Our set was recorded pre-pandemic because at the moment we’re stuck in different countries, and current restrictions are making it impossible for us to get together, but this footage has not been shared before, so it’s an exclusive! We are excited to be doing this with Las Ratapunks, who are one of our favourite bands, hopefully one day we will be able to play together in real life.
Thank you to Guy Smallman of Final Hours for the excellent review of our record.
There’s a comforting familiarity that exudes from every track on this ten inch. This lot have been battering our eardrums with these numbers for just over twenty years in pubs, venues and squats around the circuit. Now finally we can listen to their raging tunes recorded to a better quality than on someone’s mobile phone at the Devonshire via YouTube.
The record kicks off with ‘Rape Is Rape, Even If The Rapist Is In A Band That You Like’, a mixture of doom-laden fuzz-bass and upbeat shouty garage punk that calls out the sexism that still lurks within the scene. They make the obvious point that raging against those cops & judges rings pretty hollow if you’re not prepared to clean up the oppressive dog shit that the patriarchy leaves on your own doorstep.
‘On yer bike’ is an equally furious diatribe against the legion of dickheads that populate our roads and feel the need to abuse cyclists, particularly if they’re women. Lorna’s bass riff reminds me of Sonic Youth’s more tuneful moments before launching the song into more-anarcho speed-garage that helpfully delivers a little selection of retorts to keep handy for those moments when you just need that perfect one-liner to deliver to that obnoxious moron in the van or designer lycra. The punk Highway Code is born!
Concluding side one is ‘Madhouse’ a song that explores that moment when its time to leave the messiest of parties and head out into the cold night air. It has epic riffs and rolling drums spliced with insanely fast guitars from Laura. Its like Black Sabbath getting a well deserved kicking from The Slits.
Side two is a sunnier affair that celebrates those all-important ethics of living every punk second while getting thoroughly stewed in the process.
‘Party’ is a gloriously trashy trawl through the greatest excesses of the DIY scene sung from lived experience. ‘La La La’ is joyous in its singalong simplicity. Finally ‘I Fought The Floor And The Floor Won’ is my personal favourite. Swampy guitars meld with a thumping laid-back beat from Tabi. The vibe is like that of The Cramps during their ‘Psychedelic jungle’ period and the words are howled at peak intensity until the song explodes into its banging finale.
A fabulous debut from a band who’ve taken a very long time to produce a record. But its worth the wait and they’ve done it the old school way with a limited number (300) of white vinyls. With postcards, stickers and a nicely designed, full colour zine containing the lyrics and lots of other cool stuff. We’re seriously hoping that we’ll be measuring the time before their next release in years rather than decades. Get this one HERE
Lorna is one of the 64 voices on ‘Reclaim These Streets’ by Loud Women – a single released on all platforms today with all proceeds to Womens Aid Please share, buy, stream and donate. Let’s turn up the volume on women’s safety.
In the wake of the recent deaths of Blessing Olusegun and Sarah Everard, we hope to turn up the volume on current discussions on the issue of women’s safety. As the song says, “Until every woman is safe to walk on every street”.
The song was written by LOUD WOMEN’s founder, Cassie Fox, with a spoken word/rap section written and performed by Brix Smith. Instrumentation is provided by a female and non-binary supergroup with members of My Bloody Valentine, Salad and T-Bitch.
There are 64 contributing vocalists on this track, who form a who’s who of women in our music scene, namely:
Abby Werth, Amber of Hadda Be, Angela Martin of Bugeye, Bec Jevons of IDestroy, Brix Smith, Caroline Gilchrist of Hot Sauce Pony, Cassie Fox, Charley Stone, Debbie Googe, Debbie Smith, Dungareen Jean, Elis Sarv from Noise Noir, Ella Patenall of Naz & Ella, Emily Eagle of The Pukes, Emma Sky of Slut Magic, Erika Severyns, Estella Adeyeri of Big Joanie, Gail Something-Else of Muddy Summers & the Dirty Field Whores, Gemma Cullingford of Sink Ya Teeth, Georgie Willsher of Beverley Kills, Gilan, Harriet Doveton, Helen McCookerybook, Holly Carter of Berries, Jade Ellins, Janey Starling, Jen Macro, Jo Bevan, Joyce Raskin, Julie Riley of I Am HER, Karen of Hagar the Womb, Kat Five of Feral Five, Kel of The Empty Page, Kelly Chard, Kimmi Watson, Kristina Stazaker, Lee Friese-Greene, Lilith Ai, Liz Hayward of Ode to Sleep, Lorna Tiefholz of Rabies Babies, Marijne van der Vlugt, Michelle Marti of Girls Rock Indiana, Minni Moody, MIRI, Molly Energi, Nadia Javed, Ngaire Ruth, Nicki Mirage of Brazen Hussy/KNM, Patsy Stevenson, Paul Maps – Joyzine, Penfriend, Priya, Ren Aldridge of Petrol Girls, Ros Cairney of Deux Furieuses, Roshi Nasehi, Rowanna Chown, Sam McCann of Gender Chores, Shona MacMillan, Siân Alex of Gold Baby, Siobhan Fahey, Stevie B of T-Bitch, Suteki Hegg, The Pukes, Umbilica
She Makes Music focuses on the most exciting and impressive new music created by brilliant and talented female-identifying & non-binary musicians. We are so happy that Rabies Babies feature in their list of Best New Discoveries. It’s a great list of bands so please check it out here.
We are happy to have a track included in Grow Your Own Records latest low cost CD compilation Birds Of A Feather Flock Together 3. The CD has 25 tracks from DIY punk bands – some bands we’ve played with many times on the local DIY punk scene, and some bands are new to us (hopefully we’ll be playing with those bands some time soon!). The CD comes in a card digi-sleeve with a 28 page zine in a printed envelope. It’s a great package! To order, or see the full tracklist go to Grow Your Own Records Bandcamp.
Thank you to everyone who bought, listened to, or shared our songs in 2020, and a massive cheers! to those who played us on their radio shows or wrote about us in their blog or zine. We appreciate the time and effort that goes into putting together good radio shows and blogs, so a big thank you to anyone who has included Rabies Babies in their shows and zines.
Here is some of the radio shows from the last couple of weeks that include Rabies Babies songs, all of these shows are great and we’re really enjoying listening to them.
In September Girlz Disorder Vol 1 compilation album was released. The album features 24 all female bands from 15 countries, and we feel honoured to be included amongst so many fantastic bands from all over the world. Over the last few weeks on our social media we have been posting about each of the other 23 bands on the compilation. The entire list of bands, with photographs and videos, plus links to their social media and bandcamps are now up on our website here. Have a listen to the album, and explore more of each band’s music and give them some likes or follows while you are there.