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First listen: The Nyx drop ‘Patience’

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DIY rock band of the moment The Nyx are releasing the second of their ‘full moon’ singles, timed to coincide with the lunar movement. Today’s full moon in particular is known as a blue moon (which means there are two moon cycles in the month … crikey). Anyway. The track is called ‘Patience’, and those lovely Nyxers have kindly given LOUD WOMEN the exclusive first listen to it today!

It’s a feast of classic rock, with massive portions of pulsating guitar layers, alongside Simone’s emotive and strident voice. The Nyx’s Becky says, “It’s about the frustration of giving all your energy to someone and getting nothing in return. It’s a track we like always completely lose ourselves to when we play it live.” Enjoy.

Untitled_Artwork (1)London-based DIY rock band The Nyx are releasing a song every full moon in 2018. Working with Grammy award-winning producer Tomasso Collavia (Muse, Phoenix) they’ve recorded a batch of new belters which they’ll self-release throughout the year.

The band is named after ‘Nyx’, the Greek goddess of night and is an all-female group – so celebrating the monthly cycle of the full moon seemed an ideal strategy. It represents how the band want 2018 to be the year women rise up in rock music.

‘Patience’ will be available on Spotify, and all other major music platforms from today.

Catch The Nyx live:

2 Feb – FemRock at The Green Door Store, Brighton
17 Feb – The Engine Rooms, valentines gig with DIY Thursdays.
1 March – Lighthouse Bar, Shoreditch
7 March – The Victoria, Dalston
10 March – Typical Girls, International Women's Day, Four Quarters, Peckham
12 March – The Lock Tavern
26 March – The Monarch
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The Nyx – interview by Keira Cullinane

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Simone Picknett – The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018
London feminist rock band, The Nyx, are named after the 'goddess of the night'. Fittingly, in 2018 they will be releasing a song every full moon! The first single, ‘Only One’ was released on January 2nd, the first full moon of the year. A beautiful rock ballad that's like the lullaby that Skunk Anansie and the Foo Fighters would singer to their cherubic love child.



“I like to think as the months go on, people can look at the moon like a clock and think - not long until the next Nyx release!’ – (Ruby Lee, bass)

The next full moon track is out on 31 Jan – I've had a sneaky preview, and it's gorgeous. Watch this space.

In the past few years, The Nyx have been relentlessly writing and recording, and are currently working with grammy award winning producer Tomasso Collavia (Muse, Pheonix). 2017 saw the release of their eponymous debut EP. “The Nyx is almost two years old, but in that time we’ve managed to lose THREE drummers, which has stopped things from ever taking off. It felt like we were starting again every time, and it stopped us from gigging, which is where we really shine... But feeling like we’ve been repeatedly tripped up has got our blood pumping. We’re going to take on 2018 like a pack of raging wolves.’ (Simone Picknett, vocals & guitar)

In the meantime, our very own Keira Cullinane caught up with the band and asked them some probing questions ...
Ruby Lee – The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018
Ruby Lee – The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018


What band would you love to cover one of your songs?
Simone: Bob Marley and the Wailers, if they did one of our songs as a reggae rendition, that would be just great.

Madonna or Beyonce?


Becky and Ruby:
Madonna
Simone: Beyonce. I like Madonna because she’s changed with the times and because she created the ‘erotica’ / latex movement, and the ‘Sex’ book. She was also really empowering women at the same time, and I guess she was also normalising sex – to the point where it was then talked about more? Beyonce does that too, but…
Ruby: She’s way more sexual? I don’t know though (retracts), is she?
Becky: I suppose they’re both quite similar.
Ruby: I prefer Beyonce’s music, but I think I prefer Madonna as a person. I say this like I personally know them both… they’re both inspirational!

Choose one of your songs to be used as a film soundtrack; what kind of film is it?Ruby: ‘Keep It Candid’ – which is a new song you’ve not heard yet, it would be in a Pussy Riot, Riot Grrrl type movie.

The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018
The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018


[I notice that, at this point, Becky is groaning and hiding under a blanket after a heavy night… She tells me she can’t think, and we discuss Mercury being in retrograde, and how it supposedly interrupts and makes communication difficult.]

Ruby: Get it together, Mercury! Wow, we’ve diverged SO far from the question.
(Becky reappears): …what was the question?
Ruby: I’ve answered the question, don’t worry. Damn you Mercury.

The 80s or the 90s?
All: 90s!
Simone: One hundred percent.
Ruby: It’s when we were born, mate!

Name a record and a book that we may not have heard of?
9780340733509Becky: *takes a deep breath* The Power Of Now, by Eckhart Tolle.
Me: Egg??
Becky: Eckhart! (laughs) there was this egg that wrote a book, it was soooooo arty…
Simone: …it was boiled.
Becky: But the book isn’t about eggs! It’s about spiritual awakening and it’s basically my bible. Record… Okay, so you know you have your ‘top songs’ playlist for the year? I saw mine this week and my top song for 2017 was a track called ‘Overbored’ by Babygirl. Really obscure band I wasn’t expecting to see up top, but pretty much summed up the sound of my head this year.

