Track Of The Day: Blóm – ‘Toxic Dependency’

Comprised of former members of Tough Tits and Yume Hayashi, Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Blóm fuse together genres to create their unique DIY Queer Feminist anthems. And, having recently released a split EP with Leeds band Thank, they’ve shared an emotionally charged, rip-roaring track from the EP with us.

A raging cacophony reflecting on toxic relationships, ‘Toxic Dependency’ blasts out a furious, seething energy and angst-driven power, as the genuine fiery passion of the band bursts out of every screamed note. Of the track, the band explain:

Part of the lyrics are about toxic relationships and being co dependent on people who are damaging. When you are trapped in these relationships you feel like you are submerged and it is hard to find people to support you to leave…  Other lyrics are pulled straight from passing comments toxic people have said to me, and regularly say to people presenting as female. The tone and delivery of these comments can shift the sincerity, knock your confidence and breed insecurities.”


Listen to Blóm’s split EP with Thank on Bandcamp now. And catch them live supporting Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs on the following dates:

5th April – The Haunt, Brighton
6th April – Esquires, Bedford

Mari Lane

First Timers Fest Hosts Workshops For Aspiring Musicians

Held at the inclusive, accessible and volunteer-run DIY Space For London, First Timers is a season of musical workshops, followed by an evening of gigs, where every band plays its first show. First Timers’ main priority is about getting new faces and voices in bands, and doing something about the lack of diversity in the make-up of the DIY music community.

Aiming to ensure inclusivity, First Timers wants to ensure people of all genders, abilities and backgrounds get involved, and promotes a welcoming environment for anyone who may not have ever played a musical instrument. Giving people a chance to experience their first gig in a really supportive environment, it encourages coming together and learning in a non-elitist way.

Workshops are available in the following: Drums, Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Synthesisers, Songwriting, Beat-boxing.

The next workshops, taking place this Sunday 11th March, will be drums with Jen Calleja (Feature) and Tamsin Mi (ES) at 1-3pm and Pedals with Nadia (Jellie Rolls). Visit the First Timers Facebook page for full details of all upcoming workshops.

First Timers Festival 2018 will take place on 5th and 6th May.

Track Of The Day: The Menstrual Cramps – ‘The Smash’

Following the seething power of their debut album We’re Not Ovaryacting (what a name!), which earned itself the title of Loud Women’s ‘Hercury Prize’ this year, DIY punks The Menstrual Cramps are back with another fantastically riotous offering.

‘The Smash’ combines a fist-clenching ferocity with racing catchy hooks and a tongue in cheek wit, creating a truly infectious punk-rock anthem that makes for simply essential listening. As front woman Emilia Elfrida chants “Kick the Tories out the door… we want a revolution!”, The Menstrual Cramps give a welcome voice to the anger we’re all feeling about the way society’s headed.

Combining activism with musical prowess, The Menstrual Cramps provide a captivating, empowering force that we all need now more than ever.

Mari Lane