Skinny Girl Diet have been one of my favourite bands for awhile now and it was a true pleasure to interview them on the eve of their debut LP Heavyflow’s release! If you haven’t listened to the music Ursula Holliday, Delilah Holliday and Amelia Cutler make – you are about to discover something special. Thank you to the band for these brilliant answers and for being my first interview on my blog!
AQ: I had a listen to the previews of Heavyflow on iTunes and from that I can tell that it combines the raw excitement of your early ep’s with the experience you have gained in the interim – was it important for you to include both new and older music on your debut album? Were you wary of keeping an edge to the music?
SGD: It’s definitely exciting putting it all together as we’re continuously evolving and changing our sound as we grow up through different experiences we’ve had and emotions. Every song has a story behind it and mean so much to us. It sums up a time in Delilah’s life, so everything is personal but she also incorporates escapism. If she were to open up about each song they would all reflect a time in her life, almost like a diary or a dream she shares with whoever can connect to it. So it was very important to put everything into this album as it’s our first ever one! We’re never really too conscious of keeping an ‘edge’ to our music we just make music that we would like (if we weren’t in the band) ourselves.
AQ: Your show on NTS is fantastic. I know that you are also involved in things like art shows and making zines. How does being involved in the local community relate to the International and online one? I’m guessing both are important to you.
SGD: NTS is a radio show that really allows you to play whatever you want and do whatever you want with your show, even though we’ve broken the rules sometimes. We love playing random music. Community within the arts is a necessity as art in societies view is less valuable than academics. So creating spaces with groups of people where you feel comfortable to make art and do whatever you want is a powerful thing.
AQ: What is it like living in a post brexit UK? I love how feminism and politics are at the forefront in your work and you are also engaging with worldwide movements like black lives matter. I feel really emotional when I read/see your interviews as well as when I’m listening to your music.
SGD: It sucks and has just reawakened racism and bigotry to resurface out of the cave it was hiding in. Probably due to the reassurance that the whole of Britain is out of the EU, but we certainly didn’t vote for this and we’re left with the aftermath of it all. Ursula talks about how British people have gone over to Ibiza and wrecked the beautiful island with binge drinking and partying. Whilst old pensioners retire to their summer houses in Spain. And England wants to leave the EU? No one sees the bigger picture at all. A couple of our friends have been shouted at in the streets with remarks like ‘Go Home’ which is never nice but they’ve jokingly been like “I only live down the road mate,” It’s hard because there are different mechanisms of how people cope, through humour or to completely ignore what’s going on around them. However, our way of coping is by speaking out and making music. The world is currently in such a dark place with Trump who is resembling statements that are not dissimilar to the words Hitler spouted, Black people getting lynched and silenced and a women wearing a burkini being told to undress on a Beach – and that’s not even the half of it.
AQ: The Heavyflow album cover is so striking! Did it have any particular inspirations?
SGD: It was just another satirical joke from us. Periods are such a natural phenomena that are regarded with such disgust. Which was weird for us as every person was birthed out of someone’s womb, created due to the person having these regular cycles, the gift of creating life. Periods are not bad things. Women are expected to hide and suppress completely natural things. Women are bleeding all over the world and we wanted to contrast that imagery against the ultra glamorous image the media sells. It’s funny as hell that you’re still able to shock in the 21st century talking about something that has been around since the beginning of time, a cavewoman had a period. We call our genre Heavy Flow because our music is heavy but we also think it has a flow about it.
AQ: Has performing live changed for you over time? You have talked about the challenges you have faced in previous interviews.
SGD: It’s sadly inescapable as a female and we can shout it from the rooftops but for some reason, people can’t help but drown you out with their male ego. We’ve been playing live for a while now so when stuff like that happens our girl gang fights back and us three just poke fun at the stupidity of their feeble brains.
AQ: Silver Spoons and Yeti pay homage to classic movies as well as modern day feminism and fashion. Personally, I really connect with all those things. Do you have any particular recommendations of films or other inspirations either old or modern for fans?
SGD: Thelma and Louise, Ginger Snaps, Carrie, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane, We Are The Best, Ladies and Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains, Mustang.