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Tuffragettes: 10 question interview

Thrilled to be hosting the mighty Tuffragettes this Saturday at London’s Hope & Anchor – along with Olivia Awbrey, The Plan and The Other Ones! We got to know Frankie Tuffragette a bit better with our 10 question interview …

1.Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
I’d love Rickie Lee Jones to do a cool acoustic rework of ‘Double’

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 would love love the bassist who played on Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ LP

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?
The last song I wrote was for a Frankie Tuffragettes LP coming out on April 20th. It was the title track for the record called “Hi” – i wanted to write a really soaring, honest and vulnerable introduction to my record so I could really connect with who’s listening and introduce what I think is my best ever collection of songs. I was in my bedroom and it turned out beautifully!

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?
My favourite gig I’ve played was at a night we put on at the end of 2018 called Nightmare Before Cis-mas. All my friends were there, and the rest of the audience was so down-to-earth? We really lifted each other up and I left feeling so calm. My favourite gig I watched may have been Pixies at Field Day 2011. Their energy is unparalleled.

5. Recommend a record that you think our readers might not have heard of.
I would absolutely recommend ‘Teaser & The Firecat” by Cat Stevens. It’s breathtakingly perfect.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
Don’t worry, be happy! Literally learn to not give a fuck about anything except your love of making music and the joy of being on-stage.

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

“In The Airoplane Over The Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel

“The Queen Is Dead” by The Smiths

“Cupid Deluxe” by Blood Orange OR Weezer’s “Blue” album OR The Drums self-titled album (that last one coulda been sooooo many though)

8. What are your musical goals?
To be a remembered part of the queer punk canon

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
We want revolution dyke style now!!!!!

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.
Xoey 5.0 – The best songwriter on the London queer music circuit right now
Screaming Toenail – anti-colonial grungy militant queer punx from London
Suggested Friends – virtuoso queer pop rock babes from London
Tami T – ingenious queer trans grrrl altpop from Stockholm
Makthaverskan – perfect sad dreamy pop and post-punk from Gothenburg

Catch Tuffragettes live this Saturday 13 April at the Hope & Anchor!

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Olivia Awbrey: 10 question interview

Olivia Awbrey from Portland Oregon is coming to play LOUD WOMEN on 13 April at the Hope & Anchor. We got to know her a bit better by asking her our 10 questions …

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 think right now I’d want Tig Notaro telling jokes between each song.
I’d love to have her as a hype-person.

Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
Patti Smith or Kim Deal.

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’m currently working on a new song about romanticism and how it fails people. It was inspired by archaic ideas of relationships and how that pressure keeps people from letting themselves be messy and honest in getting to know each other. I have a hard time writing about love and relationships, but I’ve been thinking about it more recently. Of course I’m just hiding personal experiences in the format of writing about someone else. I chose to write about Robert Frost getting wrapped up in himself and the pressure of individualism and romanticism rather than just choosing a path and walking it. I think it’s turning out okay.

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

My violinist Margaret and I played a duo set together in Bolton, UK last year and the vibe of the all-ages and everything was really fun and intimate – the audience was super warm and it just felt good. With my band, we played a show at Turn, Turn, Turn in Portland last year and it was the first time playing our new material out to a full audience after months of rehearsing in a garage – that was really rewarding!! Favorite gig watched recently: My friend Emily Overstreet in Portland plays in a bunch of projects and
her solo songwriting is stunning – catchy, minimalist and a little ambient. She played a show at Mississippi Studios in Portland a couple months ago and I cried the whole time.

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

Definitely check out Elly Swope from Portland. Her album “It Feels the Same Everytime” is great. Also my friend and drummer in my band, Dan Klee, is about to drop his album “Portraits” and that’ll be on the internet somewhere. 🙂

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

Ha! I feel like I’m a young musician. Still learning a lot every day. Although after 10 years I’m getting the hang of something. If you’re just starting out I would say: make music with people who make you feel good, and the rest will fall into place. Doubt is normal, and fucking up is encouraged every once in a while.

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

Ah. I have to say #1 is still Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen – I’ll never tire of the cinematic masterpiece that it is; #2 is Last Splash by The Breeders; and #3 is Chris T-T’s Capital.

What are your musical goals?

To make music with people who share the same love of camaraderie and craft. And longevity. I’d like to be making music when I’m 80!

