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Witches to the front

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An awesome WitchFest last night at The Unicorn, Camden! We packed the pub with goths, punks, witches, bitches and all kinds of awesome music-lovers!

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First up was the fearsome The Creeping Terrors, who treated us to some terrifyingly-good crypt rock.

My favourite song was the ‘La Ragazza Zombificata’ – an Italian language song about a female zombie taking her revenge on catcallers.

“pensavi fossi la vittima ideale
ma ora il tuo cervello mi voglio mangiare!”

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Next up was W*llstonekraft, performing their ‘vindication of the rights of undead women’: what a treat! A truly mesmerising performance from this stunning new band. We can’t wait to see them again.

 

 

 

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Winnie and the Rockettes joined us then for a raucous and soulful set. We’ve been longing to see this band for a while now and they were gloriously satisfying! Looking forward to seeing more from them.

 

 

23312976_10214329961462626_1578019744_oThen then perfect headliner for our WitchFest – the stunning Art Trip and the Static Sound – led by punk Queen, Melodie Holiday. A rabble-rousing set was a fitting close to the night.

 

 

 

Our collection for the evening raised £49.91 (let’s just call it £50) for the Solidarity Not Silence Campaign, supporting a group of women facing legal action for speaking up about an abusive man.

All in all, a brilliant LOUD WOMEN night – full of awesome music, dancing, laughing, solidarity and giggles! Some very brave folk even let Cassie paint their faces with spooky “designs”. Top fun!

Next gig: 18 November at the Bird’s Nest, Deptford – Vulpynes, Duck, Militant Girlfriend and Basic Dicks.

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3rd Nov – Witch Fest! Art Trip and the Static Sound + Winnie and The Rockettes + W*llstonekraft + The Creeping Terrors

031117_flyerOur next gig is our Halloween spooktacular at The Unicorn Camden Live – and we’ve just heard that it will be one of the last gigs there before the venue is sold. Yet another one down 😦 So come along and give the place a suitably witchy send-off, with music from and amazing line-up:
Art Trip and the Static Sound
Winnie and The Rockettes
W llstonekraft
The Creeping Terrors

Also – this one is FREE ENTRY!

Halloween dressing up warmly encouraged, with a prizes for the best costume.

Get practising your apple bobbing, too …

https://www.facebook.com/events/108670739709974

24 hours of LOUD WOMEN!

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What a great weekend for LOUD WOMEN … first of all, our awesome new t-shirts arrived on Friday and they look spectacular!

IMG_0933Then we kicked it off at a new-to-us venue, The Unicorn Camden Live on Friday with four stonking bands: Ghum, WITCH FEVER, Ghum, Think Pretty, The Noise & the Naive and Witch Fever and Think Pretty. It was a really fun and friendly night, with all the bands supporting each other – exactly what LW is all about!

 

 

 

Saturday afternoon we headed to The Lexington for an all-ages matinee, which went IMG_0972down a treat with a massive crowd of parents and kids! Huge thanks to Argonaut, Thee Dinnerladies, Militant Girlfriend and Rabies Babiesfor coming and playing such fun sets! It was just gorgeous to see tiny kids dancing about with their arms in the air, loving the music, and climbing up on stage to have a bash on the drums and a shout down the mic – some future punkrock stars in the making there I’m sure. Special thanks to Kate Whaite for being Great and keeping the kids entertained with stories and games between bands – she made lots of new fans, small and big 🙂

131017_flyer_smallerWe’ve got more, very exciting gigs coming up this Autumn, starting with our 2nd Birthday Party! On 13th October we’ll be celebrating at the Fiddler’s Elbow – Camden, with 4 of our favourite bands – Foxcunt, GUTTFULL, MX Tyrants and Layzervag. There’s going to be partybags full of records and goodies, yummy cake, and LOUD WOMEN karaoke … your chance to take to the stage! https://www.facebook.com/events/154554368414307/

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Think Pretty: 10 question interview

thinkprettyThink Pretty are your new favourite punk duo from Cardiff: Laura and Mikee. They are playing with us 29 September at The Unicorn in Camden and we couldn’t wait to find out more about them, so we asked them 10 questions …

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

Laura: I’d say our friends Salt Bath. They’re another amazing two-piece from South Wales and would definitely give it an insane makeover. In terms of more well-known bands, maybe Against Me! I’d love our tracks to get the Laura Jane Grace treatment.

