LISTEN: GIHE on Soho Radio – 90s Bangerz 01.02.22

Tash & Kate were back in the Soho Radio studio playing loads of new music from some of their favourite female, non-binary and LGBTQ+ artists, with Mari offering some of her musical musings too.

Listen out for their 90s Bangerz section, where Tash remains committed to reviving the UK Garage scene, and Kate tries to deliver a cockney remix of Alanis Morissette’s classic anthem ‘You Oughta Know’…

Listen back below:

Tracklist
Maria Uzor – Donuts
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
Katy J Pearson – Alligator
VERO – She’s Scared Of Everything
Noga Erez – NAILS
Circe & Secret World Orchestra – It’s All Over
Porridge Radio – The Rip
SOAK – Swear Jar
Momma – Speeding 72
Horsegirl – Anti-Glory
L’Rain – Two Face
Celeste – Strange
Maria BC – The Only Thing
Hercules & Love Affair, ANOHNI – One
Sweet Female Attitude – Flowers
DJ Luck & MC Neat – A Little Bit Of Luck
The Cardigans – Lovefool
Hole – Awful
Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl
Nirvana – Lithium
JJ72 – October Swimmer
HAAi, Jon Hopkins – Baby We’re Ascending
Real Big Sky – Another Day
LibraLibra – Fancy Car
Cheerbleederz – Nail Biters
Ruby Gill – Public Panic Attacks
Miss Leading – Woke
Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love

An Open Letter To First Timers Fest…

Dear First Timers Fest,

Thank you for existing and for the best Sunday afternoon spent at the Amersham Arms, watching new bands perform live together for the first time.

I (and the GIHE team) have been following your work as a non-profit organisation, encouraging people from all walks of life to start making music for a while now and I think what you do is vital and beautiful – and I hope you feel appreciated!

For those who don’t know, First Timers are a London based initiative who run workshops and festivals that aim to make music accessible to all. They focus on creating fun, low pressure environments for people to learn instruments, form their own band and aim to build a community of like-minded people who think access to music shouldn’t be blocked by financial or social barriers.

I have seen and felt the joy of the First Timers community first hand, having attended their Bass Workshop with Jodi earlier this year and their Festival earlier this month. Turning up alone to these events can feet a bit daunting, but from the moment I walked into an event, the team of volunteers were warm, approachable and always willing to chat. It’s a human-centered initiative designed to make you feel comfortable, and it’s always a pleasure to be in the room with other people who are seeking a connection through music.

Between sets at the festival, I spoke to volunteers and organisers about how much I was enjoying the day. They took the time to stand and talk with me, which was no small feat considering that logistically, organising stage times and supporting 15 new bands must have meant they had a truly chaotic day. My only regret is that I couldn’t stay for the full festival!

It was inspiring to watch new bands like Wormdriver, Poorly Trained Radicals, Pig City, Egg Doggs and Achers share their music with a crowd for the first time. Considering it was a festival for beginners, there were so few “mistakes” in the performances, and if any person on stage looked like they were unsure, the crowd immediately applauded or cheered them on to dissolve the uncertainty. It’s this shared supportive attitude that makes First Timers Fest such a pleasure to witness. It’s an attitude that often gets lost in the pretensions of wider, more “serious” music spheres. It’s easy to forget that everyone has to start somewhere and ultimately – so what if you fuck it up? That’s half the fun anyway, and that’s what First Timers are here for.

I grew up as a working class girl in Essex and despite secretly wanting to, I never learned how to play an instrument. I was one of four kids, incredibly shy and had no idea where to start. My brother taught himself how to play guitar and synths via Youtube videos, but I couldn’t grasp any of it through a screen. The one bass lesson I had with Jodi this year made me feel like I might actually be able to get somewhere with an instrument, if I just make the time to practice it more often. If First Timers had been around when I was a teenager, I think they would have helped me get to where I am today a little bit quicker. I’m grateful to have found them now as an adult, and I really hope others will read this and reach out and join the First Timers community too.

Keep up the good work folks and I’ll see you again soon.

Love & solidarity,
Kate x

 

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Five Favourites: Miss Leading

New Zealand born songwriter, producer, poet and activist Miss Leading has now shared her poignant new single ‘Woke‘. Having spent five years living in Scotland, she recently moved back to New Zealand where she founded the Eastern Sound Collective – a network of musicians based in Wellington with the aim of supporting and connecting Asian artists.

