Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Monday, 7 May 2012
Goldie and the Gingerbreads were pioneers in the real meaning of the word. The band were the first all female band to be signed to a major label, paving the way for groups like The Runaways, the Go-Gos, Sleater-Kinney and many more, giving them a chance to take the stage and do their thing.
Formed in 1963, the band had hits with the songs 'Can You Hear My Heartbeat' and 'Think About The Good Times'. The Gingerbreads were singer Genya (Goldie) Zelkowitz, drummer Ginger Panabianco, guitarist Carol MacDonald and organist Margo Lewis.
The seeds of the gingerbreads were first sowed when Genya, then the lead singer of The Escorts, saw Ginger perform at a club in New York. She was so bowled over by seeing a female drummer that she was inspired to form an all female rock n roll band and went over to Ginger after the gig. It wasn't easy to find other members, finding a guitarist seemed to be the trickest stumbling block, but eventually they were complete with the addition of Margo and Carol. It is thought the band's name was a play on Genya's nickname, Goldie, and Ginger's name.
Sunday, 6 May 2012
The other day (or two months ago to be precise) I searched for Seattle grunge and found the delightful Seattle-based grunge three-piece M Women. I've been obsessed with them ever since, I mean, how can you not be? The absurdly lo-fi production, the snappy rhythms and crashing cymbals highlighting every aspect of their songs. M Women sound like the band I formed in my dreams where I suddenly develop a bucket load of talent that I use to entertain the masses.
M Women is made up of Schanen, Carrie and Andrew who together form an impenetrable punk crew who protect themselves with their razor sharp riffs and barrier of noise they create. The band released their debut album Faithful, last October on Couple Skate Records. Previously they had released a few demos on cassette and a 7" titled Aubrey in 2009.
Opener 'Tense Hands Talk' is definitely M Women's definitive track. It's a shattering, explosion of a song that has touches of lo-fi favourites Beat Happening, as well as their contemporaries Grass Widow, nestled within the beat. Other treats include 'Mackrel Gray' and 'Dark Space'.
M Women are a band only at the beginning of their career, yet to peak and show us everything they have to offer. Make no mistake when they do, you'll be amazed at what you see.
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Fear of Men have announced the release of a new 7" Green Sea on Sexbeat Records.
'Green Sea' is a a warm, dreamy number that features a musical saw, an epic backwards guitar solo and the intimate, DIY sounds that first garnered the group the attention of the music industry.
Green Sea will be released on 18 June on white vinyl,with only 300 copies available.
Pre-order Green Sea here.
5th May- Camden Crawl- The Monarch
6th May- Sounds From The Other City- Islington Mill, Manchester
11th May- Great Escape- Queen's Hotel, Brighton
12th June- White Heat, London (supporting Purity Ring)
16th June- 02 Glasgow ABC 2 (supporting Best Coast)
17th June- HMV Ritz, Manchester (supporting Best Coast)
18th June- 02 Academy, Birmingham (supporting Best Coast)
20th June- 02 Shephers Bush Empire (supporting Best Coast)
21st June- Coalition, Brighton (supporting Best Coast)
London and Brighton launch shows TBC
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Marianne Faithfull was previously just a name to me. Around in the 60s. Had something to do with Mick Jagger. I knew little after that. That was all until I heard 'Why D'ya Do It', from her 1979 album Broken English, and the name Marianne Faithfull meant a lot more to me.
The lyrics, written by the poet Heathcote Williams, depict a graphic, emotional rant of a jilted woman who discovered her lover's adultery. Lines such as "Cause she had cobwebs up her fanny and I believe in giving to the poor" caused controversy when it was released in 1979 and led to the record being banned in Australia.
It's hard to imagine that anyone else could do this song justice the way that Marianne has. You trying singing about a "barbed wire pussy" with a straight face, it's tough. Saying that listening to it does make you wanna scream along with it, which can be a bit tricky at 8am on a packed bus. Oh how my fellow commuters love me. They should be looking past the filthy outbursts and loving Marianne, she's the way to go.
Micachu and the Shapes have announced the release of their second studio album Never.
Never will be released on 23 July on Rough Trade Records.
The follow up to their debut record Jewellery in 2009 was produced by the band in their own studio in Stratford.
The shapes have plans to record short films for all 14 of the album's tracks.
For more information: micachu.biz