Challenging stigmas and preconceived notions pertaining to a variety of topics that are often swept under the rug, Leeds Rocker, Kamikaze Girls, are breaking the spell of the typical and traversing down a lane of their own to bring to life a musical journey that’ll hit you right in your core. In celebration of Kamikaze Girl’s latest release, ‘Seafoam’, I caught up with one-half of the duo to discuss the balance between having one female and one male within the group, bringing ‘Seafoam’ to life, their unique tattoos, and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Kamikaze Girls?
Hey! We are Lucinda and Conor! Actually right now it’s just Lucinda. I play guitar and sing and Conor plays drums in KG. We’re a noisy two-piece from Leeds in the UK.
Congrats on the release of your debut full-length album, ‘Seafoam’. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind bringing this album to life.
We came back from months of touring and started writing the album. We’d just spent seven weeks in America touring the east and west coast and we spent a month writing in December before recording the album with our friend Bob Cooper in Leeds. We both felt a little brain dead after being on tour for so long so it was challenging bringing our ideas to life and having the motivation to jam them out and put thoughts and feelings into words. We spent a few days locked up in Bob’s studio without him there and that’s when everything really fell into place. After that, we began recording and left with Seafoam.
How long have the two of your known each other? Tell us one quirk about the other that we may not know yet.
We’ve known each other for about 9/10 years. We met in different bands and played a few shows together. In 2009 we started a band together called Hearts and Souls. It was an atmospheric pop rock three piece. We stuck at it for about six years and never really got further than the UK. Our guitarist left at the time and I switched from bass to guitar. After that, we carried on as a two piece and wrote our first EP, SAD, that came out in September last year.
Conor is big into football, really likes great sandwiches and often falls asleep holding onto various things like door handles on tour.
What are some of your favorite personal tattoos? Tell us about where you got them tattooed and which artists that you went to.
I have a big piece on my lower leg for my dad. It’s a big gramophone and is the only non-tour related tattoo I have by Andy Walker (Hull, UK). Everything else I’ve collected whilst touring or traveling. I got a great one in Nashville which is an old beat up suitcase that says “on the road” over it. That’s definitely a favourite. I’ve also got a Swallow on my stomach from when I visited Vancouver done by a girl called Steph but no idea what her last name was.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?!
We’re doing 2000 Trees and Truck Fest in the UK, then Fest in Gainesville, Florida later in the year.
From the least sexist perspective on my end!, how does having one female and one male brain influence the chemistry of Kamikaze Girls?!
It means half of our songs are about Barbie’s and pink stuff and the other half are about soccer and beer.
If you could metaphorically compare ‘Seafoam’ as a whole to the characteristics of an animal, which animal would you choose and why?!
A dog, because we really like dogs.
If you could bring back to life and collaborate with any musician that has passed away for one track, which musician would you choose and why?!
Michael Jackson for sure. I’m a huge fan of his music and grew up listening to his records. It’s a no brainier for me. I’ve no idea what we’d make but it’d be great.
What do fans of Kamikaze Girls have to look forward to over the remainder of 2017?!
We’re touring a bunch, and now our album is out in full so you can finally hear the whole thing. We’re back in the states in October which we’re really looking forward to.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Start a band!