LOUD WOMEN ezine Issue #20 | Vulpynes | Joanne Joanne | Hurtling | Basic Bitches | Hannah Lucy | Basic Bitches | Secondhand Underpants | Chelsea Wolfe | The Baby Seals | Beverley Kills | The Van T's | She Makes War | Janine Booth
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LOUD WOMEN gigs diary

18 Nov @ The Bird's Nest, Deptford
Vulpynes | Duck | Militant Girlfriend 
21 Dec @ The Lexington – The VERY LOUD WOMEN Xmas party
Joanne Joanne | GUTTFULL | Hurtling
20 Jan @ The Amersham Arms – Personal Best | Dream Nails | The Ethical Debating Society | Best Praxis
13 Feb @ The Lexington – Galentines Day Ball, save the date!
24 Feb @ The Fighting Cocks, Kingston – Anarchistwood | GUTTFULL + more
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Oracy - Dysfunctional [Official Video]
Oracy – Dysfunctional

Hannah Lucy: Stop asking female musicians for their stories of sexism in the music industry

In the wake of #metoo, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and many other disclosures of sexual harassment and assault committed by men in the entertainment industry, media, politics and basically everywhere, journalists have been asking female celebrities whether they, too, have experienced gendered abuse and violence.

Some reporters are even acting as though survivors somehow owe them their stories.

While the current level of publicity around this is new, the practice of expecting women to recite experiences of sexism for public consumption is not, and it’s one female bands and artists are familiar with. “Have you ever experienced sexism in the music industry?” has become almost a standard questions to female musicians in interviews, not to mention the many requests from editors to provide a quote or even write a piece about it for their publication.

Privately, many women grumble to each other about these requests. It’s not that there aren’t important conversations to be had about this subject. There is absolutely more to be said – especially about the experiences of women of colour, disabled women, queer women, trans women, working class women and others who experience intersecting oppressions. But sometimes these questions feel like yet another example of the problem they are supposedly trying to address. So I’ve put together a handy list of questions to ask yourself before you call on female musicians to recount their experiences of sexism in the music industry.

What are you trying to achieve?
Contrary to popular belief, women have been speaking up about their experiences of sexism for a long, long time. Often, it doesn’t seem to change anything – whether because people don’t believe us or just don’t care enough to change their behaviour. For some women, sharing their experiences can be part of the healing process, and we should absolutely support them in doing that, especially if it’s at their initiative [i.e.: not yours]. But if sharing our stories hasn’t ended sexism yet, will your blog containing yet more descriptions of abuses of power really bring about the changes we need?

Remember, when you ask about ‘sexism’, you’re asking about everything from casual comments or unconscious bias to physical and sexual violence. Sharing these stories can be exhausting, re-traumatising and put as at risk of retribution. So ask yourself, is it worth it? Instead of asking us to keep proving that there’s a problem, could you write a piece about what needs to be done to fix it, or about projects supporting women in music?

Do you see us as artists, or just as women?
One of the most depressing things about these requests is that sometimes it feels like journalists are more interested in publishing our tales of harassment to titillate their readers than they are in, y’know, writing about our art. Have you asked me about my songwriting process, my production techniques, what kind of guitar pedals I use? Or only about my gender?

What are you giving back?
What journalists often seem to forget is that you are in a position of power over us. If we want to get the word out about our music, we need you. Especially lesser-known artists. We want you to like us, and that puts pressure on us to try to meet your requests, even if they make us uncomfortable. Think about this when before you ask your question. Acknowledge it. Then tell us, how will you use your power to help us? Are you paying us for our labour? Are you covering our work? Boosting it on social media? If you’re not offering anything in return, using your power to ask people to regurgitate experiences of oppression because you need #content might not be a great move.

Have we already had this conversation?
The chances are, many female bands or artists have already shared stories of sexism. Before you ask us to recount difficult and painful experiences, remember that Google is your friend and see whether there’s something already out there that you can quote. Jessica Hopper’s 2015 crowdsourcing of stories is a good place to start.

Have you got your own house in order?
Does your website/magazine/blog etc. give equal coverage to female bands and artists? Do you have female editors, writers, photographers, illustrators? Have you checked that your reviews don’t go on about a male collaborator when a woman did most of the work, or use patronising language about women? If you’re called out for sexist content on your site or social media, do you get defensive, quietly delete it or do you own it and state publicly how you will do better in future? What about your comments section – are you dealing quickly with misogyny and making it a welcoming place for female readers?

