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HAVVK: 10 question interview

The HAVVK tourbus rolls into London town on Thursday 16 May, bringing their herstoric ‘Drawn Together’ tour to a beautiful climax at Paper Dress Vintage, along with Charmpit, Scrounge and I, Doris. Splendid. Here’s a 10 question interview with Julie Hough.

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 

Lizzo 

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?

Skin – all the vocals. Take my lungs, I’ll stick to bass. 

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? 

We just finished a song which only has a placeholder name at the moment called Post. We wrote most of it over a weekend staying at Matt’s mum’s house in Arundel and recorded it the demo in her dining room. It’s about a person who’s floating and elated with self-belief and wants everyone below to join them in the air. An unusually positive track from us but I’m sure we’ll muggy it up somehow.

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?

Played? Supporting And So I Watch You From Afar in Berlin. Watched? Definitely Sleater Kinney at the Roundhouse. I never thought it would happen and then it happened. 

5. Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.

I have fallen in love with the album Utakata no Hibi by Japanese eighties synth group, Mariah. One of the tracks, ‘Shinzo No Tobira, popped up on my Spotify a couple of years ago and suddenly I started hearing that one track all over the place in Berlin in cafes and between sets at gigs. The whole album is gorgeous though and way before its time.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? 

However much it seems that other artists have it all figured out, they are probably going through very similar doubts and challenges. Reach out, ask questions, share advice – try not to see them as your competitors but as part of your community. 

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 

Sleater Kinney – The Woods

Savages – Silence Yourself

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell

8. What are your musical goals? 

Make music that we love and that resonates with a few people the way those albums have with me. Play a hand in making the industry do better for female and other underrepresented musicians. 

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

Side A of our flipping debut album (!!!) ‘Cause & Effect’ is out this flipping Friday!

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians

Gonna do a Drawn Together special here – see any of these bands if you get a chance!

Sing Again Syren, Newcastle

This trio joined us in Newcastle and they are pure skill and prowess. They are riff-filled, die-hard rock with a vibe that brings you back to seventies power-bands even though I’m pretty sure their all still in college! 

Gravelle, Glasgow

I literally couldn’t stop smiling watching this pair in Glasgow, which is ironic because they are probably the most dead-pan band I’ve ever seen live. Watching them is like going to a goth rave.

Strange New Places, Belfast

They make gorgeous summery rock and their songs read like a diary about youth and identity and finding solidarity in your community. I was really moved watching them.

MeMe Detroit, Birmingham 

MeMe is one of the most dexterous performers I’ve ever seen live – crawling and climbing up the walls during her set but never missing a note. Her voice is stunning, her hooks are catchy af and her attitude is awesome. 

Pussywillowfurryvenus, Newcastle 

Another mind-blower from our Newcastle show. Living proof that you make serious mark on a room full of music fans while  rocking a pair of stilettos. 

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Feral Five: 10 question interview

Feral Five – photo by Jamie MacMillan

Making a welcome return to a LOUD WOMEN stage this weekend, the awesome Feral Five will spoiling us with the bonus launch of their funktastic new single, ‘Shake It’ – come and do exactly that with us and them on Saturday 11 May at the Hope & Anchor (along with Miss Eaves, TV Face and I, Doris). In the meantime, here’s their 10 question interview …

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?

Lizzo – we’re imagining the flute solo already!, or Kylie Minogue with Nick Cave (we covered one of hers and took it to the dark side). St Vincent would produce an amazing avant-pop thing with our stuff!

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? 

Daphne Oram on whatever new machine she’d just invented 

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?

‘Ego’. It started with a crazy sample Kat made hiding in the bathroom at Xmas with her new mini synth, and grew in a fit of fury after a run in with an egotistical music biz monster. We jammed it up in a rehearsal studio, it came out disco-sexy good, and it’s going to be our next single!

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? 

a) Shuffle Festival, founded by Danny Boyle – on a platform up in the trees in a gloriously gothic graveyard park. Kat jumped so hard the floorboards started coming apart, and we played an electro-punk cover of Japan’s ‘Ghosts’ that went down a storm.

b) Tough call, but Sleaford Mods, Savages and The Pop Group playing on a truck on the same night at Dismaland is right up there.

c) If there was a category for both on the same day – then Cro Cro Land festival for sure! 

