“Superb…politicised, sardonic, bluesy vocals, punchy bass lines and swirly catchy riffs” - Underground England
“A winning mix of irreverent, scathing quick wit and edgy, scuffed-up surf meets post-punk” - Under The Radar
“Sweaty, adrenalized carnage…will surely restore your faith in guitar music” - Manchester Evening News
“A melodic punk quartet tackling radical politics with infectious sarcasm” - NME (The NME 100)
“Womxn-led Punk anthems...purveyors of carefully crafted chaos” - EARMILK
“Fierce, in your face, punk-fueled attitude” - Louder Than War
“Skeletal, early post-punk vibes” - Brooklyn Vegan
LOOSE ARTICLES Champion Women’s Football On New Single ‘Kick Like A Girl’ Released 14th June 2022 Ahead of Women’s Euros 2022 Watch the video - https://youtu.be/ZeCYLIWg0oY Stream and share - https://bfan.link/kick-like-a-girl Manchester Punks’ Second EP Chaos Released Later This Year Via Alcopop! Records Private listen for review - HERE Beat-Herder, TRUCK, Manchester Psych Fest + More Live Dates TBA
Following storming sets at Dot To Dot Festival recently, Manchester punk quartetLoose Articles are pleased to reveal the video for their new single ‘Kick Like A Girl’ which is released 14th June 2022 via Alcopop! Records.
Arriving just in time to slot into the soundtrack accompanying the fever pitch excitement of the UEFA Women’s Euros 2022 this July, the track is the latest to be taken from their forthcoming second EP, titled Chaos and set for release later this year on Alcopop! Records.
The new single takes its title from the misogynistic slur often used towards male players who're not performing as well as they perhaps should be. “It suggests that women can’t play football,” explain the band, “but we’re reclaiming that slur and throwing it back in people’s faces. We want to take these stereotypes in football and turn them on their head.”
Commenting on the single, vocalist Natalie Wardle says: “‘Kick Like A Girl’ tackles the narrow mindset of some men towards women and football, as well as a sprinkle of footballing references ranging from Duncan Furguson to Beckham's Mohican. With our music we like to raise awareness on issues like misogynistic slurs and attitudes towards women in sports. With this said we still make the tunes fun and comical to grab the attention of people first, before they then realise the tune is making more of a statement on a deeper subject.”
Avid fans of the beautiful game themselves, the band’s drummer Louise Rivett is their own personal ‘woman of the match’ playing for Nottingham team Linby Colliery Welfare Ladies FC for over a decade, where England great Peter Shilton presided as the club patron. “Not only that, she was the most improved player for 3 years in a row, as she just keeps on getting better and better,” boast the band. Rivett is also a keen 5 aside regular, and is occasionally joined on the astroturf by Articles' guitarist Erin Caine.
Taking a starring role in the track is Blackburn Rovers midfielder Bradley Dack—”going in for the attack is Bradley Dack”—an in-joke for the band, who have several Rovers fans in their friendship group. “Dack was meant to be their top scoring player, but he actually spent more time injured than on the pitch,” laugh the band. “It’s just one big wind up really for when we're down at the boozer with our pals teasing them about Rovers—sorry Bradley!”
The four piece recently completed a string of headline dates and festival appearances including The Great Escape, Dot To Dot, Gold Sounds Festival and Stockton Calling, with their scheduled summer Foo Fighters support slot now sadly cancelled in light of recent events.
With a busy summer still on the cards, the band will be appearing at Beat-Herder, TRUCK, and Manchester Psych Fest, with more details of the EP and further live dates TBA over the coming months.
Second EP Chaos is released later this year via Alcopop! Records
UK Live Dates:
15th July - Clitheroe - Beat-Herder Festival
22nd July - Oxfordshire - TRUCK Fest
3rd Sept - Manchester - Manchester Psych Fest
Loose Articles online:
Specialising in discordant, hypnotic repetition, tales of boozy nights out, and radical politics, Loose Articles are a punk quartet with plenty to say. Their music speaks to all those determined to get through the age of austerity with tongue in cheek, pint in hand, and two feet firmly on the dancefloor. Plying repetition (repetition, repetition…) with ragged edges and a sardonic, sarcastic drawl delivered with fierce, in your face, punk-fueled attitude, both feminine & threatening, Loose Articles are here to make a point.
The band released their debut EP Orchid Lounge in 2019, following up with a string of standalone singles during the pandemic including ‘Up The Disco (2020), ‘Buses’ (2021) and ‘Kick