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LOUD WOMEN ezine Issue #22 | LOUD WOMEN Fest 2018 Band applications open until 1st March | Nova Twins | Charly Bliss | Rews | Ren Aldridge/Petrol Girls | Anarchistwood | Brosphine | Phoenix Chroi | Jemma Freeman | The Nyx | Dream Nails | The Ethical Debating Society | Suggested Friends | DIDI | Martha Hill | The Violet Kind | Carolyn's Fingers 
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LOUD WOMEN gigs diary


24 Feb @ The Fighting Cocks, Kingston – Anarchistwood | Brosephine | Salvation Jayne | Phoenix Chroi
3 Mar @ Genesis CinemaPussyliquorMilitant Girlfriend | Jemma Freeman & The Cosmic Something
9 Mar @ The Fiddler's Elbow – Under My Thumb, with Big Joanie | I, Doris | plus live karaoke!
17 Mar @ DIY Space for London, St. Patricia Fest: – Hawk | Hot Sauce Pony | Gold Baby | Hollow Mask | Spare Rib
21 April @ DIY Space for LondonBasic Bitches (US) | ARXXGlue | Quim Smashers
30 June – The Matchwomen's Festival
15 September – LOUD WOMEN Fest 2018
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Esper Scout - Dividing Marks [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Esper Scout – Dividing Marks
Apply to play LOUD WOMEN Fest 2018!

LOUD WOMEN FEST 2018

15 Sept at The Dome, Tufnell Park and Boston Music Room

LOUD WOMEN Fest is back in 2018 – bigger and louder than ever! Building on the massive success of our last two Festivals, we’re taking over not one but TWO large, world-class venues for our Festival, which will offer brand new grassroots artists the chance to play alongside established, big name artists.

As previously, we’ll be running bands one after the other over two stages, so the music doesn’t stop, and there are no awkward clashes. The Festival will showcase the very best contemporary DIY punk, pop and indie music, led by women and gender non-conforming folk. The aim is to bring this music to as wide an audience as possible – as we know that the Festival will be widely covered by the media, and other promoters look to our line-ups for inspiration.
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Bands may apply to play using the form on our website. Applications are welcome from bands and solo artists who are:

  1. led by women, or gender non-conforming folk
  2. punk, pop and indie 
  3. AWESOME
Closing date for applications is 1st March  make sure to remind your favourite bands to apply in time!

www.loudwomen.org/fest

Bettye LaVette - Things Have Changed (Audio)
Bettye Lavette – Things Have Changed

The Greatest Albums Made By Women (Part 2)

by Kris Smith

Here’s our second selection of the Greatest Albums Made By Women from the last 50 years. We had to do a Part 2 because we ran out of space for so much music last time! Here are 201 more LOUD WOMEN-endorsed records, with our trademark emphasis on punk and indie and a massive side-order of soul, hip-hop, post-punk, queercore and everything else we like, as long as it’s LOUD.

Any list like this is a mixture of personal tastes and some arbitrary criteria so bear in mind that your favourite globe-bestriding corporate-pop diva or chamber-folk chanteuse may not be here as that’s not really our priority. On the other hand they might be here if we really like them and their album. Our zine, our rules!

As with our Part 1 it’s a response to this and this article from last year, and highlights albums and artists that they missed. Thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions this time, and keep them coming for Part 3.

A parting thought: 2015, 2016 and 2017 have the most entries here. We think that reflects not only more women involved in music at every level – which LOUD WOMEN plays a part in promoting – but also the fact that the best music being made is always the music being made at the moment. Don’t look back in nostalgia: look at the music of now. Support the bands, see them live when you can and buy the music when you can. 

Find the complete list on our website

Sløtface - Nancy Drew (Official Music Video)
Slotface – Nancy Drew
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Suggested Friends (S/T)

LP review by Zoe Biggs

Out now on Bandcamp from Oddbox Records

Suggested Friends certainly have a way of naming their songs that catches the eye. Looking down the track list of this their self titled debut LP out now on Odd Box Records, and seeing tracks with names like ‘I Can’t Roll My Eyes That Far (Back)’ and ‘Please Don’t Look At Me On The Bus’, makes me love this band before I’ve even heard the first note. It makes me want to scream ‘saaaame!’ and do some sort of praise dance.

Onwards to the sounds from this raucous London four piece. The album opener of ‘I Don’t Want To Be A Horcrux For Your Soul’ sets the pace nicely, and for me is the stand out track of this body of work. Its instantly catchy guitar work and uplifting drums combining with the dark and sharp lyrics present an good introduction to this band. This has bright 90s nostalgia indie vibes, and vocals reminiscent of the likes of The Cranberries and Go Sailor. Everything about it is glorious, and makes you want to hook this up on repeat.

‘Chicken’ is another stand out track, with a strong sing-along chorus, weaving a cautionary tale of not chickening out of trying things, and to work hard to be true to yourself. There are more mellow moments to this album too, which provides a good contrast to some of the more raw songs. ‘Menagerie Of Cats’ is a beautiful track, with lush and smooth harmonies taking it to the next level. This and also the brilliantly subtle ‘Grateful’ wouldn’t be out of place on the soundtrack to a throwback 90s film such as Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion.

The pace is picked back up with the likes of ‘Please Don’t Look At Me On The Bus’ ,which has lyrics I’m going to memorise and sing back when the inevitable next incident of harassment happens. Catchy, defiant and addressing an all-too-often-occurring phenomenon.

Overall, this is a bright, fun, sparkly album with raw and to the point lyrics – there’s no hiding from the wit. Check it out; you’ll be hooked, and if I still haven’t convinced you, just know that there is also a song on there called ‘Motherfucking Tree’, oh yes there is.


Find Suggested Friends on: Facebook Bandcamp Twitter Instagram

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Turbulent Hearts - I Don't Do It For U
Turbulent Hearts – I Don't Do It For U

LW Politics & Music – Part 1: Ren Aldridge (Petrol Girls)

by Kris Smith

The media regularly bemoan a lack of politics in music, compared to a mythical 60s/70s/80s ‘good old days’ – only to salute as an exception the occasional gobby indie-boy band trying to kickstart their career with some token rebellious rhetoric. Meanwhile, every year there are more fiercely-politicised, intelligent and committed activists getting busy on the DIY feminist punk scene, far from the plaudits and pitfalls of the spotlight. In the first part of a new series of interviews, LOUD WOMEN meets them and asks them some of the questions that the music industry won’t.

#1 Ren Aldridge (Petrol Girls)
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What made you decide to use your songwriting to express political viewpoints?

I don’t think it was a deliberate decision when I started doing it, it just made sense because music is what politicised me. Going to punk shows as a teenager introduced me to antifascist and anticapitalist politics. Then when I started Petrol Girls it was motivated by feeling like a feminist politics wasn’t really present in the scene I was part of. Turns out there was shitloads of other DIY feminist punk happening in other scenes but I didn’t find most of it until we started gigging.

Now my reasons for continuing to express politics through music are more deliberate. I see ideas like the gender binary and nationalism as being continually produced and maintained by culture so culture makes sense to me as a battleground, as a point where these dominant ideologies might be destabilised. I think words are important – so many of the (shit) ideas our lives are organised around are just stories in the end  and writing and ‘expressing’ words is something I can do.

Do you use songs as tools to put across prefigured messages – or is it more that you self-express in general through music, with politics just one aspect of that?

