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Oosterbanger – Loud Womxn AUS

oosterOosterbanger are a four piece band from Perth in Western Australia. What started off as a solo venture for singer and guitarist Ellen Oosterbaan has become a full band with dirty poetic grit, ready to take you on your next adventure. Songs like “Odysseus” mix Greek mythology with feminism and screaming guitars. As well as being fronted by Ellen the band features Indigo Foster-Turke, Jane Azzopardi and drummer Jordan Shakespeare who are all veterans of the Perth indie rock scene. They will be playing the first Aussie Loud Womxn show in Australia, in Perth on the 8th of June at the Bird.

 

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Freya Roy: 22 Movements – video of the day

Freya Roy brings us an early taste of summer with today’s video of the day, 22 Movements – a sunny-sweet neo-soul beauty.

Norwich’s Freya Roy won the 2018 MOBO Help Musicians fund and is shortlisted for Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent 2019. Her debut album, ‘AHLKE’ launches this Saturday on Record Store Day 2019 (13th April) under FCR Music, pressed by Suffolk-based record store, Vinyl Hunter and dropping digitally on April 29th, thanks to the incredible backing and support from MOBO Trust and Help Musicians UK.

Catch her live:

7 April – Sofar Sounds, Brighton
26 April – ClubUniquity, Suffolk

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Reptaliens: Echo Park – video of the day

Portland, Oregon’s Reptaliens is the husband and wife team of Cole and Bambi Browning. Named in reverence for their interests in cult mentality, transhumanism, and conspiracy theories.

As Cole says, “Bambi and I write all the music. Sometimes we work together to construct songs and sometimes I’ll come home from work and she’ll have a masterpiece finished and perfectly crafted. We both add to each other’s songs and none really seem completely Bambi’s or mine. We do everything together.”

Inspired by all things science fiction, writers like Philip K. Dick and Haruki Murakami, and music ranging from Paul McCartney/ Wings to African artists Francis Bebey and Julee Cruise, the band creates psychedelic, chameleonic dreamscapes that fall sonically and visually somewhere between abstract expressionism and surrealism. These ideas and influences all coalesce on FM-2030 – named after the renowned transhumanist writer and philosopher – the band’s debut album on Captured Tracks.

Thematically based around obsession, Bambi says she “gravitates toward other people’s obsessions and draws inspiration from them. I like to think of method acting and personify myself as the obsessor, writing from their perspective. I love pretending and creating around these personalities.” This play-acting on record translates to the band’s sincere and theatrical live performances that involve homemade costumes and on-stage guest appearances from a giant reptile-man.

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Young Romance, Sit Down and I, Doris – 13 December 2018 at the Lexington

LOUD WOMEN IS HAVING A MASSIVE CHRISTMAS PARTY! With:
 
Young Romance
Indie popstars with a spangly brand new album, ‘Don’t Look’, on Banquet Records
 
Sit Down
OMG-loud power duo from Brighton.
“Feminist post-punk delivered with a fun DIY attitude and heaps of humour … I, Doris are hilarious, thoroughly entertaining and ready to take the patriarchy on one gig at a time.” – Soundblab
 
Plus raffle, singalong punk Christmas choir, and Christmas Magic* more!
 
* only for believers
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Panic Pocket: Mr Big – first listen

London’s beloved DIY duo Panic Pocket (Sophie Peacock and Natalie Healey) have a fab single out today, ‘Mr Big’! LOUD WOMEN is excited to bring you a first listen.

‘Mr Big’ is, they say, the result of too many formative Sex And The City marathons. It’s about desperately wanting your close friend to stop defining herself by her relationship status and focus instead on friendship. Hard relate! Natalie says:

“Sophie and I probably spend too much time watching TV. But whatever your thoughts on SATC (and, OK, it hasn’t dated well!), you can probably relate to having someone close to you who spends all their time distracted, wondering where they stand with a potential – and probably unworthy – partner. This song is our Miranda moment; getting real about how toxic the subject of your best friend’s obsession really is.”

Sophie says:

“Take your best friends on dates and treat them like your soulmate because chances are, they’ll love you better than any Manhattan investment banker ever could.”

The track was recorded at the legendary Dean Street Studios, thanks to the generosity of King of the Scene, Keith Top of The Pops, with Healey and Christabel from Wolf Girl on bass and drums respectively.

LOUD WOMEN is stoked to bring you a first listen – enjoy!

Catch Panic Pocket live on 8 December  at The 1 in 12 Club Bradford w/ Fightmilk and Ghost Guilt.

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Fightmilk: ‘Not With That Attitude’ – LP review

fightmilkReview by Ana Hine

Fightmilk’s ‘Not With That Attitude’ is a great album for getting over an annoying ex – characterised here as a douchy hipster with regrettable decision making skills. There’s the first track ‘How You Move On’ about this ex-boyfriend’s new tattoo – a tacky tree – to remember their failed relationship with the excellent opening line; “Congratulations on your terrible tattoo, the one you got in protest when I told you we were through.” And; “When you’re covered in ex lovers and you see that stupid tree, I’ll have long moved on but good luck forgetting me.”

Lead singer Lily Rae explains that the song is based on personal experience and that her aim was to write a song that would bring women together. She says; “I like to try and write songs that I’d want to sing at karaoke whilst drunk which explains the chorus. It’s entirely designed for post-breakup girls-night-out karaoke.”

There’s more thinly disguised hatred for her ex in the anti-love song ‘Four Star Hotel’ about a miserable trip to Amsterdam. There’s also an ode to her phone in ‘Dream Phone’, as if to rub salt into an already, presumably, freshly broken heart.

