Feb 1st 2019 sees the launch of LOUD WOMEN NYC at Brooklyn’s The Well – a new live music night
celebrating punk rock music powered by women (and gender non-conforming)
The original LOUD WOMEN
chapter began in London, England, in 2015, since which time they’ve put on
hundreds of events around the UK, launched an annual festival attracting
musicians and music lovers from around the globe, and helped showcase and boost
the profile of hundreds of budding punkrockstars. London riot grrrl scenesters DreamNails describe LOUD WOMEN as “our fairy punk mothers”, and pop
legends Bugeye describe “Awesome
crowds, amazing bands and one of the most supportive promoters you’re likely to
Founder of the New York City chapter Cady Siregar hopes to replicate this success here in Brooklyn. The
launch gig on Feb 1st will showcase three bands from Brooklyn, and
two of London’s finest flying in especially for the show:
Bitches – Garage rock riot grrrl duo
SlutMagic – An angsty, aural make-out session
TBC – LWNYC’s Cady’s own new band
I, Doris – Mummycore art
pop (featuring LOUD WOMEN’s founder,
T-Bitch – Trans, queer,
Riot Grrrl punk
Friday Feb 1st 2019, at The Well, 272 Meserole Street,
New York 11206
Last night was TOP FUN! Thanks so much everyone who came and celebrated with us! Huge thanks to stars of the show Young Romanceand Sit Down, and I, Doris we’re on particularly awesome form too if I do say so myself 😍 a lovely night filled with lovely music and people – hurray! If you missed it, do check out the bands’ pages and show them some love – we only book the very best you know!
Special thanks to the multitalented and ever generous Jelly Cleaverwho rushed over after band rehearsal and came and sold merch to help us raise funds for the night. People like Jelly keep the DIY scene going ❤️ check out Jelly’s music page while you’re at it too!
Right then. That’s LOUD WOMEN done for the year! Next stop … New York!! 2019 is gonna be a very exciting year for us – thanks to all our amazing friends and supporters for coming along on the ride. Lots of festive love to you all ❤️💋❤️💋❤️💋
1.Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
Compressorhead – they’re a rock band from Germany made entirely of robots.
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 think we’d do a Bill and Ted and have our time-travelling future selves with beards and babies come and make a super group.
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 we wrote is called ‘Knives’. It’s on our latest release. I’d just finished reading the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels and realised that his high school love interest Knives Chau deserved so much better than how Scott treated her, so we wrote a song about it from the perspective of one of his other ex girlfriends, Envy Adams.
4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?
Favourite gig we played was the most recent one. We flew to the South of France to perform at the opening of a french alien collective’s new headquarters. It was wild. The best gig we’ve been to is probably Promiseland supporting The Voidz at Concorde 2 last month. So much energy, and just completely unexpected.
5. Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.
The Swiss Army Man soundtrack featuring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano. An absurdly beautiful collection of sounds for an absurdly beautiful movie.
6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
I don’t know this is advice as such but the most important think we’ve learnt so far is: start off saying yes to everything, then learn when to start saying no. When we started, we wanted to be playing shows every night of the week, and we got to a point where we almost were. While we had a great time and got some good experience, it didn’t take long for us to realise there’s no longevity in that. Now we know how best we work, we plan our next steps carefully.
7. Name an album that inspired you growing up?
We actually had this very strange moment early on where we realised we were both raised on the exact same obscure compilation CD ‘Air Guitar: Volume III’. I guess it was a very Dad thing to have in 2003, and we both grew up listening to it on car journeys and stuff and the rock’n’roll infiltrated our minds.
8. What are your musical goals?
To write a rock opera about our lives, with us being played by Tenacious D and accompaniment by Compressorhead.
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about you/your band right now?
We’re not related.
10. Give your top 4 contemporary bands/musicians
Gaye Su Akyol – a fierce queen from Istanbul who makes captivating psychedelia with traditional Turkish roots. The Garden – they just make whatever they want and release it. You can’t help but love the brashness of it, even if some of it is terrible. The Voidz – Julian Casablancas from The Strokes’ newest venture. It’s like he’s fallen out of the matrix and completely given up caring. It’s so good. Surfbort – garbage trash old school punk comprised of raucous frontwoman Dani Miller and her ‘Dad’s’ (She’s 25 and they’re all 45+). Their sense of humour and attitude is just so refreshing. I guess the bands we like aren’t really about the music most of the time, it’s more about their don’t-give-a-fuck attitude towards making it.
Indie legends Salad release their first new material in two decades today with ‘The Selfishness of Love’, the first single from a new album, working title ‘The Salad Way’, due in 2019.
Packed with “hooks, crazy guitar bits and a big chorus”, the song marks a brilliantly-confident, BBC Radio-endorsed return from the band, fronted by vocalist Marijne van der Vlugt and featuring lead guitarist Charley Stone (MX Tyrants, W*llstonekraft), alongside fellow original guitarist and bassist Paul Kennedy and Pete Brown, with Donald Ross Skinner now in the drummer’s seat.
According to Marijne:
‘The Selfishness of Love’ “is a song recounting what happens when a person starts taking for granted the one who loves them, using them for their own needs: they need you in their pocket and to feel their every emotion with them. This is a person who cannot be pleased, however hard you try; whatever you do, it’s always wrong”
The track has a pre-history to its current incarnation, too:
“Paul wrote the basic track about 20 years ago and we revived it recently, adding sentiments from my own experiences of gaslighting and coercive relationships. We recorded about six tracks to kick-start the new album, this being a latecomer which once we got stuck into it just took over as a stand-out first single. It is recognisably Salad but a bit more grown up and like many tracks for the LP a bit of a departure from straight-up indie pop with a twist.”
The record will be Salad’s belated full studio follow-up to ‘Drink Me’ (1995) and ‘Ice Cream’ (1997). A wealth of unreleased recordings were compiled by the group as ‘The Lost Album’ last year, alongside a release, ‘Good Love Bad Love’, from spin-off project Salad Undressed, with ‘The Lost Album Vol. 2’ due next year as part of ‘The Salad Way’ album package.
So how does it feel to get the band back together? Charley:
“Salad is the band that I always wished I could gig with again. The musical chemistry, the humour, the oddness, the collaborative creativity, even the arguments – it was all so much fun. The very first thing we did in our first rehearsal was to work on a new song, and TBH it only felt like we’d had 5 or 6 years off, not 20.”
Marijne concurs, with a brilliant encapsulation of the “self preservatory” pull of artistic life:
“I absolutely Love, with a capital L, to be doing this again, rediscovering that creative force that’s been desperate to come and show herself for the last 15 years or so, with a square, knowing-oneself, head on my shoulders, not a skew-whiff, self-doubting head. And if it inspires others and entertains people, than that is grand. The camaraderie is the best though. You become a family; families argue, but they continue to love each other. Families laugh with abandon, until you nearly pee yourself. They remove you from the mundaneness and tricky issues in your personal life. You belong.”
Salad play London 02Academy2 in Islington on 14th November, Oxford 02Academy2 on 15th November, Shiiine On festival, Minehead Butlins on 16th November, and The Leopard, Doncaster on 8th December.
Massive thanks to everyone who came and celebrated our 3rd birthday last night – what an absolutely lovely night, full of friendly faces, brilliant music, and heaps of fun – exactly the stuff of Loud Women! Awesome performances from Party Fears, GUTTFULL, Feral Five and Spare Rib – check em all out online. There was dancing, cake, a fun raffle, and plotting … our ‘woman in the USA’ was in the house and our plans for LOUD WOMEN NYC are coming along nicely – bring on 2019! 💥