It’s probably a mixture. I pretty much see everything as political. Like, if you’re not challenging dominant power structures then you’re just reinforcing them. I don’t really see this neutral ground a lot of people––mostly white dudes––claim to stand on. It suggests a level playing field that frankly doesn’t exist.

Most of our songs come from a place of anger, and that tends to be political if you search for its roots. Some songs, like ‘Touch Me Again’, have literally grown from a demo chant so I guess that’s pretty prefigured! Others, and most of what we write now, grow pretty organically, and I find political aspects of a song as it takes shape, which then continue shaping it.

Is the function of politics in music to affirm views within a reciprocal social group, or convert – or at least converse with – a wider public?

I think this question is one of the reasons I’m back at uni this year. Punk can be very ‘preaching to the converted’. Political voices are necessary within it because it can be a self-congratulatory hypocritical pile of wank sometimes. There is always work to do within music. But I don’t think music is going to bring down the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy alone. It’s certainly not going to solve climate change.

‘Converting’ is an interesting word, and an idea I’m wary of. I went to a workshop at the Refugee and Migrant conference out in Hamburg a couple of winters ago on how to ‘support’ those kind of struggles as a European. One of the points that came across was how deeply a Christian missionary kind of attitude permeates a lot of charitable efforts. Maybe the idea of ‘converting’ fits in with that. We talked a lot about the difference between solidarity and charity. I think it’s more about seeing how other people’s struggles connect with our own and building bridges, than like, ‘showing someone the light’ (vomit).

There are various ways that a performer’s politics might not communicate to an audience, but you make a point of speaking between songs to reinforce the message. Did that come naturally, in terms of the confidence needed? Is it to break the ice, to break down barriers with a crowd, or to clarify – or all of those?  

Young women with strong political convictions tend to be ignored, patronised, or dismissed as a bit mental, or at least that was my experience. Suddenly once you’re holding a mic, people take you seriously (which is one of the most laughable aspects of the political music community). I felt that difference in reception, and took every chance I got to speak about the things I think are important from a position where its much harder for men to shout me down. From the stage is a pretty weird place to speak about emancipatory politics, though. I guess it’s also about keeping a present tense connection with what the songs are about. Repetition can numb things sometimes. Songs can grow and change in relevance if you keep up an active relationship to them.

Read the complete interview on our website

Petrol Girls -  Touch Me Again (Official Video)
Petrol Girls – Touch Me Again

Anarchistwood: 10 question interview


Anarchistwood are coming to play with us on Saturday, in Kingston. Who even knows what'll happen?? We asked Funkcutter 10 questions for starters ...

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

A couple of our songs have been covered by Hortordactyl which is how we met him through MySpace - remember that? He played guitar with us for a while after that in 2010ish - would like to hear Poisonous Cxnt cover 'Bucketae Cuntae' for the lols.
 
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.

Prince - on all instruments!
 
3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?

Luka is answering this one as he asks me this dumb question all the time... it makes people wake the fuck up from the coma that this modern life is. . .
 
4. What's best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? 

Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet. 
 
5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of. 

Liber Null to awake your power... and Blind Man's Penis by John Trubee - just to read his lovely words on the sleeve - he's the real deal 
 
6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.

Telecaster with big muff played through a ampeg bass amp.
 
7. What's the best thing about being in your band? 

Meeting like-minded freaks and joining the sibling dots across the country and world. This is the community we are involved in.
 
8. What are your band goals? 

Making more music and videos and performing as an orchestra with as many players as possible. Play in more countries and with more bands internationally. 
 
9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?

You need to watch Bomb in a Luggage Rack, our newest pop video made by Lindsey Studholme, keep an eye out for one we are working on and look out for the anarchistwood slopumentary currently being put together by Zoe Rixon.
 
10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands

Poisonous Cxnt - cos they don't give a fuck what you think.
Doghouse - reality check of lyrics and dance - politically switched on
Anthrax - killer shows supporting the scene always
Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons - those cats got the cream
It's too difficult to choose one another as there is so much good stuff everywhere... but I think I'll say Slapper - as Art is Life
 

Come see Anarchistwood this Saturday, 23 Feb, at Fighting Cocks in Kingston-upon-Thames, along with Brosphine, Salvation Jayne and Phoenix Chroi. 
 

 
anarchistwood BOMB IN A LUGGAGE RACK
Anarchistwood – Bomb in a Luggage Rack

Nova Twins
Interview by Kitty Fedorec



I meet Amy Love and Georgia South of Nova Twins in a room above The Camden Assembly (formerly the Barfly) having the caught the end of their soundcheck. There is an air of tense excitement; the musicians shifting between big smiles, belly laughs, and earnest intensity.


You’ve known each other for a long time. When did that become making music together?


AMY: We’ve always made music together. I remember once Georgia was on keys at one of my gigs and when you (Georgia) were doing one of your bands I wrote a top line for ‘Let your hair down’. So we were always doing stuff in the same house – I’m always there because I’m like family. So it was inevitable. When we were finished with these other projects we wrote a song together called ‘Bad Bitches’. And that was it.

GEORGIA: Our first ever song… We were like, yeah it’s pretty sick, let’s make another. And we just kept gigging and writing and then we ended up here somehow. Which is crazy. We just remember gigging here two years ago, and we remember how we felt. I like that it’s familiar. When we were growing up it was always the Barfly. And when we were starting up as a band it was like… if you play the Barfly, that’s it.

AMY: It was a real goal wasn’t it?

GEORGIA: When I was 13 if you played the Barfly it was like you’ve made it. So it’s nice having our first headline show here.
You used to go out to gigs a lot?

GEORGIA: Yeah, and we used to gig. We used to gig at the same events.


AMY: Purposefully.

GEORGIA: So Amy would be a solo artist and I’d be in another band but we’d always be on the same bill or put on our own event – all our friends together on one bill. But then we always just ended up hanging out all the time, and my band would get pissed off, like “you’re always with Amy”. We were always together.

AMY: It was a bit weird – there was always this atmosphere.


Between songs Georgia shouts out, “I've never seen such a diverse, amazing crowd!” The room is hot and heaving. Looking to my left I see a couple in their 30s/40s dancing in the press. To my right are a group old enough to have seen-in punk. Ahead, some students are jumping almost high enough to touch the ceiling (this is not an exaggeration). I too can't think of a gig I've gone too with such a racially diverse crowd. Everyone looks like they have come dressed for a different gig. But across the differences there is a raw enthusiasm coming from the audience.

How did you find going to gigs as young people? I mean, I’m guessing you were underage?


GEORGIA: I remember I couldn’t get into some of Amy’s gigs in the past. And I used to hide under the bar counters when security used to come round. And I got kicked out a few times as well. I think I was properly young, like 12 to 16.

AMY: You’ve got to do that shit though.
You’ve both talked in the past about how important your parents’ support has been. I know some people reading this are parents themselves. Could you share some thoughts on things you think worked for you?

AMY: I think with Georgia’s parents, because they’re musical it wasn’t really seen as a parent-daughter vibe. They were like “I’ve done this, I’ve been there”. If we were slacking they’d tell us off. They’d been there and done that, so it’s nice to just have some advice, like you would if you had a manager or A&R. We don’t have that so we’ve got lots of people who’ve been in the industry just giving us advice because we’re independent at the moment – which is great.
I’d say people who have kids: if your kids are artistic it’s so important to let them express that. They say that depression is at a really high rate in creative people, so I feel you can not suppress it. And if you’re unfamiliar with it, just try and be open-minded and let them take that course. And obviously, yes, go to school, do your shit as well, there’s time for that.


