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The Madeline Rust Interview

How would you describe the music of The Madeline Rust?

Lucy: Dark psychedelic cowboy grunge.
Aly: I once described it as the sound of a 1980s serial killer picking up two Co-Eds in his muscle car as he drives through the desert, with Black Sabbath on the car radio. I guess i’d say epic western ambient dreamy shoegaze hard rock,.
Martin: Dirty grunge that a serial killer would be playing while digging holes in the desert.

How did you meet? where are you all from?

Lucy: Aly and I are from Nottingham and have been in bands together since school. In our first band, in which I played guitar and Aly played drums, we used to commandeer the tiny music room over lunch time, playing Nirvana covers to an audience of our mates. Dinner ladies used to prise the door open, only to find a bunch of sweaty headbanging kids, squashed into this space; three kids under the upright piano, four on top… But they always let us carry on, for some reason.
Martin: I am from Jersey in the Channel Islands, I moved to Nottingham and met Lucy at a mutual friends wedding, She introduced me to Aly, after a false start with a couple of other people we managed to get the band together.

What’s the story behind the name?

Aly: I once had a dream about a monstrous little girl in victorian dress with a really really long, 6 foot wavy neck like a snake, who spied on me. When I asked who she was, she said “i’m Madeline Rust”. A decade later we found ourselves stuck for a name, so we decided that was it. We added the definite article to avoid (or attempt to avoid) people thinking L was “Madeline”. Our previous band had a girl’s name in it, and L was always called that. She didn’t enjoy it.

Any new singles/releases coming up?

Lucy: We’re planning on recording something new in late summer, which we’re really excited about! Our last recording session was for the Christmas EP, This Time Next Year (actually, only this first song is Christmas-themed), and we had a great time recording this with our recording engineer Richard Solaini (AKA Louis:


). We tried to get as many Christmas clichés as we could into the finished product. The music video, filmed by John and Tom Turrell (


), can be seen here:
Aly: We’re also possibly doing a vinyl release at some point soon, which will be a dream come true for us.
Also we set up a record label so we could release our stuff. Although the only thing that’s happened so far is I made myself a t shirt with the logo on it. It looks badass, as our minister of Art & propaganda Mr Gavin Morrow designed it.

Any gigs coming up?

Lucy: We had a flurry of gigs in May/June, and are having a short break while we write some new stuff and do some recording, but we’re back for the Amazement festival in early September and you can get all the latest gig news on our Facebook page

Who/what are your influences?

Lucy: I can find something to love about most genres of music, so it’s hard to pinpoint particular influences. I guess the obvious influences are from the grunge scene; Nirvana, Hole, Pixies… But there are other influences from 60s pop, 70s rock, punk, country… My lyrics are mostly inspired by past relationships, ghost towns, movies and murders.

For me Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy and as a band I think we all probably wish Lemmy was our Dad

Aly: L and I share a lot of the same influences – we grew up together so we’re musically fairly similar. I prefer Bakersfield country to Nashville though, and never liked Van Morrison like L does.
I listen to a lot of Pink Floyd, Tool, Nirvana, 60s girl group stuff, Doo-Wop… for my guitar sound, I guess the main influences are Pink Floyd, Type O Negative, M83, O’Brother, and a wee bit of Arcade Fire. Martin and I cross over in the harder rock area, DOWN, Red Fang, stuff like that. I grew up on Scottish and Irish Folk music from my parents though. So yeah, it’s all a mix.

where can people keep up to date/buy your music?
Our facebook is where we spend most time ( We occasionally upload shoddy self-recorded demos to our soundcloud –


and the stuff we release is sold or given away on


if there’s one thing you would want people to gain from listening to your music, what would it be?

Martin: I love it when people see us live and leave with a massive smile on their faces because we are nothing like they expected us to be.
Aly: I have no idea. A sense of space and emotion? Is that too pretentious to print? I think it might be… let’s say happiness. No, that’s too hippie. Lucy, help me out here
Lucy: A sense of unease. Tee hee.

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Pigtails and Army Boots Weekly Update


MIA has released a new single ‘Bring The Noize’, personally I’m not sure what I make of it. Doesn’t seem to stand out like a lot of her other work does. Listen here

Joan Jett is suing Hot Topic, the famous alternative store in America because they have been selling a ‘Blackheart’ range of underwear after apparently being in talks with the star back in 2010, nothing came out of it, but they now have this range for “girls who rock n roll”

Paramore are one of the bands you can win tickets to see in this year’s ITunes Festival giveaway. The gig is at the London Roundhouse on September 4th, go here to enter.

