An Interview With…Peach Club

Girls Against spoke music, politics and art with punk band Peach Club (Kat, Charlie, Rebecca & Amanda) on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2017, at a gig at The George Tavern with Dolls and The Tuts:

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Tell us a bit about you girls, who are you,
what do you stand for?

C: We are Peach Club, a four-piece riot girl band from Norwich. I guess
that’s quite generic. We’re lots of things, guitar smashers *laughs* I wish! Let’s go with, Political tunes for your ears!

 

Is there any band in particular that you agree
on as your favourite riot girl band?

All: I guess Bikini Kill!

K: We really like Brat Mobile

R: I love The Runaways as well

 

So you said you would describe yourself as a riot girl band, do you have any thoughts on the original 90s movement?

R: We’re like a new wave version.

K: Yeah, we’re trying to revive it, but in a way that’s more inclusive to everyone. Like, in Norwich I’m gonna be working with this guy making a compilation CD and organising a gig. We’ve agreed that we want to make it inclusive, not just focused on cis men but all genders, race and cultures. There’s a lot of attention on just cis male bands, it needs to be all of us to be lifted up and shown that we can make music too, doesn’t matter what race, sexuality we are, we’re musicians! We are riot girl I guess with our ‘political-ness’, but at the same time I don’t think our musical style is particularly riot girl, it’s thrashy and a bit more rhythmic.

What is your favourite part about performing
your songs in front of people?

C: *looks to band* I just like playing as us lot! When you get on stage you could be having just the shittest day, but as soon as you get up there its like ‘ok cool we’re good to go!’

R: It’s that cheeky look from Charlie *laughs*

K: My favourite thing is when people have come to our gigs not knowing who we are, and after they’re like ‘I wasn’t expecting that’. I guess with the name Peach Club; people expect a cute acoustic act but instead we come on stage like ‘FUCK YOU!!’ It’s always a pleasant surprise for people, we’re definitely not boring!

Do you think being women makes a difference to
your music, or how you present yourselves on stage?

K: I think it does a little bit…

C: Yeah, but I don’t consciously make an effort to be like ‘I am a woman’…

I guess, do you feel like you have to present yourselves as being ‘better’ as there’s the stigma of girl bands not being as
developed?

K: Oh yeah!

A: You have to be better than the all male bands!

K: The thing is though, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’ll mess up all the time, and all we do is just laugh! We’re never like ‘panic panic’, we just move on from it.

I think people expect us to be more placid on stage, but I try my hardest to move as much as possible and make it an exciting show. I think that’s important, make it an exciting show for both guys and girls to watch.

What about within the crowd, what do you think influences diversity? In the sense that people who come to watch you guys are likely to be of a much diverse crowd – what causes this do you think?

K: I think our music appeals to lots of different people, it’s feminist, like its empowering for women and non males. But then guys enjoy it because of our punk elements and our actual musicality. Unfortunately, in Norwich, we always play for bands with the target market of 40-year-old men *laughs* which we have absolutely no problem with, but it’s a bit weird!

R: They all came with their wives, drinking pints of beer!

K: There was one guy who actually did a cartwheel in front of the stage! Not for us unfortunately, but at least we got to witness that.

We actually had two Romanian guys doing this throughout our whole show *waves hand above head in shark like motion* which apparently means we sound like Iron Maiden?

A: Yeah not sure how we would have got that from that movement?

C: He also said he’d never seen a pink guitar before, he hated it! But they were great, they were cool.

K: They said we were the best girl band, which I’ll take!

Do you find it offensive when they call you a ‘’girl band”?

K: Little bit. We’re not a girl band, we’re a punk band.

A: You don’t call boys full of boys a boy band!

K: Boys full of boys?

A: *laughs* I mean bands full of boys!

K: Yes! Female is not a genre, as Kate Nash has been saying! So yeah you know, it is a bit offensive because it’s just completely ignoring what we’re doing.

Do you go to many gigs yourselves? Have you got
any gig memories to share?

K: My favourite gig that I’ve probably ever been to was Crystal Castles at the Norwich UEA, it was really insane! Alice Glass shouted at some people for trying to reach up her skirt, and everyone cheered, that was quite cool.

From looking at your merch you guys seem pretty creative. Are you doing any other creative projects at the moment aside from playing gigs?

