ZOË: Next up on the Songs About Women Gert-list we are honoured to present Feral Five…
IONA: Feral Five are Kat (singer/guitarist) and beats creator/bassist Drew Five. They make arty post-punk electro, have a futuristic science obsession and are based in east London. I first became aware of Kat, AKA Terry, as the singer in all female garage-punk band, Suburban Mousewife (2010-2012) as they played a number of exciting live London gigs. I became a fan of their stylish, feminist pop-punk.
Terry is also a film maker and creator of fab music gear website Kitmonsters. It certainly is refreshing to find a woman who can “out-nerd” the geeky guys with her knowledge and enthusiasm for kit. The website is a great resource which features lots of local acts and well-known artists as well as reviews and features about live gigs, how-to guides and excellent photos, and blogs from the musician community.
Feral Five had some great publicity for their debut EP, which was hailed as an “alternative classic” by Louder than War. Everett True, Nirvana Biographer, praised the EP and described it as “brooding and deviant”.
Feral Five sing about cutting-edge science, the dark side of technology, lust, love and madness. Not averse to their own experiments, they recently utilised their own 3D printer as a live instrument and performed with Lu Edmonds from PIL at the recent Music Tech Fest in London.
DAWNI: Feral Five set up a knowingly buxom bass line with this fabulous feminist pop punk track. Strung Out mirthfully narrates the internal workings of a woman trying to do, be and subvert as much as possible whilst clinging onto sanity by plotting revenge. Dynamically mirroring the stages of escalating behaviours, the instrumentation is as well crafted as the lyrics. This perceptive identification leaves the listener with a real sense of warmth and camaraderie. It’s good to know we are not the only ones wearing crazy on the inside!
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