BRODY DALLE. Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. 25th February 2014.

25 02 2014

 

I read somewhere (probably an unreliable source, as ever) that London crowds are pretty shitty. I won’t say this statement is entirely true, but to a fair extent it is bullshit. Last week when I saw Warpaint, I was in awe of how the crowd were. Maybe it is the band and not the place. Anyway, the moral of the tale is- don’t believe anything you read in the papers.

If there was a Holy Trinity of female musicians (I’m not including Patti Smith because we all know she’s the greatest) it would consist of Courtney Love, Shirley Manson and Brody Dalle. Those 3 are responsible for the songs that got me through my teenage years and part of adulthood that I still can’t get my head around. They made it alright to be pissed off at what was around you; and when you’re 14/15, you’re pissed off at a lot of stuff.

I was never lucky enough to see Brody when she was in The Distillers, but I saw her when she had Spinnerette and I used the photos I took as part of a Photojournalism module I did at university. Pretty sure her “Fuck Off” tattoo helped me get a good mark. Hoxton Bar & Kitchen is one of my favourite places to see bands, more than likely for sentimental reasons (you probably know by now.) I’m still slightly deaf from last night, and I think that’s a sign that I had a good time.

Brody’s setlist consisted of a beautiful mix of solo, Spinnerette and The Distillers songs; as I’d never seen The Distillers, this was as close as I was ever going to get. Roaring through the likes of Dismantle Me, Ghetto Love and Sick Of It All; you feel the same rage you did when you first heard them. There aren’t many musicians around that are as powerful as Brody. She doesn’t need to mouth off to be heard, she doesn’t need to engage in awkward conversations on stage for you to feel some form of connection to what is going on. She’s just naturally got this presence that makes you drawn to her. Her effortless ways on stage justifies fully why you’re a fan, and why this show at Hoxton last night was is probably going to be one of the most important moments in music this year.

The new songs are brilliant. Meet The Foetus is amazing live. Of course if Shirley Manson and Emily Kokal turned up on stage with Brody that would have been magical. A few hours before the video premiered online and to see Shirley and Brody doing a music video together is what dreams are made of. It’s massively twisted and strange, but that’s the best way and sometimes only way to do it.

Brody’s cover of The Misfits Hybrid Moments is pretty special, as is her request for yellow socks. I have no idea. Maybe it was to go with her fluorescent orange t-shirt. It’s Brody Dalle; you don’t question why she wants yellow socks. Back to the new songs; if anything her solo songs pretty much shut up anyone who thinks “guitar music” is dead. You can find out for yourself when her record comes out at the end of April. Or you could go see her live and experience a bunch of people go ape shit to bloody good music. I advise both.

For me, Brody symbolises the same things as Courtney Love and Shirley Manson do. I wish I could explain it eloquently or even in a coherent way, but what I’m trying to get at is that, they are powerful. Powerful in ways that most dream of. I don’t want to make a big deal out her being a female musician because your gender doesn’t define what you do and who you are. It’s just a thing really. A lot of female musicians do however, struggle in the music industry due to archaic mindsets of sexist idiots. With the likes of Brody Dalle making this kind of music, it pretty much shuts up any critic really. She’s still the woman those who grew up listening to wish they were as tough as, but deep down we probably already are.





Brody Dalle. (Influential Women In Music Part 1)

7 03 2009

 

Like so many (both men and women) I am in love with a certain woman named, Brody Dalle.

For a long time I wondered what it is about Brody that makes us fall in love with her, apart from her being ridiculously beautiful of course.

She just oozes strength and power. Yes, I do believe that there is something powerful about a woman who can play an instrument, especially guitar.

Throughout secondary school I was bullied and I used music as my way of ignoring the fuckers who hurt me (sometimes having your music blaring into your ears is acceptable) and The Distillers were one of few bands that made me think “fuck you, I’m not going to be some weak piece of shit that you can hurt.” To this day, City Of Angels can make me so happy even if everything has gone to shit.

 

Brody Dalle’s voice is unique, powerful and sexy. A few weeks ago, I saw her new band Spinnerette play. I never saw The Distillers, but seeing Spinnerette is easily in my Top 5 favourite gigs. The energy all band members gave off was beautiful. Everyone in the crowd adored Brody and every so often you’d hear someone shout out “you’re a sexy bitch.” I don’t know if using bitch was necessary, but you know- she’s still sexy.

