Further travels

by Ruth

Die WreckedWe’ve recently been booked for a couple of exciting gigs…

On Friday 11th October we’ll be heading up to Leicester to support Die Wrecked, who are holding a launch party for their new split 7″ with Indonesian hardcore fiends Krass Kepala. If you turn up to the gig you’ll get the record for free! Also playing are Repellent and Gunishment. The gig is in The Shed and will cost you a mere fiver to attend.

…and then on Saturday 30th November we’ll be playing at Ladiyfest Sheffield! The day is kicking off with an afternoon of workshops in the Quaker Meeting House, followed by live music and DJs in the Redhouse from 8pm.

Both of these gigs look set to be very special, so if you’re in the area you should definitely drop by.1236826_377026419066897_993719722_n

…and now for something completely different

by Ruth

We’re going to be playing a very special set on Friday 27th September to accompany a screening of indie rockumentary Anyone Can Play Guitar at LAMP. The film charts the shifting fortunes of bands from Oxford’s music scene, and we’ll be covering a handful of songs from featured acts.

The screening is a non-profit affair as part of Leamington Underground Cinema Festival. We totally support this kind of thing and so should you!

There are a very limited amount of tickets available, so make sure you get your hands on one if you want to come.


This Saturday: POWer!

by Ruth


Dem Brum Fems Presents… POWer!

A fantastic evening of art, film, comedy and live music to celebrate creative female talent brought to you by Dem Brum Fems. This event is open to all.

If you are coming to UK Feminista’s Summer School 2013, this night is the perfect end to your Saturday and tickets are only £4 for Summer School attendees (standard entry £6).

LINE UP: Not Right, Liz Ely (stand up), JennyWentAway, Call-Me Unique, The Army Of Skanks, DJ Olivia Mastin

More grrrl bands than you can shake a spoon at

by Ruth

It’s just a week until we play Queer We Go at the Wharf Chambers in Leeds! It’s going to be massively epic so if you happen to live in the right area of oop north, you need to come along.

We’re pencilled in to play at around 6:30pm, but these things don’t always run exactly to time and the entire line-up is incredible so make sure you get there early.

queer we go poster

PLUS! We’re going to be playing LAMP in Leamington on Friday 2nd August. There haven’t been many details of this gig announced yet, but we’ll update the live page as soon as we know.

Summer gigs

by Ruth

We’re playing up and down the country (sort of) this summer…here’s where you can catch us!

On Saturday 29th June we’re playing Clit Rock at the Cowley Club in Brighton.

The gig will be a fundraiser for anti-FGM charity Daughters of Eve. Obviously this is a ridiculously important cause so if you’re in the area you should totally drop by.

There is also an awesome line-up of punky goodness, including furious socialist-feminist singer-songwriter Momma Swift, folky threesome Feralus, and the awesomely talented Cat Bear Tree, who we’re really looking forward to playing with again.

clit rock
On Sunday 28th July we’re playing a queer/riot grrrl all-dayer at Wharf Chambers in Leeds. There is a MASSIVE line-up of AWESOME QUEER/GRRRL BANDS including Mancunian electro-punk legends (hooker), pop-punk/ska lovers Jesus & His Judgemental Father, and several totally cool groups who are flying over from the USA. It’s gonna blow your shit.

…aaaaaand finally (for now) on Saturday 17th August we’re gonna be playing for UK Feminista for their Summer School at The Lounge in Selly Oak, Birmingham. Basically, if you go to the Summer School (a weekend of feminist workshops) you can see us play! Hurrah.

Some music for you to listen to

by Ruth

We’ve been busily coming up with new shouty punk songs over the past few months and would like share them all with you. As such, we’re vaguely planning a second recording session this summer – watch this space for more details!

In the meanwhile, we’ve edited the RaW/Bandsoc recording of our Warwick Battle of the Bands set this year into a short live EP of sorts. You can download it for free from our Bandcamp page, along with our first studio recording, Punk Is Not. 

