LOUD WOMEN e-zine Issue #17 | LOUD WOMEN Fest | The 'Her'cury Music Award shortlist | LIINES | Downtown Boys | Beverley Kills | GUTTFULL 
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Sat 2nd Sept

Tickets are selling fast for the biggest event of the LOUD WOMEN calendar – our annual all-dayer, featuring 20 of the very best female-led alternative acts. The full-line up is confirmed as:
Baby Arms, The Baby Seals, Beverley Kills, Dream Nails, Gaptooth, Grace Savage, GUTTFULL, Hands Off Gretel, Janine Booth, Jelly Cleaver, Lea Andrews, LIINES, Lilith Ai, Party Fears, Petrol Girls, Pussyliquor, She Makes War, Sink Ya Teeth, Thunder on the Left, The Twistettes and Velodrome.

Grab your £12 advance tickets from here today!
Pretty Little Victims - Thunder On The Left
LOUD WOMEN Fest - A video playlist

LOUD WOMEN gigs diary

18 Aug @ The Betsey Trotwood – Bingo Maestra's Breakout -
Poetry, karaoke, bingo, and the debut of I, Doris

2 Sept @ DIY Space for London
LOUD WOMEN Fest. Baby Arms, The Baby Seals, Beverley Kills, Dream Nails, Gaptooth, Grace Savage, GUTTFULL, Hands Off Gretel, Janine Booth, Jelly Cleaver, Lea Andrews, LIINES, Lilith Ai, Party Fears, Petrol Girls, Pussyliquor, She Makes War, Sink Ya Teeth, Thunder on the Left, The Twistettes and Velodrome

29 Sept @ The Unicorn, Camden
Ghum | Think Pretty | Witch Fever

30 Sept @ The Lexington - family-friendly matinee
Thee Dinner Ladies | Rabies Babies | Brutalistas | Argonaut

13 Oct @ The Fiddler's Elbow, Camden
LOUD WOMEN 2nd Birthday Party | The Ethical Debating Society | MX Tyrants | GUTTFULL | Layzervag

3 Nov @ The Unicorn, Camden – Witch Fest
Winnie & the Rockettes | W*llstonekraft | Art Trip and the Static Sound | The Creeping Terrors

18 Nov @ The Bird's Nest, Deptford
Vulpynes | Duck | Militant Girlfriend | Basic Dicks

21 Dec @ The Lexington – The VERY LOUD WOMEN Xmas party
Joanne Joanne | GUTTFULL & more
LOUD WOMEN Fest | 2 Sept 2017
LOUD WOMEN Fest - Official Trailer

The 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.



Actual Crimes – ‘Ceramic Cat Traces

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.


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.



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.



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. 

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!


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.

a0022850552_16Petrol 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.

Layout 1The 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.


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.

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TRAP GIRL - Ivory Handle
Trap Girl – Ivory Handle

interview: LIINES
by Cassie Fox

LIINES are your new favourite post-punk trio from Manchester. With three storming singles released so far on Reckless Yes, and a debut album on the stove, all eyes are on this sharply-focussed all-woman band to see what’s next. Cassie Fox caught up with Zoe McVeigh (Vocals/Guitar) and Leila O’Sullivan (Drums) ahead of their main stage slot at LOUD WOMEN Fest on 2 Sept.

Cassie: I love finding out how bands get things done off-stage. How does LIINES work?

Zoe: I write the songs, or at least the shell of the songs. Come up with hooks and melodies, and take them to rehearsal, with a structure – or that’s something we work on together. I love watching new songs unfold. It’s so exciting when you feel you’re onto something special and you can’t wait to play it live! I write all the lyrics too. There’s no way I could put so much into someone else’s words.

Leila: It’s an exciting day when Zoe comes to rehearsal with something new to try out, especially as I know she’s strict with what she brings to us, so whatever she does bring is always going to have something worth trying out. I’m really excited by some of the later tracks we recorded for the album. It’s taken us in a slightly newer direction and so I can’t wait to start working on some new tracks for playing live later in the year.

And aside from being the one who has to lug the most gear around… I take on a lot of the admin-y stuff – gigs, travel arrangements as well as our website and social media stuff. Maybe the less glamorous side of being in a band, but there’s definitely a lot to do and it keeps me busy!

Who were your musical inspirations growing up? And what current artists are inspiring you right now?

