Girl Fight is a label, but also a concept.
Dreamed up by Slaves, the imprint is set to become a launching pad, a platform for new artists, new bands, and new ideas.
The first release is Kentish three-piece Lady Bird, whose kitchen sink realism is shot through with the wry observation-led humour of Ian Dury.
New single 'Spoons' kicks off the Girl Fight account, and it's an ode to the titular pop chain, to life in grey Britain.
A frenetic slice of indie punk that makes it point with rare precision, the single is set to lead to a full EP on February 23rd and a year of visceral live dates.
We're able to share the video for 'Spoons' below - catch an introductory Q&A with singer Don after the jump.
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How did Lady Bird get together?
We crossed paths years back, all playing in separate bands, which would over lap on line-ups at our local music venue, The Tunbridge Wells Forum. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Alex and Joe ‘having it out’ and fed off of their energy. Then, when it came down to forming a band for some surfacing material I couldn’t shake that vision from my mind. Now I get to watch them having it out together on stage.
Who do you view as your main inspirations?
Between us our tastes cover a variety of differing sounds, which all in tern inspire us during the creative processes. Ian Dury’s honest tone, and fellow Blockheads’ hard groove (Charlie Charles and Norman Watt-Roy as a rhythm section!). Blur, The Streets, The Stone Roses, Pink Floyd and… Rage Against The Machine too as some of our main influences…
How did you come into contact with Girl Fight?
We first came into contact with Girl Fight Records after we opened for Slaves at The Tunbridge Wells Forum, where they were celebrating the five year anniversary since the release of 'Sugar Coated Bitter Truth'.
We came off stage and Laurie passionately expressed to us his detailed vision for the establishment of Girl Fight Records with us as their very first signing. Much to our delight, and fair play to Laurence, he has executed his vision with precision!
'Spoons' is a ferocious introduction, where sparked the song?
Thank you! 'Spoons' is the first instalment of a sonic narrative based on the internal dialogue of a vulnerable geezer in the midst of his journey-in this case a three day bender. We regularly return to this story throughout our repertoire, which unravels into a familiar cycle that for many of us can determine where we’re heading whether we like it or not. In this particular track, a night out in Wetherspoons is the setting for his initial internal dialogue.
What can you tell us about the video?
The video was captured in the social club next door to the studio where we recorded the 'Social Potions' EP. This gaff helped us capture the mundane beauty of the old pubs and social clubs scene where live music started for us growing up… where you might find a character like the one in this video, who’s more interested in what's on the telly than the band playing next to him.
Those places are quickly dying out unfortunately, and we’re not short of a few nice Wetherspoons that’s for sure!
Any more plans for 2018 we need to know about?
Yes indeed! We are excited to announce the release of 'Social Potions', which will be available on vinyl and digital as from February the 23rd. See our website thisisladybird.co.uk to get hold of that and also for up and coming shows.
Our next show is for BBC Introducing at The Lexington, London on February 1st, and we will also be celebrating the release of 'Social Potions' EP and the launch of Girl Fight Records at the Old Blue Last on February 26th if you fancy it!
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Catch Lady Bird at the following shows:
1 London The Lexington (BBC Introducing show)
24 Brighton Branch Tavern (EP Launch Show)
25 Tunbridge Wells Forum Basement (EP Launch Show)
26 London Old Blue Last (EP Launch Show)
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