LOUD WOMEN eZine Issue #3 | The Tuts | Argonaut | Madonnatron | The Potentials
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LOUD WOMEN eZine issue #3

LOUD WOMEN is a DIY collective that champions women in music. This eZine will bring you the latest scoop on women-led music, events, ideas and action that we love and you want to hear about. And if that floats your boat, get involved and contribute to the next one!

 Hot playlist 

by Kay Stanley:

Not all girl bands sound the same

Dream Wife - Kids
Now That's  What I Call 
Vol.3, Song 1

Dream Wife: Kids
LOUD WOMEN meet The Tuts - interview backstage at London2Calais fundraiser, 28 April 2016

video: interview with the tuts 
by thee faction

The Tuts have been ruling the DIY grrrl punk scene for several years now. They've toured with Kate Nash, Sonic Boom Six, and The Selecter. Their hotly-anticipated debut album is in progress as we speak! LOUD WOMEN caught up with the band backstage when they played a benefit for London2Calais along with Cassie Fox's 'day' band, Thee Faction.

Now That's  What I Call 
Vol.3, Song 2

The Franklys: Comedown
The Franklys - Comedown (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

(c) Redrospective.comkids to the front

Our very first LITTLE LOUD WOMEN all-ages gig was a roaring success. Check out this lovely review. This one too! Kids and grown ups all had a fun afternoon, no-one had to shell out for a babysitter, £116 was raised for Women's Aid from the raffle, and some excellent women-led bands (Piney Gir, Argonaut, Crack Foxes and The Wimmins' Institute) rocked awesomely. We can't wait until the next one on 18 June at the Half Moon, Putney, and there's a pirate theme!
(c) Keira Anee 2016
LOUD WOMEN BFFs Argonaut have really kindly given us an exclusive track to share with you here - this one went down a treat with the little ones!

Play The Tra La La Song on SoundCloud
The Potentials @ The Silver Bullet 8/1/16. Copyright Keira Anee 2016

kirsty fife meets the potentials

Kirsty Fife: Who and what made you want to start playing music?
Holly: I had a teenage obsession with Manda from bis, and she's the reason I played keyboards in bands for about 10 years. I'd never picked up a guitar before, and only started playing it the first Potentials practice we had last year in Shahnaz's kitchen.
  • "It never really occurred to us that, because we hadn't played something before, we couldn't do it anyway. Thanks to living in a queer DIY feminist bubble, that was just really obvious to us."

Shahnaz: I cannot remember a time when I didn't want to be in a band. My parents couldn't afford music lessons when I was younger, and numerous unsuccessful attempts to teach myself guitar meant I wasn't a very appealing bandmate to most of the people I knew who were musical growing up. It was Zak and Holly who made me pick up a bass and start playing. I've gained so much confidence and joy from messing around on an instrument with no judgement since we started and I just wish I'd had the confidence to start sooner.
Zak: I've always been obsessed with music and I think there weren't any specific people that made me wanna be in a band, I just wanted to be like my heroines The Spice Girls and play music I loved with people I love.
KF: How do you think yr identity/identity politics affects the music you make?
H: I've always played in queer bands, because I'm queer and my friends are queer and the DIY communities I've been involved with were queer so that's always been represented in the bands I've played in, the lyrics I've written, the shows I've played at and the bands I've played with. I'm a queer fat northern working class girl, and those things influence everything from lyrics to styles of playing, to bands we play with, to gigs that we choose to do/not do, to on-stage banter. In The Potentials, although we are writing songs about Buffy, it's just a pop culture lens through which we comment on real life stuff. So when we call out slut shaming or shit boy behaviour or celebrate queer heroes in the show, we're singing about real life too.
  • "Sure, Riley may be a fictional dickhead, but we all know enough real life Manarchists in our scene."

