Some perfect pop-punk from Atlanta, GA’s Beauxx (fronted by Darla Beaux) has recently released ‘Thing One’ and it’s starting our week with a bang as track of the day.
London’s MIRI has a lush new EP, ‘Soundbites’, on the way, and she’s treated us to a cracking video for lead single ‘Good Ones’ – a fine video of the day today.
The song showcases MIRI’s trademark soulful tones with rebel girl spirit. A lament on the feelings of helplessness all too familiar in our troubled times, it was the majority vote in UK’s Parliament to Bomb Syria which became the catalyst for the track. The video takes inspiration from Bob Dylan’s classic video for ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’. Check it out.
And if this whets your appetite, you’ll be pleased to hear that MIRI will be playing the second of our new LOUD WOMEN Unplugged nights at the Old Queen’s Head on 22 August!
Manchester’s LIINES are on fire right now. Having just hopped off a 30+ date tour with Sleaford Mods, and just about to embark on their own headline tour, they’re releasing a blinder of a new single, On and On, out Friday 24 May on Reckless Yes records next Friday 24 May. It’s a frenetic but ultimately satisfying 2 and a bit minutes of the driving dissonance that have made us weak at the knees for LIINES since they first graced a LOUD WOMEN Fest back in 2017. Sigh. Anyway. Here’s a sneaky peak of the new goodness:
On and On is LIINES’ first new material since releasing stunning album Stop-Start last May – it will be released digitally next Friday 24 May, via Reckless Yes. It can be pre-saved on Spotify and pre-ordered on bandcamp.
Catch LIINES live:
London (30 May, Thousand Island, upstairs at The Garage) – with Chorus Girl + Art Trip and the Static Sound
Nottingham (31 May, The Bodega) – with Pet Crow, I am Lono and Dacodac
Manchester (1 June, Yes) – with Blanketman and Pet Crow
Kendal Calling (Tim Peaks Diner)
Cotton Clouds Festival (Saddleworth, Tim Peaks Diner)
Confessional Festival (Blackburn).
Pleasure Venom are our new favourite post-punk queercore band from Austen TX, as evidenced by today’s video of the day for stunningly banging single, ‘Hive’. Driving punkrock beats, gnarly guitars, righteous vocals, DIY video = perfection. Pleasure Venom have it all in spades, and they’re bringing it to our shores this autumn … stay tuned for news of a UK tour in association with LOUD WOMEN Fest!
As we speak, the band are heading out on tour supporting Garbage:
May 10 New Orleans The Fillmore
May 12 San Antonio The Aztec Theatre
May 14 Denver The Summit Music Hall
Details of a September UK tour coming soon, but for now I can announce that the tour will culminate with performance at this year’s LOUD WOMEN Fest in London on Saturday 14th September at the Dome, Tufnell Park. YES!!!
And now for something completely different!
La Neve is the drag/queer performance dance music project of Joey DeFrancesco, guitarist and co-lead songwriter in one of LOUD WOMEN’s favourite ever bands in the world ever, Downtown Boys. Smoking hot new single ‘Maximum Wage’ is out now and sonically it’s a very different beast to the crashing punk maelstrom of the ‘Boys – a driving digital disco beat with retro synth flourishes that have you reaching for the joystick. The pure punk delivery and themes of socialist insurrection are lovingly familiar though. Hell yeah, wage ceiling now!
The track is the first from La Neve’s debut album, which is coming out this summer. La Neve was good enough to chat to our Cassie Fox about it …
How did La Neve come about?
La Neve started a few years ago when I started doing drag shows with original music at Spark City, the old venue we used to run in Providence. I had done more conventional drag performance when I was younger, but getting back into it I wanted to do something different and sort of use it as one component in a larger dance music project. It’s an important identity for me to be able to express. I write and produce all the music myself, but sometimes live our saxophone player Joe DeGeorge will join me, and on some upcoming shows I’ll have live drumming from Karna of The Kominas. The goal is to make it more of a full band live, because that’s more fun than just playing with a computer.
What in particular sparked this song?
I’m not sure who coined the phrase, but you sometimes hear the statement, “Every billionaire is a policy failure.” In Downtown Boys, we’ve written a few songs in the past that are just straight up policies, such as “100% Tax,” and I like the idea of a song that can be good aesthetically but also directly propagandize a specific agenda. Extreme wealth inequality – the concentration of such unbelievable amounts of capital in the top percent – has already so thoroughly destroyed our societies and our environment. We need serious, radical new systems to redistribute that wealth. These billionaires are not romantic renegades to be idolized; they are the super villains, true scum who aim to rule over everyone, and we need to take the threat seriously. “Maximum Wage” means cutting off anyone from having that much wealth and power.
What kind of reaction have you had so far to the track?
Definitely lots of support from friends on getting new stuff out there, but otherwise hard to tell. This is still a relatively new project, and the music’s maybe hard to classify, so I’m trying to find who’s into it. I’ll be playing some shows over the next couple months, bringing what I think is a fun live show on the road, so I hope to convince more people what it’s all about.
Looking forward to hearing the album – what can we expect?
The next record is a lot more dance oriented than my previous EP, and has higher quality songs and recordings, so I’m excited to present a truer vision of what this project is supposed to be about. I like to dance, and I like dance music and culture, and I like political art, and I like punk, and I hope in the end the record’s a successful blend of all those elements.
La Neve is clearly different kind of sound to Downtown Boys, as you say with lyrical themes in the same direction. Has electronic music always been a passion for you, more so than punk/guitar music would you say? Or do you love both equally?
I first came to music via guitar music, but for many years I’ve gotten more and more into electronic and dance music. I think you can hear that on the last Downtown Boys record as well, as the music I was writing started incorporating more synthesizers and dance grooves. Some people want to imagine punk as the only politicized music, but from the beginning techno, house, etc., all had strong political underpinnings, and came out of vibrant underground DIY cultures, largely amongst black musicians. I love all these musics and I hope I can integrate them in an effective way.
I must also ask as a huge DBs fangirl … we featured the fab Gauche last week, and seeing the awesome La Neve sproinging into action this week – what does this mean for the DBs?? Say it ain’t the end …
The Gauche record is so great. It’s a funny coincidence we’re putting these out so close together. And our saxophone player Joe DeGeorge also just announced a new record from his band, Harry and the Potters. But then Downtown Boys is also leaving for tour in about a week. There’s a lot going on! The band has been slowing down a bit lately after going really hard for several years. We’re still playing, but in different geographies right now, so I really don’t know what’s next, but we never knew what was next at any point.
What’s next for La Neve – album tour maybe? Outside the US? (London is so ready for La Neve btw, come play!)
Yes once the album’s out I’ll be going everywhere! La Neve is really the more highly realized version of myself, and it’s incredibly exciting to get to do the performance and exist as that person in new spaces. I want to keep building out the live show and I hope to be in London as soon as I possibly can.