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Joanne Joanne: 10 question interview

jjJoanne Joanne is the world’s premier all-woman Duran Duran tribute band, and we love them to bits. Who better to headline our Christmas party on 21 December at The Lexington! In preparation, we asked 10 questions of JJ’s lead guitarist, the legendary Charley Stone (pictured centre, bottom).

  1. Who is the best Joanne of recent times?

Two of them are in our band! Jo Bevan and Jo Gate-Eastley. But also, Jo Brand, for dry wittingly and perfectly challenging all-male panels everywhere.

  1. What’s your favorite Duran Duran song?

Probably ‘New Religion’ because it’s a “dialogue between the ego and the alter-ego”. Or ‘Sound of Thunder’, from the first album, because it makes me think about lying out in the sun with synth lines and drums racing through my head feeling drunk on life.

  1. San Junipero or The Handmaids Tale?

powerCan I confess I’ve not actually watched either of them. I did read The Handmaids Tale recently and yes it’s amazing but a bit too depressing for some of these Viewers at this current time. Can I instead put in a vote for the book everyone’s reading on the tube, i.e. The Power by Naomi Alderman. [Ed. LOUD WOMEN thoroughly endorses this book also.]

  1. Best heckle, you’ve received (or given)?

For many years I used to shout out for “Martha’s Harbour” at every gig I went to, including e.g. hardcore American punk bands. These days I tend to stick with “Very Good Indeed” or “Not Bad!”

  1. Who were the second best 80s band (after DD)?

The Fall [Ed. LOUD WOMEN thoroughly denounce Mark E Smith.]

  1. What’s the 2nd best tribute band name (after Joanne Joanne)?

The Misters of Circe, my gender-nonconforming Sisters of Mercy tribute band. Let’s face it, it’s even better than the original.

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

I always wanted to be in Duran Duran, but actually with this we’ve created the ideal version of Duran Duran: all the best bits and none of the rubbish. And totally inhabiting it. Don’t just dream it, be it.

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

Can I put in a word for “The Book of Words”, Duran Duran’s booklyric book from 1984, with essays about their Seven & The Ragged Tiger tour and making-videos, and lots of thoughts from Simon le Bon about the artistic process. It was a very formative work for me, I’ll be honest.


  1. What are your band goals?

Hammersmith Odeon by ‘82, Wembley Arena by ’83, Madison Square Garden by ‘84.


  1. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.

Jen Macro’s Hurtling are amazing! We’re really excited about playing with them on 21 Dec – make sure you get there early to see their whole set. They have the only bassist who can give our Jo Gate-Eastley a run for her money.

Jo Bevan’s Desperate Journalist are pretty perfect, if you loved all the best bits about The Smiths and The Cure and Bjork.

Also can we mention our sister band, MX Tyrants? Formed when we kept coming up with new riffs and ideas while rehearsing Duran Duran songs for Joanne Joanne. Current line-up is me (Charley), Lolo, Jo Gate-Eastley and Catherine Riley – we have a new video out, Sycamore Semaphore.

I think 3 is enough. Let’s not get carried away.


Follow Joanne Joanne on Facebook then come see them live at the Lexington when they play our Christmas Party on 21 December, along with Joanne Joanne and GUTTFULL!


MX Tyrants – 10 Question Interview

13698114_628507453992536_1646049510563313346_oLOUD WOMEN loves MX Tyrants! They played one of our first ever shows, so we’re chuffed that they’re coming back to play our 2nd Birthday Party this Friday 13 October at the Fiddler’s Elbow. We also asked them 10 questions …

Who would you most like to cover your songs?
Jo: Early Elvis.

Lolo: Duran Duran, of course, seeing as three of us have spent so long learning theirs for Joanne Joanne! I’d like Marc Almond to have a bash at ‘Rats in the Rain’ too.

Catherine: Queen, original line-up (although I wouldn’t want any Brian May guitar-wank nonsense): I’d quite like to hear Mr Mercury going full Freddie on ‘The City Knows’.

Charley: No one. Other musicians would not do them justice. I’m only being honest.

Choose: Madonna or Beyonce? 
Lolo: Madonna, not because I think she’s any better (certainly not in the last ten years), but because I have an emotional connection with her early singles due to adolescence and hormones and stuff. Especially ‘Borderline’.

Catherine: Madonna, but only in the 1980s (when she had her original face).

