Ghum 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
Vicki: ‘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.
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.