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

We are finishing up our debut full-length, recorded half in my hometown Portland, OR and London, UK. Not exactly sure when it will be released, but hopefully late 2019 or early 2020. And we’ll be doing a proper tour for it in the US and UK – so look out for that!

Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

1 – Courtney Barnett – she nails the balance between working really hard and not giving afuck, and I’m always blown away by her honesty onstage.

2 – Anna Tivel – she’s a songwriter from Portland who weaves worlds into her albums through lyrics and melody and I love everything she puts out.

3 – Dan Klee – he’s a rock songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/lyricist in Portland and he makes these arena rock masterpieces from his bedroom – definitely worth checking out (and i’m biased, because he drums with me, haha)

4 – Hurtling – they’re a London-based trio [ed: playing this year’s LOUD WOMEN Fest, in fact!], and I just love Jen Macro’s guitar playing and singing.

5 – Roseblood – they’re a Portland power group led by Kathy Foster (from The Thermals and making some really dark, heavy music that fills the abyss in my soul.

Follow Olivia Awbrey on Facebook, and catch her live in London on 13 April at the Hope & Anchor, with The Plan, Tuffragettes, and The Other Ones

Piney Gir: 10 question interview


London-based Piney Gir originally hails from Kansas and has for many years been a prolific and prodigious musician, spanning various genres from electro to alt-country to folktronic to 60’s retro pop to krautrock. She is currently working on album number seven! LOUD WOMEN is proud as punch to be helping Piney throw a London launch party for her new single at Paper Dress Vintage on 19 Feb, along with Natalie Sharp (of Lone Taxidermist), Samantha Whates, and DJs Ruth Barnes and Cheri Amour (The Other Woman Show/Soho Radio) will soundtrack the Suffragette City disco. In the meantime, we asked Piney 10 questions …

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

I’d love to hear what Janelle Monae would do with one of my songs.  I love her fresh, original sound, she never does what’s expected, and so it would cool to hear what she’d do with 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?

That’s a tough question.  I would have loved to collaborate with Prince or David Bowie, both of which are pretty famed for being original and changing things up.  I’d love to see what they would do to bend my perception or challenge the way I think about music.  I would learn a lot from them and it’d be fun.  However, they are not around so unless I conjure them up somehow with some kind of voodoo spell, maybe I’d choose to work with someone living, like Dangermouse because I love his production style, his music sounds like he’s having fun all the time.   Ditto Dave Fridmann sounds like he uses the studio like a playground and that would be really great!

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’m working on this new track that doesn’t have a name yet, it sounds a bit like Plastic Ono Band, chorus is a bit Elliot Smith sounding, the melody has lots of chromatics, the palette so far sounds a bit like Psapp with vibraphone and sparse bassline moving around in fourths, there is tick-tocking percussion that sounds a sort of like the clock in FAO Schwartz (that’s the toy store where Tom Hanks dances on the giant floor piano in Big).  Lyrics are about infinity and beyond, playful, hopeful, but the chromatic melody gives it a dark, bittersweet twist.  It’s not done yet, so not sure how it will turn out or even if it will see the light of day, but I’m always writing.

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

You are full of hard questions! 

a) I played a gig at Glastonbury on the Park Stage; the first year the Park Stage existed I played twice.  I did the Saturday afternoon and it was great, really fun!  But the unexpected gig on Sunday came about when Micah P Hinson broke his arm or leg or something?  So I filled in for him.   However, I didn’t know I was playing Glasto again on Sunday so I went a bit wild on Saturday night, my band agreed to the gig, but couldn’t find me.  I had been out all night; I got ‘Glastonburied!’  They found me an hour before our set, I had to do hair, make up, warm up my voice, etc. and it was The Libertines secret gig right before me, meaning Kate Moss, Pete Doherty and all these hipster paparazzi people were watching my set from the side of the stage and there was an absolutely huge crowd there to see us.  It was great fun, it took every ounce of concentration I had to get through that set the best way I could… so I didn’t realise that behind me Ed Harcourt was giving my band poppers on stage and a naked man emerged from The Rabbit Hole (the small stage next to The Park Stage) wearing nothing but a rabbit head and he was hopping around behind me.  Everyone I saw afterwards was like ‘how did you keep a straight face?’ but in all honesty I was so frazzled from my big Glastonbury night I was concentrating too hard to fully register what was going on.  It was fun and rowdy and I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it, apart from maybe getting a good night’s sleep!

