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Anarchistwood – 10 question interview

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Anarchistwood are coming to play with us on Saturday, in Kingston. Who even knows what'll happen?? We asked Funkcutter 10 questions for starters ...
1.Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 
A couple of our songs have been covered by Hortordactyl which is how we met him through MySpace – remember that? He played guitar with us for a while after that in 2010ish – would like to hear Poisonous Cxnt cover ‘Bucketae Cuntae’ for the lols.
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.
Prince – on all instruments!
3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?
Luka is answering this one as he asks me this dumb question all the time… it makes people wake the fuck up from the coma that this modern life is. . .
4. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? 
Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet.
5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Liber Null
to awake your power… and Blind Man’s Penis by John Trubee – just to read his lovely words on the sleeve – he’s the real deal
6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
Telecaster with big muff played through a ampeg bass amp.
7. What’s the best thing about being in your band? 

Meeting like-minded freaks and joining the sibling dots across the country and world. This is the community we are involved in.

8. What are your band goals? 

Making more music and videos and performing as an orchestra with as many players as possible. Play in more countries and with more bands internationally.

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
You need to watch Bomb in a Luggage Rack, our newest pop video made by Lindsey Studholme, keep an eye out for one we are working on and look out for the anarchistwood slopumentary currently being put together by Zoe Rixon.
10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands
Poisonous Cxnt – cos they don’t give a fuck what you think.
Doghouse – reality check of lyrics and dance – politically switched on
Anthrax – killer shows supporting the scene always
Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons – those cats got the cream
It’s too difficult to choose one another as there is so much good stuff everywhere… but I think I’ll say Slapper – as Art is Life
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Eliza Shaddad: 10 question interview

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Eliza Shaddad is the stellar headliner of our gig this week at The Victoria, Dalston, raising funds for our friends at Resonance FM, in partnership with The Other Woman show. To get to know Eliza a little better, we asked her 10 questions ...

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
Maybe an astronaut like Chris Hadfield, somewhere up in space.

2. If you could collaborate with one artist – any musician, living or dead – who would it be, and what would you do together?
Nina Simone, though not sure if there’d be much collaborating I think I’d just ask her to play and then sit there and cry.

3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?
Umm … flight? Or World Peace.

4. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? Big full venue.

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
I’d recommend Alice Coltrane‘s Journey in Satchidananda – so good. And maybe Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – v funny.

6. Tell us about the last song you wrote – where were you when you wrote it, how did it come about, and how did it develop?
I guess one of the most fun and most recent wasn’t one I wrote for me. It was on this all-female writing camp called ‘SheWrites’, the first of it’s kind. I got put together with two amazing artists/producers – Isabel Gracefield Grundy and Alyusha – and we had a day together writing and had so much fun writing two songs, one a real sexy slow-burn number and another a crazy half-Spanish minimal dance/pop track.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?
Playing live!

8. What are your musical goals?
Haha just getting to the end of LP1🙏🏻. Then we plot world domination, I’d like to meet a busker on the other side of the world playing one of my songs one day, that would be swell.

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about you right now?
Playing the 7th Feb in Dalston (!!) and I’m touring the UK throughout March. Plus of course LP1 is nearly complete! 

10. Give your top 5 contemporary artists/bands.
Arg, my top 5 is always changing … so maybe easier to say this month I’m enjoying new releases from these guys:

ISLAND 

Childcare 

To Kill a King 

Leif Erikson 

Uncle Luc 


Find Eliza Shaddad on Facebook, and see her live this Wednesday at The Victoria, with Hannah Lou Clarke and Beth White

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Best Praxis: 10 question interview

bestpraxisBest Praxis are a brilliant new DIY punk band, under a year old, created at a First Timers event. Since forming, they've been busily touring with fave babes Suggested Friends, and they played at last year's Decolonise Fest. We were chuffed to welcome them to LOUD WOMEN last weekend at Amersham Arms, along with Personal Best, Dream Nails and tEDS – they opened the show by filling the venue with friends and fans, and rocking TFO. We love them big time already. Here's their 10 Question Interview ...
1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 
Screaming Toenail 
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?
Our ex band member Joyce back on the keys – double synth!
3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?
To disamantle oppression, diffuse agression and smash the kyriarchy.

4. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? 

Small pub with friends

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

Ta Nehisi Coates – Between the World and Me – a letter to my son recommended by Vwede, because it’s full of powerful truths.

The Just Joans – You Might Be Smiling Now – recommended by Ash. I’m enjoying the addition of synth to their music. It’s the first album they’ve released in ten years which is really exciting and they make me laugh more than any other band.
6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
We don’t even have pedals. And the guitars don’t work. Please gift us guitars.
7. What’s the best thing about being in your band? 
The people are the best thing about this band, getting to play with other POC.

8. What are your band goals? 

We wanna record some songs soon and write more music.

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

We are recording soon keep your eyes peeled
10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.
Metric – loving the synths and vocals (Dee)
Sudan Archives – beautiful violins and I love that it’s not coventional (Jo)
Fuck U Pay Us – cos they’re fucking full of rage and it’s beautiful (Vwede)
Kelela – I like her energy, lyrics are very thoughtful (Ballu)
Japenese Breakfast – she’s written a lot of songs about grief which are incredibly moving (Ash)

Find Best Praxis on Facebook

Personal Best: 10 question interview

personalbest1Personal Best are headlining our show this weekend at Amersham Arms, awesomely supported by The Ethical Debating Society, Dream Nails and Best Praxis! We can't wait! To get to know them a bit better in the meantime, we asked them 10 questions ...
1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 
St. Vincent could do a great job of ‘This Is What We Look Like’ I reckon. Get some cool beeps and beats on there. Make it a club banger.


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?
 I wanna say a sick guitarist like Mary Timony but then I’d feel really inadequate. I’ve toyed with the idea of getting a pianist or keyboardist so I’m gonna say Carole King. She also seems really nice and I reckon she wouldn’t hog the hummus.

3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?
Turning homophobes into goldfish.

4. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? 
 Big venue! We are a stadium rock band at heart haha. 

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Record – Any Other City by Life Without Buildings, which continues to blow my mind. It’s not mega obscure but they did one album then split up in the early 2000s and it’s perfect. I kind of admire them doing that just as they were getting loads of cult attention. Book – Near to The Wild Heart by Clarice Lispector. It plays with perceptions of time and perspective and explores amorality and disruptive childhoods.



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

My guitar is a 2015 Gibson Firebird (that model has an extra millimetre width on the fretboard). I love how extra this guitar is, it’s very silly and over the top. Amp – Cornford Roadhouse 30. The company doesn’t exist any more but you can still find the amps around occasionally. Best amp I know for the money. Cost me £380 and it’s amazing. Cab – a Zilla oversized 112 with Neodymium lightweight speakers. They make custom cabs with a bunch of cool options. I picked it up second hand a while ago. Pedals – Way Huge (Jim Dunlop range) Swollen Pickle fuzz, Way Huge Angry Troll linear amp boost, Boss RV-2 Japan reverb.

7. What’s the best thing about being in your band? 
When I bring a song to practise and everyone does their thing over it and makes it sound a million times more exciting.

8. What are your band goals? 
For this year, release album two, tour in the US which we haven’t done yet. Just get next level. World domination.

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now? 
That we’re writing a really sick album.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands 
 St. Vincent, Doe, Nervus, El Morgan and the Divers, Colour Me Wednesday. Why? Cos they’re all amazing obviously.

Find Personal Best on Bandcamp and Facebook, and see them live this weekend at the Amersham Arms!
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The Nyx – interview by Keira Cullinane

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Simone Picknett – The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018
London feminist rock band, The Nyx, are named after the 'goddess of the night'. Fittingly, in 2018 they will be releasing a song every full moon! The first single, ‘Only One’ was released on January 2nd, the first full moon of the year. A beautiful rock ballad that's like the lullaby that Skunk Anansie and the Foo Fighters would singer to their cherubic love child.



“I like to think as the months go on, people can look at the moon like a clock and think - not long until the next Nyx release!’ – (Ruby Lee, bass)

The next full moon track is out on 31 Jan – I've had a sneaky preview, and it's gorgeous. Watch this space.

