LOUD WOMEN will have been a ‘thing’ for 2 whole years in October!
In that time, we’ve put hundreds of awesome women on dozens of stages of all sizes; we’ve released records that have sold all over the world, and been played on the major radio stations; we’ve kept you informed about the latest music news from brilliant women; and mostly we’ve had a fucktonne of fun!
To celebrate all that, come along to a party at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Camden. A stellar line-up, cake and party bags for everyone, awesome night out guaranteed. Plus KARAOKE! Hurray!
Making their return visit to LOUD WOMEN, with a stonking EP under their belt. This foursome might have been spotted individually in the likes of Knifeworld, Ye Nuns, Joanne Joanne and many others. Nods to early Duran, Scary Monsters era Bowie, yet with an undefined musical genre and gender all of its own. www.facebook.com/MXTyrants
Saturday afternoon we headed to The Lexington for an all-ages matinee, which went down 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 🙂
Downtown Boys: Cost of Living (Sub Pop) LP | CD | DL Out now 9/10
Bilingual sax punks Downtown Boys tell us they’re here to “topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history”. Listening to their provocatively boisterous new album, Cost of Living, Cassie Fox wants to roll up her sleeves and give them a hand pushing.
The targets in Downtown Boys‘ crosshairs are clear: “racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts”. The tracks on Cost of Living use commanding sloganeering, driving grooves, and catchy sax riffs to cook up one of the most apposite records of the present-day.
This is the third album from the Providence, RI band, and the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed Full Communism from 2015. Released on Sub Pop, but with production by Fugazi/Rites of Spring’s Guy Picciotto, lending a Dischord sound – a touch of the Nation of Ullysses about it.
The effervescent opener, ‘A Wall’, has lyrics drawn from Assata Shakur’s poem “I believe in living“, and Sonic Youth style delivery. The song calls out Trump with a joyful resistance.
‘Promissory Note’ is an unapologetic bird-flip to the band’s censurers: “So what’s the matter, you don’t like what you see? / I can’t believe you’re even talking to me!”
‘Somos Chulas’ (‘We are cool’) is one of three songs on the album sung primarily in Spanish and it’s a banger.
‘Lips That Bite’ is my favourite track on the album, largely due to the rollicking sax instrumental, over some unexpected synth.
Downtown Boys are best served live. Victoria Ruiz is mesmerising in her performance, and the band’s energetic shows are joyful, entertaining and inspirational. True story: when they played in London in 2015, three friends in the audience were so inspired that they formed their own sax punk band on the spot – and my band GUTTFULL was born.
Downtown Boys are currently touring Europe with several UK dates coming up: catch them if you can.
11/10: Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
12/10: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
13/10: Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
14/10: Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
16/10: Dublin, Ireland @ The Workman’s Club
17/10: Liverpool, UK @ The Shipping Forecast
18/10: London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park
19/10: Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social Club
20/10: Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
21/10: Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival
22/10: Birmingham, UK @ All Years Leaving Festival
A combination of abrasive vocals, feral guitar, rasping saxophone and engine-room bass and drums, GUTTFULL are as the name suggests.
‘#notallmen’ is six tracks of feminist punk rock that eviscerates male chauvinism in its many thin guises. From Trump-baiting on the none-more-direct ‘Arsehole’ (‘You think you’re the man / But even your nan thinks you’re an arsehole’) to troll-hating on ‘Keyboard Warrior’, it’s a bleak but thrilling tirade.
The band display a real understanding of punk rock and its lineage but their songs suggest a scope wider than that. At first ear-glance the most obvious touchstone should be X-Ray Spex, but in actual fact that comparison starts and ends with the instrumental arrangement of the band. Singer Moe Tasker has a vaudevillian quality to her vocal delivery that is a close to Jello Biafra as Poly Styrene: on tracks like ‘Keyboard Warrior’ she slurs the end of each line in a way that evokes the hateful title character as much as the lyrics (‘Venom on your keyboard / Scared of being ignored’).
Saxophonist Phil Waite brings a slightly Roxy-ish rumble to the band, augmenting the guitar at times (in a way that sounds eeevil) and occasionally cutting free for a bit of riffing on his own.
