Bristolian post-punk three piece have been firm favourites round these parts since we first crossed their path with storming single ‘Always Happy’, which prompted Kevin Milsom to exclaim “I’ve literally played it thirty-seven times in a row” in his review and similarly glowing prose has flooded forth within these pages for the tracks which have followed.
As such we are giddy with excitement for the release of their new EP, Who Am I?, out on Brace Yourself Records (home to fellow Joyzine faves JOHN, Italia 90, Nuha Ruby Ra and more) this week. They describe the EP as “a raw and intimate record of how we’ve felt during the last few years. It explores queer love and infatuation, alongside darker themes of disassociation, declining mental health, feeling like a stranger in your own body and the vulnerability that comes with it.”
We sent the trio ten questions to find out more.
WARNING: This video contains flashing images
What inspires you to make music?
Incredible musicians, stuff that’s going on in the world, and our own (obviously very glamorous) lives!
What is the best description of your music that you’ve read/heard in a review?
Someone described us as ‘as urgent as they come’. We feel like that describes how we play live perfectly!!! Everything we write and play ends up being very urgent and sweaty.
How important is the visual/aesthetic side of your music and why?
We all really like the visual side to our music, we’re all artists and love coming up with the ideas for our music videos and photos so yeah, it is important to us to always have an input on that side of things.
How has your approach to making music changed since you started out?
I think we are still making music in the same way, all together in the studio just seeing what comes out of us! But we are definitely more able to get what’s in our heads out now as we have learnt a lot more of our instruments and we have a real vision of where we want to take our sound!
What is the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you at a gig?
I don’t think we’ve had anything too strange happen at any of our gigs but Yas’ once had to perform with mild food poisoning so that was fun!
Is there a venue or city that you’d especially love to play, and why?
BERLIN! Or anywhere Germany!!! Yas and Zoe are both German so we are so excited to play there.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be and why?
I mean the classic – we’d love for it to be more inclusive and more women to be pushed rather than the same 4 piece male band I’ve seen hundreds of times before.
Who is your favourite new band/artist that we should be checking out and what do you like about them?
We are loving Juju at the moment! She’s from Bristol too and is sooo amazing live! A real rockstar. We also managed to catch Fat Dog finally after hearing good things and they blew our heads off.
If you could give any aspiring musicians one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t let that imposter syndrome stop you!!
Grandmas House EP is out now via Brace Yourself Records. Get it now as a digital download on Bandcamp
Catch them on tour around the UK at the following shows:
3rd Mar | Liverpool, UK – Kaz Stockroom
4th Mar | Bristol, UK – Exchange
9th Mar | Leeds, UK – Oporto
10th Mar | Glasgow, UK – McChuills
11th Mar | Sheffield, UK – Sidney & Matilda (Basement)
16th Mar | Leicester, UK – Duffy’s
17th Mar | Manchester, UK – YES (Basement)
18th Mar | Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach (Downstairs)
23rd Mar | London, UK – The Victoria
24th Mar | Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin
16th Apr | Bristol, UK – Outertown Festival
5th May | Oxford, UK – Jericho Tavern (Supporting JOHN)
6th May | Exeter, UK – Cavern (Supporting JOHN)
19th August | Devon, UK – Beautiful Days Festival
24-27th August | Cumbria, UK – Solfest
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Article by Paul Maps
Photo by Rosie Carne
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