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Nova Twins claim the 2020 Hercury Prize for ‘Who Are The Girls?’

Fast rising superstars Nova Twins have scooped the coveted LOUD WOMEN Hercury Prize for 2020 with their debut album Who Are The Girls? The band have recently announced they will be playing Reading and Leeds festival in 2021, and they recently picked up the ‘Best UK Breakthrough Band’ award at the Heavy Metal Awards. The ‘Twins aka Amy and Georgia said

“Omg!! Really?! Thank you so much! Thats so awesome and means a lot to us!! 💕🖤
Super excited and proud to be seen/represented by you! Wooop!”

The winners were announced live on the internets by LOUD WOMEN’s Cassie Fox and son Dylan.

The other 2020 shortlisted nominees were:

Bugeye – Ready Steady Bang

Charmpit – Cause a Stir

deux furieuses – My War Is Your War

Dream Wife – So When You Gonna…

Gaptooth – Sharp Minds, Raised Fists

Hurtling – Future From Here

The Lovely Eggs – I Am Moron

Salad – The Salad Way

Shopping – All or Nothing

Sink Ya Teeth – Two

Slum of Legs – Slum of Legs

Previous winners of the coveted prize are Dream Nails (2019), ILL (2018) and The Menstrual Cramps (2017).

LOUD WOMEN Hercury Music Award Nominations revealed

by Kris Smith

It’s that time of year again, time for the only prize that really matters: the LOUD WOMEN Hercury Music Award. 

After taut, masked-up, socially-distanced deliberations amongst the LOUD WOMEN team (not just mouths under our masks, but full noses and everything), we have whittled this year’s crop of Hercury contenders down from nearly fifty albums to a dashing dozen nominations. Many are played, few are chosen.

You know the criteria by now: LPs (sorry, EP fans) released by self-identified female or non-binary artists in the twelve months from mid July 2019. Any format, any distribution. 

After pretty much the only election guaranteed to produce a good result, the democratically-decided winner of the 2020 Hercury Music Award will be announced in September. Without further ado, here are those tiptop twelve:

Bugeye – Ready Steady Bang (July 2020)

The Hercury-nominee with the longest gestation period, an early incarnation of Bugeye having been active in the late 90s before the band reformed five years ago. Ten indie-disco-punk nuggets with a post-Britpop feel on this Reckless Yes debut.


Charmpit – Cause a Stir (April 2020)

Debut album on Specialist Subject from the partly California-raised ‘anarcuties’. Quietly subversive cultural politics with a barrelful of musical sugar to ease the medicine down. File under femme, not twee (then burn the filing system; they’re anarchists).


deux furieuses – My War Is Your War (Oct 2019)

Formidable follow-up political statement to first record ‘Tracks of Wire’ from the Furieuses, once more produced by Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi). An alternative rock LP about “reaching out to find common cause” against regressive populism, patriarchy and despair. Righteousness done right.



Dream Wife – So When You Gonna… (July 2020)

Recorded with an all-female production team, a measured second album from this politically-engaged art school trio, presenting a mixture of moods amidst nagging hooks and irresistible vocals. To cherry-pick an interview quote: “It’s not our job to satisfy men; we’re here to rock out”.



Gaptooth – Sharp Minds, Raised Fists (Oct 2019)

A second DIY album from Hannah Lucy’s ‘riot grrrl-influenced electro-pop’ solo project. An immediate album of sharp lyrics and big choruses but also one that reveals new layers of emotional depth with repeated listening. (Full LW review here)


Hurtling – Future From Here (Oct 2019)


Broodingly-powerful debut album from Hurtling, the latest alt rock project from Jen Macro (Something Beginning With L, My Bloody Valentine, Charlotte Hatherley). Elements of Boston indie and English shoegaze with grunge-pop hooks. (Full LW review here)


The Lovely Eggs – I Am Moron (April 2020)


A sixth album of wry, quirky, psychedelic indie from the unstoppable Eggs, just two years since their last release. A topical focus lends an angrier edge to the band’s typically sardonic guitar pop.



Nova Twins – Who Are The Girls? (Feb 2020)


A relentless big beat/rapcore noise monster of a debut album from the Twins, that fulfils all the promise of their EP/singles and more. Bolstered by a strong visual style all their own, and supported by a series of Harry Lindley/Wanderland Films-produced promo videos.


Salad – The Salad Way (Aug 2019)


Third album proper and a well-received return after a twenty-year break from this underrated Britpop band, their their near-complete original line up of Marijne van der Vlugt, Paul Kennedy and Pete Brown now augmented with Charley Stone on guitar/vocals. Tuneful, idiosyncratic indie rock.