It’s a very ‘in-the-room’ production which suits the confrontational sound they’re kicking out, and it gets the best out of the tough-as-hell rhythm section (bass player Gemma Gompertz plays with a bowing hand that is surely made of iron), which keeps all the wilder elements in check. Topped off with a ‘who’s-who of male stupidity’ cover art, this debut EP promises great things for GUTTFULL.
London sax-punk five-piece GUTTFULL are poised to release debut EP ‘#notallmen’ on 20 July.
Featuring Cassie (formerly of The Wimmins’ Institute) on guitar, Gemma and Louis (formerly of Kenickers, possibly the world’s first Kenickietribute band) on bass and drums, Phil on saxophone and Moe on vocals, GUTTFULL have been in existence for little over six months, but have already played a string of successful gigs and radio sessions and chalked up thousands of views for their debut Trump-targeting video ‘Arsehole’.
With influences andcomparisons ranging from X Ray Spex and early Slits to Bikini Kill and Downtown Boys, GUTTFULL concoct a unique blend of sounds from the last four decades, and frontwoman Moe’s vocals have already been likened to Poly Styrene. On latest video ‘Keyboard Warrior’ the band flex their feminist muscles with a lyric aimed at internet trolls. The track also features on LOUD WOMEN’s debut compilation album ‘LOUD WOMEN: Volume One’.
Bursting with a generous six tracks, GUTTFULL’s EP features both previous singles as well as anti-patriarchy live favourite ‘Mafu’ (a Samoan word for ‘rotten’), Tits and Nails’, ‘Does Your Girlfriend Know You’re Here?’ and new single ‘#notallmen’, with accompanying video due on release day. The band state that the lead track “is a tongue-firmly-in-cheek ballad for men who love to think of themselves as feminist allies, yet prove themselves to be anything but”, while the artwork features a brilliant collage of discredited male celebrities.
The first of a series of bigger, louder, spanglier LOUD WOMEN nights, at our favourite venue, The Lexington on Pentonville Road.
*****SKINNY GIRL DIET*****
“At last, real girls, young and believable, singing in their own voices.” – Viv Albertine (The Slits)
“Skinny Girl Diet are what Hole might have sounded like had Courtney Love hailed from Wood Green rather than Portland” – The Guardian
“London’s most badass girl gang” – Dazed
Skinny Girl Diet are two sisters from North London who play raw, abrasive, in your face guitar music. Formed in 2011, when still young teenagers, their first gig was with the Slits’ Viv Albertine and the TV personalities. While a three-piece with their cousin Amelia on bass, they played around the London area intially, earning touring stripes with their own generation’s breakthrough bands, the likes of The Fat White Family and Slaves. Last year, they’ve appeared alongside legends John Cooper Clarke and The Raincoats. Played dates in Europe and been interviewed by Arte for German TV. Iggy Pop recently said “Here are some people who just want to reach out and grab your ears” when he played them three times on his Iggy Pop Confidential BBC Radio 6 music shows and everyone from XFM’s Jon Kennedy, BBC Radio 6’s Marc Riley, Gideon Coe and Steve Lamaq, and BBC Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank have put them on the airwaves.They have graced the cover of Beat, can be spotted online and in magazines like Dazed and Confused, Vice, Vogue, Crack and The Guardian. Not to mention the stacks of underground zines. Their debut Album Heavyflow was released in Sept 2016 with great reviews from Drowned in Sound, The Line of Best Fit, Louder than War, and Collapse Board to name a few.
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Comprised of two members from Sweden and two from England, The Franklys play frenetic garage rock with heavy and psychedelic overtones á la Led Zeppelin-Blondie-Strokes-QOTSA-punk-pop-rock-madness.
With extensive touring across both the UK, Europe and America, including festival slots at Isle of Wight, Download Festival and Camden Rocks, The Franklys are surely making themselves known as one of the most exciting new live acts on the UK band circuit. https://www.facebook.com/thefranklys/
This foursome might have been spotted individually in the likes of Knifeworld, Ye Nuns, Joanne Joanne and many others over the years of underground scene madness.
In their current incarnation as MX Tyrants (formed roughly in summer 2015) there are consecutive nods to early Duran, Scary Monsters era Bowie, yet with an undefined musical genre and gender all of its own. www.facebook.com/MXTyrants
plus poetry from NADIA DREWS
Doors 7 pm
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).