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Young Romance: 8 question interview

Young Romance were the awesome headliner of our Christmas extravaganza at the Lexington on 13 Dec 2018. Their set was a real treat – looking forward to hearing more from these two. We got to know them a bit better with a 10 question interview …

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

Tina Turner (The Ike and Tina years)

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?

Martin Hannett – He was pretty mad. I think he could have helped us make a very interesting next record.

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?

It’s hard to remember what inspired it, but it sadly wasn’t very good. It was recorded whilst lying on the couch watching BBC News 24, it wasn’t political.

4. Which was your favourite gig you’ve a) played and b) watched? 

a) Leeds Academy supporting The Wedding Present
b) Veronica Falls and Bleached at The Dome in Tufnell Park

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

Neil Young Live at Massey Hall, 1971. Accompanying himself on either acoustic guitar or Piano I love the intimacy of these recordings. As well as stripped back and alternative versions of songs, his on-stage banter is pretty entertaining too.

6. Your top 3 most beloved albums ever – go.

Paradise – Slow Club
Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon
Oh Inverted World – The Shins

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

We can fit all of our equipment and both of us in a Vauxhall Corsa.

8. Give your top 5 contemporary bands/musicians.

In no particular order…

  • The King Khan & BBQ Show – I love the Lo-fi 50’s vibes. Great tunes too.
  • Bill Ryder Jones – As well as being the guitarist in The Coral for the first couple of records (the best ones in my opinion) he has crafted some gorgeous songs since. Two to Birkenhead is a personal favourite.
  • Sink Ya Teeth – Sounds like Giorgio Moroder producing The Slits.
  • Holy Now – I’m really into this group at the mo. There’s a lot of space to their recordings, a lot of simplicity and it gives room for the vocals to be really upfront.
  • Gurr – They’ve written a Christmas song with Eddie Argos and it’s really good!
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Huge fun at the LOUD WOMEN Christmas party last night!

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Last night was TOP FUN! Thanks so much everyone who came and celebrated with us! Huge thanks to stars of the show Young Romanceand Sit Down, and I, Doris we’re on particularly awesome form too if I do say so myself 😍 a lovely night filled with lovely music and people – hurray! If you missed it, do check out the bands’ pages and show them some love – we only book the very best you know!

Young Romance

Special thanks to the multitalented and ever generous Jelly Cleaverwho rushed over after band rehearsal and came and sold merch to help us raise funds for the night. People like Jelly keep the DIY scene going ❤️ check out Jelly’s music page while you’re at it too!

Sit Down

Right then. That’s LOUD WOMEN done for the year! Next stop … New York!! 2019 is gonna be a very exciting year for us – thanks to all our amazing friends and supporters for coming along on the ride. Lots of festive love to you all ❤️💋❤️💋❤️💋

Young Romance, Sit Down and I, Doris – 13 December 2018 at the Lexington

LOUD WOMEN IS HAVING A MASSIVE CHRISTMAS PARTY! With:
 
Young Romance
Indie popstars with a spangly brand new album, ‘Don’t Look’, on Banquet Records
 
Sit Down
OMG-loud power duo from Brighton.
“Feminist post-punk delivered with a fun DIY attitude and heaps of humour … I, Doris are hilarious, thoroughly entertaining and ready to take the patriarchy on one gig at a time.” – Soundblab
 
Plus raffle, singalong punk Christmas choir, and Christmas Magic* more!
 
* only for believers
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LOUD WOMEN ‘Her’cury Music prize Shortlist announced

For this – the very first LOUD WOMEN ‘Her’cury Music Award – we’ve honoured most of the criteria of our rival, the so-called “Mercury” prize: that is, albums by British-based musicians released between 30th July 2016 and 21st July 2017 (sorry to Deux Furieuses and Crumbs, respectively).

With TWO differences: our ‘Her’cury prize doesn’t care about record formats or industry distribution, and these artists are all LOUD, all female-fronted or female-driven, or just plain all-female. From a pool of thirty options, our scientific poll of the LOUD WOMEN Team has produced this shortlist of 12, given below in alphabetical order.The winner of the ‘Her’cury Music Award will be announced at lunchtime on Thursday 14 September.