Comanechi have released a video to ‘Love is The Cure’ a song from the fantastic album ‘You Owe Me Nothing But Love’- if you haven’t got the album yet, I suggest you do!

Blondie has a new single, with Beth Ditto as guest vocals! Here it is:

Weekly Event Guide- 24th June-30th June

26th- Bleech at Sebright Arms, London

28th- She Makes War at Zigfrid von Underbelly, London

29th- Paloma Faith at Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

Southend Feminist Group Meeting at Utopia Coffee House, Southend (upstairs) 2pm

Clit Rock, Cowley Club, Brighton £4 from 7.30pm

Cover of the week

due to the weather we’re having..



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Goldfrapp are set to release a new album later this year. Called ‘Tales of Us’, it comes out on September 9th.

Bjork is doing a gig at The Alexandra Palace in London on September 3rd, they start from £65 though so if you want to go, I hope you’ve saved up some pennies!

PJ Harvey was honoured with a MBE for her services to music- well deserved!

Kim Deal has left the Pixies- the band posted a statement on their site. It seems that she may be concentrating on her work with The Breeders at the moment.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs are playing Islington Academy on July 15th, tickets go on sale on the 21st from 9am.

This is pretty cool..

Weekly Event guide

17th- 23rd June

18th and 19th- Patti Smith at 02 Shepherd Bush Empire, London

20th- KT Tunstall at Islington Assembly Hall, London

Cover of the week

More to come about our current Artist of the Month soon!


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Pigtails and Army Boots Weekly Update


Not much news this week but it’s EXCITING!

Kathleen Hanna has finally announced the release date for the new Julie Ruin album she’s been working on! It’s called Run Fast and is out on September 3rd. I’m hoping this means a UK tour later in the year…


BUT…there is a single- NOW and best of all it’s a FREE DOWNLOAD! If you want to hear it first, here it is

Weekly event guide

10th-16th June

11th- Tegan and Sara at The Troxy, London

Kate Nash at The Barfly, London

12th- Scanners at Birthdays, London

Echobelly at Surya, London

Kate Nash at the Guildhall Arts Centre, Gloucester

15th- The Breeders at Limelight, Belfast

Artist of the Month

is The Madeline Rust, who are a three piece from Nottingham, you can hear their music here

Cover of the Week


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Pigtails and Army Boots Weeky Update


Some good tours announced-

The Naked and Famous
have announced a series of UK dates to take place in November.

Manchester, Ritz, (November 21)
Birmingham, Institute (22)
Norwich, UE (23)
Dublin, Olympia (25)
Belfast, Limelight (26)
Glasgow, O2 ABC (27)
Bristol, O2 Academy (29)
Oxford, O2 Academy (30)
London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (December 2)

and Kate Nash!

Norwich Waterfront (October 10)
Birmingham Institute (11)
London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (12)
Cardiff The Globe (14)
Dublin Whelan’s (15)
Belfast Stiff Kitten (16)
Glasgow SWG3 Studio Warehouse (18)
Manchester Academy 2 (19)

Event guide- Mon 3rd June- Sun 9th June

4th June- Swansea Feminist Network Meeting-7.30pm at Swansea’s Women Centre, 25 Mansel Street- all self identified women welcome

5th June- Marnie Stern at The Garage, London

7th June- Paloma Faith at O2 Arena, London

My artist of the month who you can expect to be hearing more about soon, is this band!

and of course the cover of the week..

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Wolf Like Child Interview

Who are Wolf Like Child? Where are you from?

Ree is Brighton born and bred
Ben grew up in Brighton too.
Eve is from Italy

Why did you choose the name Wolf Like Child? Do you feel an affinity with wolves, if so in what way?

The name WLC represents the strong determined inner wild child, the independent lone warrior like attitude, but whom likes to have their pack/tribe nearby.

How would you describe the music of Wolf Like Child?

People can make up their own minds on that one…we like it!

What inspires you as a band?


Any particular influences?
Collection of band members individual Influences.. Tom Waits. Cat Power. PJ Harvey. Portishead. Patti Smith. The Kills. Kristin Hersh. BB King. Kate Bush. Dead weather. CocoRosie. Ani Difranco. Mike Patton. Nina Simone. Ursula Rucker. Regina Spektor. Zorn. LTJ Bukem. Zappa. Muse. (to name a few!!)

Is there an album or EP on the way? Any singles?

We are presently focusing on enjoying gigging around Brighton and other areas, but there will be an EP/Album in the future,,,
Any upcoming gigs?

Next gig is at Sticky Mikes, Thursday 26th June.