K: We want to do a zine! Like a thrash riot girl hand book. I’d want that to be a collab with lots of different artists around where we live. Charlie is very creative!

C: Yeah. I’ve done our most recent artwork for the tape we’ve got and our recent singles. I love doing merch and anything arty with local people, friends and stuff. Why not, we’re a DIY band so let’s do DIY stuff!

K: I could do poetry but I would probably cringe at myself *laughs* don’t know why, I have to put it to music instead!

You could publish a Zine about your lyrics? That would be cool!

K: It would actually!

C: We might take that idea actually! Haha, thanks!

Peach Club are playing at The Finsbury in London on the 25th of March, with Anteros, Lazy Day and Wyldest. Their latest single ‘Mission Impossible’ is also available now so go have have a listen!

An Interview With…DOLLS

DOLLS are a grunge-punk two-piece, who’ll be joining The Tuts and Peach Club at The George Tavern for International Women’s Day this Wednesday. Girls Against got hold of Jade and Belinda to talk to them a bit more about their music, girl bands, and gig-going.

So, I love your single, Audrey! Could you tell me a bit more about it?

Bel: Audrey was written after Jade was really inspired by a certain someone. It was one of the first songs we wrote together and was a break away from the bluesy riff based songs previously released.

Do you have any other new songs on the way?

Jade: Oh yes! We are writing new songs all the time. We should hopefully have some new songs unleashed to the world in the near future. Stay tuned!

A lot of bands in this scene, including you guys, are sometimes being referred
to as “Riot Grrrl revival”. Do you consider yourselves a Riot Grrrl band? Do
you have any thoughts on the original 90s movement?

Jade: We are definitely inspired by the movement but I wouldn’t consider ourselves as a Riot Grrrl band specifically. I think the original movement did a lot to change people’s perception of feminism and empower women but there is still more that could be done.

Bel: I really believe the 90’s movement consolidated a huge step in feminism and female presence in the music industry. We are definitely inspired by it and still believe we need to keep fighting for equality.

I’ll ask the obvious question, because everyone always seems to be interested – who do you find yourselves inspired by?

J & B: We are inspired by a variety of bands, books and films. We love Sonic
Youth, Pj Harvey, Pixies… the list goes on.

When was the last time you were at a gig? What’s the best memory/story you’ve got from a gig?

Jade: I was at a gig on Friday and I am going to another one tonight. I try to go to as many gigs as possible. I went to a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds gig a few years ago not really expecting to enjoy it as I didn’t love ‘Push the sky away’ on first listen. I ended up in floods of tears by the second song and left with them becoming one of my favourite bands.

Bel: I also like going to gigs regularly and I try to combine bigger ones with my friend’s gigs. It’s so important to support unsigned and independent artists, because I know it can be so hard to break through and it can really demotivate people. I always have a great time at Mac DeMarco’s gigs. At Field Day he crowd-surfed over me and broke my sun glasses. It was really the highlight of
my week!

What’s your favourite part about performing your songs up in front of people?
Do you think being women makes a difference to your music and how you present yourselves on stage?

Jade: My favourite part is being able to express myself on stage. I find it is a good release. I also love seeing people really enjoying our music and singing along.

Bel: I don’t think being women directly affects our music any more than just how normal life affects any woman. I love being onstage because I truly feel so comfortable and happy! I’ve always thought that drumming is like breathing to me. Also I love playing with Jade and that’s what makes a big difference.

Do you have any personal opinions on what we can do to encourage diversity in the indie music scene, and to make gig-goers comfortable?

Jade: I think the fact there are more female fronted nights now encourages diversity. I have also seen workshops that focuses on girl musicians being able to be in bands together which is great!

Bel: And about gig goers, I know how awful it can be for girls sometimes in crowded rooms or arenas. I think the main point is to speak out about any uncomfortable circumstances and raise awareness (and respect).

For those who miss you on Wednesday, when can people next catch you?

J & B: We are playing at the Tooting Tram and social on March 17th for Radio X’s John Kennedy.

To hear more from Dolls find them at @thisisdolls and on Instagram at dolls_music

You can check out their new single “Audrey” on soundcloud now (https://open.spotify.com/album/3o0B6ysVimu7nIjq61D2uT) or watch the
music video on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mteUr5z8JiI).

Interview by Emma