Seriously, you might not be calling us b*tches and c*nts, but sexism often comes in much more subtle and unconscious forms. If you’re not continually trying to improve your own work, your request for our stories might come across as expecting women to do the labour to make you appear ‘not sexist’. That, one might just argue, is a prime example of sexism in the music industry.

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Joanne Joanne:  New Religion [Live @KoKo]
Joanne Joanne – New Religion

Joanne Joanne: 10 question interview

Joanne Joanne is the world’s premier all-woman Duran Duran tribute band, and we love them to bits. Who better to headline our Christmas party on 21 December at The Lexington! In preparation, we asked 10 questions of JJ’s lead guitarist, the legendary Charley Stone (pictured centre, bottom).

  1. Who is the best Joanne of recent times?

Two of them are in our band! Jo Bevan and Jo Gate-Eastley. But also, Jo Brand, for dry wittingly and perfectly challenging all-male panels everywhere.

  1. What’s your favorite Duran Duran song?

Probably ‘New Religion’ because it’s a "dialogue between the ego and the alter-ego". Or ‘Sound of Thunder’, from the first album, because it makes me think about lying out in the sun with synth lines and drums racing through my head feeling drunk on life.

  1. powerSan Junipero or The Handmaids Tale?

Can I confess I’ve not actually watched either of them. I did read The Handmaids Tale recently and yes it’s amazing but a bit too depressing for some of these Viewers at this current time. Can I instead put in a vote for the book everyone’s reading on the tube, i.e. The Power by Naomi Alderman. [Ed. LOUD WOMEN thoroughly endorses this book also.]

  1. Best heckle, you’ve received (or given)?

For many years I used to shout out for “Martha’s Harbour” at every gig I went to, including e.g. hardcore American punk bands. These days I tend to stick with “Very Good Indeed” or “Not Bad!”

  1. Who were the second best 80s band (after DD)?

The Fall [Ed. LOUD WOMEN thoroughly denounce Mark E Smith.]

  1. What’s the 2nd best tribute band name (after Joanne Joanne)?

The Misters of Circe, my gender-nonconforming Sisters of Mercy tribute band. Let’s face it, it’s even better than the original.

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

I always wanted to be in Duran Duran, but actually with this we’ve created the ideal version of Duran Duran: all the best bits and none of the rubbish. And totally inhabiting it. Don’t just dream it, be it.

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

Can I put in a word for “The Book of Words”, Duran Duran’s lyric book from 1984, with essays about their Seven & The Ragged Tiger tour and making-videos, and lots of thoughts from Simon le Bon about the artistic process. It was a very formative work for me, I’ll be honest.

  1. What are your band goals?

Hammersmith Odeon by ‘82, Wembley Arena by ’83, Madison Square Garden by ‘84.

  1. Give your top 5 contemporary bands.

Jen Macro’s Hurtling are amazing! We’re really excited about playing with them on 21 Dec – make sure you get there early to see their whole set. They have the only bassist who can give our Jo Gate-Eastley a run for her money.

Jo Bevan’s Desperate Journalist are pretty perfect, if you loved all the best bits about The Smiths and The Cure and Bjork.

Also can we mention our sister band, MX Tyrants? Formed when we kept coming up with new riffs and ideas while rehearsing Duran Duran songs for Joanne Joanne. Current line-up is me (Charley), Lolo, Jo Gate-Eastley and Catherine Riley – we have a new video out, Sycamore Semaphore.

I think 3 is enough. Let’s not get carried away.


Follow Joanne Joanne on Facebook then come see them live at the Lexington when they play our Christmas Party on 21 December, along with Joanne Joanne and GUTTFULL!

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MX Tyrants: Sycamore Semaphore [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
MX Tyrants – Sycamore Semaphore
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Basic Bitches: 'My Body My Choice/White Bread President' 
review by Jenny Bunn

DL from Bandcamp
September 2017

When I listen to a new band for a first time, I’ve secretly got my fingers crossed that I’m going to get the same feeling I got when I heard The Distillers or The Gits for the first time. Sing as gritty as you can without sounding like you’re play-growling at your dog and you’ve got a new fan in me.