Shopping – All or Nothing (Feb 2020)


The fourth long player from Rachel, Andrew and Billy, with their adept lo-fi take on that mutant disco/no wave dance-punk sound. Shopping pull the neat trick of getting better with every album, leaving you restless to hear what they do next.



Sink Ya Teeth – Two (Feb 2020)


Second album of postpunked-up electro funk from Maria and Gemma. Bass-driven retrofuturist ennui, ideal for dancing to in your room while the world collapses



Slum of Legs – Slum of Legs (March 2020)


Long-awaited eponymous ‘queer feminist noise pop’ debut album from the Brighton-based Slum of Legs, a self-described ‘giant pop-psych, punk monster with twelve legs’. In their own words, “a manifesto for compassion and defiance in a confusing, unrestful world.” (Full LW review and interview here)


There were some excellent runners up this year as always, including the swansong second album from the already-missed Suggested Friends and the debut from Jemma Freeman & the Cosmic Something as well as Es, BLÓM, Porridge Radio, Brix & the Extricated, Harkin, Pet Crow, Nadine Shah, FKA Twigs, No Home, False Advertising, Lauren Tate, Piney Gir, Cultdreams, Marika Hackman, Foxcunt, Slagheap, Killdren and more.

Nova Twins: 10 question interview

38028983_1807743592612717_3842932154283589632_oNova Twins are South London’s hotly tipped ‘punky grimey party‘, currently wowwing the festival scene. Londoners have a rare chance to catch them in a small venue this Saturday, when they play LOUD WOMEN’s Summer Party at the Lexington. To get to know this cooler-than-cool duo (Amy and Georgia) a bit better, Cassie Fox asked them 10 questions for Louderthanwar

Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?
Amy: Missy Elliot
Georgia: Jazmine Sullivan

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?
Georgia: Pharrell to record our tracks.
Amy: I would get Betty Davis to do a guest feature vocal, also Annie Clark on guitar would be interesting!

What was the last song you wrote, and how did it turn out?
Amy: We were in G’s room the other day reading a tale from Greek Mythology! It became the concept of our latest tune.
Georgia: We don’t know how its going to turn out yet, we haven’t finished yet haha!

Which was your favourite gig you’ve played?
Georgia: My favourite recent gig we’ve done is 2000 Trees – we had so much love and everyone was so up for it!
Amy: Thats such a hard question, there is a few favourites! I loved playing at 2000 Trees, Transmusicals and our headline show in London and Paris.

Recommend a record you think we might not have heard of.
Amy: MC5 – Kick Out The Jams, Betty Davis and a few underground bands that are coming up at the moment: look out for Kid Kapichi, Calva Louise and Ho99o9!
Georgia: Puppet Strings by Kid Kapichi: I like the kookiness of this track, it sounds like a dark circus!

What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians?
Georgia: Don’t learn your instrument by copying someone else’s style and technique, find your own path however long it may take to get there!
Amy: Enjoy the highs, push through the lows. There is no room for self doubt, hard work and perseverance will eventually pay off. Follow your own intuition as you will have a lot of people pulling you in different directions, its good to have an open mind but ultimately you should be in control of your career.

Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go!
Georgia: Melody Gardot: My One And Only Thrill. NERD: Seeing Sounds. Destiny’s Child: Survivor.  Stevie Wonder: Innervisions

What are your musical goals?
Amy: To keep discovering new ways to evolve my craft and for Nova to take over the world!
Georgia: I would love my own pedal range and want to continue to tour the world discovering new countries.


Catch Nova Twins this Saturday 18 August at The Lexington, London

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Next gig: Nova Twins, Sh!ts!ck, I, Doris – plus Age of Consent 80s night

180818It’s the LOUD WOMEN SUMMER PARTY at the Lexington and it’s a gonna be a scorcher! Coming to the hula:

NOVA TWINS
“Formula One basslines, Rage Against The Machine aggrandisement makes for a hefty urban punk sniper bullet to the forehead.”

Shitsick
Revolutionary punks, “Capturing the city scape of corrupt governments and a dismantling welfare state”

I, Doris
“Are you dinnerladies on a hen night?”

If that’s not enough for you …

We are teaming up with The Lexington’s 80s club night (Age of Consent) on the night and after live acts our very own Loud Women DJ’s will be taking over the wheels of steel to bring you female fronted classics which will most definitely keep you grooving into the wee hours. Gig goers gain FREE ENTRY so dust off yo 80’s clobber, Roberta de Niro is waiting!! X

All this for £6 in advance, £8 on the door!