Choose one of your songs to be on a movie soundtrack. What kind of film is it?
Lolo: All of our songs are well cinematic, but Mutual Lucid is about creating a film within a lucid dream, so it could be in a feminist take on the new Bladerunner film that actually passes the Bechdel test

Choose: the 80s or the 90s?
Lolo: The 80s, purely because it was the decade I grew up in. If I was older and fought in the punk wars I’d probably think it was the decade from hell.

Jo: The 80s because that’s when my young heart beat fiercely along to the likes of The Fall and Duran Duran. By the 90s it was a more lacklustre nod along to Soundgarden, The Sundays and the likes of Fresh 4 featuring Lizz E.

Charley: The 80s had the best music (early 80s pop / late 80s indie), whereas the 90s gave us Britpop which was an utter abomination, although admittedly provided a more enjoyable standard of living for some of these Viewers.

Catherine: The 1990s. Because of the Spice Girls, obvs.

doiRecommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Lolo: A record – “Until the Hunter” by Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions – yer wumman from Mazzy Star collaborating with yer man from My Bloody Valentine, recorded in a Martello Tower (look it up) on the Dublin coast, absolutely gorgeous and I don’t know why it wasn’t huge. A book – Caroline Criado Perez “Do it Like a Woman”, inspiring (true) stories about women who’ve done stuff they’re told they can’t do, everything from crossing the South Pole to standing up for sex workers in India.

Catherine: The Thurston Moore group’s new record has some excellent bass lines. And Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie is a beautiful book written by a brilliant woman who is feminist in her fiction and in her actions.

Charley: ‘Juniverbrecher’ by The Indelicates is a Brechtian concept album where everything English is disgusting and Nigel Farage is a Victorian con-man spirit medium and the spirit of Mr Punch aka Jimmy Savile has infected everything and this is what caused Brexit, you see.  It’s probably got a book to go with it as well, that’s usually the kind of thing they do.

Jo: “Oh the places you’ll go” by Dr Seuss, because it’s the ultimate guidebook for little dreamers and big dreamers alike

One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up.
Catherine: this is exclusionist

Jo: ….can I bore you with details of my bass guitar kit? I have a very lovely old Fender Jazz bass (which I can’t be separated from), a Cort Fretless for dreamy 80’s sound; a Japanese Squier Precision (in case the main bass malfunctions); a half size double bass; a dusty old Takamine Jasmine acoustic bass; and, lastly, the reason I need no pedals is the Gallien Krueger 700 RB2 bass amp and Neocab 2×12; oh and if I get another piece of kit, I have been told I have to move out….

Charley: I don’t want to bore you but since you ask: I generally play a Squier Super-Sonic, which everyone thinks is left-handed, but it’s not. And my amp is a Fender Deluxe. But I can make anything sound good, let’s be honest.

What’s the best thing about being in your band?
Lolo:Getting to create new songs and hang out with very talented and lovely people.

Catherine: My band! Charley and Lolo and Jo-Jo.

Charley: My favourite thing about it is that we all write together, as a band. It’s not one of those bands where someone comes in with a song and we all work on it – we just start playing and when we find a riff we like we develop a song from it. I love this way of working, it’s collaboration in its most democratic form and it means that the songs we come up with are entirely unlike anything any of us could have come up with on our own.

What are your band goals?
Lolo:To keep doing the answer to question 7 with more people hearing and seeing us.

Catherine: To sound like early Elvis. And early Stones. And early Beatles. And to be early, sometimes. 

Charley: To play some slightly bigger stages with slightly better PA systems. I think anything from The Lexington up to The Forum would work best for this particular band, if anyone’s offering.

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

Lolo: That we’re playing the Loud Women birthday gig in the Fiddler’s Elbow on Friday 13th – if you’re reading this after that date, that our new EP “Many” will be out soon and is ace.

Catherine: We have a new video, and a new EP. And that our designer is a legendary shoegazer (which makes her output a little slow…)

Give your top 5 contemporary bands 

Lolo: Ye Nuns, because Charley Stone and I are in them

Joanne Joanne, because Charley Stone and Jo Gate-Eastley and I are in them

The Fallen Women, because Charley Stone and I are in them

W*llstonekraft, because Charley Stone is in them

The Wargs, because Jo Gate-Eastley is in them

Charley: What Lolo said. Plus The Indelicates because they created David Koresh Superstar, aka the greatest rock opera of all-time.