5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of 

Gazelle Twin’s Pastoral album – eviscerating, political, and electronic. Punk spirit without being punk rock.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?

Be brilliant. Be yourself. Experiment.

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

Dream Wife – Dream Wife

Cocteau Twins – Heaven Or Las Vegas

Future Sound Of London – Lifeforms 

8. What are your musical goals?

To make people think while they dance in another dimension

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

We’re launching new single ‘Shake It’ at the 11th May Loud Women show, you’ve summed it up pretty nicely as a “floor-filling guitar-sexy banger”, and John Kennedy’s been giving it a few spins on Radio X! And we’re working on our debut album.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians

deux furieuses – visceral music, incredible musicians, their new tunes are next level

Ms Mohammed – brilliant Island punk, gets us moving every time

Liines – we first saw them at Loud Women Fest and were blown away

Bugeye – disco-punk with Abba-esque feel good factor, we’re down the front always

Bishi – cosmic genius from another universe 


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Miss Eaves: 10 question interview

New York’s Miss Eaves blew us all the way away when she last graced the UK’s shores and played a LOUD WOMEN gig … and she’s back this weekend coming, 11 May, to play our show at the Hope & Anchor, along with TV Face, Feral Five and I, Doris. Can. Not. Wait! In the meantime, we asked her 10 questions …

  1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?

Lizzo!

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?

Grace Jones. We would dress up in matching costumes and strut around the stage together.

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 about being broke, so instead of stacking cash I stack sandwiches (because I have a lot of bread!) I wrote it for a label to try and sync, so not even sure if it will ever be released but it is very funny.

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? 

My favorite gig I played was in Leipzig last year. It was such a good vibes, inclusive feminist show. My favorite show I watched was the first time I saw guerilla toss.

5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of.

Frankie Simone. When I heard her song War Paint I was blown away. She is def underrated.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?

I would focus more on making cool music you like versus chasing numbers and stats. Also, don’t compare yourself to others. That is an easy way to feel bad about yourself.

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.
M.IA. – Arular
Sia – We are Born
MF Doom – MMMM Food

8. What are your musical goals?

To make funny relatable music!

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

That you will have fun at my show

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians/

Bby Mutha

Rico Nasty

Billie Eilish

Kero Kero Bonito

Leikeli47


Catch Miss Eaves live in London on 11 May at the Hope & Anchor

TV Face: 10 question interview

Lancashire’s TV Face are our new favourite post-punk trio, playing songs about “politics, parasites and jiggly-bopsiwotsits”. Wowsers. They’ll be displaying all this and more for LOUD WOMEN on 11 May at the Hope & Anchor, along with a best-lineup-ever of Miss Eaves, Feral Five and I, Doris. In the meantime, we asked them 10 questions …

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 

An easy one – Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem. Laid-back guitarist Janice is an constant inspiration for all of TV Face. Oh that we could be that relaxed!

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?

Delia Derbyshire would be a fantastic addition. As a pioneer of electronic music, she worked with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in the 1960s and is probably best known for her arrangement of the Doctor Who theme tune. She’d play a theremin fashioned out of old TV aerials.

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? 

‘Orange Carbuncle’ – Named after a new(ish) orange-coloured block of flats built at the north end of Lancaster, which is an old town, and like many places across the UK is undergoing rapid development of new housing. Quite rightly, buildings seem to be springing up on disused areas of brownfield, but developers have their sights on land used by the community. These community resources play an important role, not only for people but for nature more widely – thankfully we have a vibrant community of local activists who are fighting this issue in Lancaster. The song is TV Face’s slowest song, and features a long speech-synthesised sample using a cut-and-paste mix of words by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier and Harvey Wiley Corbett, an American modernist architect.