Z: I think your life and experiences will always be reflected in your music because that's who you are. From not being able to afford instruments to shaping the way and frequency you can practice and then of course the ease and sort of gigs you get to play. That's before you write about it in lyrics or melodies or whatnot. 
KF: How do you find playing in the UK DIY scene as a woman/queer?
H: Playing with other queers and girls is always the best, and it's always a relief when you see a gig you are playing at is women and queers. Even if our bands are totally different and we don't know each other, there's a sense of relief playing those gigs. We don't feel out of place and we generally come away from shows feeling dead inspired and wanting to play new shows with bands we've just discovered that night.
S: There's the odd soundman who treats Holly and I like we're invisible and/or 5 years old. But almost all of our gigs are DIY, and I feel like we've been accepted by crowds, promoters and other DIY bands.
KF: What other women/queers inspire you?
H: So many heroes! Downtown Boys, Team Dresch, Valerie, Melanie Maddison, G.L.O.S.S., War on Women, Seleena Daye, Kat Bornstein, Martha, Daskinsey4, Rudy Loewe, Yiikes, Blue Minkies, Kinky, Jesus and His Judgemental Father, Em Ledger, No Ditching and about a million others.
S: I love Adore Delano, Mancie Girls, Charla Fantasma, House of Astbury, Cat Food Cakes, Kate Grube from Kittyhawk and my amazing cousin Lily who made her own TV show and is now travelling the world.
Z: Everyone involved in the scene! The audiences to the performers and the organisers. It's a fucking struggle to even get out of bed sometimes so everyone that does, and especially those that feel they can't, you're all fucking superstars and inspire me every single second of every single day!

Kirsty Fife plays in Actual Crimes and Suggested Friends. This interview (and loads more good stuff) can be found in her zine 'Move Under Your Own Power', available from her Etsy.

The Potentials will be playing LOUD WOMEN on 16 Sept. Check out their Bandcamp here.


Our first ever one-day festival is looking set to be the biggest and best women-led event this year! This all-ages event will take place at the 700-capacity T.Chances in Tottenham, with 25 acts performing across two stages. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for line-up announcements, but so far we've confirmed ...

Maddy Carty | LIPS Choir | Petrol Girls | Madame So | Vodun | Viva Zapata! | Dolls | Louise Distras | Greenness | The Wimmins' Institute | Janine Booth | Dream Nails | Spanking Machine


Earlybird tickets still available - £8 from WeGotTickets


by Lorna Tiefholz 
Rabies Babies
Mountain of Fire and Miricles

Only one thing is better in summer than Holly Golightly, and that is Holly Golightly and The Jolenes playing on the same night, at the same gig!
The Jolenes have a song about the blue lines you get on pregnancy tests. It’s hilarious and clever and brilliant. The Jolenes are pure London bonafide bluegrass.
Holly didn’t have her trumpet friend, so she didn’t do my favourite song off Slowtown Now, but she had a great harmonica player come and join her instead, which was a treat. Holly Golightly at the Lexington is about as close to perfection as you can get. I love that venue and I will never ever get bored of hearing Holly sing. My only regret is that one last beer at the end of the night, I should have gone straight home instead. I paid for that beer the next day.

introducing: madonnatron

by emily c smith
(c)  Emily C. Smith at the Shacklewell Arms, Dalston 2016

Madonnatron are a four-piece group based in London: Beth on drums, Charlie on bass, Melary on keyboards and Stephanie on guitar. All women sing, with Melary and Stephanie taking on the lion’s share of vocal duties. They’re captivating live, fusing together an other-worldly mysterious pop quality with an unpretentious punk attitude. I met them at the Amersham Arms in New Cross where they played a superb set as part of a Cal-Aid fundraiser.

emily c smith: When the DJ saves your life, what is the song that’s playing?
beth: Rod Stewart, of course.
charlie: Jermaine Stewart 'We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off' 
melary: Deceptacon 'Le Tigre'
stephanie: The Sonics 'Have Love Will Travel'
ecs: If you weren’t in Madonnatron, which band past-present-or-future would you want to be in?
b: I would be Tingle Lungfish from Meatraffle because he carries a miniature spirit level around with him at all times.
c: Cameo for sure…or some magnificent hybrid of Madonnatron and Meatraffle that deals only in little known Kate Bush offerrings from before 1990.
m: Lemmy from Motorhead, Sporty Spice from Spice Girls or Kathleen Hannah in Bikini Kill.
s: I'd play in Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd. Me and Syd would leave the band after the first album and form our own band. David Bowie would idolise us and you definitely would have heard of us.
ecs: When I’ve seen you, or the other bands attached to Trashmouth Records, play there’s a real sense that you have something to say – that you all have an agenda – and you’re fighting for social change. How important is that to you personally?
b: I think every band on Trashmouth carries pure anarchy in their blood. For a long time now there has been a terrible blandness to 'successful' bands, with record companies plumping for the soft option every time to feed the numbness and banality that a lot of people have learnt to accept.
s: We are fighting homologation through music. I believe that music can, in some ways, contrast what politics and media are doing to society:  turning the individuals into a product identical to another model that needs to be approved by the authority before it can fit in.
  • "We don't give a fuck, we do whatever we want. Our music is dissonant, conflictual and loud. It's ironic and dramatic."

