So many gigs

by Ruth

Thanks to everyone who came down to see us play, read our zines and nab our CDs at Zephyr on Friday – it was an utterly brilliant night and we totally enjoyed every minute of it. Parataxis, Old Raskals, Deathsex Bloodbath, We Are A Communist and James from Tempest all deserve praise too for utterly stonking sets. We should do this again soon!

From the (recent) past to (near) future…we‘re now booked for four events in the coming months:

On Tuesday 5th February we’ll be playing in the Copper Rooms for the annual University of Warwick Battle of the Bands. This will be the second year we enter, and once again we’ll be going all-out for our 15-minute performance. Last year we caused a bit of a stir after unexpectedly getting into the semi-final – this year, who knows?

Thursday 21st February: from the University of Warwick to Coventry University – we’re down to play at Love Music Hate Homophobia at Hush nightclub. More details to follow!

Saturday 16th March will see the return of Revolt! A proper line-up announcement for Coventry’s DIY riot grrrl ruckus should follow soon.

…and on Friday 10th May we’ll be returning to London for a gig with National Minimum Rage in Hackney’s Power Lunches!

Full details (and updates, when we have them!) can be found on our live page.

Brief update on our next gig

by Ruth

The date has changed for our upcoming punk gig in Leamington – it will now take place on Friday 25th January.

All other details remain broadly the same (it should kick off around 7pm – we should be on first – it’s at the Zephyr Lounge). However, Snowy fans should note that our drummer will also be performing later in the night with one of his other bands – two-tone revivalists Old Raskals. That’s double servings of Snowy for a mere three pounds…

Whilst we’re at it with this update, you might be interested in seeing the pictures from Revolt we’ve finally got around to uploading!

Punk night in January

by Ruth

We’re going to be playing a full half-hour set at the start of the night, so get there early!

Punk! Ska! Surf!

New gigs for a new year

by Ruth

We’ve got a couple of gigs already confirmed for 2013…

The first will take place on Saturday 26th January in the Zephyr Lounge, Leamington Spa. We’re opening a punk night that will also feature performances from We Are A Communist, Deathsex Bloodbath and Parataxis.

We’re also going to be playing Revolt! again at Taylor John’s House in Coventry on Saturday 16th March – the first event was huge amounts of fun with some amazing bands, DJs and distros, and this second night promises to be at least as good again!

More details on these events will follow soon, and we’re also planning to enter the University of Warwick Battle of the Bands for a second year running – more on that when we have it!

Love Music Hate Homophobia

by Ruth

Our next gig is a fundraiser for Prism LGBTQ and Unite Against Fascism on Thursday 29th November, at the University of Warwick Students’ Union in Coventry.

We’ll be playing alongside atomic surf-rock group We Are A Communist, pop-rockers Jordan and the Sketcheads and, uh, Warwick Glee. There will also be some kind of performance or dance lesson type thing from Warwick Salsa, and DJs from Rocksoc. Who needs genre consistency?

Tickets will be on sale soon here.

Revolt, Reviews, Renewal

by Ruth

So it’s been a little while since we posted an update here, but we’ve all been pretty busy in those personal lives we lead. Still, about time there was some reflection on recent happenings.

Revolt was full of awesome. The other acts were fantastic, the night had a great vibe and everything just went perfectly to plan (…which was weird, because I’ve been involved in a lot of nights and things never go perfectly to plan). There was feminism everywhere. I hear that our set went well but it was actually pretty difficult to tell from on-stage. I mostly remember some amusing false starts and trying to sing through a face full of hair.

There have been some pretty cool reviews in the wake of Revolt: you can read a couple of them at Cath Elms’ blog and the Atta Girl page.

We’ve also received a first review for Punk Is Not, courtesy of the Streetlamp blog. They compare us favourably to early 80s punk group !Action Pact! which is pretty damn flattering.

Finally (for now!) I’d like to draw your attention to some additions we’ve been making to this website. If you click on “sound and vision” you’ll find a whole host of photos, videos (including most of our set from Notts Pride), lyrics and the like. We’ve also finally got around to scanning our second and third zines, which you can find (predictably) under the “zines” tab. We’ll be periodically updating with new photos, new lyrics and the like as people take more pictures of us and we write more songs.

“Punk is Not” – listen now!

by Ruth

We recorded a number of our songs at the weekend in Leamington’s Complete Sound Studio. You can hear (and download!) them for free at our Bandcamp page.



by Ruth

We’ve been making little references to Revolt for some time, and even put a hastily constructed poster for it onto the back of our most recent zine. But finally, the time has come to reveal more about Coventry’s riot grrrl night!