So when I first heard guitarist/vocalist Naomi Scott’s opening line of ‘My Body, My Choice’: “I love my body, but it hates me”, I was instantly hooked on her raw vocals. Lyrically it’s blunt and straight to the point, and as far as topical goes, the song hits the nail on the head. Coupled with driving guitars and pounding drums, the mood is pretty clear: Basic Bitches – contrary to what you’d expect from their name – are not messing around.

‘My Body, My Choice’ is the first half of the New York band’s latest release (a very recent September 14th) – I won’t hesitate to mention that all profit that the band makes off the record goes straight to Planned Parenthood. Catchy AND caring? I like that.

The other half of Basic Bitches’ latest (‘White Bread President’) takes an equally as politically relevant standpoint. What better stimuli for punk rock music than a no-good, orange-faced, lying, scumbag authoritarian figure? Equally as punky as the first, the second track is more of a story – the ever so real progression of watching a certain president fall foul of his promises and show his true colours. The beautifully tongue in cheek line “he’s going to make things great” is spat with so much venom, it’s probably my favourite part of the entire song. I don’t need to name names, you know who this is about. Musically, it’s more dynamic than the previous track, with highs, lows and just enough cowbell to keep you satisfied. The song ends with a roaring refrain of “fuck your white bread president” – let’s just hope he hears it.
Even with just two songs, Basic Bitches have caught me. The music isn’t complex – but why would it need to be anything else when the lyrics are so frank and upfront? The band has things to say and they’re saying them in the purest and most impactful way they can. Check it out on Bandcamp, or order yourself one of their cassettes released on What’s For Breakfast records and play it old-school on a tape recorder. Now if you’d like to come on over to the UK guys, you’d be getting a nice warm welcome from me, that’s for sure.

Find Basic Bitches on Bandcamp and Facebook


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The Tube - Ailbhe Reddy

We’re loving the beautifully tender debut single from Dublin’s Ailbhe Reddy, ‘The Tube’.

Ailbhe has almost 3 million streams on Spotify for her previously releases and has just signed a worldwide publishing deal with Grammy winning BDi Music.

She says, “The Tube is a song about having no explanation good enough for someone, so the only thing I had left to offer was the small gesture of walking them to the nearest tube station” says Ailbhe. “It’s a song about struggling to express yourself properly to someone, which I think is probably pretty universal.”

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Introducing: The Van T's

For fans of… Bleached, The Courtneys, Veruca Salt, Best Coast.

On the back of a support slot with Wolf Alice in Dundee and The Jesus & Mary Chain in Glasgow, The Van T‘s have released another killer track – 'Bitter Sweet',  out now via LAB Records.
Drawing you in through their now trademark surf-rock, feedback-laden guitar segments, accented beautifully by glorious harmonies and killer choruses that echo early Bangles, The Van T’s continue to illustrate why they are considered to be the most exciting young band in Scotland. Comprised of twin sisters Hannah and Chloe Van Thompson (guitar, vocals), Joanne Forbes (bass) and Shaun Hood (drums). 

Catch them live:
21st November – The End festival – The Social, London
22nd November – Jimmys, Manchester


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Miss June – Matriarchy
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Secondhand Underpants: 'Slayer' (EP)

review by Bernadette Dales 

DL out now on Bandcamp

‘There’s a riot between my legs and you’re not invited’ is the guttural opening cry of ‘Slayer’ – the new EP from Secondhand Underpants. The riot grrrl trio from Istanbul tackle body politics, relationships, ninjas and even cannibalism in their third record.

Fuzzy, grunge guitar riffs dominate each track and the raw production captures the essence of live performance well. The vocal style jumps from obnoxious nasality to heavy screaming – the lyrics are incomprehensible at times but it just adds to that perfectly unpolished, punk aesthetic.

The stand-out tracks on the EP both emphasise power and authority over our bodies. Opening track ‘Autopleasures’ is about owning and enjoying your sexuality unapologetically, while Image by Burak Bayrak‘Anthem’ is an articulate response to body-shaming in all its forms – after all, declaring ourselves ‘good enough’ is probably the punk-est thing you can do in 2017. The trio show their whimsical side with their second track ‘Ninjas!’ and an eerie song about boiling someone to death in ‘Bathwater Soup.’

