Posts tagged with ‘girls get busy’
Girls Get Busy #21 is finally finished and available for free online HERE
NOW IN COLOUR
Featuring: Patricia Alvarado, Hiba Argane, Darcie Blake, Naana Bodomo, Leslie Boroczk, Cristine Brache, Alyse Burnside, Katrina Cervoni, Samantha Conlon, Sammie Concilio, Zie Darling, Erin Dorney, Nora Drew, Azia Egbe, Malu Engel, Femtyechrome, Cecilia Ferraro, Georgia Grace Gibson, Dafy Hagai, S. Nicole Lane, Daisy Lafarge, Gena LeBlanc, Sonia Lopez, Laura Maw, Alanna McArdle, Katherine McBride, Rivers Henry McKenzie, Claire Milbrath, Beth Milner, Szilvia Molnar, Madeleine Moriarty, Jo Pink, Christina Poku, Livia Roscioli, Beth Siveyer, Cheyenne Sophia, Pamela Loredo Sustaita, Barbora Togel, Katerina P. Trichia, Ebonni Watford
Girls Get Busy is a feminist creative platform that supports female-identified artists, writers and musicians. Curated by Beth Siveyer
Cover artwork by Patricia Alvarado
Sarah interviews Kate Meizner from the band, Arm Candy about musicianship, being a girl in band and the Brooklyn music scene. Kate mentions a ton of bands in the meanwhile, so go forth and follow the links!
Hi, Kate, you’re in the band Arm Candy. Can you tell me a little about how you found your bandmates/formed the band?
A friend of mine from the internet (very millennial) introduced me to Carey (drummer of Arm Candy) at a show in early 2013. I was playing in an indie pop band at the time and was looking for a heavier project, so when Carey mentioned that Arm Candy needed a bassist, I was really jazzed about playing with them. The first demo, which isn’t online anymore, definitely had some ill riffs I could get down with. Emails were exchanged, and I had my first practice with Carey and Nathan where we jammed a few songs and hung out with Carey’s cool dog. Very good vibes. We started practicing every week and I was thrilled to just hang out and write songs, which I hadn’t done a lot of in my other band.
What kind of previous band experiences did you have? How long has this been part of your life?
I’ve been playing guitar since I was 14 - before that I played clarinet and totally sucked at it, so my dad went and exchanged it for a Peavey. Around the same time, I was getting into a bunch of ‘turn of the century’ early 00s pop punk and older punk like X and Black Flag. I remember listening to The Ramones and thinking ‘hey this song is only three notes…I can do this,’ so one night I stole my dad’s guitar and taught myself some chords. Then, when my 9th grade English teacher assigned a project to create a piece of art about a book we were reading, I chose it as an opportunity to write an alarmingly depressing and terrible pop song, which I played on an unamplified electric guitar in front of my class. I recall having a huge zit on my forehead.
I have a really weird band CV ranging from punk/pop punk to like…prog rock. In Western Mass I was in hardcore punk band called Honeysuck with Ally Einbinder (now the bassist in Potty Mouth) Sam Chaplin, and Marc Candilore (Tampered Reels). We put out a tape called All Your Lipsticks Are Bombs to Us where I’m playing guitar. I was in that band until I relocated to New York in 2011.
Most recently, I played in a jangly indie pop band called Gondola. I finished recording an album with them in December, and we released a four track 7” last March.
Girls Get Busy Review - Madelyn Villano
written by Millie Minou
Madelyn Villano is a Portland-based multi-instrumentalist musician who records under several different monikers including Guzo and Giggles. At just 24 years old, she has managed to cultivate an impressive discography already.
Villano has been a member of the influential experimental noise group, Smegma, since 2011 in which she plays violin and electronics. For those who don’t know Smegma (I tried to start this sentence, like, 9 different ways because I get it, but I mean the band!!!) – besides having the best name ever – they are one of the few music collectives still performing and recording from the Los Angeles Free Music Society movement of the 1970s. They have collaborated with many of experimental music’s greats including Merzbow, Wolf Eyes, Non, and John Wiese. It seems unlikely that such a young person would be accepted into as venerated a group as Smegma but Villano’s presence in the band makes total sense: she is incredibly talented. Her available solo work is mostly comprised of hypnotic, ambient soundscapes. Sometimes building up from one pulsing loop, sometimes distorted, sometimes interwoven with ethereal, minimal house-y rhythms, every track I’ve heard of hers is great.