b) I recently saw David Byrne and it changed the way I think about live music it was so incredible.  Firstly his band were not stationary, they were wearing marching band drums and wireless guitars, Bluetooth mics, etc, so they could march in formations and shapes and flow freely on and off stage, they played with the lighting and sets and it was just magical.  The exciting set-up did not detract from the music, which was, if anything heightened by these layers that resulted in a pointillistic approach to music-making.  It was inspiring and I was elated after seeing it.  I also saw Childish Gambino in Bilbao at a festival and while the setting (the top of a mountain in the middle of summer in beautiful Spain) was stunning, it was wildly enhanced by Childish Gambino’s set, his stage presence was like that of a legend, I felt like I was seeing the new Marvin Gaye or something!  It was poignant, political, meaningful, funky and fun all the same time.  I was in such awe!  And last but not least, Dolly Parton, she’s my fave!  I have seen her several times, every time I cry during Little Sparrow.  Her Glastonbury set was brilliant, and I really enjoyed when she played the O2, she’s also such a hero because of what she gives back to her community.  She’s also a tough cookie and a savvy businesswoman; I love her!

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

I don’t presume to know more than anyone else about music and books but I can tell you my jam these days is old-school world music.  I have been listening non-stop to a Spotify playlist I’ve made featuring Fadhili William, Eden Ahbez, Mulatu Astatke, Dixie Kwanka, Lord Kitchener (he always sounds so happy), Yma Sumac (her voice is insane it’s so good!), Joose Keskitalo etc.  In fact here’s a link to the playlist if you want to hear it.

Books, let’s see, I am currently reading an anthology of American Indian Myths and Legends, I am part Native American so I’m enjoying delving into my history a bit.  Also, these stories are mad!  It’s really obvious that Native Americans smoked peyote and chowed down on magic mushrooms because these stories are a trip and a half; yet they are created to explain the mundane… like farming, animals, seasons and weather is all explained with these totally crazy stories.  I highly recommend it as an alternative to fairy tales, great bedtime reading.

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

Umm… just do it!  Don’t doubt yourself, don’t second guess your creativity, follow your muse, listen to your heart.  Do it for fun, and do it because you love it.  Don’t do it to ‘make it’ or ‘get signed’ because it’s a rough road and can be really hard sometimes; sometimes people won’t get it, and that’s hard but it’s okay and will make you stronger.  Do it because it’s who you are.  If you gotta do it, you gotta… it’s just in you, right?  Don’t give up.

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

It’s tough because there’s so much music I love!  But the albums I’m choosing are old I guess these are tried and tested and have stood the test of time, I have listened to these records so many times for so many years they are a part of my lifeblood now.  But there’s shizzloads of wonderful new music that I’m obsessed with too!  I guess these albums below are formative for me though.

Paul Simon’s Graceland was one of the first secular albums my mom played in the car.  I had a very sheltered upbringing and wasn’t exposed to pop or rock music really.  The sounds from that album were bouncy like sunshine, but I knew what he was singing about was serious.  I was just a kid and wasn’t fully grasping the importance of his links to South Africa and the double meanings to songs caught up with me later, but it was fun and got me bopping in the back seat.

Depeche Mode Music For The Masses was one of the first tapes I bought with my babysitting money from a bargain bin at the music store in the mall.  It had probably been out for ages by the time I got it on sale, but it was new to me and sounded like future music to my sheltered, Midwestern ears.  My friends at the time were listening to Journey and Boston, Kansas and Rush; it was like being in a time warp.  Depeche Mode was dark and synthy and I had never heard anything like it.  I listened to the song Stripped on that album over and over; I loved it and was also convinced that I was going to go to hell for listening to it.

3rd choice, I was really torn, as I wanted to choose a Beatles record as I am a bit obsessed with the Beatles (have been since the 90’s) but for a start, I would struggle to choose just one Beatles album (Revolver, Rubber Soul and White Album all being favourites) but I think Nirvana’s Nevermind actually shifted the way I listened to music.  It was such a shake up from the shiny pop I’d grown accustomed to with mainstream ears.  Madonna and Michael Jackson were mainstays of the roller rink but Nirvana conjured up that rebel inside and made me wanna learn how to smoke and drive around Kansas City with my speakers distorting from the sheer volume of it.

