turn heads as they walk in the room. Not as you may assume, through their beauty, but through their charismatic and warm presence that gleams off of them. Finding her dream drummer in Bel (similar height, short blonde hair, the ability to read scribbles off postit notes while drumming) Jade and Bel began their creative journey together and never looked back. Having recently released new single ‘Audrey’ and selling out their first CD ‘Killing Time’ it’s safe to say this is a band that is going in all the right directions. I caught up with them ahead of their show at Green Door Store in Brighton for Femrock!
‘I think there’s this stereotype of the bra burning feminist that hates men but I just never see that. We need feminism to help us talk about issues openly, with men AND women.’-Jade
What influenced you to pick up your instrument?
Jade: Both of my parents are musicians so actually I didn’t have a lot of choice. Pretty much the moment I had some coordination I learned the piano and recorder (rock n roll!) Then at 6 I started playing classical guitar. Probably the most un-cool answer ever!
Bel: I begged my mum for over 3 years to get a drum kit. She bought me a guitar instead. The poor thing is still sat in my bedroom in Spain… After all those years of begging she finally gave in and took me to lessons. It’s all history after that!
What influences your song writing?
Popular culture is a big influence on our songwriting i.e films and tv. Also the people around us can inspire me to want to write a song as well as hearing a song for the first time that I think is brilliant!
Do you find the ratio of male to female at your gigs is equal?
Our gigs used to have mainly male audiences but now we find it is more equal.
What does feminism and equality mean to you?
Feminism IS equality to us. Feminism is very important to us as a band and we are always working hard to be the best band we can be.
‘Feminism is the movement that fights for gender equality, and I don’t see why anybody wouldn’t support it. ‘Hembrism’ -on the other hand – states that women are superior than men.’-Bel
What do you think about ‘Feminism’ being shown as a negative word in today’s society?
Jade: I think it’s bollocks really. I think there’s this stereotype of the bra burning feminist that hates men but I just never see that. We need feminism to help us talk about issues openly, with men AND women.
Bel: The problem is there are huge misconceptions about this term. Feminism is the movement that fights for gender equality, and I don’t see why anybody wouldn’t support it. ‘Hembrism’ -on the other hand – states that women are superior than men.
Do you feel there are inequalities in the music industry?
Jade: Of course there is. I feel as a female band we have to work so much harder to prove we can actually play and I feel if I don’t know a lot of stuff about the gear I’m using I’m at risk of being patronised.
What do you think can be done to make it more equal?
To continue to have an open and honest discussion about these issues to challenge ignorance.
Do you feel like the music industry is catered towards and dominated by males?
Jade: Yes, however there is an amazing punk scene in London (I don’t know about other cities as I don’t live there) where it’s hugely supportive of female musicians and bands. I am so excited by that scene!
Bel: I feel like it isn’t so prominent anymore. The industry has changed dramatically in the last few years and the female presence very strong now (at least in London).
What’s the dream venue/festival you want to play?
Jade: Field day has been one of my favourite festivals to go to for a few years. The line up is usually brilliant and has a good mixture of genres and more underground bands. I would love to play there!
Bel: I totally agree – Field Day would be amazing!
What’s your favourite gig you’ve played?
It’s hard to pick a favourite one really as we are lucky that most of our gigs are really enjoyable. Recently we put on a night at The Old Blue Last and that was really fun to play! It was great to see old faces as well as lots of new ones. It felt like as a band we had taken a big step in the right direction.
Thank you to DOLLS for being such a pleasure to be around and for agreeing to headline a gig for us. We are so proud to have them play. To keep updated on their music like their facebook page HERE and check out their songs HERE
Photos by Kelly Chard.