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Calva Louise

Musician — London

Photo by Chris Driver

Name, where are you from?
Jess, London.

Describe your style in three words?
Atypical, distorted but sweet

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Queens of the Stone Age at Rock en Seine festival in Paris. When they played 'Go With The Flow', I got goosebumps.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
It would be Noir Désir, best French band, in my opinion, listen to 'Tostaky', and Argentinian band Soda Stereo, check out 'Primavera 0'.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Punk, Britpop, Garage Rock and Alternative Latin music.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
The writer Carlos Castaneda.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Stereo Cafe in Glasgow with Scottish band Rascalton, it looks and sounds amazing, and the food is delicious.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music? 
Residente, singer and founder of the band Calle 13. His lyrics touch me deeply as they translate exactly what many young people living in South America might feel, I relate to what he says and thanks to his lyrics I can sort of explain to my friends what growing up in South America is like, with a touch of humour. Also, his activism and constant fight for education in Latin America make him one of my musical heroes. One of my favourite tracks from Calle 13 is 'Multiviral', a song featuring Tom Morello, Julian Assange and Kamilya Jubran.


Calva Louise are a three-piece band from London who originally featured as part of our British New Wave 2018

They will release their new EP 'POPURRÍ' on 16th July 2020.

The first track you played on repeat? 
'Losing My Religion' by R.E.M.

A song that defines the teenage you?'
'Know Your Enemy' by Rage Against The Machine.

One record you would keep forever?
'The Doors' by The Doors.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"But I want something good to die for,
to make it beautiful to live"

From 'Go With The Flow' by Queens of the Stone Age.

A song you wished you had written?
'Hazy Shade of Winter' by Simon and Garfunkel.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Que No Te Haga Bobo Jacobo' by Molotov.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Not Gonna Get Us' by t.A.T.u.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Bellbottoms' by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
Strange Bones, Lice, The Starlight Magic Hour, Nova Twins, False Heads, Long Teeth, Rascalton.

Photo by Chris Driver

Name, where are you from?
Jess, London.

Describe your style in three words?
Atypical, distorted but sweet

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
Queens of the Stone Age at Rock en Seine festival in Paris. When they played 'Go With The Flow', I got goosebumps.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
It would be Noir Désir, best French band, in my opinion, listen to 'Tostaky', and Argentinian band Soda Stereo, check out 'Primavera 0'.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Punk, Britpop, Garage Rock and Alternative Latin music.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
The writer Carlos Castaneda.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
Stereo Cafe in Glasgow with Scottish band Rascalton, it looks and sounds amazing, and the food is delicious.

Your greatest unsung hero or heroine in music? 
Residente, singer and founder of the band Calle 13. His lyrics touch me deeply as they translate exactly what many young people living in South America might feel, I relate to what he says and thanks to his lyrics I can sort of explain to my friends what growing up in South America is like, with a touch of humour. Also, his activism and constant fight for education in Latin America make him one of my musical heroes. One of my favourite tracks from Calle 13 is 'Multiviral', a song featuring Tom Morello, Julian Assange and Kamilya Jubran.


Calva Louise are a three-piece band from London who originally featured as part of our British New Wave 2018

They will release their new EP 'POPURRÍ' on 16th July 2020.

The first track you played on repeat? 
'Losing My Religion' by R.E.M.

A song that defines the teenage you?'
'Know Your Enemy' by Rage Against The Machine.

One record you would keep forever?
'The Doors' by The Doors.

A song lyric that has inspired you?
"But I want something good to die for,
to make it beautiful to live"

From 'Go With The Flow' by Queens of the Stone Age.

A song you wished you had written?
'Hazy Shade of Winter' by Simon and Garfunkel.

Best song to turn up loud?
'Que No Te Haga Bobo Jacobo' by Molotov.

A song people wouldn’t expect you to like?
'Not Gonna Get Us' by t.A.T.u.

Best song to end an all-nighter on?
'Bellbottoms' by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Any new bands you are listening to right now?
Strange Bones, Lice, The Starlight Magic Hour, Nova Twins, False Heads, Long Teeth, Rascalton.

Calva Louise | POP (urrí) (2020)

Calva Louise | Belicoso (2019)

Calva Louise | I Heard A Cry (2018)

Calva Louise | Getting Closer (2017)