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The Empty Page: He’s Very Good At Swimming – video premiere & interview

Thrilled to bring you today the first viewing of Manchester’s The Empty Page’s video for their stunning single ‘He’s Very Good at Swimming’. Chillingly beautiful post-punk with a crashing maelstrom ending, the song is a battle cry for the #metoo generation, tackling the subject of rape and victim-blaming head-on.

This band have been lighting up our radar for several years now, and their new releases show them to be ripe for explosion into the mainstream – they are undoubtedly ones to watch.

Singer-songwriter-bassist Kel, guitarist Giz and drummer Jim had a chat with our Cassie Fox.

  • The video touches on some sensitive subject matter in a powerful way – how important do you feel it is to tackle topics like this head on?

Kel: I think it’s important as a songwriter to write about whatever sparks emotions in you. But it’s not really a preconceived thing, I have always written about things that make me angry or sad because music is massively an emotional outlet to me. I don’t know what I’d do without that vent to let all my hot air out. I’d probably spontaneously combust. With this particular song, I just couldn’t stop thinking about it, but I was quite worried about putting into words how I felt about it as it’s such a big issue and not something I have direct experience of. I’m just really fucking angry about it. So I probably rewrote these lyrics more than any I have ever written. I really hope I have done it justice. I am close to tears every time we play it. In terms of the video, it was very important that a woman made it, and there was nobody else I wanted to do it but Debbie [Ellis of asupremeshot] , so I’m very glad she said yes.

Content warning: themes of sexual violence and imagery of the aftermath of rape.

Jim: Purely from a male perspective, very. We need to be made aware that it’s our actions that need to change, not women’s. This ‘boys will be boys’ nonsense – what does that even mean? I can get away with behaving like an arsehole and blame it on genetics? Don’t be daft.

Giz: For me music or art is always most powerful when its got a creative thought process behind it. 

  • How did the song itself come about? What’s the writing process like for TEP?

Kel: Our writing process kind of varies. But generally we come up with bits of musical ideas when messing around in the rehearsal room, and one of us will go, I like that, and then we’ll record it and have a jam around with it until it starts to take shape. Usually it comes from Giz because he’s just an incredible guitar player, but sometimes I spark something while I am messing around with the bass, which is what happened with this track. I always say I am not a bassist, I kind of fell into doing it because I wanted the next band I was in to be a smaller unit. So my ideas are just me messing around really. I started playing this weird bass line and Giz came up with some beautiful guitars that sort of worked and were sort of discordant at times, and it just felt good. I came up with some snippets of vocal melody, it just kind of grew organically. The verse lyrics came later, amid the aforementioned wrangling. The scream leading to the heavy bit at the end just kind of erupted out of it at some point. Songwriting is so weird. For us at least, it’s never linear. It took us a while to finish. It was important to all of us that we got it right.

  • TEP has been playing the DIY scene for a while now – does this work for you, or is there a bigger plan afoot?

Giz: It works because we get to go and play our music, but obviously we’d like to do more if we got the opportunity.

Kel: Erm, yeah it works I guess. The main thing for me is that we just write and play music that we are proud of. I want people to love it too and I am very happy that some people do, but as I said earlier, for me this is something I just have to do. I tried to stop at one point because being in an active DIY band takes a lot of work, sacrifice and commitment. But my life was hollow without it. It really does give life meaning for me, so that’s the crux of it. We had some help with the last single from Punk Fox records who put out the 7” and it was so great to have that support and feel like someone was fighting our corner. I’d love to have that in more of a long term way, but it would have to be for all the right reasons. 

  • What current/new bands/musicians inspire you?

Jim: Fontaines DC, False Advertising, Little Simz… 

Giz: Canadian band No Joy are really good, they’ve been around for probably about ten years so not that new but they make really cool shoegazey music.

Kel: SO MANY! Impossible to list them all but I always feel inspired at gigs of smaller bands, there’s just something magic going on there, I guess it’s what I described above. A searing passion, a desire to make art that means something, an outlet. It’s not always tangible when you’re watching someone who’s been a millionaire for ages play radio hits to a shitload of drunk people in a stadium. Recent bands I’ve watched that have made my arm hairs stand on end have been Big Joanie, Desperate Journalist and Blanchard, but there really are loads. We have this band Spotify playlist that we update about once a month with new and old bands we like. I think it’s well worth a listen.