The sound is bold and punchy, driven by heavy bass riffs. Tim Nugent provides lively drums while Amy sings from the gut. It's a sound for dancing to. Or screaming to. I shift to the side to let some shorter women through. The Camden Assembly is a great gig space, with its well elevated, wide stage; it's never much of a struggle to see. Still people press forward, into space that vibrates every breath. This sound is massive.

You guys have a real visual presence and, while you aren’t supported by a music label ,you have had backing from some clothing labels. Do you think that has helped you reach a wider and less traditional audience?


GEORGIA: Yes, in one way. Mostly it’s just gigging a lot. When you gig a lot people see you and then you get lucky and get asked to do other gigs and they like you from that. And I think that’s what it’s been like with us – based on luck. We’ve done one gig and met someone whose flown us out to France and met someone else who has flown us to South Africa.

AMY: 100 per cent. I think the brands we’ve got involved with… obviously Underground, who’re sponsoring tonight – sponsored us from day one actually. They liked our first single, ‘Baseline Bitch’ and stuck with us. We’ve all stayed really close – see we’ve got their shoes on right now. There’s other brands we’ve got involved with as well, but it’s funny, I think there could have been more, considering people always ask us about fashion and stuff. But we just have a few key brands. So we’ve always got time for them. But it’s definitely about the gigs we’ve done. We’ve gigged so much. Everywhere. You get better that way.

GEORGIA: Which is great. That’s where we’re most comfortable. Even over the studio, we love the stage more.


You produce some pretty extraordinary sounds live. What’s your favourite bit of kit on stage?

AMY: Georgia has got some special pedals.

GEORGIA: Yeah, I’ve got some special pedals. Which I can’t talk about.

AMY: Can’t..? Won’t! [laughs]

GEORGIA: …I won’t talk about. But probably my pedal board right there. I brought it up with me to have at all times. I couldn’t live without that, cos I spent years building it so it’s kind of like my lifeline. That and my Gallien Krueger amp. Everyone always sees my amp… it’s like one foot big. It’s a tiny combo amp and normally when we do festivals bands have got a massive wall of amps and I just come with my tiny little combo amp, they’re like “ok what’s that gunna do? It’s gunna sound like shit.” And then it sounds bigger than them. It’s not all about size.

AMY: I have a favourite pedal or two, but I can’t say. I love my Hot Rod, quite standard, small, it’s just a Deluxe. My favourite thing is towards the end of the set where we do one of our numbers where I come off the guitar and just kind of go in and Georgia’s bass sounds like the end of the world and I’m just screaming. It’s just fun to gig live. That’s what we do it for.
Amy, you are reported to be into a good vocal warm up. What are your hot tips for vocalists?

AMY: You know what, it’s so bloody important. I started off not really warming up and when were gigging, in especially places like France, it’s like an hour set of hard singing. I developed this cold on tour (not this last tour but the tour before) and it literally blew out my voice – I got a virus that infected my larynx – I had to gig on it and by the last gig there was like nothing left so I had to cancel. Since then I started warming up properly.  Like with steam, and taking care of my voice after gigs. It depends – everyone is different you know. I don’t sit there getting fucked up because I know I want to do a good show for people and I know if I get fucked up I won’t be able to do anything. So warm ups; I’d say just gentle hums, ‘sirens’ and then a few scales – I do about 15-20 minutes before each hour’s show, and today I’ll probably do about 15 – DO IT – it will save you on tour. It saved me. We just did relentless hour-long gigs day after day after day, and I was like, how am I going to do it? Warming up – it was fine.


We often find it easiest to frame new music in terms of what already exists. I'm listening to something that, if you were looking for a shortcut to describing it, would most easily be compared to Rage Against the Machine. It seems to be the comparison most often used – probably because few bands have so successfully combined hip-hop and heavy rock influences in the crucible of righteous anger. Reviewers frequently site their UK grime influences – that's something I am under-qualified to talk about. But Nova Twins can definitely get as heavy as anything Part Chimp put out.

You are pretty passionate in your music. What do you get passionate about outside music?


AMY: It sounds really like ‘oooh all we do is music’ but… I guess that is our job and we do it full-time. We are lucky enough to earn a smaaaaall amount of money – still skint, but enough to keep the project going – you know what I mean?  What are we passionate about? I think the politics behind it all really.
What really kinds of grinds us a little bit – in the feminist world it feels like there’s one type of feminist that can be allowed in – it’s very cliquey sometimes. At the moment I feel like if you’re a band, your band has to be seen to be driven by a feminist politics to make you a cool band. But we’re driven by it every day. Why do we have be like … anything? Why can’t we be a band – who are women – who are also feminist – who are also many other things?
That’s why I think it’s so important to just support each other and get out of this cliquey thing where it’s only people who sound like this [gesticulates to sum up a genre of music] are seen as feminists because they are doing the punk sound that actually drove feminists back then. But that’s been done. And we’re trying, in the 21st century, to still be feminist but in a different way with a different sound. And we’ve found that sometimes people are a bit like [makes a face] because we don’t sound Punk – we are punk but we’re not just that, do you know what I mean? It’s not about getting into a little clique, it’s about coming together as a whole, because that’s the only way we’re going to achieve what we really want to achieve. We ain’t going to fucking achieve it by segregating each other – there’s too much of that going on already, let’s stop that, get together and keep moving forward. Does that sound a bit harsh?


Can you describe the new EP for our readers?

AMY: We say basically (this is our little slogan) ‘for the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between’. So again, it’s just portraying the whole spectrum of how one can be.

GEORGIA: And don’t be ashamed.

AMY: …and not being ashamed of anything whether the good or the bad – the bad doesn’t have to represent the word do you know what I mean – your flaws…

GEORGIA: The bad doesn’t have to be wrong.

AMY: No exactly – unless you are actually doing something wrong [laughs] but I think it’s more about self-acceptance.


Everyone seems reluctant to see this gig end. Bass and drums push relentlessly through layers of distortion. Our heads and feet move in agreement. Amy has put her guitar down to blast into the mics, two clutched in one hand, before ploughing into the room. Now she rises up and rides the audience like a queen.

Find Nova Twins on Facebook and Instagram.

 
NOVA TWINS - Thelma and Louise (Official Video)
Nova Twins – Thelma and Louise

Brosephine



Kingston's finest, Brosephine, are treating us to a gig on their home soil this Saturday at The Fighting Cocks and we couldn't be more excited to see this band again! So, we asked them 10 questions ...

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

Josie: Sir Richard Cheese, of course.
Gilan: Brody Dalle.


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?
Gilan: Sister Rosetta Tharpe. This woman really knew how to shred before it was a thing!
Josie: ...Sir Richard Cheese.


3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?
Yasmin: The power to melt cheese!
Gilan: The power to make bad people turn into chips!


4. What's best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? 
Gilan: Tough question! I like a venue full of strangers though, we get to play our music for people who haven’t heard it.
Josie: A big venue full of friends and strangers!


5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of. 
Josie: ‘Boys Music Clothes’ by Viv Albertine (probably heard of by fans of LOUD WOMEN but definitely a necessary read).
Gilan: Go listen to Aldous Harding – Party!


6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
Josie:  Guitar: Ibanez AR220. Pedals: little big muff, cheap delay pedal, Boss ods2, Tomsline Mod, Vox Wah, and a Korg tuner.

7. What's the best thing about being in your band? 
Josie: Finding friendships I only thought existed in fiction.
Gilan: Having bandmates that I can talk to ANYTHING about (no really, ANYTHING)


8. What are your band goals? 
Gilan: I’d like us to write some of the most delicious riffs known to human kind that somehow bring about world peace.
Josie: to play some festivals and total world domination!


