Four fearless female musicians who’ve gained a national reputation for their unforgettable punk rock shows. That’s Glitoris. We caught up with Keven 007 from the band to find out more about their new single, and album of the same name, The Policy.
NEWCASTLE LIVE: Thanks for chatting with us, we’ve been big fans since we saw your set at Dashville. We want to start by asking you what it was like to work on your new album, The Policy, with Jay Whalley. How did you come to meet? What do you think he brought to what we hear on the recording?
KEVEN 007: Thank you for having us! Dashville was amazing. It was an honour to play alongside legends like Cosmic Psychos and the Hard-ons. It was a true blessing to have the opportunity to work with Jay on the album. We’d met him as a band when Glitoris supported Frenzal in Canberra last year. Not only is he as chill as a pint of ale from the Marrickville Bowlo, he offers the perfect combo of ‘do yo thang’ and ‘hey some distorted hand-claps here would sound sikkkk’. As a well seasoned punk he has so much to offer noobs like ourselves.
NEWCASTLE LIVE: “Take your place in the minority category according to your physicality” – It’s such a powerful line from your new single, The Policy. Can you tell us more about where the spark of inspiration for that song came from and what it feels like to play such a powerful statement?
KEVEN 007: It’s a pure statement of the fact that to get ahead in the world women often need to be better than their male counterparts. That we’re often classed according to our anatomy. It’s an anthem with dual meaning…be the best you can be and show ‘em what you’ve got. It feels…completely on point, you can feel the crowd going ‘yessss!’
NEWCASTLE LIVE: If we loved The Disgrace EP, tell us why we’ll love this album?
KEVEN 007: As much as we also love the unpolished rawness of Disgrace, it was time to lift our game. The Policy is everything Disgrace is but more – it’s polished, powerful, political, absurd, comical, lyrically daring. Plus all the percussion you could possibly want and a string section in the title track!
NEWCASTLE LIVE: Tell us about this photo
KEVEN 007: That’s the Reclink Canberra Community cup! Keven 007 & Malcolm kicked ass with The Limestones (musicians) along with Will & Kieran from the Cat Empire plus other local musos. We played The Noise (media), and as you can see whipped some butt! Footy can be so powerful in bringing people together, providing a sense of identity and in this case raising money for those in disadvantaged housing situations.
NEWCASTLE LIVE: Do you make your own clothes to wear on stage (Because they’re awesome)?
KEVEN 007: We certainly do! Glitoris Crafternoon’s are a thing, much to my despair. The catsuits, however, we have made for us by a pro dancewear company. No seam splitting in sight!
NEWCASTLE LIVE: Where did the logo on the front of the album come from?
KEVEN 007: It’s a stencil of our collective vagina.
NEWCASTLE LIVE: Have you all disabled iCloud now?
KEVEN 007: We do not speak of iCloud.
Come with us to see Glitoris live in Newcastle on Saturday 24th November at The Lass O’Gowrie.
The single, The Policy dropped on 5 October 2018. You can get it everywhere and the album of the same name will be available on 2 November.