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24 hours of LOUD WOMEN!

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What a great weekend for LOUD WOMEN … first of all, our awesome new t-shirts arrived on Friday and they look spectacular!

IMG_0933Then we kicked it off at a new-to-us venue, The Unicorn Camden Live on Friday with four stonking bands: Ghum, WITCH FEVER, Ghum, Think Pretty, The Noise & the Naive and Witch Fever and Think Pretty. It was a really fun and friendly night, with all the bands supporting each other – exactly what LW is all about!

 

 

 

Saturday afternoon we headed to The Lexington for an all-ages matinee, which went IMG_0972down a treat with a massive crowd of parents and kids! Huge thanks to Argonaut, Thee Dinnerladies, Militant Girlfriend and Rabies Babiesfor coming and playing such fun sets! It was just gorgeous to see tiny kids dancing about with their arms in the air, loving the music, and climbing up on stage to have a bash on the drums and a shout down the mic – some future punkrock stars in the making there I’m sure. Special thanks to Kate Whaite for being Great and keeping the kids entertained with stories and games between bands – she made lots of new fans, small and big 🙂

131017_flyer_smallerWe’ve got more, very exciting gigs coming up this Autumn, starting with our 2nd Birthday Party! On 13th October we’ll be celebrating at the Fiddler’s Elbow – Camden, with 4 of our favourite bands – Foxcunt, GUTTFULL, MX Tyrants and Layzervag. There’s going to be partybags full of records and goodies, yummy cake, and LOUD WOMEN karaoke … your chance to take to the stage! https://www.facebook.com/events/154554368414307/

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Ghum: 10 question interview

ghumGhum play “atmospheric dark pop”, and comprise Laura, Marina, Jojo and Vicki. They are playing with us 29 September at The Unicorn in Camden. We sent them our 10 probing questions …

1.   Who would you most like to cover your songs?
Vicki: I think a Nick Cave cover of TV could be pretty cool. Or of Wicked Men – I was thinking a bit of the ‘Mercy Seat’ when coming up with the drum parts.
Jojo: I’d probably say a cover of one of our songs by Dilly Dally would be pretty cool. Something that’s entirely raw and fuzzed.
Laura: I´d like to hear a crazy cover from Connan Mockasin making our song undone very very sexy.
2.   Choose: Cat or dog? 
Vicki: I’m sure I’ll be in the minority here, but I MUCH prefer dogs to cats. They’re just…cuter? I really want a dog.
Jojo: Cats for me! Although if I ever got a Chow Chow, I would never look back on the cat life.
Laura: Dogs, definitely. Both are lovely creatures but I guess it makes more sense to have a dog as a pet as cats are so independent.
3.  Choose one of your songs to be played on Strictly Come Dancing. What dance would you like to be performed to it?
Vicki: Well, ‘Undone’ has a bit of a Bossa Nova vibe, so some kind of dance to that would be good. Performed by Ed Balls of course.
Jojo: Ha, what a great question. I’d say it would be a dramatic Paso Doble to ‘The Window’ would be the one for me.
Laura: a hardcore Reggaeton version of…Wicked Man, we need more feminist Reggaeton that’s for sure.
4.   Choose: Pixies or Breeders? 
Vicki:  I imagine this will be a tricky one for us all to answer given that we’re massively influenced by both, but for me I would definitely say the Breeders. Pod is one of my favourite albums ever, and their cover of Happiness is a Warm Gun is probably one of the best covers ever. And Kim Deal is the coolest.
Jojo: I’m the same with Vicki! This is so incredibly hard to choose as Kim Deal is the epitome of cool but if I had to it’d probably be Pixies ‘Doolittle’ album days. The guitar intro to ‘Hey’ has to be one of the sexiest riffs I’ve ever heard. Pus ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’ is one of my all time favourite songs.
Laura: Mamma mia, I would have to choose Pixies. I love The Breeders with all my heart but Pixies came first to my life and they made such an impact on me. I´ll never forget the sensation I had listening to Surfer Rosa.
5.   Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of 
100Vicki: ‘This Train’ by Chrysta Bell & David Lynch is a great record, really atmospheric and beautiful. ‘The One Hundred Nights of Hero’ is a fantastic graphic novel my good friend Laura bought for me a while back which is described on amazon as ‘a witty attack on the patriarchy’, which sums it up nicely.
Jojo: Well I’m currently listening to the new Alvvays album that just came out last Friday so hopefully no one’s heard that yet, and you definitely should! It’s reminds me of a lost soundtrack to 10 Things I Hate About You or something. And for books, I’d say Sapiens is a great, great read. It’s absolutely brilliant and interesting, covering topics of how slavery, sexism and rape culture came about. Although I think quite a few have heard of it already but if you’re intrigued about the history of humanity broken down into digestible jargon then it’s definitely highly recommended.
Laura: An album from a band from the city I come from in Spain, Seville. I don’t think a lot of people will know them in England plus the record is about seven years old. DEJESE LLEVAR by FIERA. Punk. They were a revolution for my brain, lots of interesting sounds, exhales more freedom than hate.
I guess this book is actually well known but It was such an intense trip ” The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
6.   Bikini Kill or Fugazi?
Jojo: Bikini Kill for sure! You can’t get any better than Kathleen Hanna, surely.
Vicki: Definitely Bikini Kill – they were a massive influence on me growing up, and I probably wouldn’t be playing bands now if it wasn’t for them.
Laura: Bikini Kill, because they were also a massive influence on me too!
7.   What’s the most difficult thing about being in your band?
Vicki: Finding a time we’re all free for practice!
Jojo: Ditto that.
Laura: Agree
8.   What are your band goals?
Jojo: Probably to either tour the world with The Cure or Warpaint, release a debut album one day and inspire more women to be in bands (it’s a lot of fun).
Laura: To make music that define us, feeling free to do what we want not worrying about the utility of it. To make a good album, some good videos and yeah, tour the world with Warpaint, obviously.
9.   What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
Jojo: We just filmed our first music video! You heard it here first.
10.    Give your top 5 contemporary bands 
Vicki: LA Witch (who we’re playing with soon), Girlpool (who are just great), Sacred Paws, Chastity Belt, and BEYONCE (who isn’t a band but always worth adding to any list).
Jojo: So I basically agree with everything Vicki has just named so I’ll just extend the above… As of the moment it’s Alvvays (their new album is the bomb!), Vundabar (they are an awesome DIY band from Boston who are my all time favourites), Jay Som (I simple adore Melina Duterte’s songwriting, plus asian girls rockstar solidarity), DIIV (a year later and I still can’t get enough of their second album) and of course Charmpit (megababes of this century).
Laura: Cate le Bon, she frees my mind and makes very genuine, delicate, elegant and quirky, I love her lyrics too. Warpaint, they are the Queens and I love how they make layers and layers of sound that is mixed so softly. I don’t know any other band that makes music like them at the moment. Chastity Belt, they activate my feminist fire and I love their guitar melodies. Wavves, I haven’t stopped listening to them since ‘King of the Beach’ and I fell in love with the beachy Californian sound. It makes me feel young and careless. Angel Olsen, her sound and music is everywhere right now, and she’s my folky crush at the moment.
Find Ghum on Facebook and Bandcamp and catch them live at LOUD WOMEN on 29 September at the Unicorn
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UK riot grrrl: a second wave snapshot