9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now? 
We just released a video for ‘Clean’ off our ‘It Doesn’t Matter’ EP.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands
ARXX – They just came in and blew our minds with one of their first gigs. Definitely ones to watch!
Tokyo SexWail – This lot put on a ruddy good show, weaving poetry in and out of everything.
BirdeatsBaby - Goth, cabaret, metal, prog rock and folk all mushed into one saucy mess!
Callow Saints - The lead singer’s stage presence is divine!
Charmpit - The friendliest way of hexing the patriarchy!

 
Come see Brosphine this Saturday, 23 Feb, at Fighting Cocks in Kingston-upon-Thames
 
 
Brosephine - Clean
Brosephine – Clean
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Rews:'Pyro'

review by Zoe Biggs

 

Rews have been on my radar for a while, an inexplicable 'I can't remember where I first heard them but they're instantly familiar' feeling. So when we were lucky enough to be on the same bill as this raucous rock duo at an all-dayer back in freezing December, I couldn't wait to catch them live. However, a live review this is not, but I will urge you to indeed catch them on stage – fun, engaging, top musicianship, tight harmonies – they've got it all covered. And their UK tour kicks off at the end of February, so what are you waiting for? Well, actually while you do wait for the live dates to come around you can listen to their 'just as powerful as live performance' debut album 'Pyro'.

Kicking off the proceedings is the Halestorm-esque 'Let It Roll', grabbing you instantly with catchy vocals and riffs, and a beat so head nodding inducing that it's tailor made for audience participation of the clap along variety. The start of 'Rip Up My Heart' had me thinking of American rockers Girl In A Coma, and on the song Rews put their own unique spin on that heavy and visceral sound.

REWS band picThird song 'Violins' is the next earworm to hit. The verses are exceptional and Shauna (vocals/guitar/keys) and Collette's (vocals/drums) collective vocals really shine here, playing off each other perfectly. Just the right mixture of raw attitude and conciseness to carry the track through. The musicianship on 'Shine' brings to mind comparisons to Muse. The sound is just so huge, full and powerful on this song that it's a real testament to not only Rews but also to Rob Cass who produced and mixed the album.

There are hints of a hazy 90s vibe to 'Death Yawn', with guitars reminiscent of early Foo Fighters, and bright vocals keeping the track interesting through to the last second. Those harmonies! Lush, layered and so on point. They carry on over to next offering 'Miss You In The Dark' with tribal and heavy drums driving dark chant vocals defiantly proclaiming 'you can't break me down'. 'Your Tears' contains the same sentiments as the previous track; 'your tears, I won't catch them no, as they fall straight from your eyes' seeing both vocalists playing off each other again, building from the big singalong chorus to the twist of the breakdown adding that something a little bit extra to this riff driven song.

'We Explode' offers up a quirk in the works, one of my favourites on the album. There is a looming riff that sneaks up on you throughout the song, there are twists and turns, call and answer vocals that could make you dizzy if you try and sing along to all the parts...The chorus hits and there's that riff again, lurking ominously and then exploding in the last seconds into glorious fuzz. 'Shake Shake' is no nonsense 3 minutes and 34 seconds of, get up, dance and shout those lyrics at the top of your voice to block out the real world. Final tune 'Running Against The Wall' ties in all the elements of the whole album nicely. There are driving and quirky drums, accelerating guitar riffs, Tegan & Sara-esque harmonies, and a brilliant abrupt ending that leaves you ready and waiting for the next album.

I didn't mean for this to be a blow by blow account of 'Pyro', but the more I listened, the more I heard and the more I just had to write about this fun, powerful and hook packed debut from Rews. As ever, check it out and endeavour to also catch them live.


Find Rews ...

https://www.rewsmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/wearerewsmusic/

https://www.instagram.com/rewsmusic/

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REWS - Your Tears OFFICIAL VIDEO
Rews – Your Tears
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Charly Bliss: 'Guppy' 
review by Ella Kaill

Review by Ella Latus Kaill
“I laughed when your dog died, it is cruel, but it’s true. Take me back, kiss my soft side. Does he love me most now that his dog is toast?”
Charly Bliss’ latest release ‘Guppy’ is overflowing with witty lyrics and anthemic choruses. The Brooklyn four-piece present ten tracks, none of them lacking a catchy hook nor great storytelling. Letters to Cleofans will appreciate 90s power pop sound and light vocals that resonates throughout the album.

The most obvious ear-worm is DQ (see lyrics above), a song with a wonderful melody change and a great anecdote about peeing your pants on a trampoline. This is largely representative of the atmosphere that encompasses the rest of the album; very fun, at times silly, and the perfect repetitions to sing along to. Charly Bliss’ songs seem to have a lot to do with not taking yourself too seriously and that is incredibly charming. Having said that, the album is not without heartbreak (‘I want to touch you/I want to cry’), yet the more emotional songs are perhaps the most powerful and feisty of the lot. Both sides to the album represent a cathartic experience dealing with mental health issues, learning to laugh – if that’s what helps you – and being okay with feeling your feelings. Singer Eva Hendricks does not shy away from approaching her own head-space in her lyrics; “I cry all the time, I think that it’s cool, I’m in touch with my feelings.”

The guitars are distorted and the cymbals relentless, a great compliment to Hendricks’ light and raspy vocal tone. Power chords and occasional guitar solos are accompanied by soft synth chords in the background, creating the perfect pop/rock harmony. This is an album that took three years to produce, and the strive for perfection has clearly been achieved. Despite the significant nod to 90s nostalgia, ‘Guppy’ is an album that is surely future-proof.



Find Charly Bliss on Bandcamp and Facebook 

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Charly Bliss - DQ [Official Music Video]
Charly Bliss – DQ
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Introducing: Martha Hill

Martha Hill is a powerful new voice from Newcastle, who got in touch this week to let us know that she’ll be playing in London and Bristol very soon … and that she’s made this captivating video of an a capella live performance of her sensuous jazzy-pop-RnB fusion ballad, Blindfold.

She says: “The point of this project is all about creating; it’s really journey based, that’s my philosophy. I don’t really have a big destination that I’m trying to get to, I’m really just doing things that I enjoy, taking it one step at a time and seeing where it takes me.”

Linkage: Bandcamp Facebook Website

 

Martha Hill - Blindfold (Live Video)
Martha Hill - Blindfold
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Dream Nails – Dare to Care

EP review by Stacy Norman


The second EP from feminist punk witches Dream Nails is, as its title may suggest, a message of solidarity, turning anger into positivity and creating a sense of community amongst their listeners.

The EP opens with ‘Tourist’, which vocalist Janey has described as being about men who like to act like a hero when really, they just fetishise sad girls and take advantage of them, and it sets the tone perfectly, and is followed by my favourite song on the EP – Joke Choke. It’s a short and sweet rage-fuelled song about “people who think it’s funny to make jokes about rape.”

I’m normally a bit cynical about making Bikini Kill/Kathleen Hanna comparisons, as it seems to be a bit of a go-to thing to say about feminist punk bands – so know that I genuinely mean it when I say that Dream Nails channel that raw power of demanding to be heard and encouraging their fans to fight for change.

‘Merkury’ sees Janey providing a concise explanation of what “mercury retrograde” actually is, and this is honestly the first time I’ve ever understood what it is!