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?  

a:  Our recent single launch – played at our spiritual home The Yorkshire House in our home town was a corker. An impromtu stage invasion added to the fun – however, all of us were freaking out about the safety of our equipment. How very (un)punk rock!

b:  Sorry, too many to choose from, we love live music! Brigit and Steve were lucky enough to see Björk on a warm up gig for her 2011 Manchester International Festival appearance. An amazing opportunity to see Björk in rehearsal mode; she would stop mid-song to discuss changes with her band – speaking candidly with the audience. Amazing! A close second would be seeing Mogwai at a tiny gig in Preston in the 90s. It was so loud – akin to being in a wind tunnel! A up-close masterclass in dynamics…

5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of

‘Holding Hands With Jamie’ by Girl Band. A fantastic slab of noisey pop inspired by the band’s love of techno and alt 90s guitar bands. The album is a pulsating mix of cavernous and abrasive sounscapes with mark-e-smith-esue vocals. The lyrics are truly fantastic and hilarious to boot. We’ve seen them live several time, but they are on haitus at the moment. We cannot wait for their return.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? 

Learn a trade at the same time. We recommend plumbing, as most people are unwilling to take the risk of a leak in their homes. You will find the money useful in the Spotify era of $0.003 per play.

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 

Sonic Youth – Sister / Goo (can’t choose!!! Brigit and Steve have argued extensively about which one and just can’t agree)

dEUS – Worst Case Scenario

Björk – Homogenic

8. What are your musical goals? 

Keep playing! We’ve just had some line-up changes in the band, so we’re really looking forward to writing some new material together.

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

We’ve just released our new 7” single ‘Chemical Imbalance/Jiggly Bopsiwotsit’. Chemical Imbalance is a mordant tale about being lost-at-sea in a broken mental-health system, whilst Jiggly Bopsiwotsit takes a well-aimed throw at upcycling fashionistas. It’s a DIY affair, all produced at TV TOWER’s HQ, with gorgeous artwork by Steve. We’ve been on the road to promote the single with a string of UK gigs through March-June. You can buy your copy at a gig or via tvface.co.uk/shop or stream via Spotify (but remember, if you like it buy it!)

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians

In no particular order…..

Parquet Courts – stripped back new-wave-ish punk rock. Fantastic lyrics and great artwork by guitarist/vocalist Andrew Savage.

Girl Band – see above (5) – seriously marvellous!

The Noise & The Naïve – We’ve recently been lucky enough to play with them: a delightfully quirky and infectious two-piece, and all round good people.

Janelle Monae – the concept album The Archandroid is an amazing work of art.

Beak> – can’t stop listening to their albums which just get better with each listen.


Catch TV Face live in London for LOUD WOMEN on 11 May at the Hope & Anchor, or check them out on facebook | website

Ich bin Finn – 10 question interview

Ich bin Finn, L-R: Kimmi, Micky, Finn

Ich bin Finn played their first – and definitely not last – LOUD WOMEN gig with us last week at the Hope & Anchor. The London punk-folk threesome wowwed us with a stonking set of rabble-rowsers and queer love songs, which set the mood perfectly for the rest of the evening’s entertainment from GGAllan Partridge and The Noise and the Naive. If you missed this epic gig, you can get to know Ich bin Finn (Finn – guitar and lead vox, Kimmi – bass and vox, and Micky – drums and surprise harmonica!) a bit better with our 10 question interview …

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 
Micky: Eels
Finn: The Band
Kimmi: Throwing Muses

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?
M: A reserve drummer to free me up, ideally Liberty DeVito.
F: I wouldn’t add any, we’re a flawless unit. And there haven’t been three of us for long so I’m still really enjoying it.
K: My cat Gary on bongos.

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? 
F: At the moment we’re calling it ‘Fucking Loud’, just sat in my living room, and it’s pretty much about my girlfriend, I played it to her and she hated it. And in terms of it turning out – we’ll see!

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?  
Best gig played would probably be She17/Shefest last September as headliners. The crowd were great and the whole show was really fun. In terms of watched:
M – Queens of The Stoneage at Glasto.
F – Charlie XCX at Reading.
K – Patti Smith Horses tour at the Roundhouse!

5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of.
M: Zipolote Machine by the Mountain Goats.
F: Press Club‘s album Late Teens.
K: Belly’s Untogether covered by Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – goosebumps!