Nova Twins

Interview by Kitty Fedorec

nova1I meet Amy Love and Georgia South of Nova Twins in a room above The Camden Assembly (formerly the Barfly) having the caught the end of their soundcheck. There is an air of tense excitement; the musicians shifting between big smiles, belly laughs, and earnest intensity. 

 You’ve known each other for a long time. When did that become making music together?
AMY: We’ve always made music together. I remember once Georgia was on keys at one of my gigs and when you (Georgia) were doing one of your bands I wrote a top line for ‘Let your hair down’. So we were always doing stuff in the same house – I’m always there because I’m like family. So it was inevitable. When we were finished with these other projects we wrote a song together called ‘Bad Bitches’. And that was it.

GEORGIA: Our first ever song… We were like, yeah it’s pretty sick, let’s make another. And we just kept gigging and writing and then we ended up here somehow. Which is crazy. We just remember gigging here two years ago, and we remember how we felt. I like that it’s familiar. When we were growing up it was always the Barfly. And when we were starting up as a band it was like… if you play the Barfly, that’s it.

AMY: It was a real goal wasn’t it?

GEORGIA: When I was 13 if you played the Barfly it was like you’ve made it. So it’s nice having our first headline show here.

You used to go out to gigs a lot?
GEORGIA: Yeah, and we used to gig. We used to gig at the same events

AMY: Purposefully

GEORGIA: So Amy would be a solo artist and I’d be in another band but we’d always be on the same bill or put on our own event – all our friends together on one bill. But then we always just ended up hanging out all the time, and my band would get pissed off, like “you’re always with Amy”. We were always together.

AMY: It was a bit weird – there was always this atmosphere.

Between songs Georgia shouts out, “I've never seen such a diverse, amazing crowd!” The room is hot and heaving. Looking to my left I see a couple in their 30s/40s dancing in the press. To my right are a group old enough to have seen-in punk. Ahead, some students are jumping almost high enough to touch the ceiling (this is not an exaggeration). I too can't think of a gig I've gone too with such a racially diverse crowd. Everyone looks like they have come dressed for a different gig. But across the differences there is a raw enthusiasm coming from the audience.

How did you find going to gigs as young people? I mean, I’m guessing you were underage?

GEORGIA: I remember I couldn’t get into some of Amy’s gigs in the past. And I used to hide under the bar counters when security used to come round. And I got kicked out a few times as well. I think I was properly young, like 12 to 16.

AMY: You’ve got to do that shit though.

You’ve both talked in the past about how important your parents’ support has been. I know some people reading this are parents themselves. Could you share some thoughts on things you think worked for you?

AMY: I think with Georgia’s parents, because they’re musical it wasn’t really seen as a parent-daughter vibe. They were like “I’ve done this, I’ve been there”. If we were slacking they’d tell us off. They’d been there and done that, so it’s nice to just have some advice, like you would if you had a manager or A&R. We don’t have that so we’ve got lots of people who’ve been in the industry just giving us advice because we’re independent at the moment – which is great.

I’d say people who have kids: if your kids are artistic it’s so important to let them express that. They say that depression is at a really high rate in creative people, so I feel you can not suppress it. And if you’re unfamiliar with it, just try and be open-minded and let them take that course. And obviously, yes, go to school, do your shit as well, there’s time for that.

The sound is bold and punchy, driven by heavy bass riffs. Tim Nugent provides lively drums while Amy sings from the gut. It's a sound for dancing to. Or screaming to. I shift to the side to let some shorter women through. The Camden Assembly is a great gig space, with its well elevated, wide stage; it's never much of a struggle to see. Still people press forward, into space that vibrates every breath. This sound is massive.

 You guys have a real visual presence and, while you aren’t supported by a music label ,you have had backing from some clothing labels. Do you think that has helped you reach a wider and less traditional audience?
GEORGIA: Yes, in one way. Mostly it’s just gigging a lot. When you gig a lot people see you and then you get lucky and get asked to do other gigs and they like you from that. And I think that’s what it’s been like with us – based on luck. We’ve done one gig and met someone whose flown us out to France and met someone else who has flown us to South Africa.

AMY: 100 per cent. I think the brands we’ve got involved with… obviously Underground, who’re sponsoring tonight – sponsored us from day one actually. They liked our first single, ‘Baseline Bitch’ and stuck with us. We’ve all stayed really close – see we’ve got their shoes on right now. There’s other brands we’ve got involved with as well, but it’s funny, I think there could have been more, considering people always ask us about fashion and stuff. But we just have a few key brands. So we’ve always got time for them. But it’s definitely about the gigs we’ve done. We’ve gigged so much. Everywhere. You get better that way.

GEORGIA: Which is great. That’s where we’re most comfortable. Even over the studio, we love the stage more.