Honorouble mention goes to Bjork’s Homogenic, which scored many road trips across Kansas for me as a teenager and showed me how quirk and grandeur can live side by side in a song.  I love this record and Bjork’s a bit of a legend.  Ditto The Breeders Last Splash, who showed me that girls can rock just as hard or even harder than boys can, but Breeders still have tuneful riffs and melodies, channelling riot grrl swagger with a pop sensibility that could rival Pet Sounds.  It’s good to have role models like that!  There’s a whole new stable of excellent female-fronted bands that I love and it seems easier than ever for women to get out there and rock out!  I’m excited to be a part of that scene and The Breeders paved the way.

8. What are your musical goals? 

I just wanna keep making music and I wanna keep doing my thing the best way that I know how.  I actually was having a really hard time prior to writing this new album (You Are Here – it will come out later this year), lots of big life stuff went pear-shaped, I was made redundant from my day job (I worked as a music supervisor in advertising, which is a whole tangent story I won’t go into now, but I could probably write a Kill Your Friends style book about it) and on the same day my label dropped me (with a bluntly-worded email), what kind of hideous stars aligned that day?  Friends then let me down, people close to me got cancer, another friend died, I had my own health stuff going on with hospital visits, blood tests, MRI scans, it was the lowest of the low… and it can be really damaging to put your heart out there in song form and to feel like it’s not connecting, it’s like Mercury was constantly in retrograde or something.  It’s not that I’m after validation or fame; it’s more that as an artist my music feels incomplete if I don’t share it, like that’s the final part of the creativity equation.  So I had resolved to just quit, to stop making music, I felt it was too painful to lay it all out on the line like that to have people treat it like something disposable.  But the funny thing was, I couldn’t stop.  Songs kept popping into my head and lyrics kept forcing their way out of my pen, I tried to ignore it, but it was pounding like a tell-tale heart, so I had to write this record, and it came out in its most organic form.  I had a lot of fun making this record and now I’m just excited to share it and I’m not going to get hung up on if a music bizz person screws me over, or a record label boss is kind of douchey, maybe I’ve developed a thicker skin (a silver lining from all that bad stuff).  This album is pure expression and comes from the heart, some of that pain is in there, and so is the optimism that comes with the pain, it’s whole and it’s human and I’m proud of it… if it does well, that would be great!  But that’s not why I do it, I do it because it is simply ‘in me’ to do it, it’s who I am.  So my goal is just to be able to keep on doing it.  A nice team (a label, PR, plugger) would be living the dream, but I think most importantly I need to just work with lovely, likeminded people who appreciate and respect my vision. 

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

I am the luckiest girl in the world because I have such a sweet band and amazing, talented people I can call upon to sing with me, play with me, write songs with me, and generally have a laugh on the tour bus with.  My band consists of my best friends.  I’m 1000’s of miles away from home; so they really do feel like my band family.  It’s like I have a bunch of crazy brothers and sisters.  We have been lucky to find each other and we all have fun together.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

Okay, top 5 contemporary bands/musicians…

  1. Gaz Coombes – I absolutely love him. Supergrass were great, but he has really evolved and developed his solo career in such an amazing way, it’s been fun to watch his music grow!  His style has evolved from Here Come The Bombs to Matador to World’s Strongest Man, and I’m excited to see what he does next.  I also think lyrically it’s great that he delivers what I see to be a feminist message with a masculine voice, speaking to all types of music fans and generally doing some good out there in the world.  Wounded Egos has a lot to say!
  2. Goat Girl – are so fun!  We played Jools Holland with them (with Gaz Coombes, okay, I do sing BV’s with him!) anyway, when we met them, they were sweet and fun, and their music is artful and cool.  I wanted to join their band, ya know!  They seem to be doing it for all the right reasons.  I am pleased to see how well they’ve done with their debut album and can’t wait to see what they do next. 
  3. Melody’s Echo Chamber isn’t super new (first album 2012) but they are still making new albums and I think it’s great.  I love how chic and French she is, how cool it all sounds, they are also not afraid to mix it up with strange meters and time signatures and they use really great space-age sounding synths atop organic rock-tinged tunes, it’s a fusion I can get behind.  They kinda remind me a bit of Stereolab, who I also love.
  4. Cate Le Bon is amazing, I’d love to take guitar lessons with her, and I also think her Welsh accent sounds so cool; oddly a bit like Nico and the Velvet Underground.   He lyrics are quirky without being twee, they are twisted and knowing, the music has cool, laid back appeal and the riffs, by god her guitar riffs, they will haunt you once you’ve heard them.  I also love her side project Drinks that she did with White Fence.
  5. Willie J Healy – I super love him. He sings on my new album (you heard it here first folks, ‘cuase it’s not out yet!) he’s just such a sweetheart and he oozes so much talent.  He’s always writing, creating and striving in a way that is very natural.  His songs have this slacker rock vibe that makes me feel cool just listening to it, but the songs are quite technical, despite sounding slacker, they are seriously great!  I think he sounds a bit like Pavement or more angular moments of Dinosaur Junior, but Willie J is a lot more refined than your average slacker rock, he’s quite muso!  Actually so are Pavement and Dinosaur Junior, so maybe the term ‘slacker rock’ is an oxy moron, ha!

