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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.  

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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.

Izzy Thomas: 10 question interview

Izzy Thomas headlines a beautifully varied LOUD WOMEN gig this Saturday at the Hope & Anchor. We asked her 10 questions.

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

Big vocals, big hair, big guitar riffs.

2. Which is your favourite song to play and why?

It would have to be “Trouble (Pull That Trigger)”. It’s been my debut single, and has always been so fun to play as it has a chant that the audience can sing back. It’s a beautiful moment when an audience sings back lyrics you wrote in a bedroom!

3. Do some super-lazy journalism on our behalf please, and fill in the blanks:
“Our sound is like the lovechild of Christina Aguilera and Lenny Kravitz with a bit on the side from PJ Harvey

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

I just performed at Leeds Pride last Sunday. It was on the main stage in front of thousands of people. It was such a beautiful moment to be at one with a sea of people to support the LGBT community and celebrate diversity.

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

The Power Of Habit. Brilliant book, you learn a lot about not only the human memory and how different sectors of the brain work, but also the philosophy behind why we do what we do, and how we create/can change habits.

7. What are the best/worst things about being in your band?

The amount of organizing, and admin! The admin part is so dull and time consuming.

8. What are your band goals?

More co-writes, continue releasing singles, release an EP before the end of this year, then eventually a headline tour with an album.

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

I’m releasing my next single “MAD” early Sept!! I’m planning such a bad ass music video, people need to continue coming to shows and supporting so I can continue releasing!

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

Finding Kate, Helen Hurd, Rival Karma, KilliT, Gareth Esson, Dead Writers. I know it’s 6, but they’re all incredibly talented artists/bands who are unsigned, but are making serious waves on the scene right now. They deserve credit.


Catch Izzy Thomas at LOUD WOMEN Club this Saturday 10 August at the Hope & Anchor

Voodoo Radio: 10 question interview

Voodoo Radio are coming to play for us this Saturday at the Hope & Anchor! Here’s their 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? 

3 minute raw energy pop songs played as fast as possible

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

Our Fave song to play is ‘Basic Bitch’ as its all about equality and girl power!

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

“Our sound is like the lovechild of The Runaways and Blondie with a bit on the side from Love/Hate

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

Opening The Cornbury Festival this summer and being asked back for next year already! 

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

She’s An Angel – by LOVE/HATE theme tune from Nightmare on Elm Street – totally under rated band

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

Gibson Les Paul Custom through any pedals we can get hold of through Vox and Marshall amps

7. What are the best/worst things about being in your band? 

Best thing is theres only two of us creating a whole band sound. The worst part is packing up the gear in the van takes a lot longer than if we had a full band!

8. What are your band goals? 

To be the biggest band on the planet.

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

We have a great new single out called “Turn out the Light!”

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

Royal Blood – They are epic we love their sound! 

Slaves – Excellent Energy real Punk Rock. 

Idles – Comedy Genius’, right on the money at the moment. 

Sleigh Bells – Powerful and unpredictable in a good way.  

The Gossip – Beth Ditto’s insane vocals.

Catch Voodoo Radio live this Saturday at The Hope & Anchor

NERVOUS TWITCH: 10 QUESTION INTERVIEW

Interview and photos by Tony Rounce

Even though they have been around for a few years now, Nervous Twitch may well still be Yorkshire’s best-kept musical secret. Largely because of day-job commitments, the trio of Erin (lead vocals & bass), Jay (guitar) and Ashley (drums and occasional backing vocals) are rarely spotted south of the M6/M1 split, so any opportunity so see them should be grasped with both hands. Unless they add any more in the meantime their upcoming slot on the bill of Loud Women 4 will only be their second ‘Southern’ gig of 2019. You won’t want to miss them, I assure you.

Prior to the band’s recent support slot for the great Japanese trio Shonen Knife – at what was for them a hometown show at Leeds’ most excellent venue, the Brudenell Social Club – NT’s resident Loud Woman Erin Van Rumble kindly subjected herself to LW’s 10 Question Interview…

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

Oooh, I dunno…I always find these sort of questions really hard because there are so many (favourites) but, maybe Television Personalities? I’m a big fan and I’d like to see how they would produce our songs.

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?

To be honest, I like how it works at the moment and I probably wouldn’t want us to add anyone – we used to have a fourth member at the start, but maybe someone from the B-52s on keys might be good.

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? 

That’s an easy one. As you know, we’re working towards (finishing) our fourth album and the last song I wrote, a couple of weeks ago, came after I sat in with the Wharf Street Galaxy Band. Their songs are more overtly political than ours and I thought I’d like to write something that was inspired by what I was doing with them. It’s about capitalism and how you’re always sold the dream… It’s not quite finished and I haven’t brought it to the table with the band yet but me and Jay have messed about with it a bit. ‘Selling The Dream’, that’s probably the working title really.

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

I’ve got loads of favourite gigs we’ve played, but I think the one that stands out as a turning point for me and the band was when we played Indietracks in 2016. It was the first time we’d done something like that, and it really sunk in for me that, y’know, I was doing this and this was really my life, people were coming to see us and I was part of it…favourite watch? I went to Spain a couple of years ago to see Southern Culture On The Skids, one of my favourite bands. I expected to come away pleased because I loved all their albums but they made me love them even more than I already did, that would have to be the one.

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

Anything by Helen Love. She’s amazing and her songs are so great.

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

Never let anyone tell you that you are not good enough. Oh, and always have fun – because if you’re not having fun, it’s not worth doing.

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

This is tough because I love such a lot of different music, but I’m going with.…

  1. Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
  2. The Vaselines – Dum Dum
  3. The Bobbyteens – Young And Dumb  

What are your musical goals? 

For the band to keep getting better at what it does and for me personally, to become more of an accomplished writer…

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

Well, we’re working on a fourth album and it’s really exciting! We’re not trying to do anything different to what we already do, just to improve on what we do all the time.

Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

Again, there’s a lot to choose from, but I particularly love Duck, the Wharf Street Galaxy Band, Enids, Das Clamps and Wolf Girl (R.I.P). I was a real shame when they split up, they had so much more to come. I’ll probably think of another ten when this is over…can I let you know if I change my mind (laughs)?

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?