In No Particular Bloody Order
- The Mighty Wraith
This band will start my rant about how there are more Female Fronted bands in the UK than in Australia. Think about it, I lived in Australia for 30 years and I saw no Local HARD ROCK/HEAVY METAL bands in Sydney that were fronted by some woman.
Sister Shotgun is at the helm of Chloe Ozwell. Matt Gore (The Mighty Wraith) tells me how she is one Sexy chick! Chloe is a very energetic woman who loves to get close to the Audience. She will step off the stage and dance with all the headbangers in the front row
I was supposed to be in a Music Video for this band (but it never happened). Sister Shotgun can be seen around Birmingham and Wolverhampton
I first saw JoanovArc 7th April 2017. They were playing in the Subside Bar in Brum that night. JoanovArc are the leading all female Rock band in the UK. They tour up and down the Isle of Great Britan, they have done gigs in Japan, US, Israel and on Mediterranean Sea cruises.
JoanovArc really do know their chops. They please people with some amazing covers like ZOMBIE, SWEET DREAMS & FREE BIRD
My friend Arthur introduced me to the band at this concert and he has gone on to show me so many other amazing bands in this country.
Bristol’s own Idestroy travelled 3 hours to London in June 2017 to open for JoanovArc. I was capitated to interest with the band by the amazing Bassist Becky Baldwin, Guitarist & Singer Bec Jevons, and Drummer Jen Haneef.
This is a DIY band. They made a quirky video for the song “Vanity Loves Me”. I mean allot of bands forget the fun they can have while making a music video.
I am proud to say that I am the owner of a RED Idestroy shirt that I brought off their London gigs in September 2017. I tend to see allot more of Becky Baldwin around as she rocks the stage in other bands.
I went out to Bristol one night to see this band called Dorja. My pal Becky Baldwin plays bass in this band. Dorja is formed of 5 ladies who come from different parts of the world. On Lead Vocals it’s the amazing Aiym Almas from Kazakhstan/Los Angeles. On guitars Sarah Michelle from Dublin and Rosie Botterill from London/ and from Belgium Anna Mylee.
5 talented women got together in LA to record an Single with Erich Gobel . They ended up releasing an EP in 2016 and have played gigs on both sides of the Atlantic.
Everyone in Dorja amazes me with what they do in music. I have met all 5 ladies and last September I caught Rosie and Sarah at a “hands off Gretal” gig. Dorja really did rock when they played Bristol in July. I have never seen any band cover a Dio era Sabbath “The Mob Rules”.
I have also had the pleasure of visiting Aiym hometown of Almaty in Kazakhstan. People on both sides of the Kazakh and Kyrgyz border told me that Aiym means QUEEN. Well Aiym Almas is a really wonderful Rock Queen
When I went to see Gill (The Amorettes) play a solo gig in Sheppards Bush. I was introduced to gig reviewer Doug from Bristol. He introduced me to FLOWERPOT when I went across to Bristol the next month.
Flowerpot opened up for Dorja and its where I got to see another ALL FEMALE rock band really kick arse. I was the only village idiot in the crowd that night to keep yelling out FLOWERPOT throughout their set. They have a really good song ”Quinn Condition”. Frontwoman Steph really does get on her knees to sing the last song of the night.
I saw Flowerpot again in August 2017 when they came to London. They were the best band that night.
When I left Australia in November 2016, I left behind a great friendship with the band DARKER HALF. When I got a ticket to see Lee Aaron I was surprised that Local band Neuronspoiler were opening up for her. Neuronspoiler have toured with another Australian band “Elm Street” as their style of music is allot more similar.
It took 4 years between album for Neuronspoiler, but they really are a premier Power Metal band in London. If they ever pop up on Facebook or Twitter, do follow them. Neuronspoiler reminds me allot of Darker Half.
In September 2017 I went to see Idestroy (for the 3rd time) near Highgate and have a few drinks with my mate Arthur and new friends from Dorja. Becky Baldwin got up on stage to play BASS in this band as “Hands off Gretel “ doesn’t really have a fixed BASSIST.
Lauren Tate got up on stage wearing something inspired by Dorothy from fucking “Wizard of Oz” When I saw Lauren on stage with wicked aqua/teal dyed hair, I was like “Gosh she would give Bubbles from AB FAB” a run for her money!
Hands of Gretal formed in South Yorkshire in 2015. Lauren Tate has been wowing the music scene for the last few years with her amazing talents. But its what she does being the Frontwoman of “Hands Of Gretel”. She plays guitar with her fingers, she dances around on stage, wears bandaids, removes a gown on stage to reveal a 2 piece outfit.
Lauren Tate does an outstanding job with all the bands outwork. I haven’t seen artwork like that since Rat Skates drew the Overkill Logo!
Also in the band are Sean Bon on guitar and Sam Hobbins who plays drums and bass.
I was never into GRUNGE in the 90’s but a band like Hands of Gretel has given the genre a revival in a different nation
Another great band from Bristol. I caught them opening up for Dorja in July 2017.
Their front woman Whitney knows how to connect with the audience and the song “Wide Awake” was a really tear jerking song to listen to. I had lost my Grandma a few weeks ago before the gig and my Middlesbrough Uncle denied me the chance to say goodbye to her.
I don’t forgive my Middlesbrough family for being a pack of retards who don’t have the time or the brains to visit me in London. But I have the time to travel in this country and discover bands who really do ROCK.
Narda Narda has got to been seen to be believe. Do go to the show and buy their merch!
This band opened up for Lee Aaron in July 2017. They were brilliant being first cab off the rank in Camden Town. Their music reminds me allot of NWOBHM and Power Metal. Their videos have only had a few thousand views. So they should really be watched a bit more.
I am yet to see Girlschool live. But Girlschool Guitarist Jax Chambers has put together a new projected called Syteria. Its features brother and sister Julia Calvo and on Vocals and Palo Calvo Drums and a wicked bassist called Kiera who once played in Tequila Mockingbird.
I’ve only seen Syteria once, but they were so fucking awesome live and their music videos are hilarious to the S
I saw this band in London in December 2017. It comprises of Dolly Daggerz on lead singer and guitarist Mike. They have a Drummer and a Bassist to back them up live. I hug out with Dolly and Mike after the show. Mike really does remind me of a BEASTIE BOYS and I really would love to spend all afternoon revewing HEART records with Dolly. You got to see this band live. They have been heavily influenced by everything in the 80's. GO TAKE A HIKE KYLIE!