Catch The Empty Page live:

20/08 Sesh @ Polar Bear HULL

21/08 Fulford Arms YORK

31/08 The Crofter’s Right BRISTOL (with She Makes War)

20/09 The Victoria, Dalston LONDON (SWS 7th birthday, with Pussy Liquor)

28/09 The Wagon & Horses, Digbeth, BIRMINGHAM (With Desperate Journalist and more)

16/10 Jimmy’s MANCHESTER (With Saint Agnes)


Born Again Virgin: 10 question interview

Born Again Virgin – aka Anna Roenigk from Austen, Texas – is a lo-fi grunge soloist, and she’s coming to play our LOUD WOMEN Unplugged showcase on 10 July at the Old Queen’s Head! To get to know her a bit better, we asked her 10 questions …

What can we expect from you on 10 July? 

Some stripped down acoustic magic (hopefully)

If you could collaborate with someone – any musician/performer, living or dead – who would it be?

Rufus Wainwright – songwriter of my dreams, gay messiah

What are your favourite songs in your set to perform? 

Probably the 2 newest tunes I’ve written, which you can’t yet stream but you can see me play at the show!

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

One of my favorite gigs I’ve played that comes to mind was in Austin, Texas with my band at a venue called Cheer Up Charlies. We had one more tune left but I had broken a string at the end of the 2nd to last song, so my drummer and friend Greg Clifford played a monster 3 minute solo while I got my shit together and switched guitars . Also I was wearing a turtleneck and blazer that night and it made me feel powerful so there was that too.

One of my favorite shows I saw last year was Janelle Monae touring her album Dirty Computer. It was just an incredible show, her dancers were amazing, the outfits were amazing, she sang some of my favorite stuff from her older records… she is just a super powerful presence.

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

‘Balloons’ by Danny Malone. It has some incredible songs on it.. If you’re a fan of Elliott Smith or just simply great songwriting check it out.

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

I still feel like a young musician so I’m not sure what I can say that would be helpful. I suppose, and as cheesy as it sounds, to just try to be yourself. We don’t really need any more dudes trying to sound like John Mayer in a Guitar Center.

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 

I am not good at choosing albums, I’m better at choosing songs..but these 3 are all great and ~ special in their own way ~

Want One – Rufus Wainwright

Keep Your Eyes Ahead – The Helio Sequence

Rubberneck – The Toadies

What are your musical goals? 

To make a full album I am proud of, to tour more, and to support myself with my music.

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

That it is changing. To what, I’m not sure yet.

Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians

Besides the ones I have already mentioned… and as far as current working musicians:

Haley Bonar – She now goes by HALEY but her songwriting is amazing, her album Big Star and The Size of Planets are my favorite.

Anna Calvi – She’s just a total shredder babe and fucking goes all out when she plays. I haven’t seen her live but I’ve seen live videos and it looks like an amazing show. I feel like she’s one of a kind.

Mitski – I love the way that Mitski writes. She is intense and dramatic and it feels very authentic.  I also equally like the way she interacts with her fans. She seems like she would be a really chill person to talk about music with.

Sufjan Stevens – I thought of Sufjan because he makes whatever the fuck he wants these days. As for the past few years, Carrie and Lowell was this beautiful, incredibly emotionally complex album. Then he writes 2 different versions of one song about Tonya Harding. For pride month he put out some catchy pop tunes. He does what he wants.

Smash Mouth – um besides their prolific career, have you seen them going off on Twitter lately?

Helen McCookerybook: 10 question interview

Helen McCookerybook is hugely inspiring singer-songwriter – formerly of English psychedelia-punk band The Chefs, these days playing regularly across the land as a solo artist. She’s treating us to a performance at the first of our new LOUD WOMEN Unplugged gigs on 10 July at the Old Queen’s Head (don’t miss!), so in the meantime we asked her 10 questions …

1. What can we expect from you on 10 July? 

I will be playing tracks from my new album ‘Green’ which I released last week. Some of the songs are politically focused: an anti-fake news song and a song about massively expensive rocket travel to Mars when we have so many humans on Earth in poverty. Some are more personal. I play an electric guitar ad I’m always striving to be a fleet guitarist: I;’m a finger picker and take my inspiration from the Blues, although that’s not the genre of music that I play.