 

Ruby: Also, there’s that band called Toundra, they have this instrumental song called ‘Strelka’ and it’s like seven minutes long, it’s really fucking good. We were all really drunk listening to it once and we didn’t speak for the whole time (which is rare for us…)

Questions for the guitarists! What’s your live set up?
Simone: Electric guitar, jack cable, and amplifier! My normal set up would be a bit of modulation on delay, that comes out in tap delay which my friend made for me, a little box it’s really nice… His name’s Toby Hawthorne, we went to college together. I also go through reverb and a chorus and some overdrive.
Becky: I’m quite similar as well, I’ve got a distortion, reverb, chorus, delay – which is my idea of a perfect guitar sound. I also recently got a wah wah pedal so watch out for that …

The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018
The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018

What’s the best thing about being in your band?
Ruby: We’re best friends!
Simone: We’re best friends, we can just be really comfortable with each other.. Discuss leaky periods, share the same bras… Although, half the band don’t wear bras..
Ruby: What’s a bra??
Simone: Ruby burnt her bra a long time ago, she’s still trying to find it.
Ruby: (mutters) I’m not trying to find it…
Simone: (continues) Yeah, just the fact that we’re really great friends and hang out together, it’s really comforting.

Band goals?
Becky: Take over the fuckin’ world! Well, for us, just to kind of spread our ideas. To be influential artists, so maybe we can influence others, help them through hard times, awaken them, whatever it is. Or just give them something fun to listen to.
Simone: When we play live our energy is quite strong, so we’re almost like gushing energy through our live shows, and I guess we hope that might stick with someone. Self expression; and hopefully someone else might be inspired to express themselves.

 

Your top 5 contemporary bands?

Simone: Dolls, PURS, Gaygirl are really good as well.

Ruby: Nico Vega, they’re really good, and K.Flay.

Simone: Kate Tempest, Pearl Harts…

Becky: I really like Pumarosa, also really in to Estrons … Why don’t we have one each, then we can agree on two?

(They choose  Estrons, Pumarosa, Dolls, PURS and Nico Vega)

 

 

new music Feb–Apr

A round up of new releases we’re getting excited about.

New tracks 
Downtown Boys – Somos Chulas
Nia Wyn – Help Me
The Nyx – Hideaway
Skating Polly – Hail Mary
Pearl Harts – Hit the Bottle
Dream Wife – Somebody
Grace Savage – Medusa

Singles/EPs
Pink Grip – Demo EP
The Whooper-Ups – Sensible Daydreams EP
Yur Mum – Live EP
Blondie – Fun/Monster
IDestroy – Annie/98%
Screaming Toenail – Food Chain  EP
PAMs – Phasers EP
Cat Apostrophe – World is Fucked EP
Sunflower Theives – Hold the Storm EP
Blindness – The Monsoon EP

LPs
Cherry Glazerr – Apocalypstik
Desperate Journalist – Grow Up LP
The Darts – The Darts
The Menstrual Cramps – We’re Not Overyacting
The Courtneys – Courtneys II 
Party Fears – Part Fears LP
Hurray for the Riff Raff – Navigator LP
The Kut – Raw – demos CD
Trigger Warning and the Safe SpacesEverything is Problematic! LP
Sneaks – Act Out LP

V/A compilations
LOUD WOMEN Volume One
Kobayashi I – Intergalactic Warriors
Hang In There – A DIY Covers Compilation


Pending releases

Feature – Banishing Ritual LP Apr 07
The Baby Seals – Lips Are Sealed Apr 07
Long Teeth – Canned Laughter Apr 20
Darling Buds – Evergreen EP April 21
The Nyx – The Nyx EP – April 21
Skating Polly – New Trick EP Apr 28
Wolf Girl – Moody/Get You – May 5
Blondie – Pollinator – May 5
Oh! Gunquit – Lightning Likes Me – LP May 19
Coathangers – Parasite EP – Jun
Lorde – Melodrama 2nd LP – Jun

31 March – Clit Rock

16904944_1204495819605074_2039115170984735116_oJoin the Clitterati for an evening of celebrating women who rock and saying No To FGM!

Live sets from:
The NYX
Art Trip and the Static Sound
Rose Red and The Butterflies

DJs:
Sandra D
Mammory Tapes

Ms. Mohammed – Clit Rock founder brings the global beats from the Soca of her native Trinidad to R&B, Pop, Reggaeton and Afrobeat to Beyonce. We dare you not to dance!

interview: The Nyx

Interview and photos by Keira Cullinane, exclusively for LOUD WOMEN

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The Nyx are incredible. They are also known as Collette (on drums), Becky and Simone (on V’s and G’s) and Ruby (on bass), and they’re playing for loud Women and the Veg Bar in Brixton on Friday december 2nd.