[Thank you so much Kimmi for recommending this beaut, I may have had a little cry – Cx]

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? 
Advice: F – Be kind to your voice, because it can disappear and once it’s gone, it’s gone. M – Find somewhere comfortable to practice, without being self-conscious or making it too difficult for yourselves. K – Don’t fret! It’s all over in a flash! (The gig, not life)

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 
White Stripes
– White Stripes
Joni Mitchell – Blue
Talking Heads – Fear Of Music

8. What are your musical goals? 
1. Don’t die 2. Keep going 3. Enjoy

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now? 
We’re unsurprisingly unsigned.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians
Idles – they say everything that everyone is feeling now.
Big Joanie – It’s really important to get POC punks up front. And their songwriting is killer.
Art Brut – that comeback album is a stonker
The Big Moon – they’re sassy and have great attitude
And Arxx – they’re up and coming! And put on a great live show.


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GGAllan Partridge – 10 question interview


Massively excited to be hosting the amazing GGAllan Partridge from Newcastle this week – punk goddesses with the actual best band name ever. Come see them at the Hope & Anchor on Wednesday 24 April, along with their geordie chums The Noise and the Naive, and the fab Ich bin Finn. In the meantime, we asked them 10 questions …

1.Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
Han: Abba.
Dan: Genuinely, yeah. Or MIA.

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?
Han: It was Bird, but then she joined and started playing keytar.
Dan: If Bird ever couldn’t make it though, Delia Derbyshire on analogue electronics would be nice, and maybe I could do a cute duet with Captain Beefheart.

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?
Han: ‘Hometown Boys’ is inspired by some pretty wretched shared experiences of dating guys in Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas who like the idea of being with a girl in a band but don’t much like the reality of us then not idolising their musicianship. It’s somewhere between jaunty post-punk and Cali surf rock.
Dan. It’s a banger. I’m excited. Writing massive fun radge-pop about things that have made me miserable is one of my favourite things. Hometown Boys started as a concept about a week ago, when I was annoyed about summat and needed to just write a 2 minute shouty punk pastiche song for catharsis, I sorta daydreamed a bit of it on the bus and laid down a really bare demo. Now we all have that and are writing our own parts. It’s been so nice to work on it together and realise we have all these shared experiences of rotters telling us we don’t deserve to be in bands, or nicking our ideas and records.

4.Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? 
Han: supporting Warm Drag at the Cluny in Newcastle. Everything went right, they’re beautiful people, the crowd loved it and we get to play with them again very soon.
Dan: Yeah that was a real life affirmer. They’re cool as hell; I’ve loved Vashi Windish since she was in K-Holes and Paul drums in the flippin’ Oh Sees. They had no obligation to hang with us plebs but they were more down to earth and friendly than most bands we meet! My favourite gig I’ve ever seen was the Cramps in Nottingham in 2003. It was unbelievable. I got some of Lux’s spit in my mouth, it changed me. They were everything I love in a live band; funny, sexy, menacing, wild, and powerful, and it came from a place of genuine love for their shtick, music, and each other.
Soph: I go to a lot of gigs so I’ve enjoyed them all differently, local gigs are usually my fave, support your local music scene yo.

5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Soph: The Julie Ruin album by Kathleen Hanna (ace DIY bedroom album and the reason I bought a drum machine)
Dan: Thankyou Kathleen Hanna for brining Soph and her drumming into our lives! I choose Nature by Valet – dreamy stoner pop from 2015. I struggle to listen to ‘nice’ music but this is gorgeous.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
Han: find what you love – not what’s popular or easy – and keep doing it. Listen and learn from those around you but ultimately follow your gut. Try not to be discouraged by negativity, for every neggy melt who puts you down, there’ll be five people lifting you up. Stick with them.
Dan: Don’t spend ten years hiding behind other people in bands if you have your own ideas. Don’t wait to be told your ideas are good enough to deserve being heard. You have to be brave and just get out there. Pick the people you work with based on who they are as people more than how good they are at playing instruments. But also – put your mental and physical health first. Art and expression are so vital but doing band stuff can be stressful and at the end of it all, it’s just a band. Keep some perspective for the sake of your sanity.
Soph: Tell boys to fuck off.