Catch Piney Gir live at a very special LOUD WOMEN show on 19 Feb 2019 at Hackney’s Paper Dress Vintage, along with Natalie Sharp (of LoneTaxidermist), Samantha Whates, and DJs Ruth Barnes and Cheri Amour (The Other Woman Show/Soho Radio)

ILL: 10 question interview

ILL’s new line-up: Harri, Whitney, Fiona and Ben.

ILL were the much-deserved winners of the LOUD WOMEN 2018 HERcury prize, and we couldn’t be more excited that this awesome band is travelling down from Manchester to play our next London show on 9 Feb 2019 at the Hope & Anchor Islington, along with The Hysterical Injury, I, Doris and Gender Chores. To get us in the mood, we asked them 10 questions.

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

We did a really abstract cover of an Iggy Pop track that we still really enjoy, we’d love to hear Iggy’s interpretation of us! A Gnod version of ‘Slithering Lizards’ would be super cool.

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?

We like to experiment, maybe we’d have Bjork on the giant pendulum/ mind-controlled ipad, or whatever she’s cooking up these days. And Diamanda Galas on vocals, we could always be scarier.

ILL: ILL Song

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’ve been touring and we have had a few changes of guitarist as people have gone to pursue solo projects, so we have been playing existing tracks and are now itching to write new songs! I think the last song we wrote was ‘Kick Him Out The Disco’. Harri was going through a complicated break up and the lyrics came from the advice they received from friends, siblings and band mates around that time. The music was jammed out in the practice room as always, but it came together quite quickly. Tamsin was with us on guitar at the time and the song has a more solid rockiness than some of our earlier ones. I think it turned out well, we really enjoy playing it live and hope to include it on the next album. [Ed – you can listen to a live version of the song from the BBC 6 Music session ILL did for Marc Riley last sumer, here!]

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

Ooh, there have been so many great gigs over the years! One of the best ones we played was Sea Change Festival in Totnes couple years ago – we were on first at 4pm, at a venue out of town centre, so our expectations were pretty low to start with, but then all these people turned up, and cheered through out our set, and then formed a long queue and bought all of the merch we had brought with us. We couldn’t believe how well it went! And the festival organisers were very lovely and they treated us like proper rockstars.

As for the best gig we’ve watched, one which immediately comes to mind is Jack Off Jill’s farewell tour show in Manchester in 2015. It was a sold out night and the atmosphere was absolutely electric! It was very inspiring watching Jessicka giving it her all in the performances, and speaking openly about mental health and body positivity in-between the songs. Some moments just grab you and lift you above the mundane struggles of being in a band and fill you with love and gratitude for all the music in your life, and this was one of them. Pure riot-goth feminist magick!

ILL: Space Dick

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

[Harri] I’d reccommend Nummo Twin‘s album ‘Deep Sleep‘. It is a really unique mix of low-fi electronica, folk and noise, creating this fuzzy dreamscape where occasionally beautiful songs bob to the surface and then sink away.

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

Be open minded. Music is a mysterious connection between minds so find the minds your mind works with rather than just other fans of the same bands. Be close to the people you play with, tell eachother stories. Don’t tone it down, in any sense, ever. If youre not visual-arty, find artists who understand you, be an audio visual experience, being seen helps you be heard. Do not sign too early, know who you are first, or you might get chewed up. Dont let anyone try to dilute you. Don’t wait to ‘get good’, just go out and start playing. Be authentic. Practice a lot. Record yourselves. Have snacks at practice.

ILL: Diazepam

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

Can we have 4 – 1 each? [Ed – sure!]