You produce some pretty extraordinary sounds live. What’s your favourite bit of kit on stage?
AMY: Georgia has got some special pedals.

GEORGIA: Yeah, I’ve got some special pedals. Which I can’t talk about.

AMY: Can’t..? Won’t! [laughs]

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GEORGIA: …I won’t talk about. But probably my pedal board right there. I brought it up with me to have at all times. I couldn’t live without that, cos I spent years building it so it’s kind of lik

e my lifeline. That and my Gallien Krueger amp. Everyone always sees my amp… it’s like one foot big. It’s a tiny combo amp and normally when we do festivals bands have got a massive wall of amps and I just come with my tiny little combo amp, they’re like “ok what’s that gunna do? It’s gunna sound like shit.” And then it sounds bigger than them. It’s not all about size.

AMY: I have a favourite pedal or two, but I can’t say. I love my Hot Rod, quite standard, small, it’s just a Deluxe. My favourite thing is towards the end of the set where we do one of our numbers where I come off the guitar and just kind of go in and Georgia’s bass sounds like the end of the world and I’m just screaming. It’s just fun to gig live. That’s what we do it for.

nova3Amy, you are reported to be into a good vocal warm up. What are your hot tips for vocalists?

AMY: You know what, it’s so bloody important. I started off not really warming up and when were gigging, in especially places like France, it’s like an hour set of hard singing. I developed this cold on tour (not this last tour but the tour before) and it literally blew out my voice – I got a virus that infected my larynx – I had to gig on it and by the last gig there was like nothing left so I had to cancel. Since then I started warming up properly.  Like with steam, and taking care of my voice after gigs. It depends – everyone is different you know. I don’t sit there getting fucked up because I know I want to do a good show for people and I know if I get fucked up I won’t be able to do anything. So warm ups; I’d say just gentle hums, ‘sirens’ and then a few scales – I do about 15-20 minutes before each hour’s show, and today I’ll probably do about 15 – DO IT – it will save you on tour. It saved me. We just did relentless hour-long gigs day after day after day, and I was like, how am I going to do it? Warming up – it was fine

We often find it easiest to frame new music in terms of what already exists. I'm listening to something that, if you were looking for a shortcut to describing it, would most easily be compared to Rage Against the Machine. It seems to be the comparison most often used – probably because few bands have so successfully combined hip-hop and heavy rock influences in the crucible of righteous anger. Reviewers frequently site their UK grime influences – that's something I am under-qualified to talk about. But Nova Twins can definitely get as heavy as anything Part Chimp put out.

You are pretty passionate in your music. What do you get passionate about outside music?

AMY: It sounds really like ‘oooh all we do is music’ but… I guess that is our job and we do it full-time. We are lucky enough to earn a smaaaaall amount of money – still skint, but enough to keep the project going – you know what I mean?  What are we passionate about? I think the politics behind it all really.

What really kinds of grinds us a little bit – in the feminist world it feels like there’s one type of feminist that can be allowed in – it’s very cliquey sometimes. At the moment I feel like if you’re a band, your band has to be seen to be driven by a feminist politics to make you a cool band. But we’re driven by it every day. Why do we have be like … anything? Why can’t we be a band – who are women – who are also feminist – who are also many other things?

That’s why I think it’s so important to just support each other and get out of this cliquey thing where it’s only people who sound like this [gesticulates to sum up a genre of music] are seen as feminists because they are doing the punk sound that actually drove feminists back then. But that’s been done. And we’re trying, in the 21st century, to still be feminist but in a different way with a different sound. And we’ve found that sometimes people are a bit like [makes a face] because we don’t sound Punk – we are punk but we’re not just that, do you know what I mean? It’s not about getting into a little clique, it’s about coming together as a whole, because that’s the only way we’re going to achieve what we really want to achieve. We ain’t going to fucking achieve it by segregating each other – there’s too much of that going on already, let’s stop that, get together and keep moving forward. Does that sound a bit harsh?

Can you describe the new EP for our readers?

AMY: We say basically (this is our little slogan) ‘for the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between’. So again, it’s just portraying the whole spectrum of how one can be.

GEORGIA: And don’t be ashamed.

AMY: …and not being ashamed of anything whether the good or the bad – the bad doesn’t have to represent the word do you know what I mean – your flaws…

GEORGIA: The bad doesn’t have to be wrong.

AMY: No exactly – unless you are actually doing something wrong [laughs] but I think it’s more about self-acceptance.

Everyone seems reluctant to see this gig end. Bass and drums push relentlessly through layers of distortion. Our heads and feet move in agreement. Amy has put her guitar down to blast into the mics, two clutched in one hand, before ploughing into the room. Now she rises up and rides the audience like a queen.

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