A response to the virtue signalling that permeated much of society during the Black Lives Matter movement, ‘Woke’ showcases Miss Leading’s knack for combining a sparkling, soulful musicality with a gritty social awareness and poignant sense of urgency. Watch the deeply stirring new video for ‘Woke’ here – of the video, Miss Leading explains: “The symbol of haircutting is that of ‘a thousand tiny cuts’, that accumulation of constant prejudice and its impact. It is also about pulling back the nice dressing to reveal something that makes people uncomfortable.

We think one of the best ways to get to know an artist is by asking what music inspires them. So, to celebrate the release of ‘Woke’, we caught up with Miss Leading to ask about her “Five Favourites” – five albums that have inspired her the most. Read about her choices below:

Green Day – Dookie
Dookie was the first CD that our parents did not pick out. I think my sister only bought it because all her friends had said it was cool. She will attest to the fact that she has never liked punk. But I was instantly connected, the fast drum lines and the lyrics that fed the soul of a shithead teenager who didn’t connect with the constraints of the adult world imposed upon them. We sat there with the CD cover insert in hand, reading and singing along with the lyrics all afternoon until we knew every song by heart. I loved the secret track ‘All By Myself’ – a gift hidden for those who left the CD on play.


Jill Scott – Who Is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds Vol. 1 
I remember hearing ‘Love Rain’ on the radio and thinking “what is this?”… It was poetry and jazz and contemporary and sexy – “We made better than love we made delicious”. When I lose direction about where to take my music and poetry, I always return to this album. Each track is a story that glimpses into Jill’s everyday life. Her ability to blend spoken-word with beautiful vocals is seamless. I hold this as an aspiration to work towards in music-making.


Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
Singers that I will use to practice to are Aretha Franklin, Doris Day, and Amy Winehouse. Amy is undoubtedly one of the greatest singers of my generation. She knows where to place power in a line and where to let it just sit. True to jazz vocals, she plays with how a word should sound using her voice as an instrument. The more I dive into Back to Black, the more I realise how much of a lyrical genius Amy was too. Her stories of infidelity, addiction, use of swearing and slang, or named references to brands and objects stamp her music as a portrait of a period in time. This style pays homage to the boundary-breaking writing that jazz has always had a part to play. I try to think about this when I’m writing songs – “how do I want to bring my listener to the time and place I am in right now, and what language will I use to do this?”


We Were Promised Jet Packs – These Four Walls
I am not exaggerating when I say that I moved to Edinburgh because my favourite band lived there. What better way to pick a new place to live than one where you know there will be good music. And I am a big-time fan having seen them play in Toronto, Boston and all over Scotland. I love all of their albums; as musicians, they continue to develop and change in a way that their audience can move with them. The instrumentation of their music carries you through a full tide of emotions with fantastic build-ups that pull right inside you. Adam’s lyrics use beautiful metaphors and imagery that allow the listener to try to decipher what it may mean to the writer or let it be their own story – I’ve always related ‘Quiet Little Voices’ to how I feel about my nieces. I’d like to make music like this but haven’t quite figured out how. The album starts with ‘Thunder and Lightning’, which has gut-wrenching lyrics, but the music features the pretty tones of a xylophone and the final lines “I’m leaving!” brings a sense of liberation. The album finishes with ‘An Almighty Thud.’ A quiet song, beautifully written with words that seem to be a metaphor for vulnerability, perhaps fears of failure and imposter syndrome, which is relatable to most artists, if not most people. Good songwriting like this, the kind that you can enjoy on first hear and then as you look closer draw you in more are rare and why I will always be a WWPJP fan.

Noname – Room 25
Taken from this album, the track ‘Self’ is 1 minute 34 seconds of perfection. This piece says what it needs to say and leaves you to think about it. Noname’s cadence and words are unapologetic. Her style doesn’t over-perform or try to fit other people’s rhythms. ‘Self’ was the first time I’d heard the term “pussy” used to demonstrate feminine strength. “My pussy wrote a thesis on colonialism. In conversation with a marginal system in love with Jesus” – this line is gold. I loved seeing her perform live at SWG3 in Glasgow. Although a serious rapper, she is charming and isn’t afraid to show her enjoyment and have fun on stage with her audience.

