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La Femme Brutal

Musicians — Barcelona

Name, where are you from?
LA FEMME BRUTAL. Kurtila and Laura. From "La Condal" (Barcelona).

What do you do? 
To have fun and make a bit of noise.

Describe your style in three words? 
Punk garage.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
K: Only one? F*ck! It’s hard. It is probably one in which we have played together with other bands, because of having been together and for the atmosphere of fellowship and family that sometimes forms. It could be in the presentation of the 'Golpe De Gracia' EP in Madrid, but as they are not on Spotify, we will say 'Finale'.
L: Refused without a doubt. I had fallen on my elbow skating the day before, I went anyway and without hesitating. I was squarely in the centre of the pit. The adrenaline was such that it didn't hurt at all. The next day the pain was multiplied, but I was very happy because in my life I thought I would see one of my favourite bands perform since they separated long before I started listening to them and it was THE CONCERT.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Breeders and Jay Reatard. As apart of being references in music, what a party we would get together if we could bring back the good Jay.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
L: I have always been doing my thing, my favourite clothes are black, I like elegance but disagreement at the same time. Although suddenly I can arrive in a blue fur coat and feel very pleased.
K: Both in music and fashion, for me, they have always been at the hands. In terms of fashion, I've always been more attracted to aggressive styles, I guess in music as well (I was a misunderstood and aggressive teenager, now I'm better). When I was little I got into the mod scene (consequently I became interested in skinhead) and I began to meet people outside my town with whom I felt very identified and who today are still my friends. Punk was always implicit, in attitude, as a mindset, and in way of life. Obviously also in music, I guess we always knew that the world was not right.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Adolf Hitler. We would tell him how to pass the fine arts tests in which he failed. If he would keep failing, maybe we would buy him an orange juice with arsenic. “Vinga, deu!”

Of all the independent venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
L: Legally, Sala Taro. It is a new hall that has reopened recently, the vibe is great and the desire to contribute to the Barcelona underground is greatly appreciated.
K: In a squat at 6am with everyone jumping from the “stage” to the floor and rolling around. How wonderful, what a mosh. 

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Heroines. I have always complained about the lack of visibility of independent, brave, intelligent women with a lot of attitudes both in the world of music, cinema, art in general, and in the world of representation in particular. That is why when I have found references to follow, I have clung to them like a burning iron. They all look like heroines to me. If even today, 2020, we are called "GIRLS GROUP", a very ordinary and old caliphate, I cannot even imagine what they would have had to fight to get where they have arrived and continue to be so extremely genuine and brilliant. My music favourites? PJ Harvey, Karen O, Juliette Lewis, Debbie Harry, Broody Dale, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Kim Deal, Alison Mosshart, Bjork.

The first track you played on repeat?
L: 'Territorial Pissings' by Nirvana. Oh, madre! You are 14 years old and you discover THAT album, with a baby swimming in a pool, that seems that all its musicality understands you, your hatred for the society that points a finger at you because your boobs grow. Everyone seems like an idiot to you, you are complex, despair and anger grow in you and when they come out in the form of a scream they make you happier and connected with your friends, who have also discovered the dark side, although, in reality, you all know which is the brightest thing you have right now. I'm not going to deny it because it was the song with which I sat on a drum set for the first time in my life, and I think that disservice has been done to too many people.
K: F*ck! Without knowing it, we have thought the same about it. Maybe everyone thinks the same.

A song that defines the teenage you?
K: 'Teenage Kicks' by The Undertones.
L: 'Rebel Girl' by Bikini Kill.

One record you would keep forever?
L: 'The Battle of Los Angeles' by Rage Against the Machine (today I dreamed that I meet Tom Morello).
K: Well, the ones that we would release will probably be the ones that we keep with the most emotion, but I also have an album that Univers gave me "L'estat natural", which apart from being colleagues, were a great group, which I keep as a treasure and will always accompany.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
'Pánfilo de Narváez' by Pantocrator. The lyrics are violent and current poetry, very necessary.

A song you wished you had written?
L: 'Opinion de Mierda' by Los Punsetes.
K: 'Cuidad Muerta', oh no, we've already written it. Well, I wish I had written 'Quiero Ser Santa' by Paralisis Permanente,

Best song to turn up loud?
'And You Dance' by Lost Sounds.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
L: It's hard for me to think about what people expect or not, it's also hard to think that today with infinite musical platforms, where we move through playlists created by algorithms. There is something that is hard to think that someone will listen to. Apart from the fact that I, personally, am very polyhedral, I listen to a thousand different styles, it is difficult for anyone to be surprised that I hear Gregorian chants while I brush my teeth for In the morning, funk-soul while I cook and dance at the same time, while I work in the studio I will repeat songs by Kevin Morby or Pau Vallvé and at night I play in a punk band.
K: 'Alça Manolo!' by La Trinca. The first car tapes that I learned and screamed at the top of my lungs, were with my grandfather. 

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Disappointed' by Le Tigre. It is not difficult for us to jump onto the dance floor or any other flat surface.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Plastic Girl' by The Busy Signals. What does it mean to end an all-nighter? A good night ends the next day.

Any new music you are into at the moment?
L: I can't get a song from a Russian punk group, Pasosh, out of my head. The song is called “Russia” and it talks about how the system has immunized them and how the fact of feeling already dead makes them free. I will also tell Sandréwith whom we met in a program recently, and they are the “monda lironda”.
K: Aliment, Peluqueria Canina, Tipex, Plataforma, Olaf Blanch,

Name, where are you from?
LA FEMME BRUTAL. Kurtila and Laura. From "La Condal" (Barcelona).