Clocking in at only 15 minutes, ‘Slayer’ is just a short and sweet taste of what Secondhand Underpants can do. If you like strong, riot grrrl anthems with a side of the absurd, follow Secondhand Underpants on Facebook, and listen to their back catalogue on their Bandcamp page.


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I Shouldn't Have Said That- The Lovely Eggs
The Lovely Eggs – I Shouldn't Have Said That

Hurtling: 10 question interview

Hurtling are beloved members of the LOUD WOMEN family – led by the ubertalented Jen Macro (ex- My Bloody Valentine and Chris TT), along with Jon Clayton and Simon Kobayashi. We can’t wait to see them play at the Lexington for our Christmas kneesup on 21 December. In the meantime, we asked Jen 10 questions …

1. Who would you most like to cover your songs? 
The Breeders

2. Choose: Tina Turner or Chaka Khan?
Tina Turner. (Slightly) better hair, better songs, better gait. She’s still alive right? She should do the Legends Slot at Glastonbury.

3. Choose one of your songs to be on an advert. What kind of product is it? 
For the Summer’ – Hay fever tablets.

4. Choose: town or country? 
Town – because you get the best of both worlds – townsfolk who visit the country always seem to appreciate the fresh air and nature, but country folk always seem to hate coming in to towns, well, London town.

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of.
Don’t really do reading. Can recommend Channel 4’s recent adaptation of Charles Forsnam’s graphic novel 'The End of the Fucking World'. The score was by Graham Coxon and the whole thing was brilliant.

Recordwise – love Shannon Wright, not many people seem to have heard of her. She’s done 10 albums I think, ‘Secret Blood’ is awesome – tense, eerie, guitary and darkly beautiful.

6. Bore us with the details of your set-up please.
Fender Telecaster, Fender Jaguar, Fender Twin, pedals – LOTS of them. Recently downsized board with the help of a DC brick power supply which pops underneath, rather than having a 4 way with a cluster fuck of adaptors on the top.

7. What’s the best thing about being in your band? 
Being able to enjoy the shit out of playing music

8. What are your band goals?
To release our debut album (which is nearly finished), play some festivals, play in Europe while we still can!

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now? 
We are supporting Joanne Joanne and GUTTFULL on 21 Dec at the Lexington.

10. Give your top 5 contemporary bands 
St Vincent – because she designed a guitar that was more ergonomic for smaller framed people but still has the welly of the ‘prohibitively heavy’ Les Paul. Plus the song ‘Cheerleader’ and its video are pretty great. She gives good video.

Marika Hackman – because she is an astonishing songwriter and lyricist, plus she has gone from acoustic(ish) chanteuse to forthright rocker in the space of two albums.

Deerhoof – because they are bonkers and never fail to satisfy, live or on record.

Bug Prentice – because songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Ally Craig is a genius, became aware of them because they record at our drummer Jon’s OneCat Studio – more people should know about them. Fact.

Plus anyone who will let us support them…(shameless)

Follow Hurtling on their website, Facebook and Instagram then come see them live at the Lexington when they play our Christmas Party on 21 December, along with Joanne Joanne and GUTTFULL!


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Hurtling - Feel It
Hurtling – Feeling It
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The Baby Seals and Beverley Kills: 'Venus Envy' – split flexi disc single 

The Baby Seals and Beverley Kills – the two best things ever to come out of Cambridge, fact – have teamed up with independent label R*E*P*E*A*T to launch a beautifully split single, ‘Venus Envy’. And it’s available on sexy orange flexi disc for those of us who love the cool touch of floppy vinyl, and download for the millennials who don’t know they’re born.

Both bands blew our socks off at this year’s LOUD WOMEN Fest, and we hope to see much more of both of them.

The split feature’s the Seals’ ‘Vibrator’ – a feel-reeeeally-good anthem for unashamed wand-owners everywhere – and the Kills’ ‘Intimidation’ – a supercatchy pop punk banger about bullies getting their comeuppance. Both themes very close to LOUD WOMEN’s hearts!

Songwriter Kerry says of ‘Vibrator’:

  • ‘Growing up, masturbation was always seen as such a shameful negative thing. Why? Having a tommy tank is good for you – clinically proven. Fact. End Of. Physically, mentally, emotionally – it ticks all the boxes. Why is this not celebrated?’