In the past few years, The Nyx have been relentlessly writing and recording, and are currently working with grammy award winning producer Tomasso Collavia (Muse, Pheonix). 2017 saw the release of their eponymous debut EP. “The Nyx is almost two years old, but in that time we’ve managed to lose THREE drummers, which has stopped things from ever taking off. It felt like we were starting again every time, and it stopped us from gigging, which is where we really shine... But feeling like we’ve been repeatedly tripped up has got our blood pumping. We’re going to take on 2018 like a pack of raging wolves.’ (Simone Picknett, vocals & guitar)

In the meantime, our very own Keira Cullinane caught up with the band and asked them some probing questions ...
Ruby Lee – The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018
Ruby Lee – The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018


What band would you love to cover one of your songs?
Simone: Bob Marley and the Wailers, if they did one of our songs as a reggae rendition, that would be just great.

Madonna or Beyonce?


Becky and Ruby:
Madonna
Simone: Beyonce. I like Madonna because she’s changed with the times and because she created the ‘erotica’ / latex movement, and the ‘Sex’ book. She was also really empowering women at the same time, and I guess she was also normalising sex – to the point where it was then talked about more? Beyonce does that too, but…
Ruby: She’s way more sexual? I don’t know though (retracts), is she?
Becky: I suppose they’re both quite similar.
Ruby: I prefer Beyonce’s music, but I think I prefer Madonna as a person. I say this like I personally know them both… they’re both inspirational!

Choose one of your songs to be used as a film soundtrack; what kind of film is it?Ruby: ‘Keep It Candid’ – which is a new song you’ve not heard yet, it would be in a Pussy Riot, Riot Grrrl type movie.

The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018
The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018


[I notice that, at this point, Becky is groaning and hiding under a blanket after a heavy night… She tells me she can’t think, and we discuss Mercury being in retrograde, and how it supposedly interrupts and makes communication difficult.]

Ruby: Get it together, Mercury! Wow, we’ve diverged SO far from the question.
(Becky reappears): …what was the question?
Ruby: I’ve answered the question, don’t worry. Damn you Mercury.

The 80s or the 90s?
All: 90s!
Simone: One hundred percent.
Ruby: It’s when we were born, mate!

Name a record and a book that we may not have heard of?
9780340733509Becky: *takes a deep breath* The Power Of Now, by Eckhart Tolle.
Me: Egg??
Becky: Eckhart! (laughs) there was this egg that wrote a book, it was soooooo arty…
Simone: …it was boiled.
Becky: But the book isn’t about eggs! It’s about spiritual awakening and it’s basically my bible. Record… Okay, so you know you have your ‘top songs’ playlist for the year? I saw mine this week and my top song for 2017 was a track called ‘Overbored’ by Babygirl. Really obscure band I wasn’t expecting to see up top, but pretty much summed up the sound of my head this year.

 

Ruby: Also, there’s that band called Toundra, they have this instrumental song called ‘Strelka’ and it’s like seven minutes long, it’s really fucking good. We were all really drunk listening to it once and we didn’t speak for the whole time (which is rare for us…)

Questions for the guitarists! What’s your live set up?
Simone: Electric guitar, jack cable, and amplifier! My normal set up would be a bit of modulation on delay, that comes out in tap delay which my friend made for me, a little box it’s really nice… His name’s Toby Hawthorne, we went to college together. I also go through reverb and a chorus and some overdrive.
Becky: I’m quite similar as well, I’ve got a distortion, reverb, chorus, delay – which is my idea of a perfect guitar sound. I also recently got a wah wah pedal so watch out for that …

The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018
The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018

What’s the best thing about being in your band?
Ruby: We’re best friends!
Simone: We’re best friends, we can just be really comfortable with each other.. Discuss leaky periods, share the same bras… Although, half the band don’t wear bras..
Ruby: What’s a bra??
Simone: Ruby burnt her bra a long time ago, she’s still trying to find it.
Ruby: (mutters) I’m not trying to find it…
Simone: (continues) Yeah, just the fact that we’re really great friends and hang out together, it’s really comforting.

