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Natterers

Singer / ecologist — Yorkshire

Photo: Benn Goodall

Name, where are you from?
Emma. I’m from Yorkshire. I am an ecologist and own a houseplant shop. I also sing in Natterers - a hardcore punk band from the North, UK.

Describe your style in three words?
Surfy hardcore punk.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
One that springs to mind at the moment is Pulp at Auto Festival at Magna in Rotherham in 2002. Fantastic venue, awesome sound and an incredible set for their “last” gig.

I need to mention Alden Tyrell at BLOC Festival 2010 too. I was completely sober and very tired, but the music, people and atmosphere made it feel like I’d taken all the drugs. Other highlights of that festival were Autechre and Radioactive Man - mind-blowing! I went to BLOC 5 years in a row from 2007 - 2011. An amazing electronic festival at Pontins and then Butlins. It all went a bit wrong when they moved it to London, but I think it’s back on track now! I was introduced to electronic music by John Peel. I remember hearing Autechre for the first time on his Radio 1 show, and it was the first time I didn’t really understand what I was hearing... WHAT IS THIS MUSIC?

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Germs and Dead Kennedys in Los Angeles in 1979... And we might as well add Black Flag (with Keith Morris on vocals) and X to the bill as well! All these bands are massively influential on Natterers.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Punk was the biggest influence on me growing up - mainly punk (and mainly The Damned!) with a touch of ska/rocksteady. I almost failed A-level Music because I wanted to do my main project on ska and rocksteady, the skinhead subculture from the 1960s through to 2-Tone but it wasn’t on the curriculum (they thought music stopped in 1910) I did it anyway, against all the advice from my teachers and then got a skinhead feather cut! And unsurprisingly, I failed that bit, but luckily I was pretty good at playing the flute, so my performance aspect of the A-level pulled my grade up enough to get me into university (I studied Music at Goldsmiths College). Hearing Riot Grrrl bands was also hugely influential on me in my late teens - not particularly musically, but it was very empowering music for a young woman.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
That photo with Debbie Harry, Viv Albertine, Poly Styrene, Siouxsie Sioux, Pauline Black and Chrissie Hynde. I’d gatecrash that tea party then go to a gig with all six bands later that day.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
With Natterers, it is probably Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. We’ve played the Main Room and also the Games Room, but not been back since the extension has been finished. It’s changed a lot since I first went when it was probably an equal mix of local residents there for bingo and karaoke and students there for drinking and music. It’s definitely evolved into a music venue now, and a fantastic one at that. The sound has always been excellent both on and off stage. Two of my favourite gigs there as a punter in recent times… probably ESG and T.S.O.L - both bands looked like they were having the time of their lives which is really refreshing to see with bands that have been going for many years.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Delia Derbyshire. The music she was creating in the 60s sounds futuristic even now. And it was all analogue - tape and scissors. Incredible. I worked at BBC Maida Vale studios for a couple of years, digitising quarter-inch tape, shellac and vinyl for a digital archive project and our studio was the old Radiophonic Workshop studio. I was in awe of the place every single day. Kraftwerk are often cited as the ultimate electronic pioneers, but I’d give that crown to Delia.


Having asserted themselves as one of the most promising emerging bands on the underground UK hardcore punk scene, Natterers' debut album 'Head In Threatening Attitude' is out now. The album was mastered by Geza X, known for his work with Dead Kennedys and Black Flag.

Find out more at natterers.bandcamp.com

 

The first track you played on repeat?
'I Need You Around' - Smoking Popes.
It’s on the Clueless soundtrack, and I was completely addicted to this song. It’s a bit like Morrissey fronting the Ramones! Clueless was one of the first films I saw at the cinema, and the soundtrack was really influential on me at the time. Same goes for the Trainspotting and Grosse Point Blank soundtracks.

A song that defines the teenage you?
A mixture of 'I Just Can’t Be Happy Today' by The Damned and 'Attitude' by The Misfits. I was a bit gnarly. I still am.

