Angular post-punk/art-punk for people who like raw and wonky choons
Roxy Girls started as a side project for Tom and Aidan after both volunteering at Pop Recs in Sunderland (a record store/venue/cafe ran by fellow Mackem band, Frankie & the Heartstrings) and began using It as a practice space. Matty joined the band at the end of 2017, then proceeded to record the first self titled EP. I joined shortly after and we immediately started writing a vast array of short songs and got into a steady pace of playing gigs. Upon discovering the band through 6 music, both Tom Robinson and Marc Riley invited us to play live session’s for the show, which made its way to the ears of Moshi Moshi who have since released 3 of our EP’s, with our next coming out in August. We are currently working on our debut album which will consist of even more short, fast and chaotic tunes, then slowly but surely taking a step back into the world of live performance, joining our pals Mush on tour in October!
Roxy Girls consist of Tom (guitar/vox), Aidan (drums), Matty (bass), Isaac (guitar/vox) and are 3 Mackems and a Geordie.
Q & A.
FOR THOSE THAT HAVEN’T HEARD OF YOU BEFORE, DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND IN ONE SENTENCE.
Tom – Falling down the stairs full of cowies and waking up in 1979
Aidan – Short songs for people with even shorter attention spans
Matty – “Mostly just sounded like a jumble of noise with nothing much to take notice of, I will certainly never listen to the Roxy Girls again” – Winston Churchill
Isaac – Proper crackers Mackem w/ a hint of Geordie punk
Yummy Fur, Futureheads, XTC, Josef K, Omni
SHARE WITH US AN INTERESTING ANECDOTE ABOUT ONE OF YOUR SONGS.
All of our songs stem from daft things we’ve (mostly Tom) experienced however none are that notably interesting. “Two Dead Nuns” is about nuns that drink in a racist pub in Sunderland but it’s too short of a song to say much more than that. We have a song called “In the Drink” coming out soon that’s about Takeshi’s Castle, now that’s exciting!!
YOU ARE SENT TO MARS, NO CHECK-IN BAGGAGE, AND YOU CAN TAKE ONE RECORD – WHICH ONE?
Tom – Bryter Later – Nick Drake
Aidan – Complete A&B Sides 1963-1970 – Dusty Springfield
Matty – [********] – The Drink
Isaac – Bonsai Superstar – Brainiac
YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC VENUE IN THE U.K.?
Tom – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Aidan – Wharf Chambers, Leeds
Matty – Cumberland Arms, Newcastle
Isaac – Pop Recs Ltd, Sunderland
WE ARE PROUDLY SUBCULTURE-INSPIRED. HOW ABOUT YOU?
Tom – I had a mod cut back in the day, the archetypal wellend, that was until I discovered folk music and the devil’s lettuce. Suppose you can call that a subculture.
Aidan – I think it’s such an integral part of life at the moment that everybody is to a degree.
Matty – Yes, what’s the point without culture and the further down you go the better it gets generally.
Isaac – Massively so, it surrounds my (and our) everyday life to the point that it’s unrecognizable. How can anyone not be?