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Stabbitha and the Knifey Wifeys (interview)

Cars, tractors and other vehicles are important to the writing process for Adelaide’s feminist, punk rock quartet Stabbitha and the Knifey Wifeys as bassist and vocalist Eb tells me via email. Words apparently come storming to her while driving and even the band’s unique name came to her while driving a tractor (a Simpsons episode reference where Chief Wiggum calls Marge both ‘Stabbitha’ and ‘The Knifey Wifey’).

SATKW just released their first full length album, following the brilliant 2016 effort, Cats Against Cat Calls. Eb told me about the approach they took to the creative process on ‘Worriers’ and the differences to the previous album.

“I guess the main difference in the process of making ‘Worriers’ is when we booked in the recording we only had a couple of songs fully written. So it was a different process in that we were more, almost forced, to write songs rather than have a few up our sleeves that Eb had already written like on ‘Cats Against Cat Calls’. We also had a lot better idea of what we wanted the finished record to sound like and were able to communicate that a bit better to Uptoe (Alex Upton – the Hard Aches).

As far as the creative process goes, there were a lot of lyrics written while driving around in my car, a lot of music written on my couch while being harassed by 2 needy dogs and couple written in our actual rehearsal space. Sass and I (Eb) also consulted each other a fair bit more regarding the lyrics on the album as well and how they were going to fit into the actual songs. I have a tendency to write way too many lyrics for short songs haha.”

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‘WORRIERS’, is out now.

SATKW have a lot to say. Which is understandable and much appreciated here at Shouts. While they cover a vast political ground on ‘Worriers’ Eb explained there was the personal stuff that was the toughest to put out.

“There’s a whole lot of basically saying ‘we’ve had enough of your shit’. Whether that be sexism, racism, domestic violence, bigotry or double standards in general. The song ‘Worriers’ is the one that was the hardest to put out there though as I wrote it about how coming out to your parents is fucking terrifying!”

 

 

As Eb describes there seems to be quite a decent amount of bands working in Adelaide these days that use their voice responsibly. We at Shouts can agree that there is no lack of protest music coming out of Australia these days as we have recently interviewed two artists out of neighbouring Melbourne (Formidable Vegetable Sound System and Pataphysics). I asked Eb what they wanted to achieve with their music and besides the chance to tour internationally she told me how they want to inspire girls to use their voices.

“…we want help young people, particularly young women, queer/trans/nb kids see that their voices and experiences are important. We want to hear what you’ve got to say and hope our art inspires you to put yours out there too.”

 

I also asked the band if they had some recommendations and favourites when it comes to protest music. They of course answered the call by name dropping legends like Anti Flag and Bad Religion but also gave a shout out to some fierce, bands that, just like SATKW, scream their lungs out for the voiceless of this world. These include Cable Ties, Against Me, Outright,  Gouge Away, Dream Nails and Divide and Dissolve.

 

When asked what is on the horizon for Stabbitha and the Knifey Wifeys, besides writing music and attending to extra curricular activism Eb told me that they spend a good amount of time to “convince our bosses to give us time off work so we can tour interstate more!”

Let’s just hope exactly that happens. Sponsor the band, let’s spread this protest music and check out their album ‘Worriers’ below.

 

Petra Glynt (interview)

The album cover alone is an outstanding peace of work on Petra Glynt’s latest effort. The album, This Trip, is a political and percussion driven piece and Petra’s visual arts background shines through in the production and the unique sounds in between the melodies. I contacted her and she told me a bit about how she mixes the visual arts with the music, how she started to feel empowerment in using her voice, her love for MIA and her wish to visit Iceland and play her music there (let’s make it happen people!).

 

 

First off, who is Petra Glynt and why are your album covers so incredibly colorful?

I am a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal atm, I work within a number of mediums. Visually, drawing and painting are the main ones. I take a lot of pleasure in making special artwork for the music.

 

How did you get into making music or art in general?