Zoe: I was very much into stuff my dad played me. I grew up listening to really exciting music such as Siouxsie, Bowie, Iggy, Lou Reed, Alien Sex Fiend, Bauhaus. Lots of men in make up, lots of expression, lots of rule breaking and history making. I absolutely loved it. Some of the artists I’m loving at the moment are BullyDaughter and Nelson Can. Also, earlier this year, we got a bit sick of turning up to ‘alternative’ bars and clubs and only hearing male artists – sometimes there was the odd female/band played, but rarely anything current or daring.

It’s not that we don’t like, or aren’t influenced by male artists. It was just in response to these experiences, and we’re quite pleased with how it’s taken shape. We’ll be definitely adding some of the LOUD WOMEN Fest artists in the coming weeks!

Leila: I was into grunge/rock and britpop when I was younger, the likes of Nirvana, Hole, (early) Foo Fighters, Elastica, Pixies etc, and was going to gigs and festivals as soon as I could. I still love seeing bands live – though don’t get to as many gigs as I’d like – but we’ve been lucky to play with some ace bands recently including Pet CrowHeavy Heart and Cherry Hex and the Dream Church. All three are very different but we really loved their sets and what they’ve released so far, so encourage people to check them out! More established artists that I’ve loved seeing live in the last six months that have been really exciting shows include Peaches, The xx and even Arcade Fire last month in Manchester. These are artists and bands who have been around a long time and come back to do live shows that have blown me way, many albums in – what an amazing place to be!

What are your goals as a band?

Leila: Our main goal over the last few years has been to get our album finished and OUT – and after a REALLY long time we’re very nearly ready! We’ve kind of been holding back a bit this year until the album was done, so we’ll be wanting to get out and about as much as well can off the back of the album release later this year and beyond. We’ve had some incredible experiences playing gigs and festivals across the UK. So I think a big goal for us is to open up new opportunities off the back of our album release, and see where it takes us!

One goal we’d had for a while was to get some support or mentoring in some way as it sometimes can feel quite difficult to know the right things to do (or not do) as a band. We were really fortunate that Reckless Yes (in the form of Sarah Lay and Pete Darrington) approached us early last year. They’ve been a really important part of our development over the last 12-18 months, two really experienced, passionate people who have our backs, and who we’re lucky enough have been willing to put our first 7” – and soon our debut album! We love the other bands they’ve been working with through Reckless Yes too, so we knew we were onto a good thing!

Zoe: We’re really lucky to have experienced travelling around and playing in Europe quite a bit, which have been some of our best times (in life!) ever, so we’d love to get back there to tour our new album!

We’re excited to hear that your debut album is coming soon – tell us more! 

Leila: As I said, our album has been a LONG time coming but we’re really glad we’ve taken the time to do it right – we’re so proud of where we’ve ended up with it. Like most bands, we’ve had to self-fund recording the album. This has taken a few years to be in the right place money-wise, as well as song-wise. Then getting everything in place to work on the tracks and record them has taken time around work and other commitments. So it’s been a slow process, but we finally got there.

Zoe: When we signed to Reckless Yes one of the first things they recommended was to work with producer Paul Tipler. He’s got such a big track record of working with bands we love – and love the sounds of – so we were bought in immediately. It’s been a completely new process working with Paul. Whilst some of the songs have been more straightforward recording-wise, we’ve loved the development of recording others, trying some new techniques or making the tracks a bit different to how we’d play them live. I think we, and Paul, are really pleased with how it’s turned out, so we’re really excited for people to hear it.

Leila: We’ve not quite got a release date yet, but we’ll be announcing one in the not too distant future, as well as some gigs!

You’ve had a brilliant run so far I’d say! What advice would you offer bands starting out? 

Zoe: Haha, we’ve done ok! Obviously it’s always nerve-wracking when you’re releasing new music but we’ve been really pleased with the response so far… and now we’re nervous to see what people think about the album! In terms of advice, I would say go out any play as many gigs as you can. It’s the best way to really develop your songs and own style, as well as making friends and contacts along the way. Another thing is it’s important to be true to yourself. Write for yourself. I think it’s much better to watch an honest performance than watch someone acting on stage. I get so much more out of real emotions, when a performer has conviction.

Leila: Releasing music is obviously a big part of getting your music out there. LIINES had been around a while before we released anything – until then we only had an EP we were selling at gigs. We had a band meeting in a pub (the best meetings!) and it was one of the first times we’d taken a step back and made a plan – to release our first single, Never There. We set a release date, worked backwards to mark a few key dates and got going. We googled everything – from how to write a press release to what should be in a press kit, and trawled Facebook/Twitter and everywhere for good press contacts. And we contacted a lot of people who we knew or who had said nice things about us in the past. It was very hit and miss, but we also were really lucky with some of the support we got, and it worked better than we could have imagined – getting coverage on some big websites and even national airplay on Radio X. It really put us in a strong place going forwards to build on for future releases and opening up other opportunities. So sometimes it’s good to take a step back and make a plan! Might not be the most inspiring advice, but we’ve found it a really important step.