2. If you could collaborate with someone – any musician/performer, living or dead – who would it be?

A disco singer from New York called Cristina. She was on Ze records in the 1980s and I think she’s absolutely brilliant. My ambition is to write a song so good that she HAS to sing on it!

3. What are your favourite songs in your set to perform? 

I have a song called Heaven Avenue which is about the one and only acid trip I ever did. I have never managed to do a perfect performance of that one but I do love playing it. I also have a song called A Good Life With A Bad Apple which is based on a relationship I had with a coercive controller. It was so difficult to get out of but I used songwriting to make me feel stronger. Many years afterwards, this song sums up just one facet of what wa as going on (these relationships are complex). It’s a non-gendered song; a friend of mine described the same situation with her girlfriend. I also have a song called These Streets which makes me calm  when I sing it, for some reason.

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

Last weeks’ gig with Pauline Murray from Penetration playing solo [our review here!] was pretty fantastic. I also particularly loved one in Ullapool where Sot Otter, who put on the gig, had taught her choir Three Sheets to the Wind the backing vocals to a song I wrote called Women of the World. When I sang it the whole choir joined in from their various seats in the pub. There was a gig last year in a cafe in Augsburg… it’s actually impossible to choose. I like all of them!

Best one I’ve watched? A tiebreaker between The Raincoats in Porto, Peggy Seeger at the Stables in Milton Keyes, and Black Sabbath at the O2!

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

Old Smokey by Linda Lewis. She is an excellent song writer who had hits in the 1970s and 1980s with pop songs, but she actually wrote beautiful songs as a singer song writer too. This particular song is about being a second generation Caribbean woman in London, and her voice is gorgeous in it. I love the lyrics, the honesty, the poetry of the song. Somehow it really connected with me. I have Jamaican foster cousins who lived in London; the song makes me think of them, and how different and exciting London seemed from the small village in the north east of England where I was brought up.

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

Don’t let ambition destroy your imagination.

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

Carmel, the Drum is Everything; The Bird and the Bee, by The Bird and the Bee; the film soundtrack to Un Homme et une Femme

8. What are your musical goals? 

To write songs for other female artists and produce them in the studio. Last year I worked with a woman called Shola Adewusi on her songs; she was in the film Paddington 2 and she’s a very busy extras actor but we work together when we can. She has such a different voice to mine, which is great to work with. I also want to do more collaborations with musicians that I’ve worked with- I hope to do some music with Robert Rotifer, who is a politicially-inspired guitarist and singer, later this summer.

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

That it’s a mirror to life, society and politics

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians   

Big Joanie: just completely inspiring

The Band of Holy Joy: I’ve just done part of a tour with them and Johny Brown’s stage performances are incredible

Friedrich Sunlight: this is a german band with a Japanese American singer, Kenji, who has a completely divine voice

Kath Tait: a New Zealander whose quiet witty songs lacerate smug people and their habits, but she is able to make you cry with the tenderness of her lyrics too.

Fifth: everyone that I gig with! This is such a fantastic time for live music; my head is buzzing with the amount of bands and artists that I’ve seen this year. Playing live is the best adventure you can have!

Catch Helen McCookerybook live at LOUD WOMEN Unplugged on 10 July at the Old Queen’s Head, Essex Road, N1

Calva Louise: 10 question interview

Interview and photos by Keira Anee

Calva Louise are a multicultural three-piece force of Jess (vocals, songwriting, guitar – and answering these questions!), Alizon (bass, vocals, a lot of driving) and Ben (drums, vocals). 

Jess was born in Venezuela, spent teenage years in France where she and Alizon met, then moved to London where they met Ben (who, actually, is from New Zealand). They released their debut album Rhinoseros in February and are set to play Siren Calling Festival in London on August 17th.

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

It would be an honour if anybody took the time to cover one of our songs, but I think we’d love to see any of our friends do a cover.

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?

Henry our cat, playing keys!

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? 

Last song was ‘Sleeper’. The idea came from a book I’ve read called ‘The Art of dreaming’. Think the song is pretty cool!