Where can we keep up to date with what’s happening?




For bookings contact:

What’s your favourite thing about being in Wolf Like Child?

… that we all get on and share similar and sometimes challenging perspectives, but we are all open minded to enjoy the debate which makes it fun and interesting.
We all share the same philosophy when it comes to making music in that our priority is to have fun playing and creating, as well as hopefully creating songs that will inspire and encourage critical thought, songs that people can empathise with…

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Pigtails and Army Boots Weeky Update

lack of news today sorry, as been away, not been on top of it!

Weekly event guide

Mon 27th- Sun 2nd June

Wed 29th-

  •  Cazz Blaze: Worlds within worlds: punk ladies, riot grrrls and fanzine culture – Working Class Movement Library, 51 Salford Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX – 2pm

    This talk will discuss the role women played in the UK punk scene and the UK incarnation of the female focused, female dominated riot grrrl scene

    You can find details for visitors, including access, here

Thurs 30th- Marnie Stern at Hare and Hounds, Birmingham

Artist of the Month- Wolf Like Child- check out yesterday’s post to hear some of their awesome music!

Cover of the week


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Artist of the Month: Wolf Like Child

Have a listen to the May artist of the month!



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Pigtails and Army Boots Weekly Update

Sorry for the delay in the update this week, I’ve been bust preparing for my holiday to the Netherlands next week!

News this week

I just found out about this rather awesome female trio called Valentine who will be releasing their self titled début album on July 1st, with a single called ‘Chucky’ out on June 17th. They will be touring the UK in June on these dates:

10th – Leeds The Packhorse
11th – Hull The Adelphi
13th – Sheffield O2 Academy 2
14th – Newcastle Think Tank
15th – Edinburgh Wee Red Bar
17th – Brighton Sticky Mike’s
18th – London Camden Dublin Castle
20th – Birmingham Asylum 2
21st – Manchester Dry Bar
22nd – Leicester Lock 42

here is the video to the incredibly catchy song (Warning- not for the faint of heart)!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have released a video to ‘Mosquito’- warning again- if you don’t like creepy crawlies, this may not be for you!

Courtney Love

has decided to go on tour under her solo name rather than using her band name ‘Hole’ She used the name again for her 2010 album ‘Nobody’s Daughter’ but last year she tweeted ‘Hole is Dead’.

Courtney will play seven dates as part of her forthcoming East Coast tour, starting in Philadelphia on June 20, visiting Boston, Silver Spring, Brooklyn, Port Chester and Asbury Park, before finishing up in Huntingdon, New York on June 29.

Paramore have also announced a tour of the UK. Dates are in September:

Dublin The O2 Point (September 2)
Manchester MEN (20)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (21)
Birmingham LG Arena (23)
Nottingham Arena (24)
London Wembley Arena (27)

Event Guide

15th May- 20th May

  • 17 May – What The Frock! Birthday Party – The Square Club, 15 Berkeley Square, Bristol – Doors 7.30pm, Comedy from 8pm – Tickets £12 advance, £15 door

    On Friday, 17 May, come to The Square Club and help us celebrate our first birthday with an extra special night of Frock! fun.

    Our line up is:

    • Jayde Adams – WTF!’s resident MC
    • Viv Groskop
    • Alice Frick
    • Charlie Benson
    • Sophie Johnson

    And what do you get on this extra special night? Well, I’m glad you asked. In addition to the FIVE fabulous acts listed above, you also get…

    • The first 15 people to arrive get a limited-edition birthday present
    • Birthday cake
    • WTF! special birthday badge (ONLY available at this event)
    • Sweets and treats
    • Mini treatments from the lovely Lush ladies

    AND… we’re having a raffle in support of One25, which helps women who are trapped in sex work.

  • 18 May – Why Women Are Funny: panel event – Watershed, 1 Harbourside, Bristol – 2.00pm – Tickets £7, or £6 concessions

    There’s been a lot of talk in the past few years about whether women are even capable of being funny. After writing a blog post about this that went viral in 2011, Jane Duffus founded What The Frock! Comedy in Bristol to promote women comedians. She found no shortage of funny women to book, and instead of struggling to fill club nights she’s got a huge waiting list of brilliant comedians to put on.

    Two of those comedians are Kate Smurthwaite (who was MC at the first ever WTF!, and has appeared at numerous Bristol events since), and Viv Groskop (another regular WTF! performer), both of whom – as well as being fabulously funny – are established media voices about the place of women in society, regularly speaking on Radio 4, Sky News and more. They join Jane for a panel discussion on women in comedy chaired by BBC Bristol’s Elise Rayner, host of ‘The Afternoon Show’, who has championed WTF! right from the start and is a staunch supporter of women in the arts.