Of ‘Intimidation’, guitarist Kate says,

  • “The song is about witnessing the behaviour of someone who constantly tries to intimidate those close to them and those that live around them. It’s a true story about that, and seeing them get their comeuppance.”

You Flexi Thing Vol 3 –  from; also available from usual digital platforms.

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LAIKA the first dog in space.
MOFAM – LAIKA the first dog in space
A short animation made by Lorna Tiefholz, celebrating Laika the dog, who went to space in Sputnik 2 Sixty years ago this month. The soundtrack is a recording from her band, Mofam.
Laura Kidd aka She Makes War has launched a pre-order for her new album via PledgeMusic, with some highly tasty exclusives on offer? The list includes sea blue vinyl, CDs, lyric books and even some instruments 

Laura says: "I’m crowdfunding this album because I think it’s the nicest way to give people access to the process of finishing and releasing the record, so I’m really looking forward to welcoming more people into the group and getting really creative with the updates. Excitingly the album is currently trending worldwide alongside Shed Seven, Sophie Ellis Bextor and The Wombats!"
Talmont - Moving Further Than Before (Official Video)
Talmont – Moving Further Than Before
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Chelsea Wolfe: 'Hiss Spun' 
review by Bernadette Dales

I pressed play on 'Hiss Spun' intending to have it on in the background while I did some admin junk that had been piling up. I made it all the way to track two before I stopped what I was doing, made a tea, and skipped the record back to the beginning so I could devote my full attention to it.

In a recent interview with Noisey, Chelsea Wolfe described her new album as a ‘personal exorcism,’ which sums up the mood perfectly: its beautiful, gloomy electronica feels like an ultra-modern horror film score that’ll haunt you long after the record has stopped playing.

That’s not to say that Hiss Spun is all doom and gloom. My favourite thing about this album is that it’s both sweet and heavy, and the juxtaposition of the two only enhances each extreme. Every track is theatrical but cohesive - ethereal vocal lines weave between dirty metal riffs and the instrumental backing lends just enough weight without interfering with Wolfe’s fragile performance.

This is Wolfe’s 5th official album, released 22 September 2017, and follows two single releases earlier in the year. Hiss Spun was produced by Wolfe herself and Ben Chisholm, and includes some familiar names on the credits. Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou recorded the album in his studio, while extra guitar and vocal contributions were made by Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of The Stone Age and Aaron Turner of Isis, respectively.

I was so excited about this record that I couldn’t wait to share it with my friends and bandmates, but I was disappointed when some of them didn’t share my enthusiasm. Their criticisms were mainly that the tracks are lengthy and too similar, and while I disagreed that this made the album dull, I can see how the repetitive nature could become jarring after a while. It’s such a sombre, emotional record - Wolfe has put so much of herself into these tracks - that I finished the record feeling exhausted.

I think you need to listen to the whole album to get the full effect, but if you’re really short on time, there are some outstanding tracks to jump ahead to. These include the single '16 Psyche', 'Static Hum' and my favourite 'Twin Fawn' which lulls you into a false sense of tranquility before crashing around you at 1.47 - ultimately losing control entirely at the instrumental outro.

Listen to Hiss Spun on Spotify Or follow Chelsea Wolfe on: Facebook  Instagram Twitter


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Solidarity Not Silence

A group of women are having to defend themselves against defamation claim made by man in music industry for statements that they made concerning his treatment of women. The group includes ex partner and feminist musicians.

Read more about this appeal, and give what you can to help support them, on the CrowdJustice page here.

Poem by Janine Booth

Harvey Weinstein is an addict
Harvey, he just has to have it
Harvey’s checked into a clinic
Not convinced? You heartless cynic
Harvey can not help himself
Please pray for Harvey’s failing health

Poor Harvey, he is sex addicted
Please don’t mock the sad afflicted
He’s compelled to grope and woo
His penis tells him what to do
He has no choice, he must obey
He needs to sate his lust each day

So Harvey’s at it like a rabbit
Finds it hard to kick his habit
He’s a slave to his libido
Hands won’t stay in his tuxedo
Doctor! It’s pathology!
Why can’t you show some sympathy?!

But here’s the thing that’s overlooked
It wasn’t sex got Harvey hooked
‘Cause sex is pleasure, sex is sensual
Most of all, sex is consensual
Harvey’s targets cringe and cower
Harvey gets his kicks from power

Go and tell your editor:
Harvey is a predator.

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