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Pleasure Venom: Pre-LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 Question Interview

Pleasure Venom are explosive garage punx from Austin, TX, and they’re one of the most timely and powerful bands on the planet right now. If you didn’t already know , they’re coming all the way over to London to play LOUD WOMEN Fest on 14 Sept! They headline the Dome stage at 10.30pm, just after Petrol Girls, and just before The Txlips. I’m crying already. In the meantime, here’s a 5 question interview …

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

Loud! Sweaty! Sexy! Dance-y! Thrashy! Texas heat! Rowdy shit! It’ll make you tingle in your “no, no” and “yas, yas” parts!

2. Fill in the blanks

“Our sound is like the lovechild of THE BIRTHDAY PARTY and X RAY SPEX  with a bit on the side from TINA TURNER AND BIKINI KILL”

3. Give us your band manifesto in no more than 20 words.

We dig freedom to express yourself however the hell you want. Period. 

4. Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

To be honest…Everyone! I’m not really wanting to choose. I get into bands a lot from seeing their sets live then go back and get into everything else they’ve released, so I’m just excited to meet and see everyone. We play with a lot of men in Texas so I totally welcome the few shows I get to play featuring mainly women and people of color. We’re very excited.

5. What made you want to play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

I heard of it when Kathleen Hanna shared it on Twitter. I decided to apply, forgot about it then we got the invite! From there we just decided there’s no point in flying out for one date and set up a few dates around this. September 10 we are playing Tribeca in Manchester. September 11 we are at Chunk in Leeds. Then we are London this dope fest! We’re really excited! Many of us, including myself, have never left the US before. Thanks for having us! 

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Secondhand Underpants: Pre-LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 Question Interview

Secondhand Underpants are our very favourite riot grrrl activist witch trio from Istanbul – Fulden, Temmuz and Ceren. Can’t wait to see them at LOUD WOMEN Fest on 14 Sept – 2.30pm on the Dome stage. Here’s their 5 question interview.

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

It’s going to be wild and loud and not very pretty, but also maybe kind of cute in the way that Chucky or a trainwreck is cute. All likeminded feminist killjoys should come and join the fun and the angst. Let’s riot!!

2. Fill in the blanks…

“Our sound is like the lovechild of Bikini Kill and Babes in Toyland with a bit on the side from L7.”

3. Give us your band manifesto in no more than 20 words.

Smash the patriarchy, friendship is magic, boys lie, queer as in fuck you, riots not diets & fuck your racist borders.

4. Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

Fulden: Petrol Girls. I fell in love with them ever since I heard Talk of Violence. They have a sound that is so powerful yet vulnerable and haunting. The perfect combo of strength and softness. They ended up being one of my all time favourite bands. I would’ve loved for them to play in our home country Turkey, as would many other fans I know. Hopefully I’ll get to bring home some souvenirs!

Ceren: Also Petrol Girls. I am so gutted that I won’t be there, enjoy it for me too sisters. [Sadly Ceren can’t make the trip – boo, we’ll miss you Ceren!]

Temmuz: The Txlips. I am stoked. They are so forceful and also a bit psychedelic with the heaviness of the keys at times which has this whimsicalness that I am so drawn to. I love how they combine virtuosity with spontaneity in their solo sections, the drumming is furious! This is a great opportunity for us to see them live since they are based in the USA.

5. What made you want to play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

We are tired of being perceived as one of the few punk bands in our country with a queer feminist agenda, which feels isolating, hence it is super important for us to feel solidarity with other loud women and share the same space/stage. We love the ezine and the community and very much look forward to finally partake in the festival! Also, it looks like we’re going to be first Turkish punk band to ever play in the U.K. and we’re super stoked about that!!

Hurtling: Pre-LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 Question Interview

Hurtling are a so-hot-right-now London indie trio, powered by Jen Macro – quite possibly the best guitarist in the world. If you’ve not seen them before, prepare to meet your new favourite band at LOUD WOMEN Fest on 14 Sept, 4pm on the Boston Music Room. Here’s their 5 question interview …

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

Three  slightly awkward people on a stage playing 30 mins of guitar led, dynamically diverse, dreamnoise pop with dark hued lyrics.

2. Fill in the blanks:

“Our sound is like the lovechild of The Carpenters and Pixies with a bit on the side from Wolf Alice”.

3. Give us your band manifesto in no more than 20 words.

Be kind, be genuine, be happy, be-bop-a-lula. Oh, and fuck Boris.

4. Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

Hard to narrow it down but… Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something, ARXX, Personal Best, The Baby Seals, Hello Delaware, Lilith Ai.

5. What made you want to play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

We’ve wanted to play the fest since it started. LOUD WOMEN is such a great community, and we want to dance and party all night long with all the amazing people.