(Harri) White Light White Heat by The Velvet Underground, (Fiona) Gold by ABBA, (Whitney) Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen, (Ben) Journey in Satchidananda by Alice Coltrane.

What are your musical goals?

We dont really set out with a goal in mind, but I guess we are aiming at emotional truth, music that is really felt in the guts, music that shocks, entertains and inspires. ‘Noisier and heavier’ is a phrase that’s been said a lot as we head back into song-writing mode. What Whitney sometimes refers to as ‘dinosaurs having sex in space’…that sound that takes your mind back in time. We are all capable of doing more complex and rigorous things than we were when we started out, so we want to try different beats and basslines.

ILL: Cock in my Pocket

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

We have a new guitarist, our friend Ben. And we are really excited to play gigs all over the UK and beyond with him! We are also working on new music and this is an incredible feeling. And our disco-themed breakup single ‘Kick Him Out The Disco’ will be hitting the airwaves soon. Watch this space!

Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians (and say why …)

Glove – because they are creating astoundingly original music with magical stage presence, Queen Zee – because they have a shit ton of swag and super fun live shows, Big Joanie – because they are fiercely political and their music is cool as fuck, Lone Taxidermist – because her music and her art are pushing so many boundaries and she oozes confidence and power and sexuality, and she’s a radical feminist, and Les Butcherettes – one of the most exciting live bands in the whole wide world.

Catch ILL live on tour:

9 Feb – London: LOUD WOMEN at the Hope & Anchor (with The Hysterical Injury, I, Doris and Gender Chores)
2 Mar – Leeds: Girl Gang Leeds Birthday Fest 
16 Mar – Reading: Uncle Peanut
6 Apr – Manchester: Soup Kitchen


Basic Bitches: interview

We first met NYC’s Basic Bitches when they were on tour in the UK, and they came and wowed us at a LOUD WOMEN show at DIY Space for London in April 2018. So we are so excited that they will be headlining our first ever show on their home ground of Brooklyn, for the launch of LOUD WOMEN NYC on Friday Feb 1st! We caught up with them and asked them 10 questions…

We are SO excited to be bringing LOUD WOMEN to Brooklyn! Having played one of our gigs in London last year, how do you think NYC will react to LOUD WOMEN?

NYC will always need people who are committed to supporting DIY music, and more importantly female/female-identifying musicians in the DIY scene. It can be really hard to be seen and heard with everything else that’s going on in the city, but I think people who are already involved and invested in DIY in NYC will be excited to see a new group of people putting good shows together and growing the already strong and very badass community of women and queer/trans people making music and playing shows here.

Basic Bitches: We All Moved to the City Now We Can’t Afford to Live

Is the Brooklyn DIY scene similar to what you’ve seen of the scene in London?

There’s a LOT more shows happening on any given night in Brooklyn so the competition for people’s attention is a lot more intense! Both cities can suffer a little from the curse of the stand still, arms crossed crowds but we’ve only ever seen that as a challenge!

What other local bands should we all check out?

Sister Munch, Choked Up, The Rizzos, Mean Siders, Plaid Dracula, The Royal They, Ellen And The Degenerates

The Royal They: Sludgefucker

And about YOU! Tell us about how the songwriting process works in Basic Bitches?

Historically, I (Naomi) would write all the songs and bring them to whoever was drumming to add in their parts. Thats all changed with this new line up. Krystal joined the band back in the summer, and we’re now writing things much more collaboratively and it’s really changed the band for the better!

We loved your recent release – How Come None of You Want to Hang Anymore – when’s the next release?

Soon hopefully! We’ve been working on a bunch of new songs this past month and we’re hoping to record a few of them very soon.

Basic Bitches: How Come None of You Ever Want to Hang Anymore

What’s next for you?

As soon as the weather turns less arctic, we’re planning much more touring this year. We’ve also made a commitment to not making any more physical music releases. We just feel uncomfortable with how unsustainable (not to mention unrecycleable) all of the physical format options are. We have some old records to sell through but all future releases will be available digitally, with downloads bundled with merch (i.e. right now if you buy one of our T Shirts you get a free download of our record ‘City Slackers’). We’re also getting settled in to our new practice space – the ‘Bitches Bunker’ – and we’ve been playing around with what we’re calling “Sloppy Cover Song Sessions” where we’ll just randomly pick a song and throw it together during practice, then record video of us playing it and post it on social media. It’s been a really fun way for us to loosen up but also to experiment with different styles of playing. Maybe we’ll start taking requests 😉

Find Basic Bitches on Facebook or Bandcamp and catch them live in Brooklyn at the launch of LOUD WOMEN NYC, Friday Feb 1st at The Well!