Band goals?
Becky: Take over the fuckin’ world! Well, for us, just to kind of spread our ideas. To be influential artists, so maybe we can influence others, help them through hard times, awaken them, whatever it is. Or just give them something fun to listen to.
Simone: When we play live our energy is quite strong, so we’re almost like gushing energy through our live shows, and I guess we hope that might stick with someone. Self expression; and hopefully someone else might be inspired to express themselves.

 

Your top 5 contemporary bands?

Simone: Dolls, PURS, Gaygirl are really good as well.

Ruby: Nico Vega, they’re really good, and K.Flay.

Simone: Kate Tempest, Pearl Harts…

Becky: I really like Pumarosa, also really in to Estrons … Why don’t we have one each, then we can agree on two?

(They choose  Estrons, Pumarosa, Dolls, PURS and Nico Vega)

 

 

10 Question Interview: Dream Nails

nailsWe at LOUD WOMEN make no secret of the fact that we do have favourites, of course, and Dream Nails are it. The band is Janey (top left, singer), Anya (top right, guitar), Lucy (bottom right, drums) and Mimi (bottom left, awesome new bassist). Hot on the heels of their autumn EP release, Dare to Care, the ‘Nails have only gone and recorded a double A-side single, Vagina Police / Fascism is Coming, out 7 Feb, with all proceeds going to Abortion Support Network. So chuffed that these busy punkstars still have time to come and play LOUD WOMEN nights – and the next ones’s just this Saturday, 20 Jan at The Amersham Arms, with Personal Best, The Ethical Debating Society and Best Praxis! Get to know ’em better with our 10 question interview.

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

Anya: CZA.

Janey: LL Cool J could work some magic with Joke Choke

Mimi: Any kid on YouTube.

Lucy: Princess Nokia.

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?

Janey: Nobody! Our band is a perfect little family unit of 4 wives.

Anya: Dream World is full!

3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?

Janey: Making misogynist politicians immediately rethink their ways and become advocates of liberation.

Mimi: I’m gonna have to go with create world peace.

Anya: End inequality.

Lucy: Make it be endlessly on repeat on full volume whenever it was played. I wanna drive the world into a beautiful madness.


4. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends?

Janey: I love playing big venues full of strangers actually – it’s always a challenge to try and win them over, and we manage to do it every single time! When we were on tour with Cherry Glazerr, we really had to stay on top of our game as every evening was a fresh crowd – it was so rewarding.

Mimi: By the end, everyone’s our friend!

Lucy: The strangers: love getting those early set toe-tappers crowdsurfing by the finale.

Anya: Gotta speculate to accumulate!

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

Janey: Errrr I actually love this Captain Beefheart record ‘Blue Jeans & Moonbeams’. It’s his creamier, more accessible stuff but it’s still pretty weird. I love it. Ummm, a book… ‘Men in the Sun & Other Short Stories’ by Ghassan Kanafani is an amazing, beautiful insight into Palestine – the imagery in it has made impressions on me that have lasted for years.
Mimi: Bodyguard by the I.L.Y’s, formed by members of Death Grips.  My good friend introduced me to it almost a year ago and it’s one of those albums I end up listening to all of the time.  Also the book I’m reading now is The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, an important read if you are trying to find out more about the (erased) history of native people in North America.

Lucy: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner. Contemporary feminist American fiction about a girl called Reno who moves to NYC in the 70s to study art and ends up breaking the ‘female’ land speed record. For a record, ‘Hip Harp’ by Dorothy Ashby, she made it in 1958 and is one of the most prolific jazz harpists and composers of the time, yet obviously she is not as entrenched in jazz history as her male contemporarites.

6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
Mimi: I use an old Fender Musicmaster bass, and I’ll use any amp the kind people from venues or other bands will lend me for the night. I’ve just recently started using the Swollen Pickle fuzz pedal and it’s the biggest and best sound I’ve ever heard.

Anya: I play a 1980s Fender Strat that belonged to my mum, who played in feminist rock bands in the 70s and 80s! The guitar has seen a lot. Then for pedals I use BOSS chorus, BOSS delay, Box of Rock by ZVEX effects, some weird pedal I found in a warehouse called Metal Screamer by Ibanez. My most recent addition is a BOSS blues driver which I was given when I quit my dayjob!

