An interview with Chastity Belt

An interview with Chastity Belt

Seattle four-piece Chastity Belt can be described as a college party band that evolved into something more sincere. If their first album No Regerts (typo intended) was all about getting wasted with your friends and shouting “giant vagina” at frat parties, Time To Go Home is the moment the lights come on and you shuffle between the kissing couples, trying to find your jacket. Jittery with excitement ahead of their first London performance, I speak to Lydia Lund (guitar) and Annie Truscott (bass) about how growing up has changed their sound.

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An interview with Girlpool

An interview with Girlpool

The experience of girlhood is avidly documented, fictionalised and capitalised on, yet it rarely shakes you in the way that LA duo Girlpool manages to. Ahead of their gig at London venue Scala, I speak to Cleo Tucker (guitar) and Harmony Tividad (bass) about their creative bond, minimalism and why vulnerability is so important.

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An interview with Samantha Crain

An interview with Samantha Crain

What is a modern folk song? The answer could be Killer, the first track on Samantha Crain’s new record Under Branch and Thorn and Tree. Interweaving stories the singer songwriter encountered in the camps of The Occupy Movement, the song carries a political message balancing wearily on an irregular drum beat. While briefly in London, Samantha meets me for coffee and we chat about the 99 percent, equality and channelling political frustrations through music.

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