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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.

Gaptooth: Pre-LOUD WOMEN Fest 5 Question Interview

Gaptooth aka Hannah Lucy is a returning favourite to LOUD WOMEN Fest – having played at our 2nd Fest, and worked as a steward on all of our Fests! A brilliant musician, talented visual artist, staunch activist, and all-round lovely friend – we are so pleased Gaptooth is playing this year’s Fest on 14 September. Don’t miss her – 3pm on the Boston Music Room stage. 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?

I make feminist electro-pop with a riot grrrl vibe. I normally play solo but I’ll have two guitarists, Georgia and Kim, joining me on stage for the first time.

If you know my records, this will be a bit heavier and punkier.

2. Fill in the blanks …

Our sound is like the lovechild of Le Tigre and Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a bit on the side from The Faint.

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

Destroying capitalist white supremacist hetero-patriarchy with beats you can dance to.

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

I’m really looking forward to seeing Lilith Ai, as I saw her play at LOUD WOMEN Fest 2 and she was amazing. I also love her artwork and her videos – she is multitalented.

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

As an artist, a festival like LOUD WOMEN brings together a supportive, feminist audience in a way that you don’t get with many other events. As a fan it’s a source of hidden gems – I’ve been to every Loud Women Fest since the first one and every year I’ve discovered new bands and artists that I love.

Delila Black: 10 Question Interview

Delila Black came and played our Unplugged evening last week and treated us to a thoroughly captivating performance – her powerful voice and skilled songwriting were food for the ears and the soul. Scarcity of hours in the day meant I didn’t get to publish this 10 question interview before the gig, but here it is along with the strong recommendation to check out Delila Black’s music.

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

 As this will be an acoustic night you can expect a quieter version of my usual set. You’ll hear  tales of love, betrayal and vengeance and you’ll get an atmosphere of Country-Noire.

It’ll be a mix of punk-country, rodeo-rock and  good ol’ traditional.

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

At the moment it’s Vanilla Ice Cream. I like creating the  atmosphere and I like the story. I also like doing High On A Mountain because of the sentiment behind it. It’s simple and raw.  Actually, I think the whole set is.

3. Do some super-lazy journalism on our behalf please, and fill in the blanks: “My sound is like  …”

Imagine KD Lang, Grace Jones  and Jack White at church, then imagine them at Fight Club.

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

Actually there are 3.

1. I was invited to sing solo, a cappella at Westminster Abbey at “A Service For Haiti” a year after the earthquake. I sang  a song in Kreyol,  that  I wrote with my dad . The acoustics were absolutely stunning. An incredible experience. 

2. Tony Visconti said he likes my work and

3. the late, great Mr. Tom Paley played fiddle on some of my songs.

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

Book: “”The Temple of My Familiar” by Alice Walker.  You will not be able to put it down, or maybe that’s just me. I wasn’t able to put it down! It will take you on a journey you didn’t know you needed to take. 

Record: Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers “End Of My Journey”.  It’s pure and raw.  Brilliant vocals from each singer and Sam Cooke of course sounds heavenly.  Towards  the end of the song, when it gets rough and loud,  you can catch tiny, little  bits of electric guitar -you can actually hear rock & roll being born.

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

 Mr. Buckley will answer this one:

We’re using a Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin with a P90 pickup.The current signal path is typically split between a clean sound sent via DI to the FOH mixer (via an MXR 6-band EQ pedal, in case we need to fine-tune for various venues) and a dirty sound (via a couple of simple but very good overdrive/boost pedals – a Hot Cake and a Fulltone FatBoost) which, in large venues, might typically be sent to an amp onstage (a Laney VC30 or, where we are using other amps, something like a Vox AC30 or another similar valve-driven amp) but which can also all be sent inline via DI in acoustic shows.

7. Who inspires you?

People with no filter (probably for the wrong reasons)

8. What are your musical goals?

Short term: To finish recording my 3rd  EP.  Electro-Mountain and have it ready for promotion by December.  Book some festivals  for next year. 

Long term: I’d love to get on Jools Holland. I’d also love to get my music in films or television shows (that I like)

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

There are 2 ‘most important’ things you need to know about my music right now.

1. We will be playing at the Aktion4Prevention Festival at the Bedford, 12th September.

2.  The  EP Electro-Mountain will be ready  in a couple of months!

Find it at www.delilablack.com

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

I’ll keep this answer to unsigned artists that  I’ve played with. No particular order.  Hopefully people will  check them out. Unsigned and emerging artists need your support.

Dan Caleb – fierce and captivating live performances

Hayley Solas – she sounds like a mixture of Angel Olsen and Stevie Nicks. (it’s a win win)

Juliet & Nanette – original well crafted songs (but don’t go see them if you’re depressed )

The Life & Death – well crafted, beautifully recorded. Great songs. 

I can’t think of a 5th one. I’m sure I have one but I’m watching Schitt’s Creek on Netflix  while I’m trying to do this and I can’t concentrate because Catherine O’Hara is so  brilliant.  