Things end on an equally as powerful note with ‘Lovefuck’, an empowering anthem for anyone having to say goodbye to a relationship, and sees the band taking on the role of that supportive best friend you may or may not have in your life.

Dream Nails had no way of knowing that the already awful year that is 2017 was going to take yet another dark turn, but this is exactly the EP the world needs right now. In fact, I’d even go as far as saying Dream Nails are the band we need right now.

Dare To Care does a great job of capturing the excitement of their live shows. The band have also put together a zine to accompany this EP, which I also can’t recommend enough – it’s full of self-care tips and inspiring writing, and proves that with Dream Nails, activism happens on AND off stage.


Dream Nails' EP Dare to Care is out now on Bandcamp. Those busy 'Nails have also gone and launched another EP in the meantime, Vagina Police available from Bandcamp

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Screech Bats - Get Better
Screech Bats – Get Better

Introducing:DIDI

‘Fast and Furious’ is the fourth single from producer DIDI, aka Lauren Deakin Davies, and it’s a pure pop treat for fans of jangly synths and smooth, London vocals. Think: The xx without the fella, Florence and the Machine without all the wailing, Foals without the patriarchy. We love this, and we’re chuffed to bits to exclusively reveal this gorgeous new single to the world … we hope to be hearing this at festivals across the land this summer!

Listen here

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Jesus and his Judgemental Father - It Might Get Better
Jesus and His Judgemental Father – It Might Get Better

Phoenix Chroi: 10 question interview


Phoenix Chroi are led – awesomely so – by Elaine McGinty, the powerhouse behind Woking's Phoenix Cultural Centre and The Fiery Bird. The band wowed us at the Hope & Anchor back in November 2016, and they return to play for us at our next gig – our first at Kingston's Fighting Cocks – on 24 February, along with Anarchistwood, Salvation Jayne and Brosephine.


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

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?
I’d like to add a guitarist – we are between them at present. As above, Patti Smith, William Blake, Kirsty MacColl, Steve Marriott, Dusty Springfield, Vi Subversa...
 

3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?
To seep some sense into people who have a dogged view that nothing can change that we don’t do politics that it is ok to keep the status quo and everyone down and controlled with pretend rebellions.
 

4. What's best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? 
Strangers because otherwise I am watching all my friends kissing the ring of the Bishop of Banterbury and can’t join in – massive attack of FOMO ensues especially when they look like they’re having a better time without me – the bastards – oh wait this scenario has grown into a therapy session...
Actually playing a venue with anyone in it would be a great start.
 

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Trust  by Billy Bragg encapsulated a time. The Things I Would Tell You - British Muslim Women Write Anthology. A record people would not know? Any of ours.
 

6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
Between guitarists, so it is either nothing at all or every fecking pedal under the sun.

7. What's the best thing about being in your band? 
Having an outlet for all my passive aggression at injustice, having a voice, having an open working relationship and a family.
 

8. What are your band goals? 
To keep doing what we do and keep writing about what we believe in and maybe change some minds, do some enjoyable gigs and see some great music while we are at it.
 

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now? 
That we are still here but still in the middle of fighting a corrupt regime and trying to build a community venue and promote all women in music and the more voices we can get behind getting communities a voice the better.
 

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands
Argonaut, JelllyCult With No Name, The Velveteen Orkestra, Cardboard Carousel but really hard there are so many - all bands that plough their own furrow and keep at it doing their thing with integrity.


Catch Phoenix Chroi on 24 Feb at Fighting Cocks, Kingston-upon-Thames


The LOUD WOMEN show is on air!

We were so thrilled to be asked to create a radio show for the brand new Women’s Radio Station! The station will feature “experiences and knowledge women want to hear about and would like to educate themselves on … fashion … health and wellbeing … beauty … how to write a book … mastering dating … how to make gourmet dishes in different cultures around the world …Tarot reading …” and, from us, news and talk and music from female and non-binary musicians!

So far, LOUD WOMEN has just recorded one taster show, presented by our Cassie FoxKate Whaite and Lauren Murphy. The show also included a special guest appearance from the famazing Ms. Mohammed! We had loads of fun recording it, and can’t wait to get back into the studio and get broadcasting … there is just so much awesome music to play and talk about!

You can hear LOUD WOMEN’s taster show as part of the ‘teaser’ playing live on the station right now, here!

Over the coming months we'll be recording more shows, including live band sessions, so get in touch if you'd like to get involved.

You can find out more about WRS on Facebook and the WRS website. The station is currently looking for sponsors for shows, so if you’re an organisation in a position to sponsor the LOUD WOMEN show, please do get in touch with getinvolved@womensradiostation.com

We are thrilled to be involved in this awesome new station from the start!

Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something: 10 question interview

Jemma Freeman rocked our world with her stunning voice and beautiful songs when she played for us many moons (May 2016) ago at the Veg Bar. Delighted that she's coming back to play for us when we take over a night at Genesis Cinema on 3 March, along with Pussyliquor and Militant Girlfriend! This time she's bringing her band – The Cosmic Something – aka Jason and Mark. (Fun fact: Mark is the sound wizard who runs Marketstall Recording, much beloved studio of many of LOUD WOMEN's favourite bands!) We asked the trio 10 questions ...

1. Who would you most like to cover one of your songs? 
Jemma: David Byrne covering 'Kopenhagen'. Or Anna Calvi doing 'Black Rain'.
Jason and Mark: Fugazi doing anything. *Fugazi plays in the background*

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?
Jemma: I'd have Jodi Foster on synth, or Mick Ronson at prime Ziggy period on guitar, but it would probably make me cry so I'll stick to Jodi.
Jason: I'd have mein haus back anytime on every track.
Mark: I'd have Ken Loach on merch.

3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?
Jemma: Flying. No question

4. What's best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? 
Jason; small venue full of strangers, playing to your friends is cheating! Smaller is better definitely.
Mark: you need to be able to see the people on stage sweat.
Jemma: small pub full of friends, a receptive audience makes you play better and it's nice for things to feel busy.

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of 
Jemma: Trans like me by CN Lester because it's super inspiring and covers lots of territory surrounding gender and being a performer, also my friend sent it to me as a surprise and it was lovely to recieve in the post .
For a record, I think a band called Nots are one of the best live bands I saw last year, they have this great krauty vibe and all the women in that band have the best energy it translates to the record really well.
Mark: Book – Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan, because the language is so beautiful it doesn't matter if you need to read it three or four times it's a pleasure. He builds these amazing landscapes and there is no particular narrative, you build up your own. I found it a great book being a dyslexic because you can just get lost in all the threads it's great.
Cath Carrols' record on factory is great, such a weird mix of a really great voice,  jazzy but not in an annoying way it's from about 1988 before acid jazz got shit, so its like acid jazz done like acid house.
Jason: Morphine all their albums are great but cure for pain is good.

6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
Jemma: Feel free to edit this! I have too much gear!!! [Ed. – no way, we need to know!]
I have a penchant for Jazzmaster style guitars and I have two with hand wound P90 pickups made by Philippe Dubreuille and one with two single coils more like a Tele made by Nash. There are a few other vintage beauts, but they tend to stay at home. I have a lot of pedals...here is my current live set up:
  • Boss tuner
  • Fairfield circuitry compressor
  • Earthquaker Devices Sea Machine
  • OCD overdrive
  • Death by Audio Fuzzwar 
  • EHX Hog
  • Empress Super Delay
  • Boss RV5 
  • Red Panda Raster
  • Analog Man Sunface Fuzz
My amp is an absolute babe; it's a Mesa Boogie Mark IV it weighs a tonne and it isn't popular with the band when we have to move it... but it's worth it for the glassy, silky smooth clean tone it has...that I subsequently mess the hell out of with all the pedals mentioned above. They are often used by metal bands, you can add amazing harmonics to it through all the weird switches on the back, it's a brilliant recording amp.