One record you would keep forever?
I’d struggle to choose between 'Psychocandy' by The Jesus and Mary Chain, 'Machine Gun' Etiquette by The Damned and 'Pet Sounds' by The Beach Boys... at the very least!

A song lyric that has inspired you?
Not inspired exactly, but relatable...

Reality:

Shyness can stop you
From doing all the things in life
You'd like to

'Ask' - The Smiths

Defiant moments:

I'm young and I love to be young
I'm free and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want
To say and do whatever I please

'You Don’t Own Me' - Lesley Gore

A song you wished you had written?
'Kids Of The Black Hole' - Adolescents. The perfect punk song? Rest in peace, Steve Soto.

Best song to turn up loud?
This is really hard! If I’ve got my punk head on then 'Mannequin' - Wire
But if I want a good, hard dance then some Detroit techno... 'Digital Tsunami' - Drexciya
But if I want to dance like no one is watching then 'Breather' - Chapterhouse

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
I sing in a hardcore punk band now but I have also been in garage punk and indie pop bands, hosted punk, ska and rocksteady radio shows at university, DJ-ed techno/electro and I studied Music at university so people who know me probably wouldn’t be that surprised by anything I might suggest here! I do have a soft spot for female jazz vocalists. Dinah Washington is a favourite, but for this track, I’ll go with Amy Winehouse’s version live on Jools Holland, as she’s obviously very much influenced by Dinah but with a bit more swagger! She owns it.

The song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Temptation' - New Order.
BOOM. HAVE THAT. I saw them at Reading Festival in the late 90s and it was amazing.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Where Is My Mind?' - The Pixies

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
At the moment, I am very guilty of being retrospective with music… when I’m really busy with work (I am a bat ecologist, so I’ve been nocturnal and overworked for the last five months), I tend to listen to records I’ve known for years… But this year, we’ve been blessed with a new record from an old favourite and a cautionary tale for the future…
'Standing On The Edge of Tomorrow' - The Damned

Photo: Benn Goodall

Name, where are you from?
Emma. I’m from Yorkshire. I am an ecologist and own a houseplant shop. I also sing in Natterers - a hardcore punk band from the North, UK.

Describe your style in three words?
Surfy hardcore punk.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
One that springs to mind at the moment is Pulp at Auto Festival at Magna in Rotherham in 2002. Fantastic venue, awesome sound and an incredible set for their “last” gig.

I need to mention Alden Tyrell at BLOC Festival 2010 too. I was completely sober and very tired, but the music, people and atmosphere made it feel like I’d taken all the drugs. Other highlights of that festival were Autechre and Radioactive Man - mind-blowing! I went to BLOC 5 years in a row from 2007 - 2011. An amazing electronic festival at Pontins and then Butlins. It all went a bit wrong when they moved it to London, but I think it’s back on track now! I was introduced to electronic music by John Peel. I remember hearing Autechre for the first time on his Radio 1 show, and it was the first time I didn’t really understand what I was hearing... WHAT IS THIS MUSIC?

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
Germs and Dead Kennedys in Los Angeles in 1979... And we might as well add Black Flag (with Keith Morris on vocals) and X to the bill as well! All these bands are massively influential on Natterers.