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

Our favourite so far, to play and watch was our last show of the tour with Strange Bones in Leeds!

Also, supporting Albert Hammond Jr, and seeing him live, was absolutely immense.

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

‘Vida’ by Venezuelan rapper Canserbero. His lyrics have the power to relate to every aspect of life and also to give a strong insight to what it is to grow up in Venezuela.

There’s also Nellie Mckay’s album. She’s an awesome rapper and pianist from the US, the record is packed with amazingly catchy tunes, super talented, she’s worth checking out for sure.

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

There’s no formula, everyone takes a different path and sometimes it’s difficult but necessary to not let yourself be controlled by your emotions, whether your feel bad or good about yourself. 

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 

Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf, The Strokes – Is This It, Calle 13 – Multiviral

What are your musical goals? 

Keep doing what we love – making music and touring whenever and wherever we can! 

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

Expect new things soon..

Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians

Queens of the Stone Age – Homme’s unique composition and guitar playing

Pixies – Originality and innovation 

Strange Bones – Mind blowing energy, amazing powerful tracks

Nova Twins – Super hot tunes, kickass live act as well

Tyler the Creator – he’s an artistic mastermind when it comes to production and his records are super odd but cool

Noise Noir: 10 question interview

Interview by Keira Cullinane

This band shouldn’t need an introduction, but it just wouldn’t feel right me not chatting to you about them regardless. Noise Noir are formed of singer, Kelly, bassist Elis, drummer Luis and Guitarist Anthony, and are ruthlessly dark, uncompromising and… great fun!

Kelly is also head of We Can Do It Records (check out new signings Something Leather) and one of my favourite promoters, too. This Tuesday We Can Do It announced Siren Calling Festival, to be held on August 17th. With announced bands such as two of my favourites, Junodef and Valeras, Siren Festival is committed to holding an equal line up in a safe environment. Plus, being a month before the LOUD WOMEN FEST, is also a great warm up for those who are DIY and eager!

Check out Noise Noir’s double A side ‘I don’t need you’ and ‘Creeping’ on Spotify and go see them live this Saturday 22 June at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney

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

I’d love FKA Twigs to do a super intense, delicate version of one of the tracks. She’s incredible and I’d love to hear them in that way. I always sing about subjects that have emoted me but it mostly comes out in anger or frustration.

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’d get Billie Holiday in on keys and do a really moody number and get her to do dual vocals.

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 isn’t finished yet but I started it after seeing Clt Drp live. I felt so empowered and inspired by them. I thought it’d be cool to be angrier on a song than I usually am as it’d feel really releasing on stage and thought other women might get something from it. I’ve only written a verse so far but I’m looking forward to finishing it.

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

My favourite gig was probably our single launch last year. It was nice having some female friends around and knowing that they felt empowered watching me. Especially as they were actually at the front so I could feel their warmth and energy.

I think my favourite will always be seeing Prince live because he was such a legend. Or just any Dream Wife gig to be honest. They always make me feel super free because you’re surrounded by so many women and Rakel is an absolute force. She makes women feel like they can do anything in that moment.

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

I’m not really sure if I can think of one that you wouldn’t have heard of. Maybe Banks? Just because she’s a less known electronic artist maybe? One of the things I love the most about her music is the honesty. She’s not scared to be vulnerable and she’s not scared to stand up and say that’s not right. The most important thing for women is to be able to be whatever and whoever they are without fitting into a box that society has made for us. Having emotions isn’t a weakness. It’s a strength.

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

I’d say don’t rush anything. Take the time that you need. I put a lot of pressure on myself and got frustrated that I couldn’t write for a long time. But you really do just have to practise in your own time, when you can and it’ll come. Ohh also if a promoter asks you to play for free or expects you to sell tickets for them…don’t.

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

Top 3 is real mean. Can anyone actually do that? I’m passing on that.

8. What are your musical goals?

I’d just like to develop as a songwriter. It’d be cool to travel around occasionally as well to play different festivals and legendary venues.

9. The most important thing we need to know about your band right now?

That we’re there because we love music but we’re also there for all the people that feel like they’re not good enough, the women who get harassed daily, the people who constantly fight against mental health issues. We’re all really decent people and that’s not always easy to come across in the music industry.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

Dream Wife – absolutely crucial for some women to escape.