What do you do? 
To have fun and make a bit of noise.

Describe your style in three words? 
Punk garage.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
K: Only one? F*ck! It’s hard. It is probably one in which we have played together with other bands, because of having been together and for the atmosphere of fellowship and family that sometimes forms. It could be in the presentation of the 'Golpe De Gracia' EP in Madrid, but as they are not on Spotify, we will say 'Finale'.
L: Refused without a doubt. I had fallen on my elbow skating the day before, I went anyway and without hesitating. I was squarely in the centre of the pit. The adrenaline was such that it didn't hurt at all. The next day the pain was multiplied, but I was very happy because in my life I thought I would see one of my favourite bands perform since they separated long before I started listening to them and it was THE CONCERT.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Breeders and Jay Reatard. As apart of being references in music, what a party we would get together if we could bring back the good Jay.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
L: I have always been doing my thing, my favourite clothes are black, I like elegance but disagreement at the same time. Although suddenly I can arrive in a blue fur coat and feel very pleased.
K: Both in music and fashion, for me, they have always been at the hands. In terms of fashion, I've always been more attracted to aggressive styles, I guess in music as well (I was a misunderstood and aggressive teenager, now I'm better). When I was little I got into the mod scene (consequently I became interested in skinhead) and I began to meet people outside my town with whom I felt very identified and who today are still my friends. Punk was always implicit, in attitude, as a mindset, and in way of life. Obviously also in music, I guess we always knew that the world was not right.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
Adolf Hitler. We would tell him how to pass the fine arts tests in which he failed. If he would keep failing, maybe we would buy him an orange juice with arsenic. “Vinga, deu!”

Of all the independent venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
L: Legally, Sala Taro. It is a new hall that has reopened recently, the vibe is great and the desire to contribute to the Barcelona underground is greatly appreciated.
K: In a squat at 6am with everyone jumping from the “stage” to the floor and rolling around. How wonderful, what a mosh. 

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music?
Heroines. I have always complained about the lack of visibility of independent, brave, intelligent women with a lot of attitudes both in the world of music, cinema, art in general, and in the world of representation in particular. That is why when I have found references to follow, I have clung to them like a burning iron. They all look like heroines to me. If even today, 2020, we are called "GIRLS GROUP", a very ordinary and old caliphate, I cannot even imagine what they would have had to fight to get where they have arrived and continue to be so extremely genuine and brilliant. My music favourites? PJ Harvey, Karen O, Juliette Lewis, Debbie Harry, Broody Dale, Kathleen Hanna, Kim Gordon, Kim Deal, Alison Mosshart, Bjork.

The first track you played on repeat?
L: 'Territorial Pissings' by Nirvana. Oh, madre! You are 14 years old and you discover THAT album, with a baby swimming in a pool, that seems that all its musicality understands you, your hatred for the society that points a finger at you because your boobs grow. Everyone seems like an idiot to you, you are complex, despair and anger grow in you and when they come out in the form of a scream they make you happier and connected with your friends, who have also discovered the dark side, although, in reality, you all know which is the brightest thing you have right now. I'm not going to deny it because it was the song with which I sat on a drum set for the first time in my life, and I think that disservice has been done to too many people.
K: F*ck! Without knowing it, we have thought the same about it. Maybe everyone thinks the same.

A song that defines the teenage you?
K: 'Teenage Kicks' by The Undertones.
L: 'Rebel Girl' by Bikini Kill.

One record you would keep forever?
L: 'The Battle of Los Angeles' by Rage Against the Machine (today I dreamed that I meet Tom Morello).
K: Well, the ones that we would release will probably be the ones that we keep with the most emotion, but I also have an album that Univers gave me "L'estat natural", which apart from being colleagues, were a great group, which I keep as a treasure and will always accompany.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
'Pánfilo de Narváez' by Pantocrator. The lyrics are violent and current poetry, very necessary.

A song you wished you had written?
L: 'Opinion de Mierda' by Los Punsetes.
K: 'Cuidad Muerta', oh no, we've already written it. Well, I wish I had written 'Quiero Ser Santa' by Paralisis Permanente,

Best song to turn up loud?
'And You Dance' by Lost Sounds.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
L: It's hard for me to think about what people expect or not, it's also hard to think that today with infinite musical platforms, where we move through playlists created by algorithms. There is something that is hard to think that someone will listen to. Apart from the fact that I, personally, am very polyhedral, I listen to a thousand different styles, it is difficult for anyone to be surprised that I hear Gregorian chants while I brush my teeth for In the morning, funk-soul while I cook and dance at the same time, while I work in the studio I will repeat songs by Kevin Morby or Pau Vallvé and at night I play in a punk band.
K: 'Alça Manolo!' by La Trinca. The first car tapes that I learned and screamed at the top of my lungs, were with my grandfather. 

The song that would get you straight on the dance floor?
'Disappointed' by Le Tigre. It is not difficult for us to jump onto the dance floor or any other flat surface.

Best song to end an all-nighter?
'Plastic Girl' by The Busy Signals. What does it mean to end an all-nighter? A good night ends the next day.

Any new music you are into at the moment?
L: I can't get a song from a Russian punk group, Pasosh, out of my head. The song is called “Russia” and it talks about how the system has immunized them and how the fact of feeling already dead makes them free. I will also tell Sandréwith whom we met in a program recently, and they are the “monda lironda”.
K: Aliment, Peluqueria Canina, Tipex, Plataforma, Olaf Blanch,

La Femme Brutal | Ciudad Muerta (2019)