IDestroy are a Bristol based punk/garage rock 3 piece comprised of Bec Jevons, Becky Baldwin and Jenn Haneef. Formed in early 2015 they cite influences as wide ranging as Sleater Kinney, Gossip, X-Ray Spex and Iggy and the Stooges. In February this year they released their debut EP Vanity Loves Me to positive reviews, mosh.hitthe floor.com commenting ‘this is a true punk EP’ (1); thegirlsare.com described it as ‘raw and powerful’ (2) while Punktastic described the title track as a ‘short, sharp slab of garage-rock glory’ (3). After coming across them via Facebook and checking out their highly impressive EP I contacted them for an interview and, between gigs on their current tour, lead singer Bec Jevons kindly obliged.
(((o))): Could you give us an overview of IDestroy? How did you meet? When did you start?
We are Bec, Becky and Jenn, three-piece rock ‘n’ roll band. We met whilst studying in Bristol and formed the band about a year and a half ago. Since then we have been playing shows all over the UK and into Spain. We put out our first release Vanity Loves Me (EP) in February this year.
(((o))): What had you been doing before? Had you been in other bands?
Yes, we’ve all been playing in various other bands since we were in school, I currently also play with The Blue Aeroplanes and Becky plays with Triaxis and Dorja. We’re the kind of people who love playing and collaborating with new people.
(((o))): Was there anything specific that made you decide to form a band together? Similar ideas musically?
I’d been writing a bunch of songs that I specifically had in mind to play with a three piece, powerful and energetic line up. I knew Becky and Jenn would be the ideal people to ask for the job, luckily they were up for it!
(((o))): Who would you list as influences-would you identify with Riot Grrrl?
I love Riot Grrrl! Sleater Kinney in particular have been a big influence of mine, along with The Gossip. We’ve each got a big list of different influences though. But for me Nirvana, Bowie, The Thermals, Jack White etc etc
(((o))): How did you decide on the name?
One of the first songs I wrote to be played in the band was a track called ‘I Destroy’. We were really excited about this song and we felt it summed up the direction of the band, so we decided to make it one word and name the band after it.
(((o))): Did you have a fairly clear idea of the sound you were aiming for from the start or has it been more of an evolution?
Yes, I had a pretty good idea when we were forming the band what I wanted it to sound like. It has come together in a really natural way, particularly our live show.
(((o))): You released the 4 track Vanity Loves Me EP earlier this year. Could you talk us through the tracks, what sort of subject matter were you exploring?
The subject matter ranges from feeling the need to destroy everything, to enjoying getting drunk with your friends… so I think there are a lot of relatable themes in the lyrics! The theme of the whole EP is an observation of human feelings and behaviours.
(((o))): Are you happy that it ‘captures’ where IDestroy are now? Often musicians feel their releases document where they were!
We’re really happy with how it’s been received, we’ve sold far more than we imagined and it’s had great reviews. I think it’s a good introduction to what we’re all about. We’re currently focusing on the next release, it’s important for us to develop on the sound though and put out even better tracks.
(((o))): How does the creative process work in IDestroy? Is there one main songwriter or is it very collaborative?
I usually start with getting some lyric ideas down and then I’ll write the song around them. I’ll get a rough demo recorded with all the riffs, chords and vocal melodies to a basic beat. We’ll then all go into a rehearsal room and work more parts of the arrangement and getting a solid structure down.
(((o))): What sources do you draw on in lyric writing? Personal experiences, books, films?
All of the above! You can find ideas and inspiration from literally anywhere if you really put your mind to it.
(((o))): Often female musicians have to put up with sexist attitudes and comments from men with essentialist viewpoints. What’s your experience been like so far?
Luckily, I think we have avoided sexism at most of our shows. This is possibly because we often play with other female and mixed gendered bands, so most audiences and other bands on the bill are good to us. When we are the only female band on the line up we get comments made about us which just reflects people’s assumptions about female musicians. Sometimes we are approached after our set by people who seem so surprised that we are good at what we do. Sound engineers don’t expect us to play ‘properly’ or to know about our own gear… And people often think that someone else is booking for us and managing us when we’ve always done it ourselves. We can’t complain about this too much, because sometimes we enjoy proving people wrong!
(((o))): What are your plans for the rest of 2016 and into 2017 -are you going to be out playing live, do you have any plans for further releases?
We are currently on tour, playing dates all across the UK. In between the shows we will be recording the next release ready to put out early next year.
(((o))): What bands and writers have you been enjoying lately?
I’m currently checking out Jamie T’s new album, which is sounding pretty good so far. Slotface, Martyrials and a band we met in Spain called The Strangers all get shout outs for featuring on my current playlist!