I’m delighted that you’ll be joining us this year at LOUD WOMEN Fest! Do you often play with other female musicians? What are you expecting/looking forward to at the Fest? 

Leila: To be honest it varies a lot bill to bill whether we play with other female musicians. I don’t like to say it’s a pleasant surprise when we do, but often it is. We’ve played a few festivals that are focused around female artists – Ladyfests in Manchester and elsewhere, and now LOUD WOMEN Fest, and although they shouldn’t still be necessary, they clearly still are and they have been some of the most amazing atmospheres we’ve played in.

Zoe: The line-up looks so strong. I’m expecting to be completely blown way, to be honest. By the quality and energy of the music in the room, and by the people coming down to watch and dance. It sounds like LOUD WOMEN has got something really special going on, so we can’t wait to finally be a part of it. It looks mega!

Leila: We’ve heard amazing things about DIY Space for London too. Spaces like this are so important. We just played the opening of Partisan Collective in Manchester, another co-op space, and it was such a great night – actually one of our favourite gigs in a while. So we’re expecting a similar, electric atmosphere! It’s exciting to be playing so close to home for me – randomly doors down from where LIINES recorded our album, but also where I went to primary school and grew up!

We’ve been listening to the LOUD WOMEN playlist, and so far we are loving The Twistettes, Sink Ya TeethDream Nails and GUTTFULL! See you in a few weeks!


Interview by Cassie Fox first published on Louder Than War. 


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Baby Punch – Control

record review
by cassie fox

Downtown Boys – Cost of Living

Downtown Boys: Cost of Living  (Sub Pop)
LP | CD | DL
Out now

Bilingual sax punks Downtown Boys tell us they’re here to “topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history”. Listening to their provocatively boisterous new album, Cost of Living, Cassie Fox wants to roll up her sleeves and give them a hand pushing.

The targets in Downtown Boys‘ crosshairs are clear: “racism, queerphobia, capitalism, fascism, boredom, and all things people use to try to close our minds, eyes and hearts”. The tracks on Cost of Living use commanding sloganeering, driving grooves, and catchy sax riffs to cook up one of the most apposite records of the present-day.

This is the third album from the Providence, RI band, and the follow-up to their critically-acclaimed Full Communism from 2015. Released on Sub Pop, but with production by Fugazi/Rites of Spring’s Guy Picciotto, lending a Dischord sound – a touch of the Nation of Ullysses about it.

The effervescent opener, ‘A Wall’, has lyrics drawn from Assata Shakur’s poem “I believe in living“, and Sonic Youth style delivery. The song calls out Trump with a joyful resistance.

‘Promissory Note’ is an unapologetic bird-flip to the band’s censurers: “So what’s the matter, you don’t like what you see? / I can’t believe you’re even talking to me!”

‘Somos Chulas’ (‘We are cool’) is one of three songs on the album sung primarily in Spanish and it’s a banger.


‘Lips That Bite’ is my favourite track on the album, largely due to the rollicking sax instrumental, over some unexpected synth.

Downtown Boys are best served live. Victoria Ruiz is mesmerising in her performance, and the band’s energetic shows are joyful, entertaining and inspirational. True story: when they played in London in 2015, three friends in the audience were so inspired that they formed their own sax punk band on the spot – and my band GUTTFULL was born.

Downtown Boys are currently touring Europe with several UK dates coming up: catch them if you can.

11/10: Brighton, UK @ The Haunt

12/10: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club

13/10: Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s

14/10: Glasgow, UK @ Stereo

16/10: Dublin, Ireland @ The Workman’s Club

17/10: Liverpool, UK @ The Shipping Forecast

18/10: London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park

19/10: Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social Club

20/10: Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute

21/10: Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival

22/10: Birmingham, UK @ All Years Leaving Festival

Find Downtown Boys on Facebook and Bandcamp


Review by Cassie Fox, originally published on Louder Than War

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Peaness - Ugly Veg
Peaness – Ugly Veg

interview: Beverley Kills
by Tim Forster

Formed in 2008, Beverley Kills describe themselves as an ‘all-girl punk-rock attack’ Comprising Georgie (lead vox), Juliette (drums), Kate (guitar and b/vox) and Elisa (bass and backing vox) the band released their debut EP ‘No Cash Value’ on 9021GO! Records in 2010 with their eponymous debut album released the following year to positive reviews. A second EP ‘On the Trail’ was released in late 2014. The band has toured the UK, sharing bills with some notable acts, including The Slits – who dubbed BK ‘Best Support of the Tour’

Tim interviewed Kate via email. 


