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Basic Bitches, Quim Smashers, T-Bitch and ARXX – 21 April 2018 at DIY Space for London

What a gig! It was an absolute treat to host these 4 bands last night at DIY Space for London last night.

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The evening kicked off with Brighton’s ARXX. Since they last played for us, they’ve changed drummer, and added a lot more power and groovy samples too. Hannah’s voice is a-mazing and their songs are worldclass punkpop anthems, and the world needs to hear them! Find them on Facebook.

Next up were T-Bitch from Southend, who brought massive portions of glamour, vitriol, and banging punk rock – all our favourite things in fact! They gave a brilliant performance that had us all grinning and dancing from start to finish. They were also absolutely lovely people to gig with – a model band! They turned up early, helped out other bands with equipment loans, watched all the other bands and stayed to the end.

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These might seem like small gestures but they make such a difference to the night, and bands who follow this punkrock code of etiquette are welcome on our stages any time. We hope to see lots more of T-Bitch soon!

 

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Next up were Quim Smashers, who also played live on the LOUD WOMEN Radio show on WRS last week.

Time constraints meant no raffle at the gig (we’ll do an extra big one next time).

 

 

 

 

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But finally our headliners Basic Bitches were a huge treat – a gloriously loud garage rock duo on tour from the US. Perfect end to a great evening.

 

 

 

 

Our next gig is 21 May with Belle Scar, Silva and Stef Fi at the Hope & Anchor, Islington. Get your tickets here! 

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Quim Smashers – 10 question interview

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Quim Smashers are coming to play our next gig on 21 April at DIY Space for London! The London trio describe themselves as "punk meets burlesque and angry women in a grotty broken down warehouse that is still somehow nicely upholstered". Frontwoman Hannah Kessler is celebrating her 21st birthday at the gig, and it's going to be a massive party – we cannot wait! Here's their 10 questions ...

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 

Alison Mosshart 

2. 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?
Nico. Or Lou Reed, and they could play whatever they like

3. What was the last song you wrote, where were you when you came up with the idea, what inspired it, and how did it turn out? 

It’s a song called ‘Extra Lubrication’, about period sex. We are very pleased with it, cos it has a very funky riff.

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?  
When we supported Pussyliquor at the Old Blue Last – that was quite a buzz. Also when we played at the anarchist feminist party was totally inspiring and exciting.

51WyDumb6jL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_5. Recommend a book that you think our readers might not have heard of .
Death and the Penguin
. It’s a really well written book about a writer who has a pet penguin and is trying to survive a situation where he finds himself writing obituaries for people who are not dead.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? 
Do it for yourself, for love and the joy of creating.

7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 
Sister – Sonic Youth
The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails

Midnight Boom – The Kills
8. What are your musical goals? 
To keep doing it for as long as possible, and to keep meeting amazing people
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
I really don’t know how to answer this, cos we are just a band doing what we love because it makes us happy, it feels like therapy and that’s all – we don’t really have an agenda beyond that. We love music!

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians
St Vincent – cos her melodies and lyrics are amazing
Pussyliquor – cos they just rock and whenever we see them we feel inspired
The Kills – funky and great live
Deadweather – their songs are just so cool
[That's 4 but who's counting.]
Catch Quim Smashers live on Saturday 21 April at DIY Space for London.
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