St Vincent – because women don’t need anyone to stand behind. They are the force.

Florence & The Machine – she’s probably my favourite contemporary songwriter. She manages to talk about such dark issues in such an uplifting way.

Wolf Alice because they were one of the first rock bands that contained a female musician to get their way onto big festivals and they’ve just nailed it.

Deap Vally are one of our biggest influences and they are just incredible. Full of so much fuzz and filthy guitar sounds. They were also one of the first to start a duo that held their own without needing more guitars to beef them up.

Could I also say I love PINS, Calva Louise, Madonnatron, Valeras, The Cosmics, Junodef, Nova Twins, The Pearl Harts, Clt Drp, Ghum, Sit Down, Something Leather, Two Tribes, Goat Girl, Courtney Barnett??

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Jelly Cleaver: 10 Question Interview

Jelly Cleaver has a truly awesome album just out, and excitingly she’s coming to play the launch of our new acoustic night on 10 July at the Old Queen’s Head – so we asked her 10 questions in the run up!

1. What can we expect from you on 10 July?  

I might dig into my back catalogue and do one or two tunes from my album ‘Cure for an Existential Crisis’. I normally don’t plan my set though and leave it up to how the audience reacts, so it’s pretty much down to whoever comes to the gig! 

2. If you could collaborate with someone – any musician/performer, living or dead – who would it be?  

I always say I’d love to work with James Blake. I love his production and his voice, and I think together we could make the saddest song known to man.  

3. What are your favourite songs in your set to perform?  

I always like performing ‘Windrush’, a song I wrote in response to the Windrush protests. I produced the track and it has samples from some of the speeches outside Windrush square last year. The women doing the speech started singing ‘We Shall Overcome’, which was really touching for me because it was the song of the African-American civil rights movement in the 1960s. It’s sad that things haven’t progressed much and people of colour are still having to fight for their basic human rights, but hopefully our movement can learn a lot from the past. Plus in the song I have a long break to do a guitar solo which I always enjoy.  

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

A) Definitely my album launch at Windmill Brixton a few weeks ago. Even though I had glandular fever, I had the best night. I got to perform with an extended band of a full horn section and backing singer which really brought my tunes to life, and all my mates were there. We did the whole gig exactly as it is on the album which was pretty great to pull off. And because it was a few days before my birthday we all went back to mine after the gig for chocolate cake.  

B) Oh, it’s definitely hard choosing that. I like to go to as many gigs as I can and I love it when I’m just able to loose myself in the moment and have a proper boogie. When it gets to that point they’re all my favourite gig!  

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

Well, one of my all-time favourite albums is Jeff Buckley, Live at Sine. It’s an incredible live album of him at a tiny café in New York. It’s just voice and guitar. That album definitely had a massive effect on me growing up. I listened to it so much I can even recite the stage banter he does between songs. If you don’t know it do yourself a favour and put it on when you’re all alone.

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

Oh lord, that’s a lot of pressure. I guess I’d just say try to enjoy the whole music making experience as much as possible, even the shit bits like admin. Try and keep some time for self-care. Try and really work on your craft so you’re confident on stage. Have faith in what you have to say with your music. It’s better to be authentic than to sound like everyone else. Trust your creative instincts. If you’re lucky enough to, find yourself a scene that acts like an extended family. Get together with your musical mates and help each other out. Music should be about community.

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

That’s so hard! I’d have to start with the great Joni Mitchell, ‘Court and Spark’. Then maybe I’d have to go with James Blake, ‘The Colour in Everything’. And maybe to finish off Hiatus Kaiyote, ‘Choose Your Weapon’. I’m sure I’m missing out someone but if I think about it any more I’ll come out with a short-list of about 30.

8. What are your musical goals?  

To inspire change. I guess my activist message is a big driving force behind my music. It often feels like we’re under an onslaught of shit, from climate change to Brexit, and that we might as well all give up, but I’ve seen enough small victories from people who fought for positive change and won. I want people to know they can change the world, they can change their communities, they can change their attitude, they can change things for the better. If my music convinces anyone of that then I’m very happy. Plus if I get to rock out and do a cool guitar solo even better. 