Also! Our song Balls is featured on Cats Against Catcalling, the shiny new compilation of feminist music put together by the Riot Grrrl Berlin collective. You can download the whole thing (with nearly five hours of awesome music by 95 bands!) for free, along with previous compilations by Riot Grrrl Berlin.

cats against catcalling

In which Not Right appear all over the place

by Ruth

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at Revolt – it was great to see so many people having a good time! We had some issues hearing ourselves on stage but apparently no-one noticed, which can only be a good thing. Apparently we sound like a proper band now and everything.

Talking of recent gigs, we’ve just put up some photos from Battle of the Bands. You can see them here.

Looking ahead to the future, we have many exciting gigs coming up. Here’s the ones we have confirmed at present:

Saturday 20th April
(Leamington Spa)
We’ll be playing brand new Leamington venue LAMP alongside pop-punkers Taxi Treats and blues rock band Handsome Devils Club. This looks likely to be our last gig on home turf for a little while plus we’ve got a nice long set with many, many (short) songs, so if you live locally you should totally come down to see us play. We might even play some new tunes we’ve been working on…
More details, tickets etc.
Facebook event page.

Friday 10th May (London)
We’re playing the wonderfully named National Minimum Rage at Power Lunches in Hackney. Shopping and Methodist Centre are also playing, there will be DJs from Power Queers and Cinnamon Buns, zine distros, and a screening of “She Said Boom”, a documentary about Canadian feminist punk pioneers Fifth Column.
Facebook event page.

Saturday 11th May (Birmingham)
Can’t make it to London? Well, we’ll be shuttling up to the Midlands the very next day to take part in a punk halfdayer at the Adam & Eve organised by Birmingham collective Punks Alive. There will be many awesome bands playing from 2pm onwards!
Facebook event page.

Punk Halfdayer

Thursday 30th May (Birmingham)
We’ll be returning to the Adam & Eve at the end of May for another gig with Punks Alive – this time supporting Swedish goth rockers Dark Valentine.
Punks Alive page.

Punks Alive poster

Saturday 29th June (Brighton)
A fundraiser for Daughters Of Eve: an organisation committed to preventing female genital mutilation. It’ll take place in the Cowley Club and there will be a whole host riot grrrlesque groups also playing. More details to follow – keep an eye the live page.

…aaaand finally for now, we’d like to plug the latest issue of the Alternative Female Voices Magazine – not only because it’s great (as usual) but because our song “Balls” is on the covermount CD!

Revolt #2

by Ruth

We’re playing Revolt on Saturday! It promises to be super-awesome and stuff. We’ll have copies of our latest zine, hopefully new t-shirts and other goodies. There’s a Facebook event page here and you can buy tickets here.



by Ruth

Bandsoc filmed this fantastic video of our set a few weeks back.


We played:

00:00 Anti-Social Media
01:19 Tory Scum
03:41 This Revolution is Not Complete
06:44 Balls
07:52 Kirsty’s PhD
08:48 The Facilitation of Lawful Protest
11:43 My Body

Statement on sexism at Coventry SU’s LGBT History Month Gig

by Ruth

Last night’s gig was unpleasant for a number of reasons. First and foremost amongst these was the barrage of sexist comments and rape jokes directed at us from a small group of men in the audience. We were also deeply unimpressed with the response from certain individuals representing Coventry University’s Students’ Union, who seemed keen to be rid of our band as quickly as possible.

It doesn’t seem fair to label the night a disaster: there were fantastic performances from other acts, particularly headliner Devon Mayson, and we were grateful for the extremely positive response we recieved from many members of the audience. However, we feel it is important to publicly address some of the things that went wrong.

Sexist heckling

We started our set on a pretty positive note. It rapidly became unpleasant after Ruth began to read an extract from My message to those who would attend Radfem 2012 in light of the recent announcement of the transphobic Radfem 2013 conference. The room went silent during the reading…only to be broken by laughing from a corner. Apparently transphobia is hilarious.

Things rapidly went downhill from there as we were then subjected to a series of sexist taunts: “how does it feel?” “I prefer gang rape!”