Interview by Kris Smith
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Tar Baby

As an occasional feature we promise not to call ‘How I became a Loud Woman’, we interview musicians about their inspiration, beginnings and career in the DIY scene. Here, Sophie from Little Fists gives us a glimpse at a riot grrrl scene linked to much missed bands such as Candy Panic Attack and Actual Crimes, as well as current LOUD WOMEN: Bugeye, Ghum, Little Fists, The Ethical Debating Society and The Potentials!

It was weird being a teenage girl in the late 90s / early 2000s – feminism was apparently dead, grunge was dead too (and I was too young anyway), and all that seemed to be on offer was ladette culture and magazines like Kerrang! featuring female musicians as hot novelties. As a teenage feminist I felt like an oddity, but thanks to the serendipity of the internet, I discovered riot grrrl and suddenly a whole world blossomed in front of my eyes: women with guitars, contorting their voices into every sound imaginable, filled with rage and pain, singing about shit I cared about? This was so fucking REAL. I immersed myself in Bikini Kill, Babes in Toyland, Hole, Heavens to Betsy and every other riot grrrl record I could get my hands on. I discovered zines and the concept of riot grrrl chapters, and, well, that was it.

My first band Tar Baby (named after a lyric from a Breeders song) got together in 2000.

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Tar Baby – 1st gig on 8 April 2001

None of us could play our instruments, but we learnt as we played, writing songs about fucked up beauty standards, and battling misogynistic rehearsal studio bros along the way.

Later that year, I started a riot grrrl chapter in London with my bassist Clair and suddenly we were surrounded by like-minded people. It was an explosion of creativity: everyone was in a band or writing a zine, and zines led to pen pals, which led to more zines and a whole UK network of amazingness. There was something so vital about holding a zine in your hand, written by someone your own age, and being able to read about stuff you could actually relate to – sex, feminism, body image, relationships, mental health, just how it felt to be a fucking teenager in this bullshit world. I started my own zine – Antisocial Scarlet – in 2001, and I still have all the zines from that time: Sister Disco, Twinkle Eye Fizzy, The Hand That Cradles The Rock, Dead End Doll, She’s Not Even Pretty, Spilt Milkshake, Firefly, Pussy Star, as well as my chapter’s collective zines and so many more. Ink from teenage hearts/minds/souls, spilt onto paper, photocopied and preserved forever.

