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

ALBUM: The Linda Lindas – ‘Growing Up’

Performing at the Los Angeles Public Library last year, Mila de la Garza, drummer for LA-based Asian/Latinx punks The Linda Lindas, explained that their most aggressive song on the setlist, ‘Racist, Sexist Boy’, was written after a negative classroom experience. “A boy in my class came up to me and said that his dad told him to stay away from Chinese people. After I told him that I was Chinese, he backed away from me.” Changing the polarity in a 1-2-3-4 count, The Linda Lindas slam all racist, sexist jerkfaces hard with crushing riot grrrl rhythm and positive affirmation. “We rebuild what you destroy!”

It was a defining moment for the band that caught the attention of the legendary Epitaph Records. Known for working with punk heavyweights like Bad Religion (featuring guitarist and Epitaph co-founder Brett Gurewitz), Refused and The Offspring, Epitaph seemed like a no brainer to release The Linda Lindas’ debut LP, Growing Up; a collection of effortlessly cool and catchy feel-good punk.

Taking their name from the Japanese film Linda Linda Linda – a coming-of-age comedy featuring a group of teenagers who quickly form a band to cover songs by The Blue Hearts – Mila (current age 11), alongside guitarists Lucia de la Garza (14), Bela Salazar (17), and bassist Eloise Wong (13) formed the punk quartet after joining Kristin Kontrol for a one-off performance at Girlschool (later Gxrlschool) in 2018. As The Linda Lindas, they opened for riot grrrl pioneers Bikini Kill just a year later at the Hollywood Palladium – later covering their song ‘Rebel Girl’ in Amy Poehler’s 2021 feminist flick MOXiE! for Netflix – before self-releasing their self-titled EP in 2020. So far, so DIY, so punk!

Growing Up – produced, engineered and mixed by Mila and Lucia’s father, Carlos de la Garza (ex- Suburban Rhythm, Reel Big Fish drummer) – is not a cliché album title. “We’ll sing to people and show / What it means to be young and growing up,” sings Lucia on the title track, a celebration of friendship and the determination to “make every moment last.” For the ferocious ‘Oh!’, the band tap into the pop sensibilities of The Go-Go’s with an infectious bassline, dynamic rhythm, snarling lead vocals from Bela, and self-reflective lyrics written by Eloise: “Why do I say something / Say anything at all (Oh!) / It seems that when I try / I always take the fall (Oh!) / But when I don’t speak up / There’s nothing but regret (Oh!) / I can’t stop thinking of / What could’ve happened next!”

Wise beyond her age insight from Mila features on the bubblegum flavoured ‘Talking To Myself’ (“We’re all talking to ourselves / About things we cannot help…”) whilst Eloise spits lyrical angst on riot grrrl rager ‘Fine’. (“It’s not fine!”) ‘Nino’ follows as a spiritual successor to ‘Monica’, a track from the band’s self-titled extended play, written about Bela’s cat! Similar to the unconventional lyrics of Shonen Knife, Bela sings “I have a cat / His name’s Nino / He’s a savage cat / Killer of mice and rats” over savage pop-punk riffs before Eloise returns with the heartbreakingly heavy, Jawbreaker-esque ‘Why’. “I just drown out everything / Cause I cannot feel this way.”

Taking inspiration from Latin culture and bossa nova beats, Spanish-language ‘Cuántas Veces’ is for the misfits; a deeply personal song from Bela. “Cuántas veces tengo que decir / Ya estoy harta de sentirme asi.” Whilst ‘Remember’ – an outpouring of frustration – leaves Lucia optimistic that “maybe tomorrow will be bigger, brighter, bolder.” Sharing vocal duties for the deceptively whimsical ‘Magic’, the de la Garza sisters trade verses over shimmering guitar hooks before the band closes their electrifying debut with a cathartic studio recording of their aforementioned anti-hate anthem, ‘Racist, Sexist Boy’.

All killer, no filler, each member of The Linda Lindas has brought their own unique style of songwriting to Growing Up, through self-reflection and social awareness. They are a band growing up both musically and personally – developing their identity and DIY ethos together, one punk song at a time – yet already confidently stage-diving into punk rock history.