Mikee: Scarling.

2. Choose: Cat or dog?

Laura: This is impossible. A couple of years ago I would have easily said I was a cat person as I had a cat, Frankie, since I was in my last year of Junior School and I loved him dearly. Sadly, he died a few years ago and about two years ago we rehomed a French Bulldog called Frank – we thought it was a sign- so I’ve got to be lame and say both. I really can’t choose. Though my boss does say I have a bit of Miss Havisham about me, which I think leans more towards cats.

Mikee: Dog, because I’ve always been a dog person and I’ve never known the love of a cat and I’ll stick with what I know. And also I feel like dogs put up with more of my shit. I miss my dogs.

3. Choose one of your songs to be played on Strictly Come Dancing. What dance would you like to be performed to it?

Laura: I think it would have to be ‘Shroud’ and the charleston. It would be bonkers and my mum’s head would probably explode. She loves her Strictly!

Mikee: Maybe our song Sex Pest, And a Pagan dance ritual. It really would not work.

4. Choose: Pixies or Breeders?

Laura: I think I’d have to say Breeders, even though I am quite indifferent towards both. I know they’re both massively influential bands and lots of people are scared to say they don’t know them that well or like them that much, but I’m not! I don’t hate them, I don’t love them. Make of that what you will.

Mikee: Pixies. But I woulda said The Breeders if Kristin Hersh could be the front person. That woulda been fun to mix it up like that.

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

tarttLaura: There are so many wonderful books it’s so difficult! The one that popped into my head first was The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I think it may have been one of the only books I’ve read that made me gasp out loud. My record recommendation would be Queenadreena – ‘Drink Me’. It was a game changer for me and sent me down a completely different musical path.

Mikee: Book I’d recommend is Louise Lawrence – Children Of The Dust. It’s a really brilliant post-apocalyptic survival novel from the 80s, wherein three generations of a family is explored and their story is told. It’s pretty cool and has very strong female roles. Record: Everyone probably knows this, but incase they don’t, ‘Taxidermy’ by the now defunct band Queen Adreena. I think that’s as close to heroin as you’ll ever get without using. It’s a beautiful album. Everything is perfect. Probably why I’m in bands now, haha!

 

6. Bikini Kill or Fugazi?

Laura: Bikini Kill. Kathleen Hanna was and continues to be a huge inspiration. If I say anymore I’m sure I’ll end up doing her a disservice so I’ll leave it at that.

Mikee:  Bikini Kill. I also love Fugazi, but Bikini Kill has been a bigger inspiration to me and Kathleen’s other bands continue to do so. I remember finding the first demo LP by Fugazi and hearing them for the first time. Dancing around to ‘Waiting Room’ in my room at a squat I lived in when I was younger. I really like that memory.

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

Laura: I’d say trying to balance it with everything else, work, partners, life. It’s always a huge priority for me but it gets frustrating when you have to put it on the backburner. ‘Cos we all need to pay the bills! Money is also an issue, or the lack of it. By the time you pay for practice rooms, petrol to gigs, merch etc you’re lucky if you break even. Saying that I’d rather be spending my last penny on this band than something frivolous.

Mikee:  I definitely would struggle to find anything to see that would be deemed as “difficult”. I guess if I had to, maybe not having more time and resources to focus more on writing and recording! We are getting better at that though. Slowly but surely wins the race. Even though it’s not a race and we’re not competitive haha. Life certainly gets in the way though. I’d play everyday if I could. Will play for beer and vegan food.

8. What are your band goals?

Laura: To play our music to as many people around the world as possible, everywhere from squats in Berlin to DIY venues in the US. I also just want to improve musically and lyrically and continue to push the envelope in terms of what Think Pretty can do. Oh and record more, much more! I should also stop giving Mikee as much of a hard time as I do haha.

Mikee:  Definitely to tour. I would absolutely love to get over to Germany and play some squats and social centre type venues and spaces. Hit the dusty trail and don’t look back. haha. Also maybe split release EPs with other like-minded folks. That would be cool.

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

Laura: I really feel like we have something different to offer. We’re not perfect and we’re firm believers that passion triumphs over technical prowess every time. Each time we play we give everything we have and lay ourselves bare. Even if you don’t like us, I hope you’ll leave a Think Pretty show feeling something.

