Riot Girl is alive and very much kicking in 2016 and there is no better example of that than London punk outfit DREAM NAILS.
They're everything you could ever want and more from an all female punk band during the 21st century breakdown.
They released their last EP DIY alongside a zine, which featured DIY instructions for bike fixing, hair cuts and masturbation. The EP features track Deep Heat which is also the bands first music video, the song is a hex on David Cameron, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump. We hope with the bands help we can use the power of punk to leave Donald Trump with his dick permanently covered in Deep Heat.
Describe the band in 3 words
Feminist. Punk. Witches. (From Hell)
When and how did you meet and form the band?
Three of us met through participation a Feminist direct-action group, and the other one is an online romance turned into long-term loving.
Where does the name come from?
A nail salon in North London. Occasionally we get Facebook messages asking us if we have branches in other cities. Our response is always the same: 'we are a punk band'.
What are the main thins which inspire you to write songs?
First and foremost we are feminists who are angered by the continued oppression and exploitation of women, and the destructive, patriarchal values which pervade our society and uphold these things. We are inspired by a movement that believes in and fights against the interconnected array of struggles faced by thousands everyday, whether these be racism, classism, abelism, Islamaphobia, transphobia, xenophobia, or a combination. We are also inspired by the strength and resilience of women, and the joy and energy that can be extracted from our movement. We wanted to create music that promotes self-reliance and self-belief- and our first EP released in April and titled 'DIY' embodies these ideas.
Do you think musicians, being looked up to and on a platform, should put forward ideas they think will have a positive impact?
Yes of course. Especially in the musical and political movements that we are part of. Music should be inclusive, accessible and joyful, as well as serve an important cathartic function. We think our jobs (and the jobs of all good musicians) is to create music that resonates and resounds with people, and live shows that empower and galvanize our audiences to make their own music or art and have the confidence to express themselves however they want to.
How do you feel about being labelled as a feminist punk band instead of just a punk band?
Very positively. We join a rich tradition of both women in punk and of course, the feminist movement and we are proud to be doing so. Plus, of course, our music does have an overtly political message, like we said. Besides this, the vital input of women in the early punk scene is always omitted from His-Story, so it's especially important to us.
What's coming up next from the band? Is an album in the works?
Absolutely. As is a UK/Europe Spring tour in 2017, and by the end of the year, total world domination and an irrevocable smash-up of the patriarchy. Possibly Trump's eyeballs for earrings.
And finally, what's your funniest/favourite story about the band?
I guess when we played Glastonbury this year, which was obviously fucking great. We headlined the Sisterhood stage in Shangri-La on the Friday night. It was a secret venue and the entrance was (appropriately and serendipitously) through a fake nail bar. People had to queue up to get their nails done, and then as it was a woman-only venue, the women were allowed to enter into the cool dream babe land beyond.