With the Christmas party season firmly behind us, it’s safe to say that January is a difficult month to get right. Resolutions are at risk of being broken and that person you promised yourself you’d become hasn’t yet materialised. But, you know what? Fuck that. Use these three compilation albums to reassert yourself, KonMari the hell out of your music collection, remind yourself how to say ‘no’, and make you want to start (another) band.
With a change in how we consume music, compilation albums can revive that feeling of buying a CD, rinsing the fuck out of it, listening to songs you know and finding new gems. Like: when I bought ‘Now 34’ from a shop in Sunderland just so I could listen to The Spice Girls, but then discovered Bon Jovi and Belinda Carlisle.
So, yeah, just like that, but it’s 2019, and I’m kicking off with Hell Hath No Fury Vol 2 by Hell Hath No Fury Records. El Knight has compiled 18 bangers for our aural delight. Available now from Bandcamp for £4, of which 50% of proceeds will go to Future Festival 2019, a three-dayer close to Bristol with music and performances by trans and enby artists plus practical and political workshops and more! The album compliments perfectly. Tracks selected from artists such as Wolfgirl, Gender Chores, Colour Me Wednesday, DreamNails, BigJoanie, Charmpit are definitely at the more political end of the spectrum. Listen carefully, and use these as your inspiration for 2019, create your own manifesto and don’t take any bullshit. Turn Big Joanie’s No Scrubs up to eleven and crack open your bullet journal during Dream Nails’ DIY.
HERESY by Ankara-based community, Chaos, I Am Your Mistress (CIAYM), opens with SecondhandUnderpants single ‘Your Little Bitch’. If BarbaraStanwyck started a band, this is what it would sound like. This dark and head-banging opening track is bound to annoy neighbours, so make sure to play it LOUD and LATE. The digital album is available on Bandcamp for the devilish price of €6.66. Proceeds go towards supporting women and other marginalized genders in underground music. The album also features tracks from REVULVA, CrypticStreet and TwinPigs. It’s worth emailing the address on the BC to request the CD, because then you get two extra tracks from GUTTFULL (The Power and That’s What He Said)!
Last, but not least, get your chops around Birds Of A Feather Vol 2 by Anthrax (UK). And before you ask, no, it’s not an album of duets by Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson with Lesley Joseph on the lute. Rather, it’s of the classic punk, head-banging-greatness variety. But, it’s loud, proud and inspiring, with tracks from Zombie Met Girl, Kiss Me, Killer, Bratakus, and loads more! Such a great offering from Anthrax (uk) on Grow Your Own Records, it’s out now on Bandcamp, as a digital album or CD. Don’t forget to hold it, embrace the joy and kiss it before putting it back neatly into its jacket.
So, there you have it. There’s enough here to keep you going for a few months. Go forth, find new favourites, enjoy the tracks you know and don’t forget smash the patriarchy.”
Northern Ireland’s GenderChores are hopping over to London to play a LOUD WOMEN night on 9 Feb (with Ill, The Hysterical Injury and I, Doris – a night not to be missed!). We got to know them (Soph, Sam and AJ) a bit better by asking them 10 questions …
Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? Soph: I’d love to see St Vincent shred Territory
If you could add one member to your band – any person, living or dead, musical or otherwise – who would it be, and what would they play? Kathleen Hanna on the bass for some original RiotGrrrl angst!
What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out? Sam: ‘Isobel’ is the newest unreleased track. I came up with the idea just chilling in my house last week. It’s inspired by my granny Izzy who recently passed away; I wrote it in tribute to her and the strong women of her time who laid the groundwork for modern feminism. It’s still an acoustic track that we need to build on, watch this space!
Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? a) Punkoween with Strange New Places and Sister Ghost in the Oh Yeah Centre. It was our first ever live performance and we couldn’t have asked for a more supportive audience or a more welcoming and talented line up! b) Courtney Barnett in the Olympia Theatre, Dublin was an incredible performance by one of our favourite rockers! We also loved Rude Health in the Limelight, a bill made of mostly local artists and fantastically showcased the talent across Ireland.
Recommend a record you think our readers might not have heard of. We would all recommend Susie Blue “Didn’t Mean to Care”- check out the track “People Like Us”. The album promotes a wonderful message and we love their musical style. (Also check out Soaks’ 2015 debut, ‘Before we forgot how to dream’, she’s releasing a new album this year and we can’t wait!)
What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? (Soph, channelling RuPaul): As young musicians ourselves (24 isn’t that old, right?) we would openly admit we don’t know everything! One piece of advice we would offer is this: unless them bitches pay your bills, pay them bitches no mind.
Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. AJ: Goldfrapp– Felt Mountain Sam: CourtneyBarnett– Tell Me How You Really Feel Soph: Sleater-Kinney– The Woods
What are your musical goals? Smash the fucking patriarchy
What’s the most important thing we need to know about you/your band right now? Watch out for our upcoming EP and loads more shows in the next few months!
Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians: IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER: Sister Ghost Pillow Queens CHERYM Roe Strange New Places
Ireland right now is a musical hub, there are so many incredible up-and-coming artists and these are just a small few! We have had the honour of playing with them or watching them live and think everyone should know who they are. It’s so inspiring to see that amidst budget cuts for arts funding, and political turmoil, our local music scene is blossoming.