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Casey Tufnell – 10 question interview

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Casey Tufnell is a an awesome protest folk-punk musician, and they're coming to play a LOUD WOMEN show on 9 June at the Hope & Anchor! To get to know Casey a bit better, we asked them our 10 questions ...

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
A member of public on the other side of the world. This is because success to me is reaching as many people as possible with my music and to have someone on the other side of the world cover one of my songs would show the expanse of my music. “GLOBAL TAKEOVER” (haha, just kidding.)

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?
Nai Palm from Hiatus Kaiyote. She is so talented, I love her style of music and writing and would love to work with her.

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 new song of mine doesn’t have a title. I was playing at an open-mic night in SE London and I do improvisations in my set. The inspiration was literally the audience: I ask them to shout out random words (objects, emotions, whatever is on their mind at that point in time). I think people loved it! I think the audience love to be included in the making of something, which is what I find really special.

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?
My favourite gig I’ve played is probably the International Animal Rights Conference in Luxembourg 2017. My favourite gig that I’ve watched would be Petrol Girls at Loud Women fest, I was going through something personal and their songs resonated with me so much it brought me to tears!

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Steve Lacy – Dark Red. I recommend this record (and music video) because it was all made on garage band on an iPhone using an iRig to record the guitar. Its genius and just shows that you don’t have to have the fancy equipment to make amazing music. The music video was all filmed on an iPhone as well. Pure and raw talent, I love that.

Jeff Garvin – Symptoms of Being Human. This book is the first time I was able to connect to any character fully. The protagonist is a gender-fluid person and really helped me normalise my gender, show me that it’s okay to identify as non-binary and that there are other people out there like me. Representation is so important, this is also what fuels me on with my music.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
Do it. Don’t listen to the adults telling you to be ‘realistic’. Take risks. And most importantly: tell those creepy men to fuck off if they tell you they can get you gigs in return for a sexual favour. You deserve way more than them.

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

Choose Your Weapon – Hiatus Kaiyote

Update Your Brain – The Tuts

New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh – Erykah Badu

8. What are your musical goals?
To always keep exploring with genres, I’m the kind of person that can’t stick to one thing – and I often question whether or not that’s positive or negative I’ve decided to not think of things that way anymore. I wouldn’t like to get to a point with writing music where it feels like a chore, so keep on exploring sounds would be my first goal.

Another goal is to play. To play as much as possible, get more people listening to my music. I’m still quite new but I know what I need to do.

Also get merch and proper branding. I’m D.I.Y, so I’m learning a lot on the way, but I’m enjoying it!

9. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians. 

Hiatuis Kaiyote

The Tuts

Erykah Badu

Steve Lacy

Peter and Kerry


Catch Casey Tufnell when she plays LOUD WOMEN on 9 June at the Hope & Anchor, with Think Pretty and Charismatic Megafauna.
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track of the day: RUEN drops ‘Bad Behaviour’

RUEN Promo 2Rhiannon Mair is an awesome and in-demand producer, working with artists including Laura Marling, Port Erin, Kimberly Anne and Emma McGrath. She is also a talented pop artist in her own right, making her own music as RUEN. Her new single ‘Bad Behaviour’ is out today – check it out here.

 

Rhiannon says:

“The song was inspired by being close to someone in an abusive relationship. Witnessing the negative cycle of going back again and again after being repeatedly hurt. It’s as if they were becoming addicted to the abusers bad behaviour.”

 

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BARQ: in her own words

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 Introducing Dublin's BARQ, whose double A-side Sassy Mouth / Earthquakes is out now. Lead singer Jess Kav told us about it in her own words.

“Sassy Mouth” has been the most vocal I have been in lyrical content about the social change happening in Ireland and the world right now. Our world currently feels like its experiencing a tumultuous time where healthy debate is not always prioritised. Instead, we end up in black-and-white echo chambers unable to show empathy with ideologies that don’t fit our world view.

