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Hurtling: 10 question interview

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Hurtling are beloved members of the LOUD WOMEN family – led by the ubertalented Jen Macro (ex- My Bloody Valentine and Chris TT), along with Jon Clayton and Simon Kobayashi. We can’t wait to see them play at the Lexington for our Christmas kneesup on 21 December. In the meantime, we asked Jen 10 questions …

 

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

The Breeders

2. Choose: Tina Turner or Chaka Khan?

Tina Turner. (Slightly) better hair, better songs, better gait. She’s still alive right? She should do the Legends Slot at Glastonbury.

3. Choose one of your songs to be on an advert. What kind of product is it? 

‘For the summer’ – Hay fever tablets.

4. Choose: town or country? 

Town – because you get the best of both worlds – townsfolk who visit the country always seem to appreciate the fresh air and nature, but country folk always seem to hate coming in to towns, well, London town.

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

Don’t really do reading. Can recommend Channel 4’s recent adaptation of Charles Forsnam’s graphic novel ‘The End of the Fucking World‘. The score was by Graham Coxon and the whole thing was brilliant.

Recordwise – love Shannon Wright, not many people seem to have heard of her. She’s done 10 albums I think, ‘Secret Blood’ is awesome – tense, eerie, guitary and darkly beautiful.

6. Bore us with the details of your set-up please.

Fender Telecaster, Fender Jaguar, Fender Twin, pedals – LOTS of them. Recently downsized board with the help of a DC brick power supply which pops underneath, rather than having a 4 way with a cluster fuck of adaptors on the top.

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

Being able to enjoy the shit out of playing music

8. What are your band goals?

To release our debut album (which is nearly finished), play some festivals, play in Europe while we still can!

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

We are supporting Joanne Joanne and GUTTFULL on 21 Dec at the Lexington.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands 

St Vincent – because she designed a guitar that was more ergonomic for smaller framed people but still has the welly of the ‘prohibitively heavy’ Les Paul. Plus the song ‘Cheerleader’ and its video are pretty great. She gives good video.

Marika Hackman – because she is an astonishing songwriter and lyricist, plus she has gone from acoustic(ish) chanteuse to forthright rocker in the space of two albums.

Deerhoof – because they are bonkers and never fail to satisfy, live or on record.

Bug Prentice – because songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Ally Craig is a genius, became aware of them because they record at our drummer Jon’s OneCat Studio – more people should know about them. Fact.

Plus anyone who will let us support them…(shameless)


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

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Female Fronted, Drawn Together

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Julie Hawk, front woman of Hawk, has created a beautiful multimedia project called ‘Female Fronted, Drawn Together’. This is very much LOUD WOMEN’s cup of tea! A playlist of inspirational female musicians, past and present, with an illustration to accompany each song. Julie has kindly written a piece exclusively for LOUD WOMEN explaining her work on the project.

 

I don’t know where I’d be without the musical women who have influenced me. I started Female Fronted, Drawn Together as a project that combines music and illustration in a way that celebrates this; that allows me to share their music and give a little back to say thank you.

There wasn’t really a plan at first in terms of what I would base each drawing on. But I think that’s led to a really organic and personal process of pin-pointing where my feelings lie, because each artist has affected my life in a totally different way. Some of these women I admire for their message or for their musical creativity. Some of them have given me unforgettable live experiences. And some of them I associate with significant memories, whether happy or sad – the right place at the right time.

I don’t think believe that anyone hears the same piece of music in the same way. Each connection that an artist makes with a listener is unique and complex. On top of this, female fronted music is so often lumped together as a single genre in a way that doesn’t acknowledge the diverse voices and talent and ideas that each woman brings to the table. I feel like in many ways, girls grow up to feel competitive to one another, but there’s been an amazing and positive backlash against this in music lately. I’m seeing so many girlbands looking out for each other and starting up amazing collectives together. I wanted Female Fronted Drawn Together to be a little contribution to this movement, and a space through which I could thank each of these women and just share a little love.

Find Julie on Instagram 

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