Musically Fightmilk have a thrashing, pop-punk vibe with the backing vocals from guitarist Alex Wisgard bringing an extra layer of fun. Lily Rae can also really hold a note, as well as somehow bringing a tonne of emotion to every word she says. They cite The Long Blondes as an influence, which makes a lot of sense and is a great opportunity to listen to that band’s biggest hit ‘Once And Never Again’.

Although listening to individual tracks might give the impression the Not With That Attitude is too lyrically distracting for background music, repeated testing with company has proven otherwise – with friends commenting on how fitting a soundtrack it is for evenings in bitching about previous and current lovers.

Like the Lily Allen song ‘Not Big’ some of the tracks might come off a little harsh, even cruel, but sometimes this level of honesty is necessary to purge all the negativity surrounding a break-up and allow both parties to move on. Hopefully the album is an indication of good things to come.

4/5
notwithFightmilk will have their free album launch at The Shacklewell Arms, London on 2 November with support from Jemma Freeman And The Cosmic Something, followed by club night Too Many Man.

 

 

Playlist: Raging against the patriarchal machine

by Molly Tie

When I heard that there was going to be a book released exclusively about women’s anger (Rage Becomes Her by Soraya Chemaly) at first, I was worried this would basically be my autobiography albeit with a slightly snappier title (my autobiography’s working title is currently “Fuck this shit and gimme a Twix” but sometimes I change Twix for Bounty). I’m only half way through the book thus far but I’m already getting to understand and embrace my inner wrath which is making me both calm and angry at the same time. I don’t normally need any help to feel pretty miffed but if I ever do, there are some go-to songs that get me in the mood for a good ragin’ and here are my faves:

Alanis Morrissette: You Oughta Know

I’ve started with the obvious song by the obvious artist. Morrissette was the 90s shouty rock pop goddess who had one of THE most successful albums of the entire decade- Jagged Little Pill. And the song that catapulted her into mainstream success was this acerbic and unashamedly bitter break up song You Oughtta Know which expresses all those thoughts you have after a nasty breakup, but society tells you is unseemly to give voice to. It’s a much more realistic side of the narrative than Adele’s Someone Like You- where Adele graciously wishes her ex well in his new love endeavours despite her heart caving in, Alanis wishes everyone nothing but ill and tells them all to go to hell. My kinda gal.

“And every time I scratch my nails down someone else’s back
I hope you feel it
Well can you feel it?”

Hole: Violet

No one wears their trauma and rage on their sleeve quite like grunge supremo Courtney Love and this song is one of many that could be picked for an ‘angry song’ list. Hole do anger so well – sad anger, defiant anger and just, well … fucking livid anger. There is a specific female element to the anger in the song Violet though…. The release of pain from recognising the abasement of women in relationships and that what is sold to us as romance and intensity is often just exploitation and control. There is often a mixture of resignation and challenge in Love’s lyrics and this song is no exception as she portrays romantic entanglements as a power play between men and women.

“Go on take everything
Take everything
I want you to.”

Shangri-Las: Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand)

After punk, my other big musical passion is the 1960s so there must be at least one homage to this decade in any given list. But finding angry female music in this era is quite tricky as a lot of the mainstream female-sung songs are typically quite soppy and submissive. But, anger doesn’t have to be overt shouting and fist-waving and with that in mind, there are a lot more angry songs than you think. One of my favourites is Remember (Walkin’ In the Sand) by the American pop girl group The Shangri-Las. The Shangri-Las were like a musical version of Hollyoaks – all adolescent melodrama and heartbreak as demonstrated by their most famous song Leader of the Pack. Remember takes an age-old narrative of girl meets boy and then boy fucks off and leaves girl regretting everything she invested in said boy. Yes, it’s sad but it’s angry sad. And sometimes that’s just the ticket.

“Oh what will happen to
The life I gave to you
What will I do with it now?”

CHILLS.

Bikini Kill: Double Dare Ya

Bikini Kill were no strangers to expressing the spectrum of female anger, but this song in particular is a call to arms and a challenge to reject those systems that keep women down. Using the old playground summons of the double dare, Hanna and co. tell us to be who we are, do what we will and reclaim our autonomy and liberation.

“RIGHTS
RIGHTS
YOU.DO.HAVE.RIGHTS!”

Bloody hell, I wanna go and smash some patriarchal shit up.

Natalie Imbruglia: Big Mistake

The underrated and rarely correctly pronounced Ms Imbruglia has more than just completely-overplayed-so-now-I-can’t-bear-to-listen-to-it Torn in her repertoire, her 1997 album Left of the Middle was full of awesome tracks and the angriest of the lot is her second single from the album – Big Mistake. This song builds up Imbruglia’s vocal intensity until she is shouting that whilst she has no intention of offering forgiveness she still wants to see the person who trespassed against her down on his knees and begging. Only then will she feel some sense of satisfaction and maybe some balance will be restored.

“And you lie by my feet
What a big mistake
And you cry over me
I can’t wait.”

Beyoncé: Irreplaceable

And of course, I thought we’d finish this off with a bit of Queen Bey. Her magical powers have meant that I can no longer hear the phrase ‘to the left’ without internally (or sometimes externally) launching into a rendition of this song. Beyoncé methodically gives her boyf the heave-ho making sure to retain property which is rightfully hers whilst simultaneously setting up for some other lad to come around and take his place. If you don’t deliver the goods, Beyoncé throws you out with the rubbish. Sounds fair.

“Keep talkin’ that mess that’s fine
But could you walk and talk at the same time?”

Burn.