Massive thanks to Miss Leading for sharing her Five Favourites with us! Listen to ‘Woke‘ here, and watch the affecting video below:

Introducing Interview: Wyse

Having previously received praise from the likes of Gold Flake Paint and BBC Radio 1’s Gemma Bradley, Portsmouth-based artist WYSE has now announced the release of her sophomore EP this summer. Taken from the EP, gritty latest single ‘Run Away‘ oozes a raw, impassioned splendour with a catchy, pop-punk energy.

We caught up with WYSE to talk about what inspires her, her local music scene, the industry today and more… Have a read!

Hi WYSE, welcome to Get In Her Ears! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Thank you for having me! I’m a Portsmouth based artist, producer and songwriter. I love contrast, exploring the space between pop and progressive music, the unexpected, and long walks on the beach…!

How did you initially start creating music?
I had violin lessons when I was eight and got “fired” from my lessons because I didn’t practice my scales or stick to written music. I then taught myself the drums at home on some pots and pans… And, after a lot of insistence that lessons would DEFINITELY go differently with guitar, my parents gave in and let me have guitar lessons at the age of ten. My teacher Jonathan really encouraged me to write and create, realising very quickly that my eyes would glaze over as soon as notated music appeared. 

Your fantastic single ‘Run Away’ is out now – can you tell us what it’s all about?
I’ve always found that resentment is seen as this really “ugly” emotion. When I was turned down by somebody I was dating, I felt ashamed for feeling resentful about it. I wanted to stuff that feeling in a box before anyone could see it and pretend it didn’t exist. In ‘Run Away’, I am caught between trying to quite literally “run away” from myself – my sexuality, and my insecurities over being rejected, and my need to let it all out.

You’ve been compared to the likes of Wolf Alice and Anna Calvi, but who would you say are your main musical influences?
I was quite sheltered from popular culture growing up (my family mostly listened to Christian-related music and hymns), so most of my early inspirations probably came from being exposed at school to the noughties pop-punk artists such as Avril Lavigne, Green Day, Paramore and, later, bands like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Radiohead and AWOLNATION. I found it quite embarrassing at times, the number of seriously iconic artists I had never heard of or listened to. People would always find that funny, especially since I am a musician. So, I had a lot of fun finding iconic artists out for myself over the last few years, and their influence has started seeping into my music – including Anna Calvi, Janelle Monae, David Bowie, Portishead and Queen.

How is your local music scene? Do you go to see lots of live music?
I’ve really enjoyed being so close to The Wedgewood Rooms and other venues recently. Now we are able to go to gigs again, I am going to more than I ever did before the pandemic started! The music scene in Portsmouth has grown unrecognisably since I started out playing in the area in mid 2010s. I moved away for a few years and returned last year, and there seems to be a much greater variety of bands, venues, events, festivals and promoters than ever.

And what can fans expect from your live shows?
I really want my performances to feel like a journey for the audience, and for them to have the best possible time. I want my songs to evoke a whole range of emotions for them – from energetic to melancholic; nostalgic, thoughtful, excited… I want there to be unexpected moments throughout the set.

As we’re a new music focused site, are there any new/upcoming bands or artists you’d recommend we check out?
To name a few off the top of my head: Hunting Hearts, Lauran Hibberd, Rose’s Diary, BERRIES, South Coast Ghosts, Deva St. John, Split The Dealer, Ivy Eye, Little Victories…

And how do you feel the music industry is for new bands at the moment – would you say it’s difficult to get noticed?
Very – I think it’s been this way for a long time. It’s been said a lot, but as an artist you have to be multi-skilled. We cannot rely on just having a natural musical talent because that will get an artist absolutely nowhere, except by some freak chance for a few. At times this can be very frustrating and demotivating. In other ways it can be a good challenge to learn new skills and become more well-rounded as a creative.

Finally, what does the rest of 2022 have in store for WYSE?
I’m releasing a lot more music this year, including an EP. There will be focus tracks in June and July and the next five-track EP shortly after. I’ve already nearly finished writing the EP that will follow in 2023, so it’s back to the studio in June to start tracking! I’ve also got more exciting shows and festivals coming up – including being part of Icebreaker Festival on 9th July. I’m also developing my solo set and a ‘noisy duo’ set where the gig vibe warrants it.

Massive thanks to WYSE for answering our questions!

Listen to ‘Run Away’, the latest single from WYSE, here:

Allusions, the upcoming new EP from WYSE, is set for release on 29th July.