b: I am very nervous that in a few years time we will no longer have a National Health Service in this country. There are unspeakable acts of violence happening to people all over the world because of deeply-entrenched greed and corruption in people who think they are entitled to the world and they want it now. There is a huge fight on. Artists have a responsibility in this fight to bring people together and to bring out the anarchy in the audience. We all fight together. If I can communicate something of my fury about these things and inspire people to resist in some way then I have done something right in my life.
c: I think that the Trashmouth ethos has been a real advocate for the resistance to elitism in music, which I very much support. You don’t have to have a politician parent or be associated with Putin or Sting (deplorable) to make a record any more. Music is something that every soul has a right to in whichever way they should choose to engage. Massive respect to Trashmouth Records!
m: For me gender equality is very important – equal opportunities and respect for everyone women and transgender mainly but really gender shouldn’t be an obstacle or a disadvantage for anyone.
s: Another thing that is important for me is being part of a female band. I work as a software engineer and I see a lot of prejudices against women's capabilities in this field too. We need to be brave and step out there and show that we can do same or better.
  • "We are not gonna make you a sandwich, motherfuckers."

This is the first band I ever played in. I was too scared to join a band or start my own one when I was in Italy, because of social pressure. Everybody was telling me what's the right way of playing or singing. There was too much theory and fear to break the rules. When I moved to the UK, I met Melary, Beth and Charlie which are very creative people and have no fear to experiment. We have a lot to say and a lot to have fun and this is just the beginning.
ecs: I really liked the song 'Sangue Neuf' off the recent Record Store Day release. How do you make a song like that? What are your influences?
b: A lot of the time I will be messing about on the drums or Charlie will come up with a bass line and we work around that. Everyone just tunes in and we create something. I love all different kinds of music and I don't feel like we have any direct influences in what we do. I think we sound a lot like early Joy Division, who I don't think knew how to play their instruments previously either. I can hear Iggy and the Stooges and Can in our music too.
c:  A combination of immense time pressure to meet deadlines for Record Store Day, alcohol, and on-going global genocide were all key contributing factors. Not discounting cheap synth and excessive reverb….
m: It was inspired by recent violent events in the world – bombings and the killing of innocents. We were trying to reflect the voices of the people affected and the reaction of others around the world. My music influences are quite varied so really it is difficult to explain, I did start listening by default since I was born to the Beatles, the Stones, 60s girl bands, Queen, Barry Manilow, classical music (Vivaldi and Wagner mainly), disco, folk protest songs, Latin-American folk music and Mexican cheesy pop. Then later on as a child-preteen I got in to Metal and Goth, but I ended up doing New Wave stuff and Pop … Maybe that’s why I don’t have prejudices when listening to music, I give it a go to everything that I can get my ears on, otherwise I always write about what I imagine people have in their minds or things that happened to me or other people but on a more subconscious level. My guitar style is influenced by Peter Laughner, surf and Indian classical music. I really like Anna Calvi's style as well. In our tunes I can hear a bit of The Black Angels and PJ Harvey.
ecs: What’s next for Madonnatron?
b: Being respectable and reputable ladies we will be keeping out of trouble with both the law and with God. In short, World Domination.
c: I am having a baby boy (the fifth un-consenting and only male member of Madonnatron). Nature has scheduled this non-negotiable deadline for August. We are therefore committed to the divine act of recording a record between now and then. 
s: We have a lot of work to do to release our first album, while getting high, have fun, Charlie making babies, me writing algorithms and Mel being Mel! Basically we'll just keep doing the same things we do every night: try to take over the world!

