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Duck: Sirens – track of the day

Today’s track of the day is by our favourite noisepop trio from Sheffield/Leeds, Duck – Sirens.

It’s the second track to be released from upcoming LP ‘There Are No Normal Conversations Any More’, out “when it’s finished” from the best of all DIY labels, Hell Hath No Fury Records. 

Duck’s Sarah says of the track:

It’s a song about violence and victim blaming set against a backdrop of nightmarish noise and ominous synths. The darker side of DUCK, if you will.

Duck: ‘Faceache’ album review

duckkReview by Katie McFaul
Duck: Faceache (LP)
Out now on Bandcamp

Stomping in from Sheffield and here with their first LP release are Duck, with their ‘Wonky DIY Synth/ guitar noise pop’; although that sounds hard to imagine, their description is incredibly accurate! And after releasing their EP ‘Slack Gob’ last year, they are back with a full length, feature which did not disappoint.

From start to finish the album ‘Face Ache’ offers crashing guitars, haunting vocals and ferociously loud electronic beats, and it must be said that this combination really works.

Opening track ‘Stereo’ sees the band putting their strongest foot forward, with pounding drums and a tune that is annoyingly catchy. Moving through the rest of the album, each song has it’s own unique flavour, and though the tracks seamless merge into each other no two songs sound the same.

There is a bit of something for everyone on this record, provided you are into wonky DIY synth/guitar noise pop! Ranging from disturbing and robotic, to something you just want to dance to, Duck have emerged with some brilliant tunes. It is one of those albums that when it finishes you feel a bit sad, so to avoid this feeling you keep it on repeat for the rest of the night (or until you go deaf)!

‘Face Ache’ is currently available to stream or download and, even if you don’t think you’re into wonky DIY synth, give it a go anyway, and I’m sure Duck will convert you.

Find Duck on Bandcamp, Facebook and YouTube


Vulpynes, Militant Girlfriend and Duck at the Birds Nest, 18 Nov 2017

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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 next gig is … our Christmas party with Joanne Joanne, GUTTFULLand Hurtling at The Lexington on 21 December!

(As mentioned in The Guardian this week, on their feature on “niche” tribute bands!)


18 November: Vulpynes, Basic Dicks, Militant Girlfriend and Duck

181117_flyerA night of female-led awesomeness at Deptford’s legendary The Bird’s Nest.

Live music from:

Garage punk duo coming all the way from Dublin to see us – honoured! Let’s give them a warm welcome.

“Barmaids, best friends, and a queer as fuck pop punk band from South East London.”

No-fi, no-budget, wonky homemade noisepop from Sheffield.

Hardcore punks from Oxford

Doors 7 pm

FREE entry

All welcome!

LOUD WOMEN is a DIY collective that champions women in music by hosting live events that are fun, friendly, and frickin awesome.

All profits go to the artists, and any additional funds raised go to charities that help women (usually Women’s Aid).

Duck: 10 question interview

duckSheffield’s Duck describe themselves as ‘no-fi, no-budget, wonky homemade noisepop’ – what’s not to love! They’re coming to play for us at The Bird’s Nest on 18 Nov, so we asked frontwoman Sarah 10 questions …
1. Who would you most like to cover your songs?
If Merrill Garbus even knew of our existence I think we’d consider our lives to be complete. Failing that Tanya Tagaq who to my shame I only just heard of cause she’s on that ace new Weaves song. Actually they could collaborate. That would be fine.

2. Choose: Madonna or Beyonce? 

I can’t possibly choose between them so Grimes (my eldest daughter just looked over my shoulder at what I’m typing and said “Jesus Christ mum, Beyoncé!! It’s always Beyoncé!!!”)

3. Choose one of your songs to be on a movie soundtrack. What kind of film is it?

Anything written/directed by or involving Alice Lowe in some way. “Crowning” would have been perfect for Prevenge but she could have anything she wanted for future projects. I’m putting that out there now. We know she likes a synth so that’s a good start…

4. Choose: the 80s or the 90s?

80s probably. It’s the whole dancing about in a preposterous outfit to electronic sounds/blurring of gender lines/visibility of queer artists that appeals. The 90s lad culture that followed was a disappointing development frankly.

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of 

a3655579447_16You should listen to Nim Chimpsky if you haven’t already. Their new EP “Wibble” is out now and you can get it here. They describe their sound as “..angry, noisy whirlwind of acerbic feminist pop you can dance to” and “Girlx2, DIY, acerbic summat-pop”. My favourite book for a while now has to be Viv Albertine‘s “Clothes, clothes, clothes. music, music, music. Boys, boys, boys” which every single one of your readers will have heard of or read so doesn’t necessarily fit the brief. Just in case you haven’t though, you really should. It’s searingly honest, relatable and downright inspiring. I really should seek out some more obscure books in case anyone asks me this again…6. Bore us with the details of your set-up

I play an Epiphone SG through an old Laney head and a homemade speaker (made by Chris – he’s dead handy like that). Effects – Big Muff and a variety of homemade pedals (Chris again…) Ange has a shonky old guitar we had lying around and plays through a Vox AD50DT and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

7. What’s the best thing about being in your band?

Our very deep friendship (we’ve all known each other for aaaaages) and the laughs and support for each other that comes with it. Ange had never been in a band til Duck (Chris and I have played in bands since our teens) but I knew I wanted my bezzie beside me. I knew she could bang a drum but that was about it. Watching her grow in confidence and ability is incredible to me. Go Ange!
Forming Duck also marked a new beginning for us all I think after some very dark years of loss, grief and illness. I love that we can go through all these things together and still create and have a great time.
Also, playing with so many female musicians is wonderful. The DIY scene is fantastic for that. I was the only woman on so many of the bills when I played with other bands and it becomes quite wearying and disheartening. No more sausagefests for me.
8. What are your band goals?
To keep it fun and interesting. Play more amazing gigs with more amazing bands and meet more great people. We want to tour next year and write/record a new EP.

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?

a2139839205_16We have an album out!!  It’s called “FaceAche” and you can get it here

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands 

Tuneyards – Merrill Garbus is a goddess genius and we are so excited for the new stuff.
US Girls – Meg Remy – see above.
Downtown Boys – New album is incredible. Angry and catchy and I can’t wait to see them live.
Menace Beach – We just love everything they do. All their stuff is so full of hooks and melody and Liza Violet is an incredible guitarist. Those riffs!
Ceiling Demons – Moving, thoughtful alt-hip hop/trip hop. No toxic masculinity here. I’ve seen them live twice now and they made my lip wobble both times.