Words and photos by Keira Anee – Miss June + Pretty Sick at the Lexington, London, 10 October 2019
Openers PrettySick are from New York, and playing live tonight with double bass.
That is, 2 x bass equally distributed amongst two bassists! I think this is probably the first time I’ve seen a band use two bass, especially without guitar? Which I think definitely deserves a mention.
The band look like they’re having a great time and I was so happy when for their last song they covered ‘Hooch’ (i think?) by TheMelvins. I love this song, and singer Sabrina tore it up perfectly. You can listen to some of Pretty Sick’s music here
It goes without saying that I should probably end this by saying that Pretty Sick were… Pretty sick.
Wahh! After missing Miss June earlier this year, when their debut album came out at the beginning of September (and I loved it), despite so many great gigs happening last night (Ghum, anyone?) I had to be at The Lexington. From the start there was so much energy, the band members were friendly and personal with the audience, and there was also a pretty incredible one woman stage invasion. I wanted to be that woman, she looked ecstatic and I can see why! Miss June are here from New Zealand, they play all my favourites from the album and singles Twitch and Best Girl get a really, really overwhelming reaction from the crowd. I’m going to stop rambling now and dedicate this gig review (?) to the word ‘wow’.
Last night Keira and I (plus just about everyone we know in the DIY scene!) went to see BikiniKill at Brixton Academy, and it was pretty fucking amazing. This is the band I completely fell in love with as a teenager – their songs were both a mirror and a hammer for a girl struggling to find her voice in the midst of a teenage cyclone of love, hate, abuse and sexual violence. I first picked up a guitar to play along with them, and they’ve been the biggest influence on all my musical doings as an adult – LOUDWOMEN would not exist without Bikini Kill, and certainly the back catalogues of mostthebands I’ve been in owe a huge debt to Bikini Kill. (Possibly quite literally – last night I realised quite how many lyrics seem to have hopped straight out of Kathleen Hanna’s mouth and into my songs, oops! KH, if you’re reading this, I owe you a few pints 🙂 )
A full review is coming once I pull myself together (pretty much lost my shit during ‘Feels Blind’ and haven’t recovered since), and after I’ve been back to see them again tonight because oh my, how could I not? There are still tickets available here – come and bounce/sing/cry/celebrate with me!
Huge thanks to Kelly, the Queen Bee of DHP Family, for passes that allowed us to put our girl Keira right at the front to capture these awesome photos of the three bands.
Photos and words by Keira Cullinane @ Thousand Island, 30/5/19
Art Trip & The Static Sound
I never feel so passive aggressive, confident or direct about my vagina as I do when watching Art Trip! Watching Melodie stare the crowd down and groove out society’s flaws isn’t the only star of the show; the band are incredible together live and make you feel part of them, too.
This was the first time I’ve seen this band who are label mates with LIINES. I was smiling throughout their set (as were they!) Indie pop with melodies, bounce and beat, I have vowed to buy an album when I’m paid.
Fuuuuuuck. I’m no writer and am trying to write about the set, but, fuck. They were great and I (me!) danced throughout. You must go see them.
All photos Copyright Keira Anee 2019
No use without permission and credit. Thanks everyone, it’s important! x
Last night (11 May) at the Hope & Anchor was a splendid reminder why LOUD WOMEN gigs are so vital. Four very awesome woman-powered bands from up and down the country, and across the Atlantic (Miss Eaves, TV Face, Feral Five and I, Doris) ; a fun raffle full of awesome prizes (original Bikini Kill poster! records! golden pineapple ornament!); filming for Gaptooth‘s new music video (Post-Patriarchy Disco!); plus the friendliest, most up-for-a-good time crowd you could wish to hang out with on a Saturday night. More of this sort of thing please!
*As voted for by members of LOUD WOMEN’s wonderful reviews and events team, including: Cassie Fox, Kris Smith, Abby Werth, Abigail Brady, Vicki Thompson, Hannah Kessler, Marissa Schlussel, Stacy Norman, Charley Stone, Kitty Fedorec, Sarah Lay, Phil Whaite, Gemma Gompertz, Alex Sarll, Jess McPhee, Tegan Christmas, Richard Archer, Jenny Bunn, Keira Cullinane, Hannah Wright. Thank you all for your time! x
What a FUN night last night at The Birds Nest night – our new favourite venue in Deptford! Huge thanks to our 3 really different, internationally-brilliant bands that gave us a top evening’s entertainment:
💋Duck – all the way from Sheffield. Kicked off the evening with a mesmerising performance, setting the tone straight away with an antifascist anthem. MVP award of the evening goes to Ange, who played guitar, stand up drums (including one – left – handed), and micro Korg organ – top multi-skilling, love it!
💋Militant Girlfriend – all the way from SE14. It was ace to finally get these lovelies on a LOUD WOMEN stage as a complete band (if you remember, they played our all-ages show at the Lexington without drums). This new band get better ever time I see them – hope to see lots more of them!
💋Vulpynes – all the way from Dublin! What a treat to get to see this duo over here – their songs are perfect, slick pop punk bangers, these two are really going places. A pair of absolutely delightful musicians, oozing professionalism and positivity – hopefully other promoters are pricking up their ears and getting in touch with this band quicksmart!
We had fun little raffle, raised £35 for Women’s Aid, made some new friends, and had a really lovely time!
Special thanks to the superduper sound tech, Ed (off of out of Ozric Tentacles!), who managed lightning-quick changeovers of very different set-ups like a muthaflippin machine. We started off the night very worried because we’d been double-booked with a birthday party who were bringing their own band … and ended the night thoroughly impressed with the Bird’s Nest as a venue, largely because of Ed. We hope to come back and play there another time soon!
Our first LOUD WOMEN gig of the year was a sell-out! Huge thanks to the awesome Jess McPhee of Parallel Magazine for curating a stonking line-up. And for taking these gorgeous photos of a brilliant night. Enjoy!
For all those who support putting women on stage, and turning up the volume