I’d always made music and art as a kid, but never knew that I could chose it as a career or go to school for it. I studied classical voice as a kid and teenager and thought I might go to school for that, but the art world was never presented to me as something I could take on professionally. When I moved away from home to go to university I realized that making art and music was actually all I cared about and became fully immersed and it’s been that way since.

 

“I think artists then feared raising their voices, especially non-binary, queer, women, poc artists because the practice of being an artist was more economically and socially fragile, especially as a minority. To risk speaking out meant to risk getting the opportunities to use your voice at all.”

 

Can you describe the scene around you? Do you feel there is enough artists using their voice or talents to convey a message of change?

I’m kind of a hermit in Montreal. I moved here from Toronto, where I was the opposite of a hermit. I got worn out there and came here to heal and create new work and take my practice more seriously. I would say I’m not as involved in the “scene” per se as I’d like to be at the moment but I think there are A LOT more artists using their voices now then there used to be say five years ago when anything political was deemed too confrontational. I think artists then feared raising their voices, especially non-binary, queer, women, poc artists because the practice of being an artist was more economically and socially fragile, especially as a minority. To risk speaking out meant to risk getting the opportunities to use your voice at all. Since all the movements after the Occupy Movement there’s been lots of major intellectual shifts, and I’d say music communities have become the forefront of social consciousness, though certainly not all of them seeing as the industry itself remains male dominant, but speaking to the “underground” alone. Because of that I find it the most radical and exciting to be part of. I used to be nervous about taking a stance and being political in a sea of indie rock dudes, now I feel empowered because I’m part of a whole slew of diverse artists  who are claiming space for themselves who wanna see a more inclusive, vibrant community.

 

Is it difficult to balance the visual art and the music or does it blend together seamlessly?

I can’t seem to have one without the other so I make it work. I used to feel like I had to chose, but now I know they belong to the same world and can work together and support each other.

 

How important is it for you to include political or socially conscious messages in your music?

It’s something I can’t seem to get away from really, haha. I use music as a way to process my reactions to the world around me and I’m not able to write music about personal problems like love, heartbreak, friendships, cute things, etc. It’s very rare when I do. The reason for that is that I fundamentally feel that it’s important for me to be part of a contemporary dialogue and avoid contributing to a world of consumption. There is enough debris out there to be consumed, mulled over, liked, swiped, and discarded.

 

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Photo by Joe Fuda

 

Can you share some of your favorite political bands or musicians, current or not?

I love MIA she’s an unwavering political force of nature. I also used to listen to a lot of cheesy political punk bands when I was a teenager, maybe that’s where all this stems from. Haha

 

Do you partake in any extra curricular activism outside the music?

Currently, no. I have a bit in the past. But I’ve taken time to heal and feel strong since. I’m at a point now where I’m ready to give my energies to something and am beginning to open up to what that is now.

 

What is on the horizon for you?

I got a new record coming out this year that I wrote while I was figuring out how to release the last. My sophomore record as they say. I will share more once the album is announced next month.

 

Thank you so much for participating and for the art you make. Anything else you’d like to shout from the rooftops?

Hey Iceland! I think you’re beautiful and I’d really love to come visit and play music for you! Bring me ova! Lol 😉

 


Cover image by Joe Fuda.

Eco Faeries (interview)

Growing up in Iceland I am well aware of the existence of hidden people and giants but I am less familiar with faeries. In Australia there is a colorful group of faeries who use music to share their love of nature and how to take better care of mother earth. So I interviewed Faerie Cara of the Eco Faeries to learn more about these faeries and their music, nature preservation and how one can get married at their concerts.

First of all, who are the Eco Faeries?

Eco Faeries use entertainment to promote a love of nature and taking care of the environment. We specialize in performing for families with children who are in early childhood years of 2-7 years of age. One stage there are two main performers, myself Faerie Cara, and Faerie Kirstee. I’ve been working as a faerie for over 23 years, Kirsten came into the company two years ago now, but really she’s always been a faerie. We also have a team of faeries who work in schools doing educational incursions, faeries who run nature craft workshops, street artists and volunteers.