7. What's the best thing about being in your band? 
Jason and Jemma: It's really fun! It's fantastic to play with other people, it's the people in it.
Mark: this the nicest band I've ever been in, everyone is great

8. What are your band goals? 
Jemma: To keep making records and to keep playing live. I want to tour around the UK and Europe (anyone want to be tour buddies?) To push myself as a songwriter and work with people that challenge me and make me grow as a musician. 

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now? 
All: We are in a Corsa with full back line on our way to the seaside, listening to Fugazi.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.
Cowtown. They are so fast and the riffs are soooooo good and Hilary is amazing on synths live. I literally dance from start to finish at their shows.
Socket. I don't think they have anything released yet but I saw them play the Five Bells and I was blown away by their creativity and energy they remind me of sonic youth, scuzzy but with really great basslines and a powerful singer.
Guttfull. Momoe is the greatest frontperson of a band of all time, the band is like a juggernaut.
Party Fears. I had never heard them before and live they are just fantastic, their songs are catchy as hell, I can still hum some now
Yowie. They are from Portland and are the most ridiculous math rock, I've never seen any other approach to music like that.

Find Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something on Facebook or – BETTER! – come see them at LOUD WOMEN at Genesisters on 3 March!
 
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Introducing: Carolyn's Fingers

Meet 'queer dream pop' trio Carolyn's Fingers: Carmen (she/her – guitar, beats, voice), Jess (she/her – main voice, bass, beats) and Chess (they/them – synth, voice). They've just released their first single, 'Her Howl', which they recorded and produced totally DIY – and it's lush. They kindly agreed to tell us all about their lovely selves!

We’ve been playing together for about two years now in other bands, but only started Carolyn’s Fingers in April 2017. The name of the band is a reference to a Cocteau Twins song, as they were one of our first main influences, along with FKA Twigs, Frank Ocean, Kelela, Grimes, Siouxsie and the Banshees.

We met at Cambridge whilst studying our PhDs, and we are really really close friends, we spend about 80% of the day messaging. CF has only made us come closer – every time we do a song, we sit for hours talking about exactly what each part means to us, we take it very seriously, ha! We are all  queer, and so queer love features a lot in our songs, as well as things like mental health.

 

Listen to 'Her Howl' here


‘Her Howl’ is a song about depression – but it is a hopeful song. It is about how difficult it can be to walk that line between mania and depression, and about how hard it is to try and find a different, less destructive way of doing things. Each part of the song sort of goes through a different but related state of mind when you find yourself feeling dark. All three of us have had dark periods in our lives, and all three of us have been lucky enough to have a great support network around us to help us through those times – this is why it’s hopeful, and what we want to transmit to people.

Before April we were playing with a drummer and bass player, so it was all acoustic. In April we decided to do electronic beats and downloaded Ableton for the first time. Since then, we have just learned how to do everything ourselves on Ableton, and DIY recording and producing is sort of the last step! Also, we had a disappointing experience once in a recording studio. So we built recording booths in our bedrooms – pillow/blanket castles inside wardrobes and using drying racks, ha! And learned how to position everything properly, how to sound insulate, which mics to get, etc. DIY recording has allowed us to make the music we really wanted to, adding little extra recorded details and layers everywhere.

Once all the recording was finished, we also then produced the track ourselves. For ‘Her Howl’, the production was mostly down to me (Jess, though Carmen also did amazing work EQing guitars). This is the first track I’ve ever produced and it took 60+ hours – no joke! Most of it was trial and error. I watched a few videos on EQing and then got stuck in. The most helpful thing I think I did was to listen to loads of other well-produced music and try and work out what was happening and how certain things had been achieved. These days every time I listen to a new album I feel like I learn something new! For a first ever foray into production I’m really pleased with how the track turned out and I can’t wait to get going with our next track!

 


Find Carolyn's Fingers on Facebook or Soundcloud
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The Ethical Debating Society: 10 question interview


The Ethical Debating Society (TEDS, to you) are noisy, relevant, seitanic punx. Led by Tegan Christmas, with Kris on guitar, Eli on drums … and they kindly offered answers to our 10 questions …

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

Kris: St Vincent or Comet Gain; Vince because she did such a good job with the Pop Group, and the Gain because there’s a song we’ve never used which’d only work if they did it.

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?

Tegan: Virginia Woolf. I had a dream where I met her and said ‘Oh Ginny, how’re you doing?” and she told me “I’m good, I’m done with literature now, I’m running a women’s basketball team, they’re doing really well”. I think that if she had another lifetime she’d probably be up for a bit of rock n roll. We’d waive our ‘no bass’ rule.

3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?

Tegan: The power of persuasion.

4. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends?  

Kris: Tricky. We’ve enjoyed playing big rooms full of strangers, but it’s more fun when you feel like you’re making new friends out of them in the process.. and.. sometimes that happens!

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

Tegan: Book – ‘The Collector’ by John Fowles. An us–versus–them novel that everyone should read at the age of 16. Album – ‘Radio Hits, Vol 1’ by Helen Love, which is perfect. Pure sunshine pop. I had it on yellow glittery vinyl.

Kris: Book – ‘Woman of the Dunes’ by Kobo Abe. Japanese socialist writes existentialist masterpiece. Album – ‘Bodies’ by Sidi Bou Said. Charley Stone from all-the-bands recently clued me into this brilliant album which I’d never heard before. Lifelong learning, isn’t it?

6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.

 Tegan plays a blue guitar with orange pedals that go fuzz, and Kris plays a black guitar with an ‘OCD’ pedal that we don’t know what it does. He was drawn to it, moth-like – but you have to keep it exactly perpendicular to the edge of the stage or it doesn’t work.

7. What’s the best thing about being in your band? 

Consensus decision making and an atmosphere of total criticism yet total support for each of us to try new things we haven’t done before.

8. What are your band goals? 

Finish the difficult second album. Stay ethical.

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

We’re working on a very special cover for a fundraising compilation and part of the song is in 7/8 time!

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.

Dream Nails: brilliantly charismatic communicators.
Guttfull: constantly-surprising collective of new talents.
ILL: art-punk, politics and everything unholy.
Petrol Girls: hardcore redemption.
Witching Waves: post-everything supergroup!


Find TEDS on Facebook and Bandcamp

Raye Zaragoza - American Dream (Official Music Video)
Raye Zaragoza – American Dream

Dream Nails: 10 question interview

We at LOUD WOMEN make no secret of the fact that we do have favourites, of course, and Dream Nails are it. The band is Janey (top left, singer), Anya (top right, guitar), Lucy (bottom right, drums) and Mimi (bottom left, awesome new bassist). Hot on the heels of their autumn EP release, Dare to Care, the ‘Nails have only gone and released a double A-side single, Vagina Police / Fascism is Coming, with all proceeds going to Abortion Support Network. Get to know ’em better with our 10 question interview.

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

Anya: CZA.

Janey: LL Cool J could work some magic with 'Joke Choke'

Mimi: Any kid on YouTube.

Lucy: Princess Nokia.

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?

Janey: Nobody! Our band is a perfect little family unit of 4 wives.

Anya: Dream World is full!

3. If your music could have a superpower, what would it be?

Janey: Making misogynist politicians immediately rethink their ways and become advocates of liberation.

