedly dashed back in to play along. The song kinda took shape from there.  

Lyrically i guess it is about making the best of life, and getting along with each other. Appreciating the good things – being ‘awake for the summer’ soaking up every minute of vitamin D while you can.

I wanted the video to have a home movie vibe. The footage in the studio (Onecat in Brixton, run by our very own Jon Clayton) is us actually recording takes for the version of the song that is on the album. It was just us in the room, with a tripod and camera, I liked the informality and intimacy. The other videos of the sun were things that caught my eye so I captured them on my phone, as and when, over 2 summers. The idea was we would start off in the studio (in black and white), then ‘journey’ to a (colorful) gig. I had initially wanted a montage of performances – we’d got audience members to take videos of us playing Summer in various venues, but in the end it was too much for my editing skills – so I stuck with what had filmed by Andrew Duffy at The Green Door Store in Brighton where Chris Tomsett (Innerstrings) did the lighting, which with a few effects seems to have turned out quite psychedelic.

Catch Hurtling Live

Sat August 31 – Primadonna Festival, Laffitts Hall, Suffolk

Sat September 14  – Loud Women fest, The Dome

Kimmi Watson: 10 question interview

Kimmi Watson is the legend behind the She17 festival in Walthamshow (happening 21 Sept!) and a brilliant musician in her own right. Which she’s coming to show us on 22 August at the Old Queen’s Head when she plays our Unplugged night. Here’s her 10 question interview …

1. For people who’ve not heard you play live before, what can we expect from you at the LOUD WOMEN gig?

Dry & witty self penned acoustic new wave played on a parlour guitar and maybe with some random harmonica blasts!

2. Which is your favourite song to play and why? Tell us about it …

I have two : Elephant (which is on Spotify etc. via my band Sulk93). It’s a bit of a crowd pleasure and gets lots a great feedback whether played solo or with the band ! It’s cynical swipe at a horrible boss from my past! 

Pants on Fire – it’s the most immature song I’ve written! So it makes me feel young again. I’ll be topping and tailing my set with these two songs.

3. Do some super-lazy journalism on our behalf please, and fill in the blanks:

“My sound is like the lovechild of Patti Smith and Siouxsie with a bit on the side from Lou Read!”

4. What’s your proudest musical moment to date?

Launching She17music over six years ago and in doing so gaining the confidence to start writing some good songs for my group Sulk93 and getting them distributed!

5. Recommend a record and a book.

Record: Sistahs by Big Joanie – it’s my heaviest rotation!  

Book: To Throw Away Unopened – Viv Albertine. The best I’ve read in the last year. 

6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.

You asked, so here goes:

My acoustic set-up is a Guild M-120E with Electro Harmonix Polara pedal (sometimes) and Lee Oskar harmonicas, usually through a Fishman Loudbox mini! Amp or the PA desk! 

My eclectric set-up is a Fender Mustang or Gibson SG Special via a Marshall DFX amp with Fat Sandwich, Big Muff Nano, Vibra-trem and Polara pedals!  

Still awake? …I also use a Fender Jazz or Mustang bass with the Big Muff  + a Boss Bass Flanger & Fender Rumble 40 amp. when playing gigs with the band Ich Bin Finn! 

7. Who inspires you?

All the women, girls and non-binary folk out there making music and those who support them with events like Loud Women! We’re a mass movement making a big difference! 

8. What are your musical goals?

 I’m 55 now so it’s all about having fun, exploring new music, enjoying what I do  and inspiring the next generation to go for it! 

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your music right now?

 It’s out there! Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple  etc. It’s an acquired taste! Im hoping to record an album in 2020! 

10. Pass the mic – who are your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

Talking HeadsTina Weymouth was why I took up bass! David Byrne is why I write and record songs and why I’m ok singing with a Marmite voice!

Courtney Barnett – A very honest, charismatic songwriter and a fearless guitarist!

The Slits – Because they were also fearless and did not give a fuck! 

Big Joanie – so refreshing –  just wow! 

Patti Smith – For the best albumversary gig ever! (Horses at The Roundhouse)

Come see Kimmi Watson on 22 August at the Old Queen’s Head, Islington, performing with MIRI, I am Her, Kimmi Watson, Delila Black and Maya Kelly.

Frankie Tuffragette: 10 question interview

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.

Available from BooksForQueers.com

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 ❤

Come see Frankie on 22 August at the Old Queen’s Head, Islington, performing with MIRI, I am Her, Kimmi Watson, Delila Black and Maya Kelly.

For all those who support putting women on stage, and turning up the volume