7. What’s the best thing about being in your band?

Janey: The way we bring out the best in each other.
Mimi: All of the jokes and support.
Anya: Love, jokes and chips.
Lucy: Getting to exist in DreamWorld™.

8. What are your band goals?

Janey: We really want to make the punk scene (and wider music industry) a more thoughtful place that’s accessible to more people. We’re constantly speaking with promoters about ensuring there are women and people of colour on the line-ups we play, making sure the toilets in venues are gender-neutral and ensuring venues have a safe spaces policy. When we organise our own shows, we make sure they’re in accessible venues and we’re constantly striving to make sure we’re doing our best for our fans.

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

Janey: We’re going to start inviting guests on our YouTube series Chip Advisor! By the way, Chip Advisor is us reviewing chips on tour.

Mimi: We are releasing a vinyl Vagina Police and zine Your Body is Not Your Own where all proceeds go to Abortion Support Network.

Lucy: …And we are going to win a VMA with the video for it.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.

Janey: Screaming Toenail because they’re funky postcolonial punks and I learn something new at every gig…

Mimi: I know this isn’t really band stuff but I really love when drag queens release music.. Alaska Thunderfuck, Bob the Drag Queen, Adore Delano, Tatianna…

Anya: Sacred Paws, amazing hi-life style guitar playing!

Lucy: Big Joanie because they’re sick.

 


Find Dream Nails on Facebook and Bandcamp … and come see them live on 20 Jan at the Amersham Arms!

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10 question interview: The Ethical Debating Society

teds1The Ethical Debating Society (TEDS, to you) are noisy, relevant, seitanic punx. Led by Tegan Christmas, with Kris on guitar, Eli on drums … we’ve not seen nearly enough of these lovelies in 2017, so we’re delighted to be kicking off our 2018 gigarama with them next weekend, 20 January, at The Amersham Arms. In the meantime, they kindly offered answers to our 10 questions …

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

Kris: St Vincent or Comet Gain; Vince because she did such a good job with the Pop Group, and the Gain because there’s a song we’ve never used which’d only work if they did it.

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?

Tegan: Virginia Woolf. I had a dream where I met her and said ‘Oh Ginny, how’re you doing?” and she told me “I’m good, I’m done with literature now, I’m running a women’s basketball team, they’re doing really well”. I think that if she had another lifetime she’d probably be up for a bit of rock n roll. We’d waive our ‘no bass’ rule.

3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?

Tegan: The power of persuasion.

4. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends?  

Kris: Tricky. We’ve enjoyed playing big rooms full of strangers, but it’s more fun when you feel like you’re making new friends out of them in the process.. and.. sometimes that happens!

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

Tegan: Book – ‘The Collector’ by John Fowles. An us–versus–them novel that everyone should read at the age of 16. Album – ‘Radio Hits, Vol 1’ by Helen Love, which is perfect. Pure sunshine pop. I had it on yellow glittery vinyl.

Kris: Book – ‘Woman of the Dunes’ by Kobo Abe. Japanese socialist writes existentialist masterpiece. Album – ‘Bodies’ by Sidi Bou Said. Charley Stone from all-the-bands recently clued me into this brilliant album which I’d never heard before. Lifelong learning, isn’t it?

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

 Tegan plays a blue guitar with orange pedals that go fuzz, and Kris plays a black guitar with an ‘OCD’ pedal that we don’t know what it does. He was drawn to it, moth-like – but you have to keep it exactly perpendicular to the edge of the stage or it doesn’t work.

7. What’s the best thing about being in your band? 

Consensus decision making and an atmosphere of total criticism yet total support for each of us to try new things we haven’t done before.

8. What are your band goals? 

Finish the difficult second album. Stay ethical.

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

We’re working on a very special cover for a fundraising compilation and part of the song is in 7/8 time!

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.

Dream Nails: brilliantly charismatic communicators.
Guttfull: constantly-surprising collective of new talents.
ILL: art-punk, politics and everything unholy.
Petrol Girls: hardcore redemption.
Witching Waves: post-everything supergroup!


Find TEDS on Facebook and Bandcamp