Mikee:  We’re fatter in real life. Just kiddin. So when we play live it’s a whole different beast. I feel that any studio stuff can only capture so much. We definitely up the intensity when we’re on stage. Like GG Allin but without the poo and blood.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands

Laura: This is so hard, so I’m just going to put what I’ve been listening to recently. This list will definitely have changed by next week. Worriers – The band as a whole is amazing, but it’s Lauren Denitzio’s lyric writing that keeps me coming back. Beach Slang – my boyfriend introduced me to this band. I was very late to the party! They write sing-a-long punk anthems but there is a poetry to James Alex’s lyrics and I love that. Sense a theme yet? I’m all about the lyrics! Mikee focuses more on the music, so we complement each other beautifully. Against Me! – this band can do no wrong in my eyes. They continue to evolve while also staying true to their punk roots. I’ve seen them live a number of times and they’ve smashed it on every occasion! St. Vincent – She’s brilliantly bonkers and pushes boundaries. She’s a true innovator, even designing her own guitars and using the cover story about that on Guitar World to call out the inherent bullshit sexism that runs throughout that magazine and others like it. Limp Wrist – I saw Jo from Salt Bath post that this band had a new album out so had to listen to them. They’re amazing! Brilliantly intense, yet still sneak in the hooks.

Mikee: Chelsea Wolfe – Because it’s the perfect balance of heavy and gorgeously gothic. Dead Cross – Because sometimes you just need to go nuts and smash things up. This is perfect music to do that to. Max Richter – Everything that he makes/composes is just insanely beautiful and it makes me want to cry. Myrkur – Because Amalie’s music is magically beautiful and crushingly heavy. Last but not least Rose Kemp, however I think she maybe no longer performs? But she’s brilliant. I actually didn’t like her the first time I met her. But I think she had a bit of a bad gig. But my opinion has since changed. She has released some amazing music that really spans some impressive style and influence. It’s all very clever.

Find Think Pretty on Facebook and catch them live at LOUD WOMEN on 29 September at the Unicorn
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Ghum: 10 question interview

ghumGhum play “atmospheric dark pop”, and comprise Laura, Marina, Jojo and Vicki. They are playing with us 29 September at The Unicorn in Camden. We sent them our 10 probing questions …