Mimi: I’m gonna have to go with create world peace.

Anya: End inequality.

Lucy: Make it be endlessly on repeat on full volume whenever it was played. I wanna drive the world into a beautiful madness.


4. What’s best: playing a big venue full of strangers, or a small pub full of friends? 

Janey: I love playing big venues full of strangers actually – it’s always a challenge to try and win them over, and we manage to do it every single time! When we were on tour with Cherry Glazerr, we really had to stay on top of our game as every evening was a fresh crowd – it was so rewarding.

Mimi: By the end, everyone’s our friend!

Lucy: The strangers: love getting those early set toe-tappers crowdsurfing by the finale.

Anya: Gotta speculate to accumulate!

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

Janey: Errrr I actually love this Captain Beefheart record ‘Blue Jeans & Moonbeams’. It’s his creamier, more accessible stuff but it’s still pretty weird. I love it. Ummm, a book… ‘Men in the Sun & Other Short Stories’ by Ghassan Kanafani is an amazing, beautiful insight into Palestine – the imagery in it has made impressions on me that have lasted for years.
Mimi: Bodyguard by the I.L.Y’s, formed by members of Death Grips.  My good friend introduced me to it almost a year ago and it’s one of those albums I end up listening to all of the time.  Also the book I’m reading now is The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King, an important read if you are trying to find out more about the (erased) history of native people in North America.

Lucy: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner. Contemporary feminist American fiction about a girl called Reno who moves to NYC in the 70s to study art and ends up breaking the ‘female’ land speed record. For a record, ‘Hip Harp’ by Dorothy Ashby, she made it in 1958 and is one of the most prolific jazz harpists and composers of the time, yet obviously she is not as entrenched in jazz history as her male contemporarites.

6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
Mimi: I use an old Fender Musicmaster bass, and I’ll use any amp the kind people from venues or other bands will lend me for the night. I’ve just recently started using the Swollen Pickle fuzz pedal and it’s the biggest and best sound I’ve ever heard.

Anya: I play a 1980s Fender Strat that belonged to my mum, who played in feminist rock bands in the 70s and 80s! The guitar has seen a lot. Then for pedals I use BOSS chorus, BOSS delay, Box of Rock by ZVEX effects, some weird pedal I found in a warehouse called Metal Screamer by Ibanez. My most recent addition is a BOSS blues driver which I was given when I quit my dayjob!

7. What’s the best thing about being in your band? 

Janey: The way we bring out the best in each other.
Mimi: All of the jokes and support.
Anya: Love, jokes and chips.
Lucy: Getting to exist in DreamWorld™.

8. What are your band goals? 

Janey: We really want to make the punk scene (and wider music industry) a more thoughtful place that’s accessible to more people. We’re constantly speaking with promoters about ensuring there are women and people of colour on the line-ups we play, making sure the toilets in venues are gender-neutral and ensuring venues have a safe spaces policy. When we organise our own shows, we make sure they’re in accessible venues and we’re constantly striving to make sure we’re doing our best for our fans.

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

Janey: We’re going to start inviting guests on our YouTube series Chip Advisor! By the way, Chip Advisor is us reviewing chips on tour.

Mimi: We are releasing a vinyl Vagina Police and zine Your Body is Not Your Own where all proceeds go to Abortion Support Network.

Lucy: …And we are going to win a VMA with the video for it.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.

Janey: Screaming Toenail because they’re funky postcolonial punks and I learn something new at every gig…

Mimi: I know this isn’t really band stuff but I really love when drag queens release music.. Alaska Thunderfuck, Bob the Drag Queen, Adore Delano, Tatianna

Anya: Sacred Paws, amazing hi-life style guitar playing!

Lucy: Big Joanie because they’re sick.


Find Dream Nails on Facebook and Bandcamp 

Dream Nails - Vagina Police
Dream Nails – Vagina Police

Simone Picknett – The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018The NyxInterviewed by Keira Cullinane

London feminist rock band, The Nyx, are named after the 'goddess of the night'. Fittingly, in 2018 they will be releasing a song every full moon! The first single, ‘Only One’ was released on January 2nd, the first full moon of the year. A beautiful rock ballad that's like the lullaby that Skunk Anansie and the Foo Fighters would singer to their cherubic love child.

In the past few years, The Nyx have been relentlessly writing and recording, and are currently working with grammy award winning producer Tomasso Collavia (Muse, Pheonix). 2017 saw the release of their eponymous debut EP. “The Nyx is almost two years old, but in that time we’ve managed to lose THREE drummers, which has stopped things from ever taking off. It felt like we were starting again every time, and it stopped us from gigging, which is where we really shine... But feeling like we’ve been repeatedly tripped up has got our blood pumping. We’re going to take on 2018 like a pack of raging wolves.’ (Simone Picknett, vocals & guitar) In the meantime, our very own Keira Cullinane caught up with the band and asked them some probing questions ...

What band would you love to cover one of your songs?

SimoneBob Marley and the Wailers, if they did one of our songs as a reggae rendition, that would be just great.

Madonna or Beyonce?
Becky and Ruby: Madonna
Simone: Beyonce. I like Madonna because she’s changed with the times and because she created the ‘erotica’ / latex movement, and the ‘Sex’ book. She was also really empowering women at the same time, and I guess she was also normalising sex – to the point where it was then talked about more? Beyonce does that too, but…
Ruby: She’s way more sexual? I don’t know though (retracts), is she?
Becky: I suppose they’re both quite similar.
Ruby: I prefer Beyonce’s music, but I think I prefer Madonna as a person. I say this like I personally know them both… they’re both inspirational!


Choose one of your songs to be used as a film soundtrack; what kind of film is it?
Ruby: ‘Keep It Candid’ – which is a new song you’ve not heard yet, it would be in a Pussy Riot, Riot Grrrl type movie.

[I notice that, at this point, Becky is groaning and hiding under a blanket after a heavy night… She tells me she can’t think, and we discuss Mercury being in retrograde, and how it supposedly interrupts and makes communication difficult.]

Ruby: Get it together, Mercury! Wow, we’ve diverged SO far from the question.
(Becky reappears): …what was the question?
Ruby: I’ve answered the question, don’t worry. Damn you Mercury.

The 80s or the 90s?
All: 90s!
Simone: One hundred percent.
Ruby: It’s when we were born, mate! 

The Nyx @ The Finsbury, 12/1/18 Copyright Keira Anee 2018

Name a record and a book that we may not have heard of?
Becky: *takes a deep breath* The Power Of Now, by Eckhart Tolle.
Me: Egg??
Becky: Eckhart! (laughs) there was this egg that wrote a book, it was soooooo arty…
Simone: …it was boiled.
Becky: But the book isn’t about eggs! It’s about spiritual awakening and it’s basically my bible. Record… Okay, so you know you have your ‘top songs’ playlist for the year? I saw mine this week and my top song for 2017 was a track called ‘Overbored’ by Babygirl. Really obscure band I wasn’t expecting to see up top, but pretty much summed up the sound of my head this year.
Ruby: Also, there’s that band called Toundra, they have this instrumental song called ‘Strelka’ and it’s like seven minutes long, it’s really fucking good. We were all really drunk listening to it once and we didn’t speak for the whole time (which is rare for us…)


Question for the guitarists! What’s your live set up?
Simone: Electric guitar, jack cable, and amplifier! My normal set up would be a bit of modulation on delay, that comes out in tap delay which my friend made for me, a little box it’s really nice… His name’s Toby Hawthorne, we went to college together. I also go through reverb and a chorus and some overdrive.
Becky: I’m quite similar as well, I’ve got a distortion, reverb, chorus, delay – which is my idea of a perfect guitar sound. I also recently got a wah wah pedal so watch out for that …


What’s the best thing about being in your band?
Ruby: We’re best friends!
Simone: We’re best friends, we can just be really comfortable with each other.. Discuss leaky periods, share the same bras… Although, half the band don’t wear bras..
Ruby: What’s a bra??
Simone: Ruby burnt her bra a long time ago, she’s still trying to find it.
Ruby: (mutters) I’m not trying to find it…
Simone: (continues) Yeah, just the fact that we’re really great friends and hang out together, it’s really comforting. 