MIRI: 10 question interview

MIRI is coming to play our Unplugged night at the Old Queen’s Head this Thursday 22 August! We got to know her better with our 10 questions …

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

Grit and sound vibes 

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

At the moment it’s a cover of Girls Just Want To Have Fun. It feels really powerful to perform and allows me to vent emotionally about inequality. Sony have given me clearance to release it so I’m looking forward to getting it out there to more people. 

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

“My sound is like the lovechild of _Edith Piaf_ and _Amy Winehouse_ with a bit on the side from _Paolo Nutini_” 

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

Everything feels a bit of a blur at the moment but the success and positive response from my Soundbites EP I feel pretty proud of. It’s the first full project I’ve co produced and I’ve received amples of love from fans and press like yourselves + Clash Magazine, London In Stereo, Jasmine Dotiwala at BBC London and Fubar Radio. 

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

Friends Like These by Danny Wallace. I remember laughing out loud when I read it. And These Days by Nico cos it’s heart wrenchingly beautiful and bittersweet. 

6. Who inspires you?

Patti Smith. I love how she follows creativity. When I was at a real low point a few years back I decided to live the year in the spirit of Patti Smith. I had many adventures. 

8. What are your musical goals?

I’d love to perform my music at Glastonbury and on the Jools Holland Show. 

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

My new EP Soundbites is out digitally and I’m playing Greenbelt Festival Sunday 25th August. 

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

1. Kate Nash – I recommend her documentary Underestimate The Girl. She’s gone through some real rough times as an artist and hasn’t given up.

2. Paolo Nutini – I love his voice and track Iron Sky, it resonates so much truth and power.

3. Bikini Kill – I saw their show at the 02 Brixton Academy. Pure legends. They create a positive environment for womxn to feel free and empowered. 

4. Yolanda Charles – Yolanda is musical royalty and she kindly said yes to playing bass on two of the tracks on my Soundbites EP. 

5. Nia Wyn – Nia’s voice is unique and raw. Her songs are hard hitting and honest. 

I am HER/Julie Riley: 10 question interview

Julie Riley aka I am HER is coming to play our Unplugged night at the Old Queen’s Head this Thursday 22 August! We got to know her better with our 10 questions …

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

A bit of punk /alt folk hits the mark. I’ll play acoustic but that doesn’t mean it will be sweet, quiet folk.

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

I really like playing ‘Heretic’ as its very therapeutic, tends to connect a lot for other women (amongst other genders ) and it’s the song I am least likely to mess up live which means I can relax and actually enjoy it. 

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

“My sound is like the lovechild of PJ Harvey  and Patti Smith with a bit on the side from Taylor Swift”.  Well, that might be overstating it but basically  full of stories, dark, punky and a little bit pop/catchy. 

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

I have to cite a moment in the 90s – I was recording a song at Abbey Rd studios with Clare Grogan singing my lyrics, Steve Albini on the desk and I even got to meet George Martin too. Our then band, Rosa Mota were recording our 2nd album and we were the first ones to use the famous studio the Beatles recorded in after it had been refurbished . George Martin was given the grand tour while we were there. I remember thinking at the time – well this is a moment and a half. Album was called Bionic, track ‘This Grudge’ if anyone wants to look it up!

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

 Book: 2+2 = 5 by Viv Boot. Based on a true story by and about a friend of mine, falling in love, not coming out and spending time in prison (the latter not because of the former 2 points ). It’s funny, witty, easy to read and I’m sure it will touch a lot of hearts. 

Record: That Dog by That Dog – great crunchy, dirty guitars, low slung bass lines and discordant harmonies.

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

I am no guitar geek  – I keep it all as simple as I can. Up til now I have been using  a Tanglewood acoustic but have just got myself a vintage Yamaha hybrid electro acoustic that has an acoustic pick up and a jazz one. I keep it on acoustic as it has more grit. I have 1 pedal which I use very sparingly – a Big Muff.  My amp is an HH electronic, which apparently is the same as used by the Buzzcocks. I recorded with it but when playing live I just what ever there is.

7. Who inspires you? 

Where to begin? My daughters, Suffragettes, Michelle Obama, P J Harvey, Kristin Hersh, friends and family, young people, the organisers of Loud Women and She17 doing great work in their spare time to make doing music more possible for people like me. I also have to say Daniel Miller and all at Mute records who never stop putting out music because they love it and believe in it – not to make money. 

8. What are your musical goals? 

Musically to get a point where we are performing more – would love to get enough from it so that we can give up our day jobs and do it more. 

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

 We mean it and we are not going away. 

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

In no particular order….

Big Joanie – Sistahs (album) I just do not get bored of. It’s great. And these young women are pushing boundaries, which I love. 

Le Butcherettes – have you seen them live? Dear god they are beyond awesome. I should have cited their level of performance as 1 of our musical goals. 

Sit Down – fierce sound. I love ‘Mothership’. Duo, female drummer. They fascinate me. 

ARXX – these women are joyous to watch and their latest single, Iron Lung – I wish it was ours. 

Noise and the Naive – I saw these at a Loud Women gig (Hope and Anchor) and have been hooked ever since. Another duo (I seem have picked 3 – funny that). I find them inspirational. 

Catch Julie Riley/I am HER this Thursday 22 August at the Old Queen’s Head


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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.