Which Subcultures have influenced you?
Punk was the biggest influence on me growing up - mainly punk (and mainly The Damned!) with a touch of ska/rocksteady. I almost failed A-level Music because I wanted to do my main project on ska and rocksteady, the skinhead subculture from the 1960s through to 2-Tone but it wasn’t on the curriculum (they thought music stopped in 1910) I did it anyway, against all the advice from my teachers and then got a skinhead feather cut! And unsurprisingly, I failed that bit, but luckily I was pretty good at playing the flute, so my performance aspect of the A-level pulled my grade up enough to get me into university (I studied Music at Goldsmiths College). Hearing Riot Grrrl bands was also hugely influential on me in my late teens - not particularly musically, but it was very empowering music for a young woman.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
That photo with Debbie Harry, Viv Albertine, Poly Styrene, Siouxsie Sioux, Pauline Black and Chrissie Hynde. I’d gatecrash that tea party then go to a gig with all six bands later that day.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
With Natterers, it is probably Brudenell Social Club in Leeds. We’ve played the Main Room and also the Games Room, but not been back since the extension has been finished. It’s changed a lot since I first went when it was probably an equal mix of local residents there for bingo and karaoke and students there for drinking and music. It’s definitely evolved into a music venue now, and a fantastic one at that. The sound has always been excellent both on and off stage. Two of my favourite gigs there as a punter in recent times… probably ESG and T.S.O.L - both bands looked like they were having the time of their lives which is really refreshing to see with bands that have been going for many years.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Delia Derbyshire. The music she was creating in the 60s sounds futuristic even now. And it was all analogue - tape and scissors. Incredible. I worked at BBC Maida Vale studios for a couple of years, digitising quarter-inch tape, shellac and vinyl for a digital archive project and our studio was the old Radiophonic Workshop studio. I was in awe of the place every single day. Kraftwerk are often cited as the ultimate electronic pioneers, but I’d give that crown to Delia.


Having asserted themselves as one of the most promising emerging bands on the underground UK hardcore punk scene, Natterers' debut album 'Head In Threatening Attitude' is out now. The album was mastered by Geza X, known for his work with Dead Kennedys and Black Flag.

Find out more at natterers.bandcamp.com

 

The first track you played on repeat?
'I Need You Around' - Smoking Popes.
It’s on the Clueless soundtrack, and I was completely addicted to this song. It’s a bit like Morrissey fronting the Ramones! Clueless was one of the first films I saw at the cinema, and the soundtrack was really influential on me at the time. Same goes for the Trainspotting and Grosse Point Blank soundtracks.

A song that defines the teenage you?
A mixture of 'I Just Can’t Be Happy Today' by The Damned and 'Attitude' by The Misfits. I was a bit gnarly. I still am.

One record you would keep forever?
I’d struggle to choose between 'Psychocandy' by The Jesus and Mary Chain, 'Machine Gun' Etiquette by The Damned and 'Pet Sounds' by The Beach Boys... at the very least!

A song lyric that has inspired you?
Not inspired exactly, but relatable...

Reality:

Shyness can stop you
From doing all the things in life
You'd like to

'Ask' - The Smiths

Defiant moments:

I'm young and I love to be young
I'm free and I love to be free
To live my life the way I want
To say and do whatever I please

'You Don’t Own Me' - Lesley Gore

A song you wished you had written?
'Kids Of The Black Hole' - Adolescents. The perfect punk song? Rest in peace, Steve Soto.

Best song to turn up loud?
This is really hard! If I’ve got my punk head on then 'Mannequin' - Wire
But if I want a good, hard dance then some Detroit techno... 'Digital Tsunami' - Drexciya
But if I want to dance like no one is watching then 'Breather' - Chapterhouse

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
I sing in a hardcore punk band now but I have also been in garage punk and indie pop bands, hosted punk, ska and rocksteady radio shows at university, DJ-ed techno/electro and I studied Music at university so people who know me probably wouldn’t be that surprised by anything I might suggest here! I do have a soft spot for female jazz vocalists. Dinah Washington is a favourite, but for this track, I’ll go with Amy Winehouse’s version live on Jools Holland, as she’s obviously very much influenced by Dinah but with a bit more swagger! She owns it.

The song to get you straight on the dance floor?
'Temptation' - New Order.
BOOM. HAVE THAT. I saw them at Reading Festival in the late 90s and it was amazing.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Where Is My Mind?' - The Pixies

Any new bands you are into at the moment?
At the moment, I am very guilty of being retrospective with music… when I’m really busy with work (I am a bat ecologist, so I’ve been nocturnal and overworked for the last five months), I tend to listen to records I’ve known for years… But this year, we’ve been blessed with a new record from an old favourite and a cautionary tale for the future…
'Standing On The Edge of Tomorrow' - The Damned

Natterers - 'Head In Threatening Attitude'

Natterers - 'Exist or Live'