21729661_10159476386650151_467317679_oMy chapter, Riot Girl London, wasn’t really an activist group – as the Guardian wrote about us at the time: “they are not plotting to picket Spearmint Rhino” (as if we would have wanted to?). More importantly, what we did was meet regularly and created a space to, well, just be. To go from being bullied at college for being a feminist, to being surrounded by political, fierce, creative peers was invaluable. We had picnics, went to the pub and got together to see bands like Le Tigre and Sleater Kinney play. I think we may also have managed to put on a gig (which I can’t take any credit for!), which seemed almost insurmountably hard at the time – thank god some things are easier these days.

The bands I remember most from that time are Hooker, Valerie, Bugeye (guitarist Angela came to chapter meetings) and Linus (whose guitarist Andy Roberts was also a member of RGL, but sadly passed away in 2005). I’m not sure if I ever saw any of these bands play live – surely I must have?? (anxiety and vodka do weird things to one’s memory). But I do vividly remember giving a member of the band Angelica one of Riot Girl London’s flyers and her being most unimpressed… ouch. Some of the RGL bands were The Cherry Bombers and Witches of Oz, who Tar Baby played our first ever gig with (along with The Lollies and The Blue Minkies) in April 2001. This gig introduced me to the fact that being in a band is mostly about extreme nerves, waiting around for hours and drinking tequila, but seeing Witches of Oz play made me forget about all of that; they were fierce and intense and seeing their drummer Vicki beat the shit out of the drums was utterly inspiring. Women can’t drum? Yeah right, fuckers.

Like so many bands, Tar Baby didn’t last – we split up right before we were meant to play Ladyfest Glasgow along with The Gossip (which I am obviously not bitter about at all, 16 years later), but it did lead to more bands and more connections…

I ended up in an early incarnation of Candy Panic Attack, which led to the short-lived Emily’s Values, whose singer was of course the amazing Tegan – now in possibly the best band ever, The Ethical Debating Society. Aaron from my riot grrrl chapter ended up in a band with Vicki, whose bands (both together and apart) include Left Leg, Actual Crimes, Ghum, Ex People and Jane Doe Ensemble.

After a 7 year gap of not playing music, I joined My Therapist Says Hot Damn, which broke me out of terrified monotony and into a world of screaming, crying, guitar smashing, amps-on-fire chaos and joy….which finally led me to Little Fists. And in another twist of fate and serendipity, a few years ago I ended up on a night out with Holly Casio – the writer of much-loved early 2000s zine Angel Food – who now plays in the awesome Buffycore band The Potentials. It feels so heartening that 17 years later I am still surrounded by the people who created this second wave riot grrrl culture in the UK, and to know that even though the world is still fucked, we’re part of this huge community of musicians, writers and activists, trying to create a small space where things don’t feel so bad.

 

Ghum, Think Pretty, The Noise & the Naive and Witch Fever – 29 Sept at the Unicorn, Camden

290917_flyer.jpgA night of awesome punk/pop/rock/awesome, at Camden’s beloved The Unicorn.

Live music from:

GHUM
Atmospheric dark pop
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ghummusic

THINK PRETTY
Art rock duo from Cardiff
https://www.facebook.com/thinkprettyband/

THE NOISE & THE NAIVE
Newcastle-based raw, rough, roaring pop-punk duo.
https://noisenaive.bandcamp.com/

WITCH FEVER
Manchester all-girl punk grunge band. “Making noise with their big muffs”
https://www.facebook.com/witchfever/

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).

Join the group LOUD WOMEN for news of more women-led events
https://www.facebook.com/groups/loudwomen/

29 Sept 2017: Ghum, Glue, Think Pretty and Witch Fever

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A night of awesome punk/pop/rock/awesome, at Camden’s beloved The Unicorn.

Live music from:

GHUM
Atmospheric dark pop
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ghummusic

GLUE
London alt trio. Album ‘Blatant Lies’ out now https://itsglue.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/itsglue

THINK PRETTY
Art rock duo from Cardiff
https://www.facebook.com/thinkprettyband/

WITCH FEVER
Manchester all-girl punk grunge band. “Making noise with their big muffs”
https://www.facebook.com/witchfever/

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).

Join the group LOUD WOMEN for news of more women-led events
https://www.facebook.com/groups/loudwomen/