    Tickets £7, or £6 concessions from

  • Artist of the Month: Wolf Like Child- they have kindly sent some more about themselves, here is what they had to say:

    Wolf Like Child are a brand new three piece from Brighton, cutting their teeth on the local live circuit. They blend folk-rock blues guitar, electro-tinged rhythms and funky, dubwise bass with lyrical twists of social consciousness; love, life, politics & randomness!






    The trio are all keen activists in their own individual ways, their songs express a direct social consciousness which is both passionate and thought provoking. Wolf Like Child are unique in that they are not interested in fame and fortune. The band intend to distribute their material for free, encouraging supporters to make donations only if they are able.   


    They recently recorded an 8-track demo with Dean Van Jones at Oscillate Recordings, which you can stream or download here (link). Currently, their focus is on having fun; roadtesting their set around Brighton and other areas, while developing new material which they hope to record in the form of an album very soon.



    Ree had a collection of songs which she had been developing for the past 6 years. Alongside working on an instrumental synth project and collaborating with other artists

    Ben had always wanted to make music with Ree & they had previously worked on various other studio projects together:


    Bluestep project


    The pair started jamming Ree’s songs in 2011, then in April 2012 they found Eve to play Bass. Eve had not long moved to Brighton from Italy and her style complimented the sound perfectly.


    Wolf Like Child have recently started performing their set live and are grateful for compliments on their unique sound and attitude. Their next gig is @ The Sticky Mikes Frog Bar on Thursday 23rd May. Onstage at 9pm. £5 door or £4 guestlist (Event page)…


    How to find out about/listen to Wolf Like Child: 




    For bookings contact:

    No update next week as I’ll be on holiday, so will leave you with this dreamy cover of the week- a version of The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry- click here to listen

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News Round Up

Fleetwood Mac have released new music after ten years. They have released a four track EP called ‘Extended Play’ on ITunes.

The songs are ‘It Takes Time’, ‘Miss Fantasy’, ‘Sad Angel’ and ‘Without You.’ The band will be touring the UK later in the year.
Dublin 02 (September 20)
London O2 Arena (24, 25, 27)
Birmingham LG Arena (29)
Manchester Arena (October 1)
Glasgow The Hydro (3)

Nineties girl band TLC have announced a live show and a new album. They will be playing The Mixtape Festival at Hersheypark Stadium, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, from July 26-27, alongside other old skool favourites New Kids On The Block, Hanson and Boyz II Men. This will be their first performance since 2009. They did speak in the past about using a hologram image for late band member Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopez, who died in a car crash in 2002, but it’s not known whether they will be using this for the performance yet. A full tour is also expected to be announced for later in the year.

TLC will also be releasing a new album, their first since 2002’s ‘3D’.

Little Boots has released a video to new song ‘Broken Record’

Event guide Monday 6th May- Sunday 12th May

10 May – Third Annual Postgraduate Gender and Sexuality Conference, Birmingham University

Roles: A Gender and Sexuality Forum are pleased to announce our Third Annual Postgraduate Gender and Sexuality Conference (, at the University of Birmingham on the 10th of May 2013.

Our Key Note Speaker is Dr. Nadine Muller (twitter: @Nadine_Muller)

This one-day interdisciplinary conference offers postgraduates the opportunity to present their research in a friendly and supportive environment for people of all genders. Registration is free. (

We invite applications for twenty-minute papers. Suggestions for presentations may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • social policy, government legislation, and matters of the law
  • cultural products: film / music / art / TV / literature
  • media, representation, and social images
  • sexuality, otherness, erotic practice
  • the body: subject, object, identity
  • theory, methodology, practice
  • feminism and postfeminism: representation and invisibility
  • queer and trans*: changing images of femininity and masculinity

Please send an abstract, including a short bio, of no more than 300 words to by 10th March 2013.

Roles is an interdisciplinary research forum hosted by researchers at the University of Birmingham for the purpose of fostering discussion and debate

Artist of Month

It’s now May so that means time for a brand new artist of the month! This month I’ve picked Brighton based Wolf Like Child who I’ve recently discovered and think others should hear too! They like Patti Smith and drinking rum, so they’re welcome to my home anytime 😉 In the following weeks I’ll be chatting to them and sharing their music with you so keep reading!

Cover of the week

as I’ve been working with the element of Air this week, it’s Ann Wilson’s version of Goodbye Blue Sky

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