Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Seafield Foxes

 Photos by Malcolm Mclean

Garage punk band influenced by the Edinburgh music scene, the Doors, Patti Smith and Rory Gallagher. Their sound is 'jist pure sort o' Seafield Foxes'  

Have you experienced much sexism?

Lizzie (vocals) Becky's been in bands where she's the only girl..

Becky (bass): You do have that thing where a female bass player is kind of token. But your attitude and your confidence kinda dictates how they treat you, although you're still like a little sister. But I dont think there's anything wrong with that – I'm five foot three. But it's nice to shock them.

Lizzie: Before, if it was guys that organised the bill, we would end up playing first. It has felt a little bit like, because we're a girl band we're on first.

Becky: Usually if you have a rock night, it's a bit of a sausage fest, but it's nice to have a rock chick night. It's got it's own spirit, when it's like the ladies are in control. Well, I say ladies..(laughs)

So as musicians, you're not really experiencing much sexism?

Lizzie: Not so much. Maybe in other cities there is.

Do you feel a pressure to sexualise yourself?

Lizzie: Me and Suzy (guitarist) used to wear jeans and a top, and then a guy joined the band wearing more make up than us, so I decided to wear more make up! And on our myspace pics, the views went up from 2 to about 4000 when I started wearing a short skirt.

Becky: I started wearing Saturday night dresses but then gradually started wearing stuff that was more comfortable...but you have to strike a balance. I think it's more of a self confidence thing than pressure from the crowd.

Do you think you get less hassle than other women in rock bands, because you belong to the DIY punk scene?

Lizzie: Yeah. And its (playing punk) making a statement in itself..with the attitude and breaking rules. But some people just wanna heckle.

Becky: The only guy I ever got bad chat from was our stand in bassist.

Lizzie: When 'Storm in a D Cup' used to play gigs, they got a male drummer, and people said 'It was better when it was an all female band'. And we had that problem too, people saying it should be an all girl band. So its role reversal.

Spice Girls: Empowering or not?

Leana (drums): As young girls it was targeted specifically at us, they had done the psychological research. It wasn't girl power, it was advertising power. It wasn't harmful, but it wasn't done to further women's rights, just to make money.

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