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Swansong album from Kirsty (Cat Apostrophe) Fife, Aaron Batley and Ruth Mair. Tense post-hardcore melodies in the music and subtle political undertones in the words, topped with the prolific perzine-ster’s borderline-breakdown vocals.

 

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Desperate Journalist – ‘Grow Up’

Second album from the runaway success story of the London indie scene, pushing all your Britpop/postpunk/pop-goth/80s-indie buttons at once. Soaring vocals, chiming guitars, proper songs and all’s right/wrong with the world.

 

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The Empty Page – ‘Unfolding’


Powerful debut from female-fronted Manc pop-grunge alt-rockers, who contributed key track ‘Deeply Unlovable’ to LOUD WOMEN’s debut compilation album. 

 

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Honeyblood – ‘Babes Never Die’

Brilliant hook-laden grunge pop from this Glasgow duo, with every song a winner; proving that the ‘difficult second album’ is just a problem for other people.

51s5ccRZ0dL._SS500The Menstrual Cramps – ‘We’re Not Ovaryacting’

The Menstruals (well, we can’t really nickname them ‘The Cramps’) hit the ground running earlier this year with this impressive digital debut and a ridiculously-confident live debut on International Womens’ Day for Who Runs the World/LOUD WOMEN.

Nolay-1Nolay – ‘This Woman’

Latest album from the Unorthodox Daughter, and impossible to number because so many of Nolay’s releases have been mixtapes straight from the underground. No pop-grime crossover, no compromise, and no holds barred. Nolay’s definitive feminist statement.

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Oh! Gunquit – ‘Lightning Likes Me’

Second album from criminally-underrated, slightly-uncategorisable (although we’re about to have a go), new-wave surf-garage trash-punks!

 

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Pet Crow – A Simple Guide to Small and Medium Pond Life

Impressively-tuneful debut album from Derby male/female 4-piece, released on vinyl by LIINES’ label Reckless Yes. Dancey, surfy, garagey indie punk fronted by Danielle Cotterill’s powerful vocals.
https://petcrow.bandcamp.com/releases

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Petrol Girls – ‘Talk of Violence’

Debut full-length release from probably the most powerful feminist band in the UK, known to leave audiences genuinely shocked-and-awed with a combination of rock hooks, hardcore assault and uncompromising lyrics. One of two shortlisted bands with a track on the LOUD WOMEN Volume One compilation album.

resizeSacred Paws – ‘Strike a Match’

Definitive musical statement from Rachel Aggs (Trash Kit, Golden Grrrls, Covergirl, Shopping) – possibly the UK’s greatest guitarist – combining what used to be called ‘world music’ with Postcard Records-esque post-punk funk. Scottish Album of the Year, and now LOUD WOMEN ‘Her’cury shortlist!

a4192287913_16The Tuts – ‘Update Your Brain’ 

Widely-acclaimed and long-awaited debut from one of the hardest-working DIY bands in the business, released a decade after they first formed at school. Standout newer tracks ‘Con Man’ and ‘1982’ bring the best punk-pop hooks and ‘Give Us Something Worth Voting For’ delivers the clearest message.

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The Wharves – ‘Electa’

Second album from this all-female melodic post-everything powerhouse follows 2014’s ‘At Bay’, showcasing more of their tightly rhythmic and skilfully harmonic repertoire. https://gringorecords.bandcamp.com/album/electa

 

Runners up

¡Ay Carmela! – ‘Working Weeks’
Bamboo – ‘Live at Café Oto’
Deerful – ‘Peach’
Ex People – ‘Bird’
The Franklys – ‘Are You Listening?’
Feature – ‘Banishing Ritual’
Hands Off Gretel – ‘Burn the Beauty Queen’
Kamikaze Girls – ‘Seafoam’
Little Simz – ‘Stillness in Wonderland’

Grace Petrie – ‘Heart First Aid Kit’

Porridge Radio – ‘Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers’
Rattle – ‘Rattle’
Ravioli Me Away – ‘Living is a Myth’
Skinny Girl Diet – ‘Heavyflow’
Slowcoaches – ‘Nothing Gives’
Teen Canteen – ‘Say It All With a Kiss’
Kate Tempest – ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’
Young Romance – ‘Another’s Blood’

 

The winner will be announced at lunchtime on Thursday 14 September.
All enquiries to loudwomenclub@gmail.com

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