Guest Blog: Deux Furieuses

Covid 19 and the necessary restrictions surrounding it have brought about a number of cancellations of music events, including what would have been Get In Her Ears’ very first festival. Taking place tomorrow, Saturday 18th July, it was set to be a pretty special day, filled with some of our favourite female and non binary artists. Fingers crossed we can finally make it happen next year…

One of the bands set to play was post-punk duo Deux Furieuses. Having previously blown us away live at The Finsbury with their explosive gritty energy and raw emotion, they’ve become firm favourites of ours over the last few years and we were really looking forward to hosting them once again.

In the absence of our festival, and any gigs, at the moment, Ros from the band has written a poignant guest blog for us about changing priorities in the current situation, and the importance of having a quiet space to write. Have a read, and be reminded of the duo’s incredible power with the video for ‘Let It Burn’ at the end of the article!

A Room Of One’s Own… 

Deux Furieuses should have been playing Get In Her Ears Festival tomorrow. Instead, I have moved to the countryside in search of a place to breath and make music without thumps and texts from the flat above every time I strum my guitar.

I am writing this at night in a gatehouse lodge cottage designed in 1869 by Quaker architect Alfred Waterhouse, who also built the National History Museum and the red brick universities, for abolitionist MP Thomas Foxwell Buxton. I wonder who else has lived here over the past 150 years and what troubles they knew.

The neighbours on one side are a black and white horse in a field and a rabbit who munches grass outside the kitchen window every evening at the same time. There are red kites and buzzards swooping over head, nettles everywhere and a space where a shed used to be before it blew away. I can hear the sound of the London train which makes me smile every time it blows its horn, calling me back to London to rehearse with Vas.

Deux Furieuses were working on third album material before Covid 19, London lockdown and the death of someone close upended everything. It was Vas who found this cottage when I said I had to live some other way. No time in our living memory has been this uncertain. We have to do what we can to survive. For me it’s about being free to write music and having a ‘room of one’s own’. We intend to start demoing our third album as soon as I am settled.

Get In Her Ears’ first festival would have been a joyous celebration of female and non binary talent and is another missed gathering of our tribe. Playing live to an audience is a fading memory but we have to find our collective way back.

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ CLT DRP, 14.06.19

Following a host of amazing bands playing for us lately, including Crumbs, Mammoth Penguins, ARXX, Wolf Girl and Fightmilk, we were back at The Finsbury on Friday with another dream of a line-up, for a jam-packed night of the best new music from awesome womxn.

Kicking off the night is the sparkling, ‘mummycore’ riotpop of I, Doris. Treating us to an equal balance of tongue-in-cheek lyricism and groove-filled hooks, their catchy offerings ooze an infectious joy.

Next up, Lemondaze captivate with their soaring, shoegaze sounds. A relatively new band, their scuzzy dream-like haze is utterly immersive, as their deliver each hypnotic offering with a swirling, impassioned energy, marking them out as truly impressive; definite ones to watch worthy of every success.

Penultimate band of the night, Cryptic Street, blast into our ears and eyes with their ferocious energy and magnetising charisma. As front woman Leona bounds across the stage like a feisty whirlwind, the band deliver impressive riffs, enrapturing the crowd with their buoyant spirit (and even getting one super fan up on stage with them to join in the fun). Getting crowd-pleasing down to a fine art, Cryptic Street are a true force to be reckoned with.

Headliners, Brighton’s CLT DRP, succeed in completely blowing my mind. Delivering their immense, thrashing beats, fuzz-filled whirring hooks and soaring, gritty vocals with an empowered energy, each incredible raging cacophony leaves me utterly speechless. With stand-out lyrics such as “Read my mouth, you don’t own me”, CLT DRP’s breathtaking power lies not only in their unique electro-punk sound, but in the poignant, pertinent message they convey.

HUGE thanks to the four amazing bands who made Friday night so special! We really appreciate you coming to play for us. Don’t miss our next night at The Finsbury on 12th July with incredible headliners Witching Waves! RSVP here.

Photos: Em Burfitt / @fenderqueer
Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ Mammoth Penguins, 12.04.19

Following a host of amazing bands playing for us lately, including ARXX, Wolf Girl, Sit Down, Fightmilk and Peach Club, we were back at The Finsbury on Friday with another dream of a line-up, for a jam-packed night of the best new music from awesome womxn.

Kicking things off is the completely dreamy, shoegaze-inspired soundscapes of Winter Gardens. Alongside high-octane riffs and propulsive beats, the soaring vocals of Ananda create an utterly captivating start to the night.

Next up, Oxford’s Death Of The Maiden blow us away with their immense, sweeping power. Combining Tamara’s smooth, beguiling vocals, poignant narratives and a twinkling grace, they deliver a truly immersive set, leaving us honoured to have hosted their first ever London gig.

Penultimate band of the night, DUCK, return with their unique, fun-filled groove to play for us for a second time. And what a pleasure it is to host the trio again; with their wonderfully wonky noise-pop, they treat us to a whirring array of synth-filled sonic delights, getting the whole crowd dancing along to their unique, colourful offerings.

Having been a big fan of Mammoth Penguins for a long while now, it’s a real privilege to have them headline for us. And they don’t disappoint. Delivering truly dreamy indie-pop offerings old and new, I find myself singing along to every single song. As the raw, distinctive vocals of Emma Kupa flow alongside shimmering melodies and jangly, energised beats, I’m left with butterflies in my stomach at the fuzzy, scuzzy loveliness of everything this band create.

Huge thanks to the four amazing bands who made Friday night so special, to sound engineer Joe and to everyone who made it out to pack out The Finsbury! Hope to see you next time, on 12th May, when we’ll have Leeds band Crumbs headlining for us, along with Charismatic Megafauna, Panic Pocket and Rookes.

Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles
Photos: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto