Q&A: Girls to the Front at The Zoo (March 2017)

Q&A: Girls to the Front at The Zoo (March 2017)

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On Saturday 11th March, Brisbane’s The Zoo is celebrating “a night showcasing strong, female talent in the music industry” with their appropriately titled event, Girls to the Front.

For this Q&A, Hot Chicks with Big Brains caught up with two of the four incredible female-fronted acts ahead of the event to find out a bit about who they are, what they all get up to when they aren’t making music, and what they’re most looking forward to about playing Girls to the Front.

The Gutter Birds (8.20-8.50pm)

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Tell me a bit about who you are and what you do.

My name’s Bonnie and I’m precisely one quarter of The Gutter Birds. I moved to Brisbane to study English Literature about 5 years ago, a qualification that I’ve put to good use teaching tiny people and slinging booze. I grew up in Yeppoon (next to ya knife and fork), have a wonderfully strange and patient family, and a completely unpredictable menstrual cycle.

What does playing Girls to the Front mean to you?

We’re super chuffed to be part of Girls to the Front!

It would be tip-top to exist in a world where female/female led bands aren’t identified as such, but that’s what this event is working towards.

It’s so important for people to have creative and safe spaces where they can walk in, grab a beer and talk to friends and strangers about things that are important to them. And funny things they’ve seen on the internet.

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What do you do when you aren’t playing gigs?

I dance alone in my house A LOT. I pot plants with every good intention. I binge watch serial killer docos till I reach a comfortable state of paranoia. I stalk dogs in real life and by every other medium. I’m actually an exceptionally lucky person. Most of my free time is spent sitting on the couch doing absolutely nothing with the people I love. I also sneeze constantly.

What’s next for you musically?

I’m not sure! This band is something I’ve wanted to do for a while; I’m still just enjoying it so much. I’m directing a musical with a strange little company called The Miscreants this month, so that’s exciting.

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What are you most looking forward to about playing Girls to the Front?

Probably just listening to some great live music, having a boogie and meeting new people. Our audiences are usually scrag punks, metal heads and our generously intoxicated mates so this will be a whole new gig for us. We’re keen as beans!

Average Art Club (10.00 – 10.40pm)

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Tell me a bit about who you are and what you do.

Lisa: I mash the fret board and make noise with my mouth in Average Art Club. We all like doing artistic things: Han is a local artist who spends her days making all the posters for The Zoo and printing t-shirts by hand for other local bands. Kurt illustrates, Tom paints and makes merch with Han, and Willow is a great photographer. I’m really good at admiring their art.

We’re all about encouraging other artists (regardless of level of training or technical proficiency or medium) to do their thing.

Hannah:

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What does playing Girls to the Front mean to you?

Lisa: I’m a huge fan of The Zoo and playing there is always a great experience. I love the local Brissy music scene and really appreciate the effort made by those in it who keep pushing to have more women at the front.

It’s really important for younger women to see other female musicians on stage. It reaffirms that women CAN and DO play music, WELL(!), and are becoming more recognised for it.

Hopefully events like these will continue normalising women being represented in music and encouraging young female artists to put their stuff out there and back themselves.

Hannah: It’s nice to see that strong female inclusive lineups are happening naturally around Brisbane. Since Brisbabes has wrapped up (sad face), it’s important to have an ongoing event that’s explicitly about female achievement.

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What do you do when you aren’t playing gigs?

Hannah: Work for the man. Tom’s a teacher and is studying town planning, Kurt designs shop fit outs, Willow’s a barista, and I work in a deli. Otherwise we get together and make art and merch and drink beer.

Lisa: I do the law and go to court in my Doc Martens, which the magistrates find entertaining. I think.

What’s next for you musically?

Hannah: We’re working on a new single, which might be the first track off a future EP. We’re also doing a charity gig with proceeds going to Bahloo Women’s Shelter in Woolloongabba.

Lisa: Yeah, that gig will be held at Black Bear Lodge and proceeds will support women aged 16-25 by providing them with long term and emergency accomodation. It’s a really important part of the Average Art Club ethos to just try to be decent people and give back. We also want to start taking submissions from local artists, promoting them on social media, and doing more collaborative work with locals who are embarking on all sorts of creative endeavours to create a whole sensory experience. Watch this space.

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What are you most looking forward to about playing Girls to the Front?

Hannah: Enjoying the other acts! And the new A/C in the Green Room!

Lisa: Listening to other great female acts and seeing the girls do their thing. Let’s not forget playing on stage with the boys in our band, Kurt (bang bangs) and Tom (synth wizard). They’re the best boys; they’ve always got our backs.


Featured Image: Hannah Manic of Average Art Club

Questions and Edits: Emma Kate Lewis

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