Revolt will take place in Taylor John’s House on Saturday 13th October. We’ll be opening the night in support of other punk bands, spoken word acts, DJs and a feminist burlesque group. Excited? Of course you are.

Full details can be found on the Revolt page, which should be updated over the next couple of months as more details are announced.

Review: Nottinghamshire Pride

by Ruth

I’ve never been to a Pride event quite like the one in Nottingham.

I’m used to large inner-city affairs bounded by concrete, in which ordinary revellers festooned in rainbow clothing rub shoulders with extravagant drag acts, corporate floats, angry activist types, and a whole host of questionable human adverts employed by the big clubs. Vibrant street discos in which almost exclusively male DJs pump out the dance music that’s become synonymous with the scene, lesbian singer-songwriters singing quietly from small tent in a car park, community organisers and charities getting a word in edgeways whenever they can, and that same guy in the flat cap selling whistles on every corner.

I’m also aware that some Pride events are far smaller, less extravagant affairs. Pink picnics in town and city centres, small but powerful marches in areas of tension, and club collaborations between established scene names.

Nottinghamshire Pride was something else entirely. Placed slap-bang in the middle of a massive field, it was more akin to a (largely) family-friendly music festival, albeit one that happened to be really gay. There were many different tents, every kind of act you might imagine, and barely any of the corporate nonsense I’ve come to associate with Pride.

I normally object stridently to the idea of paying for Pride, but at £1 per head the entry cost struck me as entirely reasonable for all. And with an estimated 20,000 visitors, it’s a pretty good way to raise large amounts of money whilst minimising the need for dodgy sponsorship deals.

It was the most chilled-out, friendly and diverse Pride event I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending.

View from the Trans Tent.

We spent most of the day at the Trans Tent, so the content of my review reflects this. The very idea of a Trans Tent was pretty exciting given how marginalised trans people tend to be within the wider LGBTQetc community. Recreation Nottingham – a local support and social group – successfully won both the tent and a pot of money for performers after approaching the Pride organising committee, and proceeded to book a wide range of acts featuring both trans people and allies.

Things didn’t quite run according to plan on the day due to various delays, technical hitches and the like, but the Trans Tent was ultimately a triumph. Every performer was brilliant in their own way, and impromptu stage manager Jennifer of Single Bass did a great job of keeping everything running.

And so without further ado, and in (broadly) chronological order, a review of the acts I managed to see

Solo singer-songwriter Single Bass performed a number of short sets throughout the day. Her songs were accompanied by fluid, evocative basslines rather than the typical acoustic strumming you might expect from such an act. The material was gentle but fun, soft yet strident.

El Dia performed feminist poetry and hip-hop that explored her identity as a queer woman of colour. Her powerful, punchy words tackled the complexity of femme power, gender politics and race in a world full of both oppression and potential.

Elaine O’ Neillwas on form, delivering a typically warm and witty series of poems that examined the intricately silly ways in which trans people (and the process of transition) are understood by the wider world. As always, her puntastic take on the relationship between doctors, surgeries, surgeons and hospitals was a particular delight.

Lashings of Ginger Beer Time are always a lot of fun, and their three sets during the afternoon were no exception. Highlights included the cabaret act’s tuneful skewering of of Gok Wan, and the sight of Margaret Thatcher performing the Evil Charleston. Unfortunately the orientation of the stage and less-than-intimate environs of an open tent meant that the group’s performance had considerably less emotional impact than I’ve experienced on previous occasions. Nevertheless, they rose impressively to the challenge.

Dieselpunk singer-songwriter Dr Carmilla forsook her normal electric instrumentation for a compelling set of originals and covers on a very shiny ukulele. The dark, evocative tone of her tunes translated surprisingly well to the bright sound of her instrument. Notable moments of genius included a re-imagining of Radiohead’s Creep (“Because I’m a crip…”) and a thoroughly original Rickroll.

Our colourful zines rub shoulders with badges from Single Bass and Dr Carmilla’s fantastic new album.

Our own performance was meant to take place near the start of the afternoon (following Elaine’s poetry) but for various reasons we had to rapidly re-arrange everything, and ended up playing two sets.

The first took place around mid-afternoon. We rapidly set up the stage, performed the world’s fastest line check, prevaricated a little over whether or not to swear in front of a potential all-ages audience during our cover of Repeat, and then blasted out a wave of messy noise.

Not Right set 1:
My Body
Tory Scum

It went pretty well, with an additional benefit of the increased noise drawing in a larger audience. Some got into it; others others seemed to stare in a state of mild confusion. We couldn’t have asked for much more!

