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The Twistettes: Live At Capture Works – album review

Review by Tony Rounce

Two is still the new four…

There are a number of excellent ‘duo bands’ around right now, most of whom employ a guitar/drums line up. What sets Scotland’s Twistettes apart from their two-person peers is that they are essentially a rhythm section, with Nicky D’Arc thrashing away on the drums like her life depends on it and her sister Jo playing her grumbling, menacing bass as a lead instrument at the kind of torturous volume that might even impress Spinal Tap, and that will make your speakers spin across your room if they are not sufficiently weighted down.

The big, grimy audio landscape of their adrenaline-fuelled, feedbackalicious accompaniment is the perfect foundation for the duo’s aggressive and angry sounding vocals to build on.  Hailing as they do from Lady Sturgeon’s manor, Jo and Nicky sing with their native brogue.  It’s not the first time anyone has done this, of course. But you can believe me when I tell you that they are a darn sight more animated – and interesting – when they do so than the Proclaimers could ever be.

If you caught their act at either of their previous appearances at LOUD WOMEN all-dayers, you will already have a fair idea of what to expect from a live Twistettes album – and “Live At Capture Works” will not confound your expectations.  Recorded during lockdown while live streaming from Glasgow’s Capture Works, it’s raw and technically unpolished, but it does get right to the heart of what the Twistettes are about, and what they sound like.

The flat, ambient balance of the audio puts you in the room with the two women and provides an exhilaratingly vivid slash of sound, buzzy and hissy and angry but most of all 100% exciting. The repertoire is mostly drawn from the duo’s two previous, highly recommended albums “A Strange Play” and “Jilt The Jive” and although there isn’t space here to detail the individual strengths of the songs there’s one new one called “Tory Cunts” – a ginormous aggressive terrace chant with a lyric that we can all get behind and enjoy singing along with, wherever we are.

Eleven songs performed with gusto and – the relative calm of the hypnotic, almost funky opener ‘On The Table’ notwithstanding – full frontal attack, none of them going much over two minutes, and all of them with something to say that needs to be heard more than once.  It’s not easy listening but, let’s face it, the best records seldom are!  ‘”Live At Capture Works” is available physically and digitally on Bandcamp. Check it out, you won’t be sorry you did.

Like all of us, the Twistettes aren’t doing much at the moment, but I’m sure they would love you to give them a follow on Facebook or Instagram until such times as they are gigging again.

The Twistettes – A Strange Play: LP out today

HgO_4ARQ‘A Strange Play’ is the hotly anticipated second album from DIY punk act The Twistettes. The initial release will be celebrated with a launch weekend seeing the band throw a massive launch party at Stereo in Glasgow on Friday 14th September followed by a London launch at Loud Women Fest 3 on Saturday 15th September.

The Twistettes are sisters Jo and Nicky D’arc. With their dirty, twisted bass sound, a hit of swinging flare and thumping driving drums; they are punk, riot grrrl, real-deal indie with a touch of psychobilly. The Twistettes have a strong DIY ethos which has lead to them connecting with other like minds and becoming involved in a variety of eclectic gigs, festivals and parties. Through this, they have performed at various venues ranging from the legendary Glasgow Barrowlands to secret underground parties across the UK and beyond. Debut album, ‘Jilt the Jive’ was released 2016 with a sold-out launch night and a string of tour dates. This took them across the UK followed by a run of appearances in East Asia.

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The LOUD WOMEN Fest 3 line-up revealed!

This year’s final line-up for LOUD WOMEN Fest has just been announced, and now includes worldclass artists She Makes War and Efa Supertramp! Here’s a taster of how it’s going to look …

This, the 3rd annual LOUD WOMEN Fest will showcase 21 punk and indie acts in 1 day, over 2 neighbouring stages – The Dome and the Boston Music Room, Tufnell Park, London. Last year’s festival massively sold out, so early ticket-buying is advised!

Here’s the final line-up:
Petrol Girls
She Makes War
Zand
The Franklys
Grace Savage
DREAM NAILS
You Want Fox
The Twistettes
PUSSYLIQUOR
Ms. Mohammed
Crumbs
Sister Ghost
The Menstrual Cramps
Wolf Girl
SAM AMANT MUSIC PAGE
GUTTFULL
The Baby Seals
Efa Supertramp
Art Trip and the Static Sound
Drunken Butterfly
Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something

Plus DJs including Mammory Tapes AND cake stall from Ladies of the Lock – The WI group for Camden, Kentish Town…

This year, we’re taking over The Dome, Tufnell Park and Boston Music Room. Using these two amazing, world-class neighbouring venues we can keep the music constant throughout the day, and make our Fest bigger and better than ever!

Expect:
* Delicious hot food and cakes.
* Stalls with zines and goodies.
* The best damn day/night out of the year.

Applications from stallholders and zine sellers, other kinds of performers that we haven’t even thought of yet, and any other enquiries to loudwomenclub@gmail.com

Tickets £15 in advance from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/42…
£20 on the door £10 NUS / JSA / over 60s

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Petrol Girls, You Want Fox, Drunken Butterfly and more added to LOUD WOMEN Fest 3 line-up!

LOUD WOMEN Fest is back in 2018 – bigger and louder than ever! Building on the massive success of our last two Festivals, we’re expanding to two much larger venues: The Dome, Tufnell Park, and Boston Music Room

Line-up so far:

Petrol Girls
Zand
The Franklys
Grace Savage
DREAM NAILS
You Want Fox
The Twistettes
PUSSYLIQUOR
Ms. Mohammed
Crumbs
Sister Ghost
The Menstrual Cramps
Wolf Girl
SAM AMANT MUSIC PAGE
GUTTFULL
The Baby Seals
Art Trip and the Static Sound
Drunken Butterfly
Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something


Plus DJs including Mammory Tapes and more bands TBA – watch this space!


Stalls, zines, food, AND cake stall from Ladies of the Lock – The WI group for Camden, Kentish Town & Tufnell Park


Tickets £15 in advance from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/427259
£20 on the door
£10 NUS / JSA / over 60s


This year, we’re taking over The Dome, Tufnell Park and Boston Music Room. Using these two amazing, world-class neighbouring venues we can keep the music constant throughout the day, and make our Fest bigger and better than ever!

Expect:
* Delicious hot food and cakes.

* Stalls with zines and goodies.

* The best damn day/night out of the year.

Applications from stallholders and zine sellers, other kinds of performers that we haven’t even thought of yet, and any other enquiries to loudwomenclub@gmail.com

Tickets £15 in advance from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/427259
£20 on the door
£10 NUS / JSA / over 60s

 

 

Line-up for the third LOUD WOMEN Fest announced!

Here’s the news we’ve been dying to tell you … we can finally announce the first of the acts confirmed to play this year’s LOUD WOMEN Fest on 15 Sept at The Dome and Boston Music Room. Drumroll please!

ZAND
Outspoken non-binary alt popstar from Blackpool.

The Franklys
Swedish-British indie-rock. “In-your-face and awesome” – DIVA.

Grace Savage
4 x UK Beatbox Champion.

Jesus & his Judgemental Father
Queer punx from Leeds.

The Twistettes
Scottish sister duo: “DIY, punk, riot grrrl, real-deal indie with a touch of psychobilly”.

Pussyliquor
All girl punk band from Brighton. “Pure uncensored female rage.”

Crumbs
A post-punk pop party pack from Yorkshire.

Ms. Mohammed
“Powerful, Feminist, Brilliant, Goddess-like with raging guitars & tribal drums!” – BBC Asian Network
GET YOUR £15 TICKET NOW!

Sister Ghost
Noisy, spectral art-rock with a pop heart.

The Menstrual Cramps
The band that made Oi cry! Winners of the 2017 LOUD WOMEN Hercury Prize.

WOLF GIRL
Noisy pop four-piece based in South London who write about sexuality, gender and anxiety.

Sam Amant
Brilliant, bold, controversial, French one-woman hurricane.

The Baby Seals
Our favourite empowerpop trio from Cambridge.

Art Trip & the Static Sound
Stunning London powerpunx led by the famazing Melodie Holliday.

Jemma Freeman & the Cosmic Something
Expect high energy performances and compositions of cosmic content.

PLUS DJs including MAMMORY TAPES and more bands TBA!

Keep an eye on your inbox for a full ezine coming soon, with news of a whole heap of new regular gigs at the Hope & Anchor. In the meantime, if you want to get in touch drop us a line on loudwomenclub@gmail.com, like our FB page or join our FB group.

5 Scottish female duos who are totally badass

There’s some truly famazing music happening in Scotland’s thriving DIY scene right now, and for some reason female duos seem to be doing it best North of the border!

Ditching the role of bassist – or replacing the drummer with a machine – can sometimes mean a loss of groove, volume, or stage presence … but it needn’t be so. Duos have to work a hell of a lot harder, granted, and there’s no room for error on stage. But really skillfull musicians – which Scotland seems to be teeming with right now – know that two heads can be much better than four.

There’s lots to be said for being in bands who eschew the standard four- or five-member format. Rocking up to a gig, just you and your best girl, is top, easy-maintenance fun – fewer diaries to co-ordinate, fewer egos to navigate, less equipment to fit in the boot, and fewer way to split the venue’s beer tokens. All this makes for a happy band – and, of course, happy bands make awesome music!