Find MX Tyrants on Facebook, and see them live at our birthday party this Friday!


13 Oct: LOUD WOMEN’s 2nd birthday party!

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!

The best cider punk band in London

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.

Your favourite feminist sax punk band from Esher.

Just wait and see.


24 hours of LOUD WOMEN!


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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7 things girls in bands need to know

Whether you’re the lead singer in a militant feminist punk group, or play second fiddle in a folk collective, female musicians all need a helping hand from their sisters if they want to get ahead in the big boys’ club that is the music industry.

We at LOUD WOMEN Club know this all too well, which is why we’ve asked some of the bands who have played for us to share their top tips for being a girl in a band.

1 Ren Aldridge, vocalist in Petrol Girls

My top tip for women getting involved in music is that it’s ok to suck. Seriously, there are plenty of men who play music that suck, and they are allowed to suck and it have nothing to do with their gender. It takes time to get good at what you do. So suck for a bit, and enjoy it. You’ll get better without even realising.

2 Charley Stone, guitarist with MX Tyrants

Here’s a technical tip for soundchecks: often when you’re having problems hearing things on stage, the sound tech (often a guy) will shrug and tell you ‘it will sound better when there’s people in the room’. To an extent they’re right – but that’s not much help when you’re trying to get a balance onstage so that you can all hear what you’re doing. So when that happens, ask them to switch off the front of house PA so you can play a song or a bit of a song with just the monitors on, and see if you can hear yourselves then. That’s my tip from the top! It’s one of the things I wish I’d known when I started out, anyway.

3 Laura Kirsop, singer in Ex People

Don’t be scared to say no. In my old bands, stylists wanted me to wear things I would never normally wear and I was too scared to put my foot down. As a result I was uncomfortable and gave a worse performance. Just say no!

4 Hannah, singer in GAYR

“Don’t do yourself down until you’ve given everyone else the chance first!” That observation was from another female performer and it really resonated with me. I had, and still have, to get out of my own way, as a performer, writer or really anything else! My advice would be, just have a go. There’s no magic formula or god-given talent or right involved. Hook yourself up with some enthusiastic and supportive people and do some work. Put on a wicked outfit, or don’t, and have a ball.  If you think you’ll love it, you probably will.

5 Cassie Fox, bassist in The Wimmins’ Institute

When you’re a new band, you’ve got to shout from the rooftops about how awesome you are. Blow your own trumpet – no one’s going to do it for you! Bigging up yourself goes against everything we were taught as little girls about being ‘ladylike’. Which makes it doubly important that the next generation of little girls see us smashing that toxic stereotyping to bits. Be bold and confident (or, at least, feign confidence for long enough for it to start to feel natural!)

6 Becky Baldwin, bassist in IDestroy

Know when to stand up for yourself, ask questions and prove yourself. Online trolls can be ignored, but certain people in the industry can and will help you if you can calmly but fairly show why they are in the wrong. Most people don’t know they’re being sexist, and although it’s unfair that we need to work extra hard to prove we belong here, I think it’s the best way to push the industry forward. Use your knowledge and be proud!

7 Lilith Ai, singer songwriter

Kill with kindness. Nobody is perfect. Making music is hard and it’s scary sometimes, showing all when you’re on stage or people are checking out your MP3s. So don’t diss your fellow artists, befriend them. They’ll be your greatest allies.

interview: mx tyrants

by ngaire ruth

MX Tyrants’ music is for wriggly-hip-dancing, raised, lilting arms and pouting, with confident stare. The guitar has the swagger of Roxy Music or Duran Duran but with TONS more energy, poise and playfulness. Go Charley Stone, guitarist, and Lolo Wood, keys.

ngaire: Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?
lolo: You have seen Charley Stone in a million squillion bands, famous ones on the telly an’ all. You have seen the two of us together in Ye Nuns, who play the music of The Monks, and you have seen all of us in another certain all-female band [Joanne Joanne] who play the music of another certain all-male band [Duran Duran].
charley: You’ll also have seen me and Melanie Woods together in one or two other bands… and she’s been in a fair few herself (KnifeworldSidi Bou Said, loads of others) …
l: I have been in other bands but we mostly played to 2 people and half a dog.
c: Actually, Ngaire, I think you’ll find that you first saw me and Jo Gate-Eastley in the sensational Frantic Spiders back in the early 90s. You gave us our first Melody Maker write-up!