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

I think maybe that it would be not to expect a genre from me. My first album would probably be classed as folk, my latest album as jazz fusion. But I’ve recorded a whole unreleased EP of experimental electronic music. I’ve written a few songs that might be called ‘indie”, and I’m currently working on a beat tape which is coming out old-school hip-hop. I love listening to all different types of music and I think that’s reflected in what comes out of me. When I’m performing live I tend to just adapt my set for who’s in the room, what kind of vibe they’d like me to create, going off their energy or the setting. I guess I’d like people to keep an open mind when they’re listening to me, you might eventually get something you like! 

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

I’ve got to give some shout outs to my mates. Check out Mermaid Chunky, two mad gals making incredible art tunes using plastic toys and saxophones. They’re shows are a complete spectacle, I’ve put them on a few times at nights I organise.

Also check out Stanlaey, they’re my mate Bethany Stenning’s band based out in Bristol but she’s such a creative force of nature, and if she’s playing a London show you should catch it. Her most recent album is a total audio-visual masterpiece, have a look at her videos on youtube.

And another Bristol-based band who gig in London quite a bit are Waldo’s Gift, the only way I can describe their music is face-melting. It’s all improvised and it’s such a journey watching them make music.

Another mate’s band is called Nihilism, they have such an energetic and immersive approach to jazz.

To top it off I might be cheeky and say my band [Tomorrow’s Warriors Female Frontline], just because all the other girls in my band are incredible creative energies and lead their own bands too – Roella Oloro, Katie Moberly, Loucin Moskofian, Beth Hopkins who leads Queen Colobus and Tash Keary who also plays with Shunaji and a few other very cool people. And all these bands are incredible people as well as being incredible musicians so please go and support them! 

Catch Jelly Cleaver live at LOUD WOMEN Unplugged on 10 July at the Old Queen’s Head, Essex Road, N1

Cryot Girl: 10 question interview

June sees the launch of LOUD WOMEN OZ – our Australian chapter! The first gig is 8 June at Perth’s The Bird, the second is 20 June at Mojo’s Bar in Fremantle and the whole thing is masterminded by the awesome Elle Cee – who will of course also be playing with her band Cryot Girl on 20 June! We asked them 10 questions …

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? Anyone! That would be an honour!

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?
Pat Smear for sure, favourite guitarist. I’d get him to play second guitar. Another one would be Adalita from Magic Dirt, she could play anything , She’s one of my heroes.

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 wrote a song last night called Scapegoat, I was in my house feeling shitty and recorded it on a Zoom. It needs some touch ups but I like it. It’s inspired by well being someone’s scapegoat for their problems. 

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?
I really enjoyed playing Rhubarb Records the other week with Boing Boing, Doctopus and Bikini Cops. It’s nice to play around people you respect and have comraderie but also feel really supported and I think my fave would be possibly watching The Sperts open for The Undertones at the Rosemount a few years ago. They were wild and I feel like as a band they are severely underrated. Blake Hayt as a frontman and lyricist has always been someone I’ve looked up to, especially back when I started going to shows at seventeen years old back in 2008.

5. Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of.
Powderfinger – Odyssey Number Five. I feel it’s an Australian Classic that has sort of been disregarded by the newer generation. They are a sensational band and it’s just a beautiful, poignant reflective record. It’s timeless in my opinion.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
Get involved with other people in the music scene. Not for professional reasons but for the comraderie and support and to be inspired by other muso’s.

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 
1) Hole – Live Through This
2) Babes In Toyland – Fontanelle
3) The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed

8. What are your musical goals?
To tour I guess and record our music and play live, get amongst it. It’s always been a passion

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about you/your band right now? 
That we’re ready to play anywhere, anytime for anyone.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians?
1) Girl Germs from Melbourne – great punk rock, it’s very catchy AND political. Which is hard to do, but they do it well.
2) Hexdebt – Love the harder take on punk. It’s subversive and relevant.
3) Skinny Girl Diet – Masterful songwriting, it looks back while looking forward.
4) Big Joanie – Just wonderful. Groovy and rockin’. 
5) Carla Geneve – I love her songwriting, it’s really personal and reflective.