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Wolf Girl: Every Now and Then – LP review

Review by Katherine Stewart

Self-described ‘DIY Noisy Pop’ band Wola2348568604_10f Girl is on the verge of releasing brand new LP Every Now and Then (due to be released on October 19th; available for pre-order now) and we can tell you now – it’s a stonker.

The band, consisting of singer and bassist Healey, drummer Christabel, and guitarists Chris and Carl, hails from South London and released their first album, Mama’s Boy, back in 2016.  Over catchy pop melodies, their lyrics tackle sexuality, gender identity, and anxiety.  There is also the barest suggestion of a quarter-life crisis in some of their new lyrics.

Every Now and Then wastes no time, bouncing into life with Moody, one of its strongest tracks (the video for the single mainly consists of an onion massacre; make of that what you will). It’s immediately apparent that this is an album that will work brilliantly live. Moody is followed by Dream Partner, a short, swinging, 50s-style croon with reverb-drenched harmonies, which is bound to get fingers clicking and hips swaying. A barbershop rendition of this track is definitely in order.

Things get more full-on from there, with Get You, Breaking News (a slightly grungier number), Toast for Dinner and This One Summer providing more traditional poppy post-punk fare.  Samson starts slow with an endearing clean guitar sound – but if that’s not your thing, hold on before you skip to track 6 because the song contains a tense, Pixies-ish chorus that is 100% worth the wait. Album-closer Bad Weather is another stand-out track, introducing an unexpected male vocal, with guitars awash in fuzz.

The drums and vocals do seem a little low in the mix on a couple of songs and the harmonies, although perfectly in tune, a little baggy in places, but on the whole Wolf Girl has produced a brilliant second record. Roll on October 19th.

Wolf Girl’s website ~ Spotify ~  Bandcamp ~  Facebook ~  Twitter

Wolfgirl: interview

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Wolf Girl are DIY indiepop darlings and they're coming to play LW Fest – we had a little chat with singer Healey ...

Wolf Girl! We are SO looking forward to welcoming you to LW Fest, especially after the release of your fab new single Toast for Dinner. Tell us all about the song – what’s it about, how did you record it, and what’s the story behind the awesome video?
We can’t wait for LW fest and we’re super excited to play our new material for everyone! ‘Toast for Dinner’ is the first single off our upcoming album that we recorded with the amazingly talented Mark Jasper at Sound Savers. The song itself is mainly about feeling burnt out after taking too much on both physically and emotionally. It’s about that point where you’ve stretched yourself too thin and just want someone to come saw you in half so multiple versions of yourself can get everything done. As a big fan of amateur magic I actually wanted us to cut me in half for the video, but we couldn’t get hold of a big box or a saw and I guess there were health and safety regulations. I then tried to learn a bunch of children’s magic tricks from a Marvellous Marvin’s magic kit, shockingly it turns out magic is actually really hard to master in 24 hours! We had to settle for some sneaky sleight of the hand, camera tricks, spinning plates and Christabel’s secret hidden juggling talents.

Who are your heroes in the DIY scene right now?
We’ve been in the DIY scene for the last few years and it’s been so great to see so many bands with female and queer members flourish and new ones pop up. We really love catching Charmpit live, they came from the amazing First Timers festival which also gave us the equally incredible Big Joanie. Their music is infectious and it’s been so great to watch them grow as performers and songwriters over the last few years. Another upcoming First Timers band is the excellent Panic Pocket, we can’t get enough of there catchy synth pop. Kermes last record has been on repeat for us and there energy live is insane so we highly recommend you see them live!  We’re also beyond excited for the new recorded material coming from Witching Waves, Sugar Rush! and Fightmilk. The end of this year is going to be full of great releases.

What can we look forward to from Wolf Girl – any more recording plans? Touring? 
We’ve been working really hard for the last few months on our second album. It’s coming out October 19th on Everything Sucks Music and we’re really proud of it. We think it shows a real  growth for us and is full of tunes about queer feelings, coming out and dealing with social burnout and mental health. We’ll be doing a bunch of shows later in the year also so keep your eyes peeled.

Who are you looking forward to seeing play at Loud Women Fest?
I’ve seen Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something a bunch of times and they never disappoint, they are one of the best guitarists in the scene right now. Can’t wait to catch Crumbs and Guttfull again also, they are such a great bands to watch live. We’re also really excited for Sister Ghost coming over to London!

Tell us anything else you think it’s important we know about you/your music!
We’re just a bunch of anxious queer nerds making noisy pop songs as a weird kind of therapy and catharsis. You might like our songs if you’re into DIY haircuts, cowboys and non binary queer feelings. You probably won’t like our songs if your a TERF, homophobe or just hate people wearing striped shirts.


If you’re none of those things, make sure to catch Wolf Girl at 2.30 on the Boston Music Room stage at LOUD WOMEN Fest on 15 Sept!

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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
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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.

gig review: Hot Sauce Pony, Wolf Girl, Velodrome, Jenn Hart

Another awesome LOUD WOMEN night last night! A really mixed line-up this one – just the way we like it! Samey line-ups are for boys.

IMG_9249Jenn Hart kicked us off, with the launch of her new book of poetry, ‘Watch Your Mouth’. Her poetry is warm, funny, touching, personal and political. She’s engaging in her delivery too – unsurprisingly so, as her old band Vi9781909136991va Zapata were stunning at last year’s LOUD WOMEN Fest. Hope to hear lots more poetry and music from Jenn soon! You can order a copy of the book online direct from Jenn here.

 

 

IMG_9259Next up was the charmingly bonkers Velodrome. And what a treat! Orchestrated by Kate Evans, the band was a motley crew of  musician friends she’d assembled that day, some meeting for the first time half an hour before the show, and joined by Kate’s Dad on keyboard. Throughout the set Kate floated between acoustic and electric guitar, and bass,  seemingly at a moment’s whim. Her assembled troupe looked to her for guidance throughout as she led them with nods and winks through the songs. It really shouldn’t have worked … but it definitely did! Kate’s stunning voice held the entire piece together – she sounds more like Kate Bush than Kate Bush does these days. The songs were beautiful, but don’t ask me what they were about – I was too distracted by the animal oven glove backing singers, and unicorn trousers. How exciting that Kate has just joined our all-time faves Dream Nails on bass, and is about to head off on a European tour with them! I’m really intrigued to hear how her voice will fit in with their sound too.

IMG_9270Third act was Wolf Girl, who I’ve been wanting to see for ages – and they were well worth the wait! A really strong set of garagey poppy punk, solidly delivered, and catchy tunes. I particularly enjoyed watching Christabel’s drumming – she was rocking the fuck out, but with such a calm and serene expression. Want to see these again, they deserved a much bigger crowd!

IMG_9282Last on was Hot Sauce Pony, a fairly new band who really should be playing much bigger gigs. Their sound is really unique – I’d like someone more eloquent to describe it for me – but it was all tasty layers of sonic goodness … trip-hopping drums, crunchy bass, chimey guitar, and beautiful soprano vox over the top. Again, really want to see these again in a bigger venue.

A top fun night, lots of friends in, and £22.50 raised in the raffle for Women’s Aid – hurray!

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