CUMGIRL8 – THE HOPE AND RUIN, BRIGHTON 4.12.22
Tonight I used to be actually praying that the England vs Senegal World Cup Sport wouldn’t run into further time, as I, myself, had some working to do of my very own! Fortunately the whistle blew for a 3 nil victory and a gathering with France is now on the playing cards. The second the ref put the whistle to his lips, I grabbed my digicam and bolted out the door and legged it alongside to The Hope & Ruin on Queens Street to be able to catch tonight’s headliners cumgirl8 (‘CG8’) in motion.
The occasion was organised by Love Thy Neighbour label and promoter and sadly I had missed this night’s assist acts Cowboyy and Austen Showers, however fortunately arrived with minutes to spare earlier than the quartet took to the stage. Being a Sunday night time and footie being on, it’s truthful to say that the venue was sparse, however that definitely didn’t cease this lot from going for it.
I used to be nonetheless figuring out what to anticipate from cumgirl8 as I’d solely beforehand flicked by just a few YouTube movies and some tunes on Spotify, so I used to be unfamiliar with their output.
A gender-fluid four-piece consisting of Lida Fox on bass and vocals centre stage, Veronika Vilim on guitar and vocals stage left, Chase on the rear on drums and vocals, Avishag Rodrigues on guitar and Korg keyboard stage proper. There are additionally quite a few drum and results bins, however extra on these later.
They kick off in high quality type with ‘Waffles’, which units the tone for the night time. Their sound is described as art-punk, half efficiency artwork and half musical band, and I can’t disagree. They create a singular sound with layer upon layer and sharp punk outbursts. They’ve a sound you could’t pigeonhole, however evoke some wildly totally different artists, corresponding to Pleasure Division and The Slits. This band would match completely on a invoice with native storage punks, The Lambrini Women.
‘Bugs’ follows, a monitor extra 80s pop than punk, however a catchy little quantity. Avishag Rodrigues’ guitar work catches my eye with the strut and elegance of a younger Johnny Thunders.
The primary monitor to actually seize me, although, is the current single ‘Dumb Bitch’, dripping in discordant guitar harmonies. ‘Hourglass’ follows, and it’s a grower that slowly drags you in after which shakes you to the bottom in matches of rage. ‘Take Me Residence’ had an actual New York 70s punk swagger, and I famous it as considered one of my highlights together with the spectacular ‘Pluck Me’, which harks again to early 80s goth.
The set closes with ‘I Wanna Be’, and it’s all change as Vilim takes up the vocals and Chase, Fox and Rodrigues play a collection of impact bins, drum samples, and even a toddler’s keyboard (B Toys Meowsic Toy Piano) is introduced into the combination. There’s motion from a Behringer TD-3-SR Analogue Bass Line Synthesiser, and there’s Arturia keys in there as effectively. These, together with the Korg, have taken over from the Burny bass guitar, Fender Bullet guitar and Silvertone guitar, which had been used all through the remainder of the set. Loops layer on high of one another with hidden melodies scratching on the floor because the ‘I Wanna Be’ chorus repeats, and all of it escalates right into a bizarre wall of sound.
CG8 are definitely a band price trying out reside, as their uniqueness is a uncommon high quality, they usually placed on a fairly particular present you received’t overlook in a rush. They’d be a wonderful addition to subsequent 12 months’s Nice Escape Competition and I’m certain they’d go down a storm.
Lida Fox – vocals, bass
Veronika Vilim – guitar, vocals
Chase – drums
Avishag Rodrigues – guitar, keys
‘Waffles’ (from 2020 ‘cumgirl8’ mini-album)
‘Bugs’ (from 2021 ‘RIPcumgirl8’ EP)
‘Cherry Nipples’ (from 2020 ‘cumgirl8’ mini-album)
‘Clay Individuals’ (from 2020 ‘cumgirl8’ mini-album)
‘Dumb Bitch’ (from 2022 ‘Dumb Bitch’ single)
‘Hourglass’ (from 2020 ‘cumgirl8’ mini-album)
‘Blue Planet’ (from 2020 ‘cumgirl8’ mini-album)
‘Goth Woman’ (unreleased)
‘Take Me Residence’ (from 2020 ‘cumgirl8’ mini-album)
‘Pluck Me’ (from 2021 ‘RIPcumgirl8’ EP)
‘I Wanna Be’ (from 2021 ‘RIPcumgirl8’ EP)
‘Reply’ (from 2020 ‘cumgirl8’ mini-album)
Don’t take our phrase for it, that is what others have mentioned concerning the band:
“CG8 (aka Cumgirl8)—the self-described “sex-positive” band and inventive entity dreamed up by Lida Fox, Chase Noelle, and Veronika Vilim—added style to their résumé final 12 months with a clubby, nightlife-inspired assortment. This season they introduced their work into the solar and onto the road once they introduced their sophomore assortment outdoors Café Forgot on the Decrease East Aspect on September 11. It was an actual New York second that created a bridge between Y2K and at present”. -Vogue
“From the primary time seeing them reside, cumgirl8 has all the time felt part-punk rock, part-performance artwork. Delving into style pursuits featured in Vogue along with their newest conceptual music movies, it’s clear that the group’s creativity and efficiency high quality is at the moment throttling at its full potential and it’s thrilling to see”. -Alt Citizen
“Brooklyn quartet cumgirl8 positioned themselves at odds with the powers that be the second they gave their group its salacious identify. It will get them booted from social media platforms and largely precluded from the pages of music’s main broadsheets, however their story doesn’t finish with shock worth. They might be provocateurs, however in addition they make a fiery model of post-punk that may sound simply nearly as good below a tamer moniker”. -Fader.
“cumgirl8 is a rising punk band from NYC identified for his or her raucous reside exhibits. Blast the bombastic quartet’s spazzy spacey (and really strong) self-titled debut album under. After which go see them play. That’s the important thing. The important thing to all the pieces”. -OMR
Try their recorded materials on their Bandcamp web page HERE and discover out additional data by visiting them at linktr.ee/cumgirl8_
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