Nervous Twitch: Pre-LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 question interview

Leeds’ finest garage trio Nervous Twitch return to LOUD WOMEN Fest on 14 Sept – kicking off the proceedings at 1pm on the Boston Music Room stage! Here’s their 5 Question Interview …

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

Hook filled pops song with elements of punk, indie pop, and surf, delivered with passion, fun, and energy!

2. Fill in the blanks:

“Our sound is like the lovechild of THE REZILLOS and THE RAMONES with a bit on the side from THE B-52S

3. Give us your band manifesto in no more than 20 words.

Using songwriting as a form of therapy, transforming our energy into well-crafted punky pop songs.

4. Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

The really great thing about Loud Women events is that any of the bands in the line up that you don’t know I can guarantee that you will end up going away loving them! It’s always a great place to discover new stuff. The line ups for the gigs they put on are always great, We’d be at more of them if we weren’t based 200 miles away!

We saw The Baby Seals in Leeds last year and loved their set, also we would wanna catch I, Doris and The Cleopatras.

5. What made you want to play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

Cassie and the team do a great job of promoting and supporting inclusivity in the music scene and we admire all the work they do. We also believe that some of the most innovative and exciting music being made right now is from within this scene.

The Txlips: Pre-LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 Question Interview

The Txlips from Atlanta, GA, are a powerful AF rocknroll band providing an inspiration for women of colour worldwide. Hosting them at LOUD WOMEN Fest on 14 Sept is a huge privilege – they headline the Boston Music Room stage at 10pm and you really must not miss them!

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

You can expect a whirlwind of black girl magic! We are a giant force of energy and our shows warrant people to tap into their inner them. We hope to inspire people to leave our shows and go after what makes them happy and what they are passionate about. 

2. Fill in the blanks…

Our sound is like the lovechild of Nirvana and Living Color with a bit of side from Beyonce

3. Give us your band manifesto in no more than 20 words.

To dominate the music industry and set the tone for women desiring to create their own path. Pussy Is Power.

4. Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

Probably Vaginas, what else?  I mean come on, the name is epic. lol

5. What made you want to play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?
We want to be a part of a festival that celebrates women in the best way possible. We knew this festival would allow us to be on a bill of other amazing women who all have the same general mission to show the world just what women do. It’s our turn now. 

Hello Delaware: Pre-LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 Question Interview

Last Autumn I attended Nova Scotia Music Week, where I met the force of nature that is Dana Beeler – she was running a multi-venue international music showcase festival without breaking a sweat, and played an incredible set fronting her own band, Hello Delaware, while she was at it. Absolutely a woman after my own heart. I also majorly fangirled over bassist Tori Cameron who seemingly plays in every band in Nova Scotia. The whole band is awesome, you’re going to love them – so excited that they’re coming to London to play LOUD WOMEN Fest on 14 Sept! Here’s their 5 Question Interview.

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

People can expect a fun, energetic and passionate stage show. Loud guitar and lots of hair flips.

2. Fill in the blanks…

“Our sound is like the lovechild of Big Moon and Gwen Stefani (No Doubt era), with some Lommi riffage.”

3. Give us your band manifesto in no more than 20 words.

Work hard, play harder. lol 

4. Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at LOUD WOMEN Fest? 

Honestly super stoked to see The Petrol Girls. I’ve been listening to them for the last couple of months and have really become a fan, and of course I, Doris!

5. What made you want to play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

We’re very much looking forward to coming back to the UK and getting to play with so many bad ass womxn ❤️ 

Lilith Ai: Pre-LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 Question Interview

Lilith Ai is going to be a megastar pretty soon, so can we just state for the record that we loved her very much before she was famous? We loved her when she first came and played for us in a smelly basement in Brixton, we loved her big time when she turned up to play LOUD WOMEN Fest 2 with a cake she baked for us, and you’ll all love her when she plays the hello out of LOUD WOMEN Fest 4 on 14 Sept – catch her at 5pm on the Boston Music Room stage. (Also – Fun Fact – Lilith’s mum is doing our catering this year. Vegan Creole food – and if her mum’s gumbo is as good as Lilith’s cakes, we’re all in for a massive treat.) Here’s her pre-Fest 5 Question Interview.

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

Chill vibes. I try to make connections when I play so people see me within themselves. And we can be like “same”.

2. Fill in the blanks…

“Our sound is like the lovechild of Tracy Chapman and Lauryn Hill  with a bit on the side from Sonic Youth

3. Give us your artist manifesto in no more than 20 words.

I do the best I can till I know better, then I do that.

4. Who are you most looking forward to seeing play at LOUD WOMEN Fest? 

There are so many bands this year coming from abroad. I wanna see all of those because I may not get the chance again.  And also Hurtling, because I’ve never seen them.

5. What made you want to play at LOUD WOMEN Fest?

Because it’s awesome.