We responded in anger. We told those responsible how we felt about their comments. We asked them if they were prepared to emerge from their corner booth to talk with us about it face-to-face (they weren’t, surprise surprise). We accused them of being cowards.

And then we carried on playing, deliberately aiming our venom at the sexist power structures that enable gendered abuse and violent language.

After a couple of songs we noticed that the hecklers were leaving. We levelled a barrage of abuse at them until they were out of the door, before thanking everyone else in the room and continuing with our set. Apparently they had been asked by venue staff to leave. We weren’t aware of this at the time, but were grateful for it in retrospect. Ejecting them from the venue was the right decision, particularly given that the event was themed around LGBT liberation.

We played another tune before being informed that we didn’t have long left. We quickly agreed to drop one of the remaining songs, before then being told we only had time for one more. So we agreed upon a set closer and Ruth – not realising that we hadn’t actually been on particularly long – announced to the audience that it would be our last song.

As we played a woman wearing a Coventry SU hoodie approached Kirsty and asked us to wrap it up. Kirsty – annoyed to be interrupted whilst she was playing – informed her briefly that we were going to finish the song.

In the end we played a set that was roughly 20 minutes long. We had been alloted up to 40 minutes in which to perform.

Rape culture is fucking terrible

Needless to say, both the attitude of the hecklers and the comments they made were completely out of order. We make no apology for reacting in anger.

Not Right is a political act, and informed by feminism. We believe that sexism (and transphobia) should be tackled directly and never tolerated. If bigoted behaviour is unaddressed, it will only prosper. The world will only become a better place if hateful attitudes are challenged directly.

We live in a world of unnecessary suffering that is only perpetuated through greed and fear as well as sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, ableism, ageism etc. Addressing these inqualities and fighting for a better world is deeply important to us as a band. You can’t change the world a lot with a song, but you can take a stand.

Having made our objections clear, we made an effort both to continue playing, and to address both other members of the audience and members of staff at the venue in a friendly and polite manner both before and after we left the stage. The actions of a few unpleasant individuals should not have to spoil the night for anyone.

Coventry SU’s response

It seems that the staff of Coventry Students’ Union and several members of Coventry LGBT+ did not agree with our assessment of the situation. As the night draw to a close, it was made quite clear to us that our set had been cut because of our response to the sexist heckling. We were informed that we should have let venue staff deal with the problem without attempting to confront it ourselves.

We have a number of issues with this position.

Firstly, if we hadn’t powerfully highlighted what was happening, it was unlikely that the hecklers would have been ejected from the venue. It certainly didn’t seem like anyone was paying a huge amount of attention at first.

Secondly, by implying that our response was inappropriate, there is an implication that we were also misbehaving. The venue staff’s approach – to blame all those involved in a situation, kick one group out and give the other group a warning – is in many ways understandable. It absolves them of ‘picking sides’ in any confrontation that may occur in the venue.

However, we feel this approach fails to acknowledge either the nature of the incident that actually took place, or the seriousness of that incident. In suggesting that we were at fault for responding with legitimate anger, we feel that Coventry SU implicitly tolerated the violent language used against us.

Finally, failing to communicate properly with a band is quite rude; cutting their set short before attempting to persuade a band to leave the stage whilst they’re playing their last song is exceptionally so.

We are not members of Coventry Students’ Union, or Coventry LGBT+. We do not know who was responsible for the various decisions taken. But those individuals were representing their respective organisations, and this reflects poorly upon both.

Thanks to the lovely people

We don’t want to end on a negative note. In many ways, last night’s gig was a great success. We feel we played a pretty decent set under the circumstances, and it was clear that a large proportion of the audience enjoyed it.

We don’t have a problem with Coventry students, let alone LGBT students at Coventry. In fact, we were grateful for the overwhelmingly positive reception we recieved from many people in the room. We’d like to thank those people – you were awesome. Thank you for watching us playing, dancing to our songs, reading our zines. We hope to see you at a gig again soon!

Massive love, and down with sexism.

Not Right