What is your background in music? Has it always been educational?

All our performers have different backgrounds. Kirstee is a classically trained flautist, multi instrumentals and vocalist trained at WAAPA. I’ve worked as a faerie my whole life, creating songs as I travel the world. We also love to collaborate with local musicians to create a certain sound. The way we work is first coming up with a message we want to deliver, then we create a song and record it in the studio. For our live children’s shows we use a karaoke track that we created in the studio so we can focus on singing live while dancing and acting. It’s important to be high energy and engaging for the age group we are performing for.

Yes it’s always been educational. We believe faeries are the guardians of nature and we represent them in a way they we’re talked about in faerie tales years before Disney cartoons we’re created. For us to represent faeries we don’t want to fluff about. We want to empower children to make a difference, to use their voices and be the change the world is waiting for.

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It seems at a first glance that you are more than just a band. Can you elaborate on the scope of the project?

We like to be seen as an entertainment company and make everything as catchy, high energy and memorable as possible. Within that framework we are educators. We have a message to deliver and through creating magical moments within the community, the families we meet continue to speak about what they learned from the faeries.

Can anyone learn to become an Eco Faerie?

We have a live performance show for events, shopping centers and schools, plus we run workshops, create art installations and just generally create a faerie buzz of activity wherever we can. We also organize our own events and create education videos in partnership with local organizations.

Are you part of any other musical projects?

Yes we are! Here in Perth, Western Australia we love to collaborate with like minded performers to create crowd stopping shows. Our main partners in crime are Junkadelic, an explosive live performance brass band with percussion instruments made from junk. Together we work with other local groups to put on themed shows at street festivals.

Is it true that one could attend a Eco Faeries concert and get married at the same time?

It’s true, it’s a sneaky twist to our faerie tale. I’m an authorized civil Marriage Celebrant in Australia. I was hoping that same sex marriage would be legalized so I studied and registered to become a celebrant. Unfortunately we are still waiting for marriage laws to change, in the mean time I’ve been able to officiate many amazing weddings from barefoot ceremonies in the forest to cabaret shows in a ballroom. It’s definitely not the focus of the main Eco Faerie company but it’s been amazing to be part of so many outstanding weddings. (Input: shortly after interviewing Faerie Cara, Australian people voted in favor of same-sex marriage!)

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What do you hope to achieve with your music?

We hope our songs are enjoyed and are continued to be sung by families. We deliberately make them catchy and fun, then the messages written into them are remembered. We’re always aiming to reach more people so we find new events to visit.

Next year we’ll be touring Australia some more, who knows, maybe once day we can do another international tour. In the mean time we just made three short educational videos that can be viewed through our website. These we’re produced through a grant from Keep Australia Beautiful WA so they all have a waste theme. They feature a short educational segment followed up by a song. That way we can share what we do with families around the world and not have to fly about too far.

How has the response been from peers within the music industry?

The response has been great so far. Eco Faeries has been running for 13 years now and is a full time gig for us. We keep our work polished and original so bands and organizers see the hard work that goes into everything we do. Every event that we do leads to more gigs so we must do something right.

Are you connected with faeries around the world?

We keep an eye on social media to see what other faeries are up to. We also love to connect with mermaids or just groups that are working hard to change the world. Everyone represents ‘faerie’ differently. We work on keeping our work original and pull from our own ideas but it’s always fun to meet faeries when we travel. Years ago I travelled through Canada and USA and met some inspiring magical creatures on the way. I love to see the evolution of their performances over the years.

What is on the horizon for the Eco Faeries?

We’re in the midst of our peak performance season but we are looking ahead to 2018 where we’ve booked some interstate events, a few Fringe shows and hopefully we can make more videos.

Thank you very much for participating and for the work you do! Anything else you would like to shout from the rooftops?

Thank you so much for connecting with us. Please check out our website, watch Eco Faerie TV where you can see us in action anywhere around the world and don’t forget that the magic of nature is in you.