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Sometimes a band comes along that tears


down expectations and clichés and does their own damn thing. Skinny Girl Diet are two sisters and a cousin from London who are


blowing minds with their album Heavyflow. Challenging the way that women are often treated in the music industry, and speaking out for women in general, they’re coming up to Te Owl Sanctuary this month so we can fully revel in their punk grunge brilliance. I


spoke to all three members of the band about day jobs, periods and Viv Albertine.


Are you all working or at college whilst also doing the band? Ursula:I'm an unemployed high school drop out still living with my parents because I'm cool like that. Amelia: I'm currently taking an online programming course, while also trying to get a part time job. Delilah:No, I’m a slacker loser that sits on my ass and has an existential crisis each day that passes by and I wonder why I


exist. Your debut album Heavyflow just came out in September, and it’s so strong and powerful, I love it. How did you find the process of recording a whole album? Amelia: It was a long time coming to be honest. Although at times the process was frustrating since we really just wanted to get the album out there, it felt really great to be creating it. Te album was essentially six years in the


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making, we had the songs we wanted to record and make into an album, the only issue was saving enough money to be able to record and manufacture it. We had a lot of fun recording it, making music is what we love doing, and I hope it shows with the recordings. Your music isn’t afraid to to face up to issues all women deal with, from periods to dieting. Do you feel like even in 2016 these are areas of our lives that men still don’t understand or that women feel they have to hide? Amelia: We're just speaking out about experiences we face in our lives, and want to inspire others to voice theirs. While periods and dieting aren't issues that are exclusive to women, and not all women get periods, they are issues treated with disgust and as solely as "women’s issues", so it takes the onus off men to try understand or even think about those issues. We're living in a year where a man who has openly bragged about sexually assaulting women, wants to criminalise abortion and has a running mate that supports shock conversion therapy, has become President of the USA. It's not surprising at all that sexism is still rampant, even in 2016. Society still isn’t progressive at all. It’s amazing that the music industry is still filled predominately with men in every area. What would you say to a girl or woman who might like to start playing an instrument or making music but might feel intimidated? Amelia:To be honest, it's not that amazing that the music industry is still filled with white men. It's structured in a way


that will always favour them. So my advice to any woman who wants to make music is to just go for it, it'll be tough but we need more people going against the status quo. Don't give a shit about what some dirty old music executive thinks about you, they don't know anything. Find some like minded people, they are people who will support you, and in turn you may be able to help other women too. Delilah:Fuck the system and never make music for the white supremist machine. Its going to be a lot of hard work but it’s worth it because you will meet a lot of like minded people along the way and even if your art/music reaches out to someone that understands, is going through or will go through the same bullshit as you have experienced it makes all of your struggles worth while, And don’t expect to make money, ha ha! Slits guitarist and all round amazing woman Viv Albertine likes you a lot! What does the legacy of all-women acts like the Slits, and the many wonderful Riot Grrl bands mean to you? Ursula:Viv Albertine is the real deal and an absolute legend who supported us randomly at a time we didn't even have much of a following which we will forever be thankful for. Female fronted bands are the epitome of strength and inspiration. Te legacy of Riot Grrrl has paved the future of females in punk music in general. We can all collectively now work on including women of colour and the trans community into the feminist equation.


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> INFORMATION Skinny Girl Diet play at The Owl Sanctuary on December 2nd supported by local acts Peach Club and Sink Ya Teeth. Tickets available from idealsurreal.bandcamp.com for just a fiver. Read this interview in full at outlineonline.co.uk


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