We originally assumed that we’d be taking to the stage again shortly afterwards and effectively play the second half of our set. However, it turned out that a whole bunch of acts had to leave early, so we agreed to stick around for the rest of the afternoon and effectively provide the stage’s closing performance.

Sadly we missed a few acts whilst grabbing a much-needed bite to eat: amongst them was the Sensational Sally Outen, who has always made me laugh hysterically whenever I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her live. I could hear her inhuman  dinosaur shrieks emerge from the tent in the distance as I queued for jerk chicken.

We returned in time for an astonishingly powerful poetry reading from Roz Kaveney. She opened with an epic account of the Stonewall Riots, reflecting upon the motivations and actions of those who were there and those who might have been there; expounding upon the context of lives both known and unknown in a more difficult, more brutal world. Roz then read a couple of poems about her cunt (and to think we had a brief moment of concern about swearing…). She explored the feeling of feeling, the very experience of living through radical surgeries before growing into your remoulded skin.

A later, second set from Roz was more relaxed, more comedic, as she performed a number of delightfully dirty poems about sex as seen largely through the prism of age. I was familar with much of the material, having previously read many poems on Roz’s LiveJournal, but it was a delight to see it performed live.

George Hadden played a good acoustic set, tales told with feeling. His music was great for a sunny afternoon, and a relief of sorts from the heavy material on offer from some of the other acts!

Fellow punk band Trioxin Cherry also took to the stage in acoustic format as a stripped-back two-piece. Their material was a lot of fun, and certainly a lot more polished than our own! Of note was their cover of a song by The Creepshow, a band favoured by Snowy.

The final performer prior to our second set was Jessie Holder of queer feminist opera group Better Strangers. Now, opera really isn’t my thing, but I’ll readily admit that this was a very special performance. Singing to a backing track, Jessie explored the inherently queer complexities of classic roles, bringing an appropriately different performance to Pride.

We then dived back on stage for our second set. We decided to treat it as an entirely separate performance, writing a new setlist and bringing back a couple of songs we’d played earlier that day.

Not Right set 2:
Debate Club Wanker
Short Songs
This Revolution is Not Complete
Intersectionality Song

Rebel Girl
Kirsty’s PhD
The Facilitation of Lawful Protest

Tory Scum

We were more relaxed than earlier and I think we benefited from this, with our playing more cohesive and direct. Particular highlights for me included a well-received performance of new song This Revolution, the collection of stereotypically lesbionic ladies who turned up to dance during our cover of Rebel Girl, and the amused reaction of the police officers who wandered over during Tory Scum.

There was also this gem of a comment from a friend:

‘Lady at Nottinghamshire Pride walking away with her 6/7 year old son: “So what have we learnt today darling? Tories are scum.”‘

As we packed away our equipment we got a taste of the variety elsewhere on the festival site, as furious folk-punk fiddling erupted from the nearby (and somewhat inaccurately named) Acoustic Stage. The culprits were the incredible Seamus O’Blivion, who I wish I’d had the time (and energy!) to see properly. I’ll certainly be looking into their music.

Apparently our set was filmed, so we’ll see about linking to that when it appears online! In the meanwhile, we’ll soon be announcing details of Revolt, a riot grrrl night we’re playing in Coventry come October.

We couldn’t have done it on our own, so I’d like to thank Leamington Jess (for transport), Dan and Freja of We Are A Communist (for loan of equipment), Nottingham Jess (for dealing patiently with a deluge of organisational emails) and Kat (for booking us following a chance meeting on the train to Manchester).

Not Right at Notts Pride

by Ruth

We’re playing the Trans Tent at Nottinghamshire Pride from around 1:30pm tomorrow (Saturday). In a sense, this is our first “festival” gig. We’ll be debuting a new song during our half-hour set, and will have some multi-coloured copies of our second zine.

If you can make it, there’s a whole load of other exciting things happening in the Trans Tent during the Saturday afternoon. Recreation Nottingham have put together a brilliant line-up with some of the best trans and queer performers in the country. Poetry, cabaret, comedy and rock…it’s all here.

We’ve created a Facebook event page for our set.

…and the full timetable for the afternoon is available below!

12:00 (Pride opens)
Single Bass
Angel/El Dia
Jase Redfield

Elaine O’Neill
Not Right

Lashings of Ginger Beer Time (1st set)
Dr Carmilla (1st set)
Single Bass

Lashings of Ginger Beer Time (2nd set)
Roz Kaveney
Sally Outen

Lashings of Ginger Beer Time (3rd set)
Dr Carmilla
George Hadden

Trioxin Cherry
Single Bass

Tia Anna