And now for something completely different … today’s video of the day is Calista Kazuko’s sultry smooth man-eating number, ‘Come to Mama’.
Oosterbanger 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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Have a listen to their latest release :
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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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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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.”
“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.
Review 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.