First of all – the first date stuff. Where did you meet, when did The Nyx get together and is it an equal relationship??

Becky: We used to be in an old band called Rouge, wanted something different and added Collette on drums. That’s when it became The Nyx and got really exciting!

Who, or what, was your inspiration for being in this band and when did you realise you wanted to do it yourself?

Collette: Not necessarily a drummer, but, Annie Lennox for me? She is so inspirational – not even just music; politics, social stuff – she was just such an icon.

Becky: I think i’ve always just loved Janis Joplin. It’s not even really from a musical perspective, she’s an amazing musician, but it’s not that aspect that attracted me to her. More the attitude, the emotion and rawness and authenticity. She’s just being herself, she doesn’t give a shit what everyone thinks, she’s gonna do it anyway, a sort of ruthlessness! Just completely being herself and expressing herself which made me think, ‘that’s what rock ‘n’ roll’s about.’  Not necessarily about writing a song to a certain structure, but living it. But growing up, I listened to a lot of hard rock bands, like ACDC, Nirvana – all male bands. It was no one influence, but these sort of bands made me want to do it.

Simone: For me it’s similar to Becky, like Nirvana, I guess male dominated rock. Then the Spice Girls, I was kind of a mix between Sporty Spice and Crazy Spice.

Ruby: …There wasn’t a Crazy Spice

Simone: Was she not crazy? What was she??

Then I got into Skunk Anansie, and that for me was a mix between the crazy and the sporty.

Ruby: Growing up, everyone says Foo Fighters. Again, there weren’t that many female bands on the scene when we were growing up if you were into rock. But the first female in a rock band was probably Haley Williams from Paramore. I wouldn’t say she was necessarily an inspiration, but she was the first person I really saw doing it in a rock band, that was in Kerrang! Magazine and was in a mainstream capacity.

Becky: Yeah, I don’t think I had that pivotal moment when I was a kid, of thinking (or seeing) “look at that girl go!” I didn’t get that inspiration from women, it was always GUYS. When I first started going to gigs it was 2001 and there was a massive hard core scene. So all I was seeing at that age when I was a sponge waiting for inspiration was guys with long side partings, screaming into a microphone, without melodies. I was there thinking, “Is this what rock music is like?” I had to sort of forge it for myself.

We discuss the platform (or previous lack of) for women making rock music and people like Courtney Love’s fame being divided between a talented musician and being seen as ‘Kurt Cobain’s Wife’.

Simone: I used to buy cd’s from a guy at school who used to download music from the internet, and i think without any background to what i was listening to, it through you more into the music side of it.

So how did you all find music, and how do you find new music now?

Becky: It used to be the portable CD players! But definitely CDs. Late at night with it under my pillow.

Simone: Or running with it, and it skipping!

Becky: There just wasn’t any cool music, I was listening to the P!nk album and S Club 7, that’s what it was like for a kid in the noughties, it was a horrible time! (All laugh)

Collette: I’m a little bit older than you guys and at college I used to go to gigs, and speak to friends older brothers and sisters about music. I used to go to little independant festivals, like the local ‘Dog and Duck’ down the road, and it just kind of ripples through; every now and then something would come out of it.

Becky: ..I suppose guys screaming into a microphone isn’t necessarily true – where we grew up, in High Wycombe, there was such a cool little scene when we were growing up. We were just too young to really experience it properly. When I started putting on my own shows at 15, it was like the scene had kind of died. I feel kind of let down!

As a band, if you had the opportunity to record a double A side with another band or musician, or record a song with them, who would you choose?

Simone: I’d say personally, probably Sufjen Stevens? I just really like his kind of despondent music.

Becky: Amy Winehouse or Jeff Buckley

Collette: That’s a really, really difficult question! I might even say someone like Jonathan Davis or something, because ‘Queen Of The Damned’ is one of my favourite films of all time and he did the soundtrack. He can branch out into so many different genres and still bring it back and make it authentic. It would be the right kind of vibe, and he also has that kind of flexibility within the genre.

Ruby: I’ve been listening to Queens Of The Stone Age a lot again recently and would say Josh Homme. It’s the same sort of style of music and he can collab with other people too! And he’s with Brody Dalle too..

Collette: She was my first girl crush.. I saw them (The Distillers) at Reading when i was 16 she was in this leather onesie, like a motorcycle get up.

We tail off talking about moon cups (top tip; make sure to buy the right size!)

About intersectional politics, and about how apart from a few exceptions, the bands ‘rock’ influences have come largely from white males in the mainstream. We discuss an article I read [by Stephanie Phillips] in the ‘Intersectional Politics For Punx Zine’ about Brody Dalle, from the perspective of a black female growing up listening to rock music.