Band goals?
Becky: Take over the fuckin’ world! Well, for us, just to kind of spread our ideas. To be influential artists, so maybe we can influence others, help them through hard times, awaken them, whatever it is. Or just give them something fun to listen to.
Simone: When we play live our energy is quite strong, so we’re almost like gushing energy through our live shows, and I guess we hope that might stick with someone. Self expression; and hopefully someone else might be inspired to express themselves.

 
Your top 5 contemporary bands?

SimoneDolls, PURS, Gaygirl are really good as well. 
RubyNico Vega, they’re really good, and K.Flay.
SimoneKate Tempest, Pearl Harts
Becky: I really like Pumarosa, also really in to Estrons … Why don’t we have one each, then we can agree on two?
(They choose  Estrons, Pumarosa, Dolls, PURS and Nico Vega)

Babygirl - Overbored
Babygirl – Overbored
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Introducing: The Violet Kind

The Violet Kind are a Scottish indie rock trio, releasing a lush EP, OXTR, on 16th March 2018 via Kindness Records.

Listen here!

OXTR acts as a poignant reminder of the reality of rape culture and a means of catharsis for the survivor of sexual violence. In a brave endeavour to tackle a heavy subject, The Violet Kind show a sensitive and powerful regard to survivors by championing those who are brave enough to speak out and standing with those who aren’t able to. Influenced by film scores, the compositions each contain a motif; descending melodies to represent the villain and ascending melodies to represent the hero. The same rhythm appears throughout OXTR to showcase the repetition of gender based violence within society.

Although each song tackles a different issue within the main topic, the trio’s bright chords, delicate melodies and intelligent songwriting remains a constant. Lead single Speakeasy immediately introduces front woman Katya Mansell’s dynamic lead vocal, sounding akin to the likes of Paramore’s Hayley Williams.
OXTR is out on 16th March 2018 via Kindness Records.

 



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THE VIOLET KIND - WALK AWAY [LYRIC VIDEO]
The Violet Kind – Walk Away

bolloxThe story of punk and the story of queer are tied so closely together.  Bollox, the UK’s biggest Queer Alt. Club night and Rebel Dykes, a film in production about punk dykes from 1980s, are coming together to celebrate the history of punk and queer at HOME in Manchester on Sunday afternoon, on February 25th called Too Punk to be Queer.

Lucy Robinson, Punk Professor from Sussex University suggests that the word Punk is from the Polari (a gay slang) and meant a young virgin homosexual.  Kath McDermott, who is on the panel discussion as part of the event, produced a brilliant BBC podcast, “Queer as Punk”.  This tells the story of how early punk took its inspiration from the queer world. The Bromley contingent, which included Siouxsie Sioux and Billy Idol, socialised in a lesbian bar in Soho. The Ranch on Dale Street in Manchester is often mentioned as the true home of Manchester punk.  It was beneath drag bar Foo Foo’s Palace and was connected to the Foo Foo’s by a door behind the bar.  The Ranch was host to bands like Buzzcocks, The Fall and The Distractions. Lesbian and gay bars offered a sort of security to young punks in the 70s and 80s, and punk was a subculture which was welcoming to young queers.

“Punk in its very essence is queer,” said Tali Clarke, a London-based filmmaker and creator of the Pride Punx float, which recently took part in London’s annual pride parade. “It’s no labels, open and accepting and very anti-homophobic and anti-racist. In its essence, LGBTQ culture strives to be accepted and commercialized in the mainstream consciousness. Punk rock and alternative culture wants the very opposite of that.”

At the Bollox and Rebel Dykes event,  Queen Zee & The Sasstones are giving a rare acoustic performance to welcome the audience into the Cinema.   Queen Zeedescribes their music as, “a hardcore band playing pop music, or maybe a pop band playing hardcore music – it’s somewhere between there. It’s essentially just a noisy, angry, very lame band”.

As part of the event, Bollox and Rebel Dykes are bringing to HOME in Manchester one of the first UK showings of a documentary film directed by Berlin-based filmmaker Yony Leyser.  “Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution” is a feature-length snapshot into the music and magazines that gave voice to LGBTQ outsiders — those who didn’t subscribe to the dominant gay scenes erupting in vogue dance or macho dress, for example.  The rejection of mainstream gay culture and the full-throttled embrace of an alternative to the fight for widespread acceptance are among the defining characteristics of a queer underground scene born in the 1980s with punk rock roots.

Leyser said that he was a freak, “I dressed different. I thought different. I was always rejected by society, and I also felt rejected by the gay community. I wanted to be an activist. I wanted to go to rock shows. I wanted to make art.”  “Queercore,” or “homocore,” was one of the gay punk movement that provided an answer.

While having grown up in Chicago nearly a decade after his documentary’s timeline starts, Leyser’s experience of social isolation mirrors that of his film’s protagonists, Bruce LaBruce and G.B. Jones, who in the 1980s were two twenty-somethings living in Toronto who liked rock music and embraced their queerness. But LaBruce, now a well-known filmmaker and provocateur, and Jones, one of the founders of the all-female, post-punk band Fifth Column, didn’t exactly identify with gay culture at the time, relating more to the anti-establishment call of the punk movement.

Leyser’s film is packed with archival footage and fresh interviews that educate his audience about queercore’s cultural significance. Southern California bands like Tribe 8 and Pansy Division, which would lay the groundwork to influence others like Green Day, Nirvana and Peaches, are among the groups featured in the film. These bands turned sexuality upside down, offering alternative representations to the mainstream, most noted today by transgender woman Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of Against Me!.

“Rebel Dykes,” an upcoming documentary about punk lesbians in 1980s London. Siobhan Fahey, who is producing the film said, “I was a rebel dyke. I felt very excluded from mainstream society but also from the more mainstream lesbians who had, what we thought, were some problematic politics. They were very separatist and quite anti-men, and we just wanted to have a lot of fun, do drugs and have lots of sex and make music, which they seemed to disapprove of. So we created our own scene.”

Bollox and Rebel Dykes will be bringing together Kath McDermott,  and Susan O’Shea, who has written about Punk-Inspired Feminist Networks,  and Yony Leyser,to discuss the legacy and the future of queer punk music and subculture.

Love from Siobhan Fahey

Producer of documentary REBEL DYKES
Trailer: Rebel Dykes Trailer
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Huge congratulations to the awesome Abigail Brady for winning an Academy Award at the at the ceremony for Scientific and Technical Awards held on February 10. Guitarist Abi – a member of Team LOUD WOMEN – was one of 34 recipients of a Scientific and Technical Award, given to those who “demonstrate a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures,” as an Academy press release notes. Indeed, if you have seen a movie this century, you’ve already benefited from Brady’s work on an digital compositing application known as Nuke. More here.
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Happy Accidents - Text Me When You're Home
Happy Accidents– Text Me When You're Home

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