Could you give us an overview of Beverley Kills? How did you meet? When did you start?
We all used to drink and go to gigs at the same pub, the Portland Arms in Cambridge, where Georgie and Elisa  also used to work. Juliette was looking to start a new band and having heard each of those girls sing and play there, she set her sights on recruiting them.  I  joined after a mutual friend suspected I was the missing piece and introduced me to the others. Turned out we all knew loads of the same people but somehow our paths hadn’t crossed before. Which is weird because Cambridge is pretty small.

Had any of you been in bands before?
Juliette used to play in a much-loved Cambridge band called The Saffs and I played guitar and bass in various bands over the years, in Essex and Cambridge. Georgie and Elisa had both performed solo in the past.

Who would you list as musical influences?
It depends which one of us you ask! There’s a mix of pop, punk, alt-rock and grunge running through our veins. From The Who to early Green Day to Mega City Four to the Runaways to Veruca Salt to Heart. Elisa also thinks Dio is her spirit animal and has a penchant for classic rock but we try to rein her in!

Did you have a fairly clear idea of the sound you were aiming for from the start or has it evolved?
We had no idea we would end up sounding like this; none of us had played together before and although our tastes overlap we’ve all had differing musical ‘educations’. We planned to only do punked up cover versions to begin with but we realised pretty quickly that we had more in us. Especially once the harmonies started coming into play and we all got delicious chills.

What sort of subject matter do you explore in your music?
Whatever we feel like singing about. And we all find we’re more prolific songwriters when we’ve been annoyed by something or someone.

How does the creative process work in BK? Is there one main songwriter or is it very collaborative?
We all write our own songs which we then bring to the others for various tweaks and touches; that’s when songs really start to sound like us.  It’s very supportive and very collaborative and we love it that way.

What is the music scene like around Cambridge? Are there plenty of opportunities for bands to play?
It’s changed quite a bit over the years; like most other towns across the country, we’ve lost venues, such as the legendary Boat Race (now just another trendy wine bar). However thankfully there are promoters who are working hard to make sure gigs still happen and we have been part of some really great shows here. We mainly still play at the Portland when we play in Cambridge but the Corner House and the Boat House are also busy with gigs (perhaps it’s to do with having the word ‘house’ in their names).

Do you think BK are at their most fully realised live? 
Yes, whether it be a full on, plugged in gig or a ‘stripped back’ acoustic set. We have different sides to us, both of which go down well live. Plus playing live is the most fun, empowering thing we can do all together.

Does it seem like the musical terrain has changed for female musicians/bands in the time you’ve been going?
We talked about this and think maybe the fact there is still a need for events and compilations featuring female bands only shows the terrain hasn’t changed that much.  It’s still seen as a bit of a spectacle. Although it’s always great to see women getting together and starting their own bands but the same old problems which have nothing to do with the music aspect still rear their ugly heads, as well as newer ones. We all know groping at gigs is a problem. We all know there’s often a creepy guy there just staring or taking photos (the Petrol Girls know all about that one) or remarking on what you look like on a Facebook band page photo. There’s also the men who come up after you play and tell you what they think you should have done differently. ‘Oh you should smile more on stage’, or ‘you need to turn your guitar up’ (despite having been hounded by the sound guy to turn it down). Finally, a comment I overheard about another female band:

  • “they’re beautiful young women; what have they got to be so angry about?”

Well, duh.

What bands have you been enjoying lately?
Between us, music-wise, bands like Bully, Doe, Natterers, Werecats, The Lawrence Arms, and Wimps.

What are your plans for 2017?
Well, we have two weddings to play at (one belonging to one of us!).  We also have a few gigs between now and the end of the year, including of course LOUD WOMEN fest on 2nd September. We’re on a split flexi single with another wonderful Cambridge band called The Baby Seals, which is again being released by R*E*P*E*A*T Records, whom we love. The launch is on 21st October, at the Portland Arms, Cambridge. We’re also intending to work on songs for a 10 year anniversary album!