Madonnatron's EP is available from Trashmouth's Bandcamp.

Emily C Smith is a LOUD WOMEN regular - keep up with her on Facebook

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do not miss

Bis play the 100 Club on 28 May, with support from Collapsed Lung and The Wimmins' Institute.
Tickets here


by Janine Booth

The sixteenth of May
That was the day
When my name changed
(cue: roll of the drum)
My name which had been
Previously Janine
Now became Somebody's Mum

Somebody's Mum!
Put this gel on his gum
It'll help ease his pain when he's teething
Somebody's Mum!​
Aw, he's sucking his thumb
And he twitches his nose when he's breathing

On the twentieth of May
I put it away
In the drawer with the normal-sized bras
But the very next day
I heard my name say
"Let me out or I'll start seeing stars"

So then pretty soon
On the nineteenth of June
I knew there was just one thing for it
I'd have to accept
That my name must be kept
In a safe place till I could restore it

I'm not quite sure why
But the twelfth of July
Was the day that I finally conceded
Now I'm Somebody's Mum
My old name is done
I accept that it's no longer needed

On August the tenth
It took all my strength
To put it away and forget it
I used gaffa tape
Cos my name would escape
And run back to me if I let it

September the first
I thought it would burst
Out of its drawer and come find me
But somebody rung
Up for Somebody's Mum
And that did its job to remind me

Somebody's Mum!
It's about your young son
Please call me back some time today
Somebody's Mum!
Can Somebody come
Round to our house this morning to play?

Being Somebody's Mum
Is fantastic fun
And I love little Someone forever
But all of the same
I do have a name
And I don't want it gone altogether

So I'll see it again
In five years or ten
The loss of my name is uncanny
If my nerve doesn't crack
I will get my name back
Just in time to be Somebody's Granny
Now That's  What I Call 
Vol.3, Song 4

Lilith Ai: Yeah Yeah
Lilith Ai   Yeah Yeah
Now That's  What I Call 
Vol.3, Song 3

Long Teeth: Famous Girls
Long Teeth - Famous Girls

LOUD WOMEN gigs diary

Mon 23 May @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Echo and the Beats | ARXX | And So it Goes | Greenness | The Wimmins' Institute 
Fri 27 May @ Veg Bar, Brixton
Long Teeth | Jemma Freeman | Beth White | Diane Goldie | Lilith Ai
Fri 10 June @ Veg Bar, Brixton
Clever Thing | Rainbow Reservoir | Fightmilk
Sat 18 June - All-ages Pirate Matinee @ The Half Moon, Putney
The Priscillas | The Wimmins' Institute | The Pirate Queens | Sea Vitch
Sat 9 July 2016 @ T.Chances, Tottenham
Efa Supertramp | Miri | Crack Foxes 
Fri 5 August @ Hope and Anchor, Islington
deux furieuses | IDestroy | Miserable Wretch 
Sat 3 September - LOUD WOMEN FEST @ T.Chances, Tottenham
£8 earlybird tickets on sale NOW from WeGotTickets
Over 20 acts across two rooms - no slot clashes - all-ages!
Confirmed so far: Vodun | Louise Distras | Grace Petrie | Maddy Carty | LIPS Choir | Madame So | Petrol Girls | Viva Zapata | Dolls + lots more!

Fri 16 Sept @ Hope and Anchor, Islington
End Men | Hoopdriver | Kenickers | The Potentials 

fight like a girl

Misa Love (AKA Lilith Ai, joining LOUD WOMEN on 27 May at the Veg Bar) and friends from the 'Fight Like a Girl' co-op are working on a book and mixtape featuring cool new female artists from around the UK, and France. The book will be filled with art, lyrics, poetry, comic panels etc. and the mixtape will contain one track from each act. Then when it's all ready, there will be a tour of all the acts' home towns, so each artist gets to expand their fanbase. 

Fight Like a Girl is sorted for bands in London, Bristol, Brighton and Paris, so they're now looking for bands/artists in other towns. Contact Misa through Facebook.

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