Follow The Linda Lindas on bandcamp, Spotify, Twitter, Instagram & Facebook

Photo Credit: Zac Farro

Ken Wynne
@Ken_Wynne

ALBUM: Scrunchies – ‘Feral Coast’

Through mutual admiration of each other’s bands, a group of Minnesotan punk rockers began jamming together in Minneapolis, forming Scrunchies just over four years ago. As a local supergroup – with Laura Larson playing for Kitten Forever and Baby Guts before that, Danielle Cusack playing for Bruise Violet and previously Tony Peachka, and their stint in Buzzcocks cover band, Buzzcunts – Scrunchies released their debut LP Stunner in 2018; a DIY stunner that captured the spirit of 90’s riot grrrl. Joined by Condominium’s Matt Castore (as bassist and engineer – having previously recorded Scrunchies debut), the trio’s sophomore effort Feral Coast, is arguably more punk-as-fuck; ripping out riffs with cathartic rage!

Opening with ‘The Houseplant’, Castore’s bass groove can barely contain the punk rock energy Scrunchies are about to release, leading to Larson and Cusack’s propulsive rhythm and screaming lyrical angst. ‘Torrini Decorating’ follows with an equally obliterating punk sound, and Scrunchies are only just getting started! ‘No Home Planet’, another whiplash-inducing ripper, tears apart the fabric of the universe with crushing riffs from Larson (“It’s not the end of the world…”) before Cusack’s punishing percussion on ‘Sway’ has this reviewer gathering his friends together for an impromptu moshpit.

Maintaining their intensity, the infectious bassline of ‘New What’ is followed by the fuzz-drenched hooks of ‘Wildlife’; the trio crescendoing into a cataclysm of feedback near the halfway mark. ‘Black Egg’ will offer listeners no respite before the thrashing ‘Absolute Maximum’ shreds sludge with lo-fi, early Seattle grunge-esque riffs, surrealistic stream of consciousness lyrics, and authentic riot grrrl brattiness. “Don’t take offence I’m trying, but I’m barely alive / You wanna stick your hand in, well it’s mine, mine, mine!”

Inspired by the noise rock of Shellac and Sonic Youth, ‘Parallel’ disturbs with jarring harmonies – and a Kim Gordon-esque deadpan vocal delivery in the bridge – layered over scuzzy post-hardcore guitar hooks. And quickly catch your breath during ‘Ditch’ because you will find yourself shouting along with the loud/soft dynamic of ‘Feral Coast’! Encouraging women and queers to embrace the same DIY ethos that empowers Scrunchies, Feral Coast is a raw, spontaneous record that is comfortable with perfect imperfection; delivering chaotically crafted punk ragers that inspire.

Follow Scrunchies on bandcamp, Spotify, Twitter, Instagram & Facebook

Ken Wynne
@Ken_Wynne

LISTEN: GIHE on Soho Radio with Peaness 06.04.22

Tash was back on the Soho Radio airwaves playing loads of new music from some of the GIHE team’s favourite artists.

Chester indie trio Peaness also had a chat with Mari about their upcoming debut album, World Full Of Worry, the music that inspires them, the festivals they’ll be playing this summer and the joys and challenges of being in a DIY band.

Listen back below:

Tracklist
Nova Twins – Cleopatra
Ibibio Sound Machine – Electricity
t l k – IWNU
Fears – 16
Midwife – Send The Pain Below (Chevelle Cover)
SASAMI – Call Me Home
Jenny Hval – American Coffee
Ydegirl – I Need This
Coco – Last of the Loving
Hannah Holland x Planningtorock – Planningtobeams
Real Big Sky – Long Lost
Ethel Cain – Gibson Girl
Francis Of Delirium – The Funhouse
x/o – Red Alert
Peaness – How I’m Feeling
**Interview with Peaness**
Nikki and the Waves – Online Chess
Horsegirl – Anti-Glory
Proper. – Huerta
CRi – Something About
Problem Patterns – Y.A.W
LibraLibra – Here’s To You Mr Robinson
Scrounge – This Summer’s Been Lethal
Breakup Haircut – Out Of My Way (I’m Not Getting On The Nightbus)
bestfriend – someplace else
Julia-Sophie – Dial Your Number
Wet Leg – Too Late Now