Find Beverley Kills on Facebook

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Ode to Morrissey - Jelly Cleaver
Jelly Cleaver – Ode to Morrissey

record review
by richard archer

GUTTFULL – #notallmen

A combination of abrasive vocals, feral guitar, rasping saxophone and engine-room bass and drums, GUTTFULL are as the name suggests.

‘#notallmen’ is six tracks of feminist punk rock that eviscerates  male chauvinism in its many thin guises. From Trump-baiting on the none-more-direct ‘Arsehole’ (‘You think you’re the man / But even your nan thinks you’re an arsehole’) to troll-hating on ‘Keyboard Warrior’, it’s a bleak but thrilling tirade.

The band display a real understanding of punk rock and its lineage but their songs suggest a scope wider than that. At first ear-glance the most obvious touchstone should be X-Ray Spex, but in actual fact that comparison starts and ends with the instrumental arrangement of the band. Singer Moe Tasker has a vaudevillian quality to her vocal delivery that is a close to Jello Biafra as Poly Styrene: on tracks like ‘Keyboard Warrior’ she slurs the end of each line in a way that evokes the hateful title character as much as the lyrics (‘Venom on your keyboard / Scared of being ignored’).

Saxophonist Phil Waite brings a slightly Roxy-ish rumble to the band, augmenting the guitar at times (in a way that sounds eeevil) and occasionally cutting free for a bit of riffing on his own.

It’s a very ‘in-the-room’ production which suits the confrontational sound they’re kicking out, and it gets the best out of the tough-as-hell rhythm section (bass player Gemma Gompertz plays with a bowing hand that is surely made of iron), which keeps all the wilder elements in check. Topped off with a ‘who’s-who of male stupidity’ cover art, this debut EP promises great things for GUTTFULL.

Find GUTTFULL on Facebook and Bandcamp.

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Queen Zee & The Sasstones - Boy
Queen Zee and the Sasstones – Boy
The LOUD WOMEN: Volume One compilation album is now just £5! Featuring tracks from:
Dream Nails, Bratakus, Petrol Girls, Dolls, The Empty Page, The Ethical Debating Society, Gladiators Are You Ready?, deux furieuses, Fight Rosa Fight!GUTTFULL, Little Fists, The Potentials, Nervous Twitch, IDestroy, Madame So, Fightmilk, Bugeye, Argonaut, The Wimmins’ Institute, Lilith Ai, Janine Booth.

As heard last week on John Kennedy's X-Posure show on Radio X! Find out what all the fuss is about – order yours today from

We want to sell as many as possible so we can get Volume Two pressed up in time for Christmas. Artists confirmed so far for Volume Two include:
Skinny Girl Diet, The Franklys, MX Tyrants, Hurtling, LIINES, The Baby Seals, Gaptooth and Jenn Hart 
JemmaRoper "The Darkness That Keeps On Giving"
Jemma Roper – The Darkness That Keeps On Giving

female fronted, drawn together

Julie Hough, front woman of Hawk, has created a beautiful multimedia project called ‘Female Fronted, Drawn Together’. This is very much LOUD WOMEN’s cup of tea! A playlist of inspirational female musicians, past and present, with an illustration to accompany each song. Julie has kindly written a piece exclusively for LOUD WOMEN explaining her work on the project.

I don’t know where I’d be without the musical women who have influenced me. I started Female Fronted, Drawn Together as a project that combines music and illustration in a way that celebrates this; that allows me to share their music and give a little back to say thank you.

There wasn’t really a plan at first in terms of what I would base each drawing on. But I think that’s led to a really organic and personal process of pin-pointing where my feelings lie, because each artist has affected my life in a totally different way. Some of these women I admire for their message or for their musical creativity. Some of them have given me unforgettable live experiences. And some of them I associate with significant memories, whether happy or sad – the right place at the right time.

I don’t think believe that anyone hears the same piece of music in the same way. Each connection that an artist makes with a listener is unique and complex. On top of this, female fronted music is so often lumped together as a single genre in a way that doesn’t acknowledge the diverse voices and talent and ideas that each woman brings to the table. I feel like in many ways, girls grow up to feel competitive to one another, but there’s been an amazing and positive backlash against this in music lately. I’m seeing so many girlbands looking out for each other and starting up amazing collectives together. I wanted Female Fronted Drawn Together to be a little contribution to this movement, and a space through which I could thank each of these women and just share a little love.

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Kesha - Woman (Official Video) ft. The Dap-Kings Horns
Kesha– Woman
Brighton indie punks Haters debut 4-track 7" 'Chronic' is out now on lovely pink vinyl, and DL from Everything Sucks Music
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