1.   Who would you most like to cover your songs?
Vicki: I think a Nick Cave cover of TV could be pretty cool. Or of Wicked Men – I was thinking a bit of the ‘Mercy Seat’ when coming up with the drum parts.
Jojo: I’d probably say a cover of one of our songs by Dilly Dally would be pretty cool. Something that’s entirely raw and fuzzed.
Laura: I´d like to hear a crazy cover from Connan Mockasin making our song undone very very sexy.
2.   Choose: Cat or dog? 
Vicki: I’m sure I’ll be in the minority here, but I MUCH prefer dogs to cats. They’re just…cuter? I really want a dog.
Jojo: Cats for me! Although if I ever got a Chow Chow, I would never look back on the cat life.
Laura: Dogs, definitely. Both are lovely creatures but I guess it makes more sense to have a dog as a pet as cats are so independent.
3.  Choose one of your songs to be played on Strictly Come Dancing. What dance would you like to be performed to it?
Vicki: Well, ‘Undone’ has a bit of a Bossa Nova vibe, so some kind of dance to that would be good. Performed by Ed Balls of course.
Jojo: Ha, what a great question. I’d say it would be a dramatic Paso Doble to ‘The Window’ would be the one for me.
Laura: a hardcore Reggaeton version of…Wicked Man, we need more feminist Reggaeton that’s for sure.
4.   Choose: Pixies or Breeders? 
Vicki:  I imagine this will be a tricky one for us all to answer given that we’re massively influenced by both, but for me I would definitely say the Breeders. Pod is one of my favourite albums ever, and their cover of Happiness is a Warm Gun is probably one of the best covers ever. And Kim Deal is the coolest.
Jojo: I’m the same with Vicki! This is so incredibly hard to choose as Kim Deal is the epitome of cool but if I had to it’d probably be Pixies ‘Doolittle’ album days. The guitar intro to ‘Hey’ has to be one of the sexiest riffs I’ve ever heard. Pus ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’ is one of my all time favourite songs.
Laura: Mamma mia, I would have to choose Pixies. I love The Breeders with all my heart but Pixies came first to my life and they made such an impact on me. I´ll never forget the sensation I had listening to Surfer Rosa.
5.   Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of 
100Vicki: ‘This Train’ by Chrysta Bell & David Lynch is a great record, really atmospheric and beautiful. ‘The One Hundred Nights of Hero’ is a fantastic graphic novel my good friend Laura bought for me a while back which is described on amazon as ‘a witty attack on the patriarchy’, which sums it up nicely.
Jojo: Well I’m currently listening to the new Alvvays album that just came out last Friday so hopefully no one’s heard that yet, and you definitely should! It’s reminds me of a lost soundtrack to 10 Things I Hate About You or something. And for books, I’d say Sapiens is a great, great read. It’s absolutely brilliant and interesting, covering topics of how slavery, sexism and rape culture came about. Although I think quite a few have heard of it already but if you’re intrigued about the history of humanity broken down into digestible jargon then it’s definitely highly recommended.
Laura: An album from a band from the city I come from in Spain, Seville. I don’t think a lot of people will know them in England plus the record is about seven years old. DEJESE LLEVAR by FIERA. Punk. They were a revolution for my brain, lots of interesting sounds, exhales more freedom than hate.
I guess this book is actually well known but It was such an intense trip ” The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
6.   Bikini Kill or Fugazi?
Jojo: Bikini Kill for sure! You can’t get any better than Kathleen Hanna, surely.
Vicki: Definitely Bikini Kill – they were a massive influence on me growing up, and I probably wouldn’t be playing bands now if it wasn’t for them.
Laura: Bikini Kill, because they were also a massive influence on me too!
7.   What’s the most difficult thing about being in your band?
Vicki: Finding a time we’re all free for practice!
Jojo: Ditto that.
Laura: Agree
8.   What are your band goals?
Jojo: Probably to either tour the world with The Cure or Warpaint, release a debut album one day and inspire more women to be in bands (it’s a lot of fun).
Laura: To make music that define us, feeling free to do what we want not worrying about the utility of it. To make a good album, some good videos and yeah, tour the world with Warpaint, obviously.
9.   What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?
Jojo: We just filmed our first music video! You heard it here first.
10.    Give your top 5 contemporary bands 
Vicki: LA Witch (who we’re playing with soon), Girlpool (who are just great), Sacred Paws, Chastity Belt, and BEYONCE (who isn’t a band but always worth adding to any list).
Jojo: So I basically agree with everything Vicki has just named so I’ll just extend the above… As of the moment it’s Alvvays (their new album is the bomb!), Vundabar (they are an awesome DIY band from Boston who are my all time favourites), Jay Som (I simple adore Melina Duterte’s songwriting, plus asian girls rockstar solidarity), DIIV (a year later and I still can’t get enough of their second album) and of course Charmpit (megababes of this century).
Laura: Cate le Bon, she frees my mind and makes very genuine, delicate, elegant and quirky, I love her lyrics too. Warpaint, they are the Queens and I love how they make layers and layers of sound that is mixed so softly. I don’t know any other band that makes music like them at the moment. Chastity Belt, they activate my feminist fire and I love their guitar melodies. Wavves, I haven’t stopped listening to them since ‘King of the Beach’ and I fell in love with the beachy Californian sound. It makes me feel young and careless. Angel Olsen, her sound and music is everywhere right now, and she’s my folky crush at the moment.
Find Ghum on Facebook and Bandcamp and catch them live at LOUD WOMEN on 29 September at the Unicorn
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29 Sept 2017: Ghum, Glue, Think Pretty and Witch Fever

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A night of awesome punk/pop/rock/awesome, at Camden’s beloved The Unicorn.

Live music from:

GHUM
Atmospheric dark pop
https://www.facebook.com/pg/ghummusic

GLUE
London alt trio. Album ‘Blatant Lies’ out now https://itsglue.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/itsglue

THINK PRETTY
Art rock duo from Cardiff
https://www.facebook.com/thinkprettyband/

WITCH FEVER
Manchester all-girl punk grunge band. “Making noise with their big muffs”
https://www.facebook.com/witchfever/

Doors 7 pm

FREE entry

All welcome!

LOUD WOMEN is a DIY collective that champions women in music by hosting live events that are fun, friendly, and frickin awesome.

All profits go to the artists, and any additional funds raised go to charities that help women (usually Women’s Aid).

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