FOR FANS OF: nothing, the Cure, Bikini Kill
KAMIKAZE GIRLS? THAT NAME’S COME UP QUITE A BIT RECENTLY…
Yeah, that’ll be the result of seemingly non-stop touring that has seen them become a formidable live act, and the release of Seafoam, their brilliant new record. If you’ve been paying any attention to the DIY scene in the UK over the last few years, you’ve probably at least seen this Leeds lot’s name on a poster. If you haven’t? Well, it’s about to start cropping up a whole lot more.
THAT GOOD, EH?
Yeah. Properly brilliant.they do this mix of swirling shoegaze and ferocious punk rock that works so much better than that combination has any right to.“it’s a very natural mix of all our influences,” says vocalist and guitarist Lucinda Livingstone.“we love Sonic Youth and The Cure to death, and we love early Riot Grrrl like L7, Sleeper and Bikini Kill. For me, discovering the Riot Grrrl movement was really empowering. It gave me the confidence and drive to really be bold and brave in Kamikaze Girls.” That boldness has become a staple of what they do and, after the undeniable chemistry between Lucinda and drummer Conor Dawson, is the defining feature of the band’s sound.
GO ON THEN, TELL US ABOUT THIS EXTRAORDINARY CHEMISTRY…
Well, funnily enough, it turns out that playing in bands together for eight years gives two people a lot of time to get on the same wavelength.“we seem to have a pretty good telepathic thing going on when we play,” says Conor.we don’t normally have a set list for our live shows – we just decide onstage what’s coming up next.” It’s an odd approach, but it works for them – and watching that chemistry live every night is magic.“we just feel everything now,” Lucinda continues. “When we play longer sets it’s the best because anything goes.”
NICE. AND WHAT ARE THEY, Y’KNOW, ‘ABOUT’ AS A BAND?
Kamikaze Girls are very vocal mental health advocates. It’s a topic near and dear to them, and Lucinda’s story is one worth hearing. “I’ve struggled with my own mental health since I was young,” she says,“but I didn’t realise it at the time. I was finally diagnosed with depression and anxiety, but I hid it from everyone. I was up and down for years and, after some traumatic events, I made the decision I didn’t want to be here anymore. I’m two years on from that now and I still struggle day to day, but I deal with it better now.this started to show in my writing and felt therapeutic, so I started being more vocal about it and realised the importance of de-stigmatising mental health. I didn’t know where to get help or what to do, but it doesn’t have to be like that.you don’t have to suffer alone.” Not only are Kamikaze Girls a brilliant band, they’re also saying something that needs to be said. Good on ’em.
“You don’t have to suffer alone…”
(L – R:) Conor Dawson (drums), Lucinda Livingstone (vocals/guitar) WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT? “Sad forever” duo using music “as a means to challenge attitudes and taboos surrounding mental health”. HEAR: Awesome new album Seafoam, which is out now on Bi
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