The Hysterical Injury: 10 question interview

Bath’s The Hysterical Injury have been on our gig wishlist for a while now, and they’re coming to play with us on 9 Feb, along with Ill, I, Doris and Gender Chores. We got to know them a bit better in the meantime by asking them 10 questions.

The Hysterical Injury – photo by Graeme Maguire

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

Madonna

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?

Thee last song we wrote is the one we are just finishing – we were in Bristol at Pirate studios practising for a gig and it came out from a ‘warm up’ improv session. It sounds to me in my mind a little like Metric meets Radiohead but its really just a fat riff and harmonic rhythms.

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?

A very hard question… Sister Rosetta, though she probably would hate us.

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

Favourite gig Ive played with HI is when we supported Lightning Bolt in 2009. But there are alot of favourites so its hard to choose, maybe also supporting Mike Watt in London – that was a hero moment. My most favourite gig I have watched recently is EP64 at Crofters Rights, Bristol.

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

MARE EP. It is a short 20ish minute EP by this band MARE who only made this recording. It an absolute feat of musical composition in rock music – full of surprises!

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

The music is what matters most.

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

Bjork – Post, Laurie Anderson – Talk Normal, The Knife – Silent Shout

What are your musical goals?

To never stop discovering and evolving.

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

Hysterical Injury are present and about the moment the music hits your ears, we aren’t interested in anything else.

Give your top 3 contemporary bands/musicians.

Bellies!, EP64, MXLX

Find The Hysterical Injury on Facebook, and catch them live on 9 Feb at the Hope & Anchor, London, when they play for LOUD WOMEN along with Ill, I, Doris and Gender Chores.

Gender Chores: 10 question interview

Gender Chores – photo by Ciara McMullan

Northern Ireland’s Gender Chores are hopping over to London to play a LOUD WOMEN night on 9 Feb (with Ill, The Hysterical Injury and I, Doris – a night not to be missed!). We got to know them (Soph, Sam and AJ) a bit better by asking them 10 questions …

Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
Soph: I’d love to see St Vincent shred Territory

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?
Kathleen Hanna on the bass for some original RiotGrrrl angst!

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?
Sam: ‘Isobel’ is the newest unreleased track. I came up with the idea just chilling in my house last week. It’s inspired by my granny Izzy who recently passed away; I wrote it in tribute to her and the strong women of her time who laid the groundwork for modern feminism. It’s still an acoustic track that we need to build on, watch this space!

Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? 
a) Punkoween with Strange New Places and Sister Ghost in the Oh Yeah Centre. It was our first ever live performance and we couldn’t have asked for a more supportive audience or a more welcoming and talented line up!
b) Courtney Barnett in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin was an incredible performance by one of our favourite rockers! We also loved Rude Health in the Limelight, a bill made of mostly local artists and fantastically showcased the talent across Ireland.

Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.
We would all recommend Susie Blue “Didn’t Mean to Care”- check out the track “People Like Us”. The album promotes a wonderful message and we love their musical style. (Also check out Soaks’ 2015 debut, ‘Before we forgot how to dream’, she’s releasing a new album this year and we can’t wait!)

What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
(Soph, channelling RuPaul): As young musicians ourselves (24 isn’t that old, right?) we would openly admit we don’t know everything! One piece of advice we would offer is this: unless them bitches pay your bills, pay them bitches no mind.

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.
AJ: Goldfrapp– Felt Mountain
Sam: Courtney Barnett– Tell Me How You Really Feel
Soph: Sleater-Kinney– The Woods

What are your musical goals?
Smash the fucking patriarchy

What’s the most important thing we need to know about you/your band right now?
Watch out for our upcoming EP and loads more shows in the next few months!

Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians:
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
Sister Ghost
Pillow Queens
CHERYM
Roe
Strange New Places

Ireland right now is a musical hub, there are so many incredible up-and-coming artists and these are just a small few! We have had the honour of playing with them or watching them live and think everyone should know who they are. It’s so inspiring to see that amidst budget cuts for arts funding, and political turmoil, our local music scene is blossoming.

Find Gender Chores on Facebook and catch them live in London on 9 Feb, with Ill, The Hysterical Injury and I, Doris. Don’t miss!