 

Her voice sends shivers down your spine and makes you wish you could sing like her. Which, if you’re female (like myself) proves to be quite a difficult task. I sound like I’ve smoked a stupid amount when I try to sing like Brody, but in my head- I sound really good!

Coral Fang will always be one of my favourite albums. So many memories with that album, it never fails to bring a smile to my face. If I was stuck on a desert island, I’d survive listening to Coral Fang none stop. I suppose it’d be the perfect place to practice singing like Brody!

 

What I love about Brody’s new band, Spinnerette, is that you get to hear her sing properly now. She has such a strong voice, regardless of what she does with it. She screams better than most male singers and sings with such power. Anyone who fails to see the beauty and strength in Brody Dalle is missing a few brain cells.

Although most singers dislike being labelled as a role model, Brody is a positive role model for females to have. She is someone damn near everyone should admire. Some may say use the word “troubled” for her earlier life, but look at what she has achieved and has become.

Spinnerette’s gig the other proved exactly this. So many girls were emulating Brody’s early image from The Distillers from the mowhawks to the clothes- she is a massive influence and is quite possibly the most important female in rock right now.

 





Spinnerette. 24th February 2009. Birmingham Academy 2.

25 02 2009

How do you judge a good gig? Is it how many bruises you have? Is it how sore you are the next morning? Or is it the feeling of extreme happiness of seeing one your favourite people in a tiny venue? It’s a combination of all of them.

As we know, Brody and Tony from The Distillers have formed a new band (which are just as amazing as The Distillers) called Spinnerette. Now, I was a huge fan of The Distillers but never saw them live. However seeing Brody right infront of me last night..she could’ve been fronting the Spice Girls and I wouldn’t care because it was still her!

When you see someone you have admired for so long stood right infront of you in a small venue, you can’t help but feel like you are the luckiest person in the world. You’ll probably leave feeling like you can’t ever walk, hear or pick anything up again- but hey, was a good night!

The setlist consisted of brand new material that will hopefully be on the album which everyone is saying will be out in May. Hopefully with a full UK tour! The set opened with Vallium Knights, which going from that opener- I knew I was going to witness something truely fantastic. Every single song was well recieved, as was the bassist. She’s called Nicole and she’s beautiful.

A new song appeared online a few weeks ago called Sex Bomb( no, not a Tom Jones cover..but that would’ve been funny!) and on first listen, I didn’t like it. After hearing it live, I can safely say- I LOVE IT!  Songs such as Driving Song, Borderline and Geeking were just perfect. For me, my standout songs were Bury My Heart, Distorting A Code and of course, Ghetto Love- which closed the set. Everyone was singing a long to pretty much every song.

Brody Dalle has this beautiful stage presence that just makes you want to hang out with her and drink various beverages. With Spinerette she sings a lot more, which is cool because her singing voice is flawless.

Let’s hope there is an album and tour in May!

It is sad that The Distillers no more, but Spinnerette are just as fantastic!

Oh, and have some photos :

 

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Spinnerette.

1 02 2009

As we all know, Brody Dalle used to be in a rather excellent band The Distillers. Raise your hand if you cried when you were informed that the band you were totally in love with split up! I know I did. I adored The Distillers, and I class Coral Fang as one of the best albums my ears have ever heard.

But, we have to move on don’t we. New band, Spinnerette do NOT sound like The Distillers which I reckon is a good thing. I mean, if they were to sound just like The Distillers- why split up you know? A lot of fans of Brody seem quite pissed at her for what she’s created with Spinnerette. LET IT GO. Brody is ace at whatever she does.

Spinnerette are playing two shows in the UK this month. 23rd in London and 24th in Birmingham. I’m going to the Birmingham gig. I am stupidly excited. I never saw The Distillers live, but I don’t care- I get to see Brody Dalle. I wouldn’t care if she was fronting Coldplay..oh wait, maybe I would. But you get my point.

Have some songs :

Ghetto Love (video directed by Liam Lynch)

Valium Knights.

Distorting A Code.

Bury My Heart.