Villano’s music is lush and intricate with moments of heart-tugging, deep, dissonant swells or 30-second excerpts where you’re just like, “fuck, that sounds so cool!!!” There is even some dreamy piano composition happening in the latter portion of the second tape up on her soundcloud (link below). Beyond her obvious musical abilities, Villano is also active in the DIY community of Portland and has contributed to events such as Portland’s Females of Color Fest, which means she is likely, a Good Human whom you should have no qualms supporting. She is currently taking a brief hiatus from independent projects in order to finish up college with a degree in music (focusing her studies in ethnomusicology) but is planning on organizing a new tape soon. For now, check out everything the internet has to offer of her work (especially the last link where you can purchase tapes from Pigface Records including her debut, American Girl, and other projects with which she’s been involved):
Girls Get Busy Mixtape: Redheads
Just a ruse to bring an incredible bunch of different women from weird a combination of genres together
Featuring: Garbage / Neko Case / Florence and the Machine / Karen Elson / Jenny Lewis / Rilo Kiley / Judy Garland
Listen here: 8tracks.com/girlsgetbusyzine/redheads
Mix + Artwork by Hadeel
Girls Get Busy Review: All Dogs - 7”
Written by Sarah
I put on All Dogs while tidying my bedroom, absently sweeping up the tumbleweeds of dog hair and throwing out expired bus passes for a few minutes before I realized I was doing more dancing than cleaning. Something about the band made me think, “I should re-watch Josie and the Pussycats” in the best possible way. Maryn Jones, leader singer and guitarist, has a voice that articulates the anxiety of the pop-punk 20-something by hanging on vowels until her voice nearly breaks. On Buddy when she sings, “I just don’t see you anymore/Don’t have the time/Well if you ever need me/Know where to find me/I’ll be the one you can call if you need something different,” I heard my own sincere feelings towards friends far away or too busy.
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, All Dogs released their first 7” in last November though Salinas Records, and prior to that had self-released a split tape with Slouch. Something in the casual drumming and longing vocals recalls a more upbeat Where You Been-era Dinosaur Jr., without the overearnest masculine whining* especially on Say, “You were waiting for me,” Jones cries, “I still have something to saaaaaaaaaaay….”. The whole thing feels very sad-on-a-hot-summer day, melancholic but relaxed and willing to accept what comes next. The melancholy is neither trite nor ironic, and it’s an understandable ethos that would pair well with Waxahatchee (Katie Crutchfield), who the band opened for on the East Coast leg of her tour in January . The positive reception they received as openers sparked press at Pitchfork and a grating “told-you-so” piece from Stereogum, and since then their profile has picked up considerably. Jones also records under her own name and with the band Saintseneca.
You can hear the genuine enthusiasm behind Jesse Withers’ drumming and bassist Amanda Bartley grounds songs that would otherwise be slightly too discordant to be tender, building emotional tension especially on confessional tracks like Love Song, when Jones’ spits “I’ll fuck it up! Just wait and see!” but neither instrument ever overpowers Jones’ clearly enunciated confessions and apologies. I love the unpolished nature of All Dogs tracks, the way each song seems about getting the song OUT rather than posturing musically. The trio is talented enough to have left any shoulder-chips behind and the result is a cheerfully sad style. With only a handful of tracks out, it might be best to keep an eye on this band by following their Tumblr.
*I sincerely love Dinosaur Jr., please understand that we have to be honest about things we love.
Girls Get Busy’s Suggested Sounds: Ego Ella May - Love Hard
- by Hadeel
From South London, Ego Ella May is a classic jazz vocalist, reminiscent of Jill Scott and India .Arie but distinctly ‘London’ in her sound. Many musicians like Rainy Milo, FKA Twigs and Jessie Ware have been emerging out of London with a distinct spin on conventional soul, with plush vocals and minimalist production. “Future r’n’b” has been become an umbrella term to describe this sound, although alternative and indie is arguably where contemporary r’n’b has been for some time.
So what makes Ego Ella different, is that her vocal style is a hark back to early 00s Neo-Soul and I love her for it. This is a new track which stands alone from her EP, with other-worldly Funk meets doe-eyed Soul. Also worth a listen is her rework of Shanks and Bigfoot classic ‘Sweet Like Chocolate’.
Ella’s EP ‘The Tree’ is out now at egoellamay.bandcamp.com
You can find Ella on twitter at @EgoEllaMay
Girls Get Busy’s Suggested Sounds: Blablarism - Chimera
- by Alva
Blablarism is a solo project of twenty year old, Oksana Zmorovytch, based in Kyiv, Ukraine, whose overall sound has dark, baroque-sounding synths with this fuzzy nagging bassline. Sometimes comfortably shoe-gazing, and sometimes very cold-wavey and harsh. Most of the tracks gives me a feeling of being inside a foggy typhoon and slowly going down, down, down. Chimera is based on beautiful eerie synthmelodies, and like Oksana, I also share a love for the dark 80’s.
I’ve had some interesting conversations with Oksana about how to make music and tools etc - she really knows her stuff! I recently asked her about her experience on being a woman who makes music, in which she replied: “I think I don’t let myself be a woman whilst making music - and yet, my music is full of femininity.”
(Source: girlsgetbusyzine / blablarism)
It’s in shops now and is such a great issue - feeling very honored to be a part of it!