Here’s some Scottish twosomes that LOUD WOMEN loves big time, in particular order:

  1. bratakusBratakus

    Bratakus are two sisters, Breagha and Onnagh Cuinn, from the Northestmost North of Scotland, making some of the most exciting new punk music we’ve heard in years! They play guitar and bass, accompanied by a drum machine. The pair travelled down to play for us at the Hope and Anchor, back in  2016, and we fell head over heels for them. Bratakus also contributed to our first compilation album LOUD WOMEN: Volume One. We want to see lots more Bratakus in 2018 please thank you. Find them on Facebook and YouTube.

  2. twistettesThe Twistettes

    The Twistettes were an absolute highlight of this year’s LOUD WOMEN Fest at DIY Space for London. The pair are also sisters, Jo and Nicky D’Arc from Glasgow, who play drums and bass – ditching the role of guitarist, which is highly controversial for a punk band! The combination works perfectly though, and the pair are enjoying international success – recently touring South Korea. Find them on Facebook and Bandcamp.

  3. deuxdeux furieuses

    deux furieuses are now based in London, but friends Ros and Vas are originally from Glasgow, and their celtic passion is very evident in their stunning rock music. They play guitar (Ros) and drums (Vas), with Ros singing nearly as much as Vas, while playing, like, a million drums like a thunderstorm. Find them on Facebook and their website.

  4. doubleDouble Pussy Clit Fuck

    Just, wow. Glasgow’s Rosana Cade and Eilidh MacAskill are “Your favourite queer performance art riot-grrrl-on-grrrl-on-boi-on-boi-band; bringing you anti-genre mega noise by big dykes on tiny instruments”. Who even knows. Find them on Facebook.

  5. noiseThe Noise and the Naive

    Yeah yeah, they’re from Newcastle and that’s not in Scotland, but fuck it – this pair are awesome and we loved hosting them at The Unicorn this autumn! Pauline and Anne are a French couple, and they play guitar (Pauline) and drums (Anne), with both singing. Their self-titled debut EP is beautiful – it enjoys regular play at LOUD WOMEN HQ! Find them on Facebook and Bandcamp.

LOUD WOMEN Fest line-up announced!

We received nearly 300 applications from awesome grrrl bands and singing wimmin to play our Fest, so it was a gut-wrenching task to sift down to this final list … we’ve had to say no (this time, at least) to some amazing acts, but I’m sure you’ll agree that the final list the panel of Team LOUD WOMEN arrived at is the perfect mix of exciting, talented, new, beloved, varied, amaaaazing and above all LOUD WOMEN!

On the main stage:                     On the bar stage:

Hands off Gretel                               Sink Ya Teeth
Petrol Girls                                       Baby Arms
The Twistettes                                  Lilith Ai
Dream Nails                                      Gaptooth
GUTTFULL                                        Grace Savage
LIINES                                               Velodrome
PUSSYLIQUOR                                Lea Andrews
The Baby Seals
Party Fears
Beverley Kills

Earlybird £10 tickets are available NOW for a limited time only, from WeGotTickets

Hands Off Gretel

20 recommended recents

by kris smith

Deux Furieuses
Tracks of Wire
LP (May 2016)

Fight Rosa Fight /
Little Fists
Split EP (Aug 2016)
Charla Fantasma
No Excuses, Baby!
EP (Aug 2016)

Actual Crimes
Ceramic Cat Traces
LP (Aug 2016)

Towel
Wipe Me Dry
EP (April 2016)

Peach Club
The Bitch Diaries
EP (April 2016)

As Ondas
Marés
LP (June 2016)

 

She Makes War
Direction of Travel
LP (April 2016)

Twistettes
Jilt the Jive
LP (April 2016)

 

Quaaludes
Are the Winners Always Losers?
EP (July 2016)

September Girls
Age of Indignation
LP (April 2016)

 

Bratakus
Gigantopithecus
EP (May 2016)

Prime Time
Going Places
EP (May 2016)

 

¡Ay Carmela!
Working Weeks
LP (July 2016)

White Lung
Paradise
LP (May 2016)
Nervous Twitch
Don’t Take My TV
LP (Feb 2016)

Neurotic Fiction
Demo
EP (Jan 2016)

Alimony Hustle
All Strikes No Gutters
EP (Mar 2016)

Skating Polly
The Big Fit
LP (Mar 2016)
Otoboke Beaver
Okoshiyasu!
LP (Mar 2016)

 

and look out for these …

The Tuts Update Your Brain LP (Sept)

Skinny Girl Diet Heavy Flow LP (Sept)

NOTS  Cosmetic LP  (Sept)

Las Kellies  Friends and Lovers LP (Oct)