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.
Dan: This is an evil question. Off the top of my head…
The Cramps – Off The Bone
X Ray Spex – Germ free Adolescents, uhhh
Sophie: The Slits – Cut

8. What are your musical goals?
Han: To take up space, be weird and get Han’s Skips dance on Fortnite.
Soph: To always have fun.
Dan: I’m really eager to get Liv doing an obscene five minute sax solo. And I want us to see each other more so we can get some Shangri-Las harmonies perfected. We’ve got new songs getting bounced around all the time, plenty of gigs and festivals to play, a split 7 Inch in the works, along with a small UK tour and hopefully another EP in the bag before the year is up.

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

Dan: Other bands – we aren’t your competition! Especially if you aren’t in the boy’s club too. We are working hard and keeping busy and having the best time and we always have one eye how we can be helping each other in the bigger picture, whether that’s to encourage and embolden other people and ourselves, or to start difficult conversations with promoters and venues to try and bring positive change. We don’t talk about it loads and it’s not massively present in our songs but we have a range of sexualities and disabilities in GG and those issues are important to us too. At the moment we mainly just share those issues with each other. This band has become so vital to all of us and at the moment we are just getting to grips with allowing ourselves room in our lives to experiment, perform, write, drink and shout like our male peers have enjoyed for years, but if we could ever extend that outwards into influence or action that would be amazing. We aren’t in this to get on the radio or whatever so it baffles us when other bands take us the wrong way because we’re a bit gobby, weird and flamboyant. We’re on your side and should be working together to get things moving. I think there’s some concern that most regular promoters will only dare put one female-dominated act on any bill and that we have to all compete to be that band. Let’s put our own gigs on if that’s the case!
Soph: Soundguys: we know how to play our instruments and we know what we should sound like and we know that Dan’s laptop works fucking fine.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians
Dan and Han: Duds! Wonky, class live, Northern, matching shirts, horn section. Get in.
Dan: Cate Le Bon can’t do anything wrong, Warm Drag, Moon Duo and Snapped Ankles. All doing their own thing in slightly bizarre ways.
Soph and Liv: BTS!

Catch GGAllan Partridge live this Wednesday 24 April at the Hope & Anchor

The Noise and the Naive: 10 question interview

We fell head over heels in love with French Newcastle duo The Noise and the Naive when they first played a LOUD WOMEN gig in Autumn 2017, so we’re dead chuffed they’re playing for us again this week on Wednesday 24 April at the Hope & Anchor. To get to know this awesome twosome a bit better, we asked them 10 questions …

  1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 

The Red Army Choir would be interesting

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?

It would be a Kukeri – a creature covered in wild goat hair who scares away evil spirits in Bulgarian pagan rituals. They would play the Bass with their paws. If only it was true, it would be awesome.

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 just wrote a song with a f*cked-up time signature because it was funny with the title of the song “My Feelings Are Complicated”. I played it to Anne, she hated it, the song is dead. It would have made us so famous. 

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?  

We played last week an acoustic showcase for Record Store Day, and it was so interesting to have to re-think our music with no drums / fuzz / screams.

It was a short set.

5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of.

If you have not listened yet to “A Simple Guide to Small and Medium Pond Life” from the band Pet Crow, it will make you ecstatically dance. It’s groovy garage/punk, with a singular nostalgic voice floating like a sonic drone. It makes me feel smart and sexy, and nobody will ever break my heart.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? 

Follow our path, wait till you’re in your 40s

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 
We listen exclusively to bands whose name start with a P

Pixies – Surfer Rosa

PJ Harvey – Dry

Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted

8. What are your musical goals? 
We’re simply trying to be good and enjoy everything we do with the band, else why bother?

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

We hand screenprint all our merch, including boxers and briefs :  “Keep your old chaps snug with The Noise & The Naive”.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

Otoboke Beaver

Pet Crow

Prettiest Eyes

Soeur

Swine Tax

Catch The Noise and the Naive live at the Hope & Anchor, London, on 24 April – along with GGAllan Partridge and Ich Bin Finn.