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Think Pretty – 10 question interview

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Welsh punkrock duo Think Pretty were so much fun when they came and played with us last Autumn, we invited them back to play on 9 June! In the meantime, we asked them 10 questions ...
1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs?

Because I just saw them this weekend and they blew me away, I would have to say Idles. There are so many to choose from but they’re so different to us I think it would make for a very interesting reworking.

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?

The first person that came to mind was Melissa Auf Der Maur, she’s an amazing bassist and I think one of the few people I would trust not to fuck up the dynamic of the band.

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? 

I’ve written a few half songs lately that I need to finish, but the last full song I wrote was ‘Life’, for our last EP. The lyrics came to me on a late night drive back from my partner’s house. It was inspired by being quite ill at the time, from my Crohn’s Disease, and using music as a way to vent my frustration over not having control of my own body. Ironically it turned out as a quite upbeat, punk-esque song that people love to dance to. So at least something positive came from something so negative.

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched?  
I can honestly say my favourite gig we’ve played was the Loud Women show in London. It was our first London show and it went so well, from the sound to the crowd being receptive. It really felt like people genuinely enjoyed the music and wanted to be there, which is always a bonus! Asking my favourite gig is such an impossible question as I go to so many each month. To name a few I would have to say Idles’ sold out show at the Komedia in Bath this weekend, Jack Off Jill at the Electric Ballroom in London in 2015 and L7‘s 2016 London show. Ho99o9 at ArcTanGent last summer were also something to behold!
5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of
I hate assuming that people wouldn’t know something but I think Queen Adreena – ‘Taxidermy’ is an underrated record. Donna Tartt’s ‘Secret History’ is also a book I think everyone should read.

6. What’s your best piece of advice for young musicians? 
Make music that you’re proud of and fuck everyone else. You will never please everyone and nor should you have to.


7. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go. 
Again this is so difficult but I’d have to say, at the moment, Queen Adreena – ‘Drink Me’, Against Me! – ‘White Crosses’ (but pretty much any album of theirs ), and any of Beach Slang’s records (cheating I know).


8. What are your musical goals?

At the moment it’s just to be able to continue singing. I recently got diagnosed with nodules on my vocal cords and that’s slowed things down a bit recently, but with some work I’ll sort it out!
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?

That we’re much more approachable than we appear. I’ve had a lot of people recently say that they thought I didn’t like them or that they I assumed I wouldn’t talk to them if they came up to me. I may have what the kids call ‘resting bitch face’ but if you want to talk music I’m all in.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians

Against Me! – I love everything about them, from the music and lyrics, to the artwork and their hard working attitude. I mean, do they ever stop touring?!
Camp Cope – Their new album is one of my favourite of the year so far.
 
Idles – Their music is not usually my bag but they have this amazingly positive outlook that is infectious and just draws me to them. Also, performance-wise they are in a league of their own.
 
Quiet Slang – I’m lucky enough to have been sent James Alex’s debut album of the Beach Slang offshoot and it’s beautiful. Everyone should listen to ‘Everything Matters But No One Is Listening’ when it arrives on May 18.
 
Queen Zee – me and Zee may not be close friends but we’ve known each other for a long time now and we keep in touch and support each other when we can. She’s as brave as they come and determined to boot. The band makes great punk rock music and brings the party live. What more can you ask for?!
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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, Think Pretty, The Noise & the Naive and Witch Fever – 29 Sept at the Unicorn, Camden

290917_flyer.jpgA 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

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

THE NOISE & THE NAIVE
Newcastle-based raw, rough, roaring pop-punk duo.
https://noisenaive.bandcamp.com/

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).

Join the group LOUD WOMEN for news of more women-led events
https://www.facebook.com/groups/loudwomen/

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).

Join the group LOUD WOMEN for news of more women-led events
https://www.facebook.com/groups/loudwomen/