Articles by Tim Foster
Complex, catchy, energetic, nimble rock that, yeah, fulfils some of the criteria for being ‘classic old school rock’ but is far too light on its feet to be compared to the more lumpen bands that term can conjure up. The Franklys might cite Led Zeppelin as an influence but their music is much more agile, much more interesting.
This isn’t the Guardian telling you what it has heard, via a third party, life is like for the JAMs and the not at all managing this is the voice of someone who is well acquainted with life at the bottom of the pile. This isn’t pretty, it isn’t slick, it’s dark, you’ll find it uncomfortable but it does have an authenticity, immediacy and integrity you just might find arresting.
“I think that ‘the system’ or ‘people in power’ or other things that we are singing about over time just changed names or methods of brainwashing people but it is still same old shit. They can not trick us. We have our eyes wide open all the time.” Tim Forster chats to Ewa Zablocka from Radioactive Rats.
“…but I think from the point of view of the band it is still about ensuring that the way in which the music is created and what’s happening in the performance space is almost like the hallowed ground that you have to occupy first.” Tim Forster talks to Peter Garrett from Midnight Oil.
‘My view is that punk is still alive and well, you just need to ﬁnd it. From a woman’s perspective, like I said, I think it is one of the better environments to play in.’
As an artist, I do not feel the need to brand myself as a feminist or a punk or a riot grrrl, really: I make music for people to listen to if they are so inclined-full stop, without the need to justify myself for it.
Wondering how to respond to structural (and other) misogyny ROAR, in an attitude of solidarity (with victims of violence), resistance (to oppression) and celebration (of equality), has got together four ferocious, danceable female fronted punk bands plus solo artists to raise money for local Women’s Refuge, Leeway.
‘As a kid you’re often baffled by hatred, by why people are angry at foreigners, then you start to understand how the media, the Tory government are intertwined and into fear mongering, putting poor people in a corner blaming them for things’.
“Well, I guess, the reality bites you each and every single day, so how could you possibly be emotionless, unconcerned and bored?!”
Twenty one tracks that are varied, intelligent & feminist. Every track on this album is at least good and evidence that grassroots rock is in a very healthy state.
To start with DIY and punk go together, at least from our point of view
I have been extremely excited by what I’ve seen and heard of Radioactive Rats online for a few months but up till the start of December hadn’t been able to see them live so when I saw they were playing the legendary Sumac Centre in Nottingham it seemed like an ideal opportunity.
Live they are ferocious, articulate, angry and confrontational – somehow they’ve managed to translate that into this album. Faultless.
IDestroy’s debut EP ‘Vanity Loves Me’ has been described as ‘true punk EP’, ‘raw and powerful’, with Punktastic calling the title track a ‘short, sharp slab of garage-rock glory’. Tim Foster chats to Bec Jevons to find out more.
Kamikaze Girls stated aim is to challenge attitudes towards mental health, to stand in solidarity with other young people struggling with those issues and, if that’s not enough, to work with other bands to eradicate gender stereotypes in music. With a mission statement like that and music to match I was always going to be asking if an interview was possible-fortunately it was! By Tim Forster
DOLLS are a two piece comprised of singer/guitarist Jade Ellins and drummer Belinda Conde, they formed DOLLS in 2014 and have three excellent tracks up on Soundcloud, double A-side single ‘Audrey’ and ‘Kid Kannibal’ plus ‘Killing Time’. Despite my frustrating tardiness they were kind enough to agree to an interview. By Tim Forster
One of the stand out bands at this month’s Loud Women Festival in London, and I hadn’t previously heard of them, were The Franklys. Described by Shindig! Magazine as…’classic old school rock…riotous girl rebellion…frankly something you should be getting yourself some of’. Despite the awful pun they’re right, so I contacted the band for an interview! By Tim Forster
Citing influences that include Cocteau Twins, Fugazi and The Smiths, Sister Ghost from Derry and Belfast in NI create music that has been described as having “echoes of Sonic Youth, early nineties discord stuff…classic indie rock with no mucking about.” Tim Forster contacted song writer and vocalist Shannon O’Neill to find out more about Sister Ghost, her experiences fronting a band and the music scene in Northern Ireland.
Confrontational, at times literally in your face, feminist polemicists War on Women are a hardcore punk sonic assault on sexism. Their lyrics incisively expose and challenge the multi faceted, many layered cultural, political and economic oppression, inequality and harassment experienced by women. Before their recent Norwich gig Shawna kindly took time out to discuss music, feminism and, well, pretty much everything really!. By Tim Forster
You know when you hear a track for the first time and it’s completely exciting and intriguing? Well that’s happened to me in 2013 when I first heard ‘Here We Go Again’ off Different Drummer by King Champion Sounds. This September they release their third album To Awake In That Heaven Of Freedom and that seemed a great reason for Tim Foster to ask founder Ajay Saggar for an interview!
Tim Foster had a fascinating in depth chat about DIY Punk and politics with hardcore band In Evil Hour.