n: Why this type of melodic, traditional four-piece band? 
c: Can’t help it.
l: We were all playing the same instruments in [Joanne Joanne], and it sounded so good that it was a natural step to start writing our own tunes in rehearsals.
c: There are 4 of us, we can’t help that.

n: What sort of bands do you see yourselves billed with? 
l: Good ones! Ones we like! They can be similar, they can be contrasting, they can be chicks or blokes, or chicks and blokes.
c: Charley: Or persons who are neither, or persons who are both. Let’s not get all binary about it.
l: Our songs are good to dance to, so it would be nice to be on the bill with other acts who are good to dance to.

n: Since you are experts: How do you actually go about starting a band? Beyond getting the idea in the pub? 
l: Decide the concept of the band.  What will you sound like, who will do what? How will you fill any personnel gaps? Decide how you want to approach the writing – are you going to jam together, or bring along ideas/ fully formed songs you’ve already written? Then pick a date and a place to make noises in. Turn up and make noises.
c: “turn up and make noises” is the tl;dr version of this. That is basically it.

n: How much money do you need to get started? 
l: You need instruments unless you’re going to be an acapella vocal band. But you can pick up cheap secondhand stuff or free things from Freecycle. Warning: some instruments need amplifiers, but these can also be cheap or free. Unless you have somewhere you can keep all your amps together and be as loud as you like, you’ll need to rent a rehearsal room. Tip: the more people in your band, the cheaper your share.
c:  Back in the late 80s when I started, I began with a cheap “Axe” guitar, which I bought mail order from an ad in Smash Hits. It included: guitar, strap, lead, plectrum, carry case, really good practice amp (which I used for actual gigs for several years) AND a book and cassette teaching you How-To-Play. It was about £70 I think? I saved my allowance and got it. Didn’t bother paying for rehearsal space for years, just borrowed school halls and/or played quietly in our bedrooms. I recommend it.

n: Is this your art? 
l: Yes.
c: #art

n: Is making art your political protest? e.g. even though you all work full time, for high rents and little relaxation time, you still belong in so many bands, and make new ones. 
l: I guess so, but we would be still doing it if we were ladies of leisure. I have curtailed a lot of activities (cinema/ theatre-going, eating out, holidays, hairdressers) as a sacrifice to the London Rent Gods, but playing in bands is one of the main reasons I’m in London. So it may not be protest, more obstinate doggedness. And it is kind of relaxation time, even though it’s also work.
c: When everything is terrible, I always say “at least we’ve still got our #art”

n: Does your art always involve working with others, making music? 
l:  I work better collaborating with other people, but I still want to be a novelist when I grow up.
c: Personally I think bands work always better as collaboration rather than several musicians helping a lead song writer realise their #art, but I also like writing/recording on my own. But wouldn’t impose that on a band. The brilliant thing about a band is seeing what happens when other people put their ideas into the mix and change what you had to begin with.

n: Why then release a single? 
l: It’s an easy way of getting people’s attention.
c: Assuming anyone bothers listening / watching, ho ho. BUT seriously, what else would we do? If you record a song you are pleased with, you must release it into the public, so that it can have a run around. No point keeping it cooped up in your room. No point at all.

n: Am I neglecting the obvious and most interesting question: Band name? 
c: MX Tyrants, that’s the name, don’t wear it out. It’s MX, not Mx, incidentally. We are tyrannical about the fact that the MX bit of our name is pronounced MX not Mx. And therein lies the reason as well. It’s one of those answers that goes back on itself, like a Möbius strip, like the universe, like 2001: A Space Odyssey. And it can only be observed from within itself.

You’ll get nothing more sensible out of us.

MX Tyrant’s single ‘Mutual Lucid’ is out now.

6 Feb 2016: Argonaut | Mx Tyrants | Madame So @ Silver Bullet, Finsbury Park



A night of top notch badass woman-lead pop-punk-riot-awesome, in Finsbury Park’s finest venue, Silver Bullet.

Line-up for SATURDAY 6 Feb 2016:

Purveyors of fiery female fronted alternative punk rock. The band released their self-titled debut in 2012 and have recently unleashed their second album ‘Try’.
@argonautband www.facebook.com/argonautband

Awesome art pop from the women who brought you Joanne Joanne.

Lyric-led guitar pop that has been likened to Hole, Blondie, Patti Smith and PJ Harvey.

Doors 7.30 pm
£5 entry

All welcome!

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