All-fe­male love-in

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

FE­MALE-FRONTED bands will cel­e­brate women in the mu­sic in­dus­try tonight with an all-fe­male gig at The Loft. Bris­bane dark-pop duo Love Like Hate, fea­tur­ing Heather Cheketri and Sonja Ter Horst, are or­gan­is­ers of the event and one of the acts on the bill. Cheketri says she wants to chal­lenge the way peo­ple view fe­male in­de­pen­dent artists in Queens­land. ‘‘Ob­vi­ously there never used to be as many fe­males in the game but there are more and more now,’’ she says. ‘‘I found we weren’t get­ting as much recog­ni­tion or reaction if were were do­ing the same stuff as guys.’’ Cheketri be­lieves it’s im­por­tant for women to be recog­nised for the mu­sic they make rather then their ap­pear­ance. ‘‘If a guy got on stage and was bare­foot and hairy and it sounded good, it wouldn’t mat­ter. The same recog­ni­tion wouldn’t be given if it was a chick,’’ she says. Love Like Hate make hon­est, emo­tional tunes with hints of early punk and pi­ano swings. Cheketri says she and Ter Horst have sim­i­lar tastes but di­verse writ­ing styles. ‘‘But they com­ple­ment each other,’’ she says. ‘‘A lot of my mu­sic is very gui­tar driven and lyri­cally driven. Son is ab­stract lyri­cally and more com­pli­mented and static.’’ Tonight, Like Love Hate will strip-back songs from their de­but EP Rab­bit Hole for a laid­back in­ti­mate acous­tic set.

– ROSE SADLEIR

Aimee Fran­cis, Love Like Hate, Jules Woo and Breach No­tice play The Loft, Chevron Is­land, tonight.

Love Like Hate, aka Heather Cheketri and Sonja Ter Horst.

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