To feel anger is natural, which people can sense within our song. In “Sassy Mouth”, I discuss ideas about bodily autonomy, that we make reality, but we also have the power to break and change that reality. It is in our power. In the second verse I list multiple archetypes used to reduce the female identity. I go on to remind us that these are all ways to demean our roles. We are not just a “bossy bitch” or a “siren” or some enigmatic meta-human, we are multi faceted individuals with hopes and dreams for ourselves and for society as a whole. Inherently we all want to live in a place that feels safe and accepting. “Sassy Mouth”, in a way, is an anti-shit-slinging hadouken, intended to remind us all that we can overcome the bullshit and move forward with strength and compassion.

 

Hayley Chillcott talks us through her EP, ‘Finally Home’

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Hayley Chillcott is a singer-songwriter from Bristol, living in Brighton, and she's releasing her debut EP 'Finally Home' on 20 April 2018, with an EP launch gig the night before. We've heard it, and it's awesome. So we asked Hayley herself to talk us through each of the tracks, and she kindly obliged!

 

Track 1: Circles
Circles is a song I wrote two years ago in my first year of university. It’s based around the idea of meeting someone and having a brief relationship whilst caught up in the whole ‘uni lifestyle’, and how the whole experience can be overwhelming. You tend to make decisions that are centred around this new life you’re starting to lead even if they aren’t the best.

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The lyrics are some of the most honest I have written, with lines like “you don’t know me, I don’t understand where we’re at”. I had the idea of writing a really ambient song and playing it on my electric guitar which isn’t something I do often. I came up with an atmospheric guitar riff; then the vocal melody and the lyrics seemed to fall together after that.
When it came to recording this track I felt like it was the one we could have the most fun with. Although I had a vision of what I wanted it to sound like I wasn’t necessarily sure of the exact journey we would need to take to get there. After laying down my guitar and vocals we toyed around with ideas and it ended up being exactly what I envisioned.
Track 2: Better Off That Way
I wrote Better Off That Way about a year ago, unlike the other tracks on the EP this song isn’t entirely personal. The song is about being in a relationship and reaching a stage where you both aren’t happy and decide to accept your fate. I originally had the idea of it being a happy, sweet song but it actually ended up being quite sad!
The lyrics describe how it feels to be the person on the other end of the break up I guess, knowing that the other person is falling out of love with you. There was also some frustration to the other person with lines like “you’ve got me falling out of line, trying all the time and running out of words to say”.
In terms of the recording of this track I already knew that I wanted this song to remain acoustic for the EP. I feel like it’s such a personal and intimate one that if I were to start adding other instruments it would take away from that. It was really lovely to just sit and play the song as if I were playing a gig and I feel like you really get that vibe from the recording.
Track 3 – A Lot Like Home
A Lot Like Home was written most recently; it tells a story of where I am at right now. I wanted to write a song that was happy and left people feeling uplifted and reflecting on the good things in life.
Hayley Chillcott 001Weirdly the title to this track came first. It’s about feeling at peace with everything and finding ‘home’ in a person rather than a place. I’ve always loved the idea that if you were with the right person it wouldn’t matter where you were, because you could always potentially feel at home. Therefore it felt great that i was able to portray that message in the lyrics for this song.
When it came to recording this track I knew that I wanted it to have a much fuller sound. Working with a full band is something that I have always wanted to do and it definitely pushed me to work harder and learn new things. I don’t have a favourite track from the EP (because of course I love them all), but if I had to choose one I’m most proud of – this would probably be it.
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Hayley Chillcott’s EP ‘Finally Home’ will be available on all digital outlets from 20 April. Catch her live 19 April in Brighton
Instagram and Twitter:  @hayleychillcott
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Track of the day: ‘Turned to Ash’ by Black Palms

London trio Black Palms have just released their debut single ‘Turned To Ash’, and it goes like this …

The band say:

“Like most Londoners, we descend from a melting pot of cultures including Jamaica, Greece and Iraq, and like most Londoners, we also find the city has the ability to drive you insane! In ‘Turned To Ash’ we’ve metaphorically captured that build-up of frustration…until you…implode…and turn to ash…

We also love guitar music and wanted to draw on our diverse range of influences to create a contemporary sound unafraid of being both heavy and song-driven. For us, combining the soaring vocals of Lianne La Havas with the down-tuned heaviness of Royal Blood is a perfect match!”

eed6c9_5b4a4c3c47944e7d84ec1669c94d310e~mv2_d_3000_3000_s_4_2The track can be downloaded free from the band’s website if you sign up to their mailing list, which seems like fair does: www.blackpalms.co.uk

And you can catch them live in London:

30 March at Nambucca
2 May at Bar 512
17 June Notting Hill Arts Club
22 June The Amersham Arms
 

 

Introducing: The Violet Kind

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The Violet Kind are a Scottish indie rock trio, releasing a lush EP, OXTR, on 16th March 2018 via Kindness Records.

OXTR acts as a poignant reminder of the reality of rape culture and a means of catharsis for the survivor of sexual violence. In a brave endeavour to tackle a heavy subject, The Violet Kind show a sensitive and powerful regard to survivors by championing those who are brave enough to speak out and standing with those who aren’t able to. Influenced by film scores, the compositions each contain a motif; descending melodies to represent the villain and ascending melodies to represent the hero. The same rhythm appears throughout OXTR to showcase the repetition of gender based violence within society.

Although each song tackles a different issue within the main topic, the trio’s bright chords, delicate melodies and intelligent songwriting remains a constant. Lead single Speakeasy immediately introduces front woman Katya Mansell’s dynamic lead vocal, sounding akin to the likes of Paramore’s Hayley Williams.

OXTR is out on 16th March 2018 via Kindness Records.

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Introducing: Carolyn’s Fingers

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Meet 'queer dream pop' trio Carolyn's Fingers: Carmen (she/her – guitar, beats, voice), Jess (she/her – main voice, bass, beats) and Chess (they/them – synth, voice). They've just released their first single, 'Her Howl', which they recorded and produced totally DIY – and it's lush. They kindly agreed to tell us all about their lovely selves!

We’ve been playing together for about two years now in other bands, but only started Carolyn’s Fingers in April 2017. The name of the band is a reference to a Cocteau Twins song, as they were one of our first main influences, along with FKA Twigs, Frank Ocean, Kelela, Grimes, Siouxsie and the Banshees.

band in shellWe met at Cambridge whilst studying our PhDs, and we are really really close friends, we spend about 80% of the day messaging. CF has only made us come closer – every time we do a song, we sit for hours talking about exactly what each part means to us, we take it very seriously, ha! We are all  queer, and so queer love features a lot in our songs, as well as things like mental health.

‘Her Howl’ is a song about depression – but it is a hopeful song. It is about how difficult it can be to walk that line between mania and depression, and about how hard it is to try and find a different, less destructive way of doing things. Each part of the song sort of goes through a different but related state of mind when you find yourself feeling dark. All three of us have had dark periods in our lives, and all three of us have been lucky enough to have a great support network around us to help us through those times – this is why it’s hopeful, and what we want to transmit to people.

Before April we were playing with a drummer and bass player, so it was all acoustic. In April we decided to do electronic beats and downloaded Ableton for the first time. Since then, we have just learned how to do everything ourselves on Ableton, and DIY recording and producing is sort of the last step! Also, we had a disappointing experience once in a recording studio. So we built recording booths in our bedrooms – pillow/blanket castles inside wardrobes and using drying racks, ha! And learned how to position everything properly, how to sound insulate, which mics to get, etc. DIY recording has allowed us to make the music we really wanted to, adding little extra recorded details and layers everywhere.
Her Howl artOnce all the recording was finished, we also then produced the track ourselves. For ‘Her Howl’, the production was mostly down to me (Jess, though Carmen also did amazing work EQing guitars). This is the first track I’ve ever produced and it took 60+ hours – no joke! Most of it was trial and error. I watched a few videos on EQing and then got stuck in. The most helpful thing I think I did was to listen to loads of other well-produced music and try and work out what was happening and how certain things had been achieved. These days every time I listen to a new album I feel like I learn something new! For a first ever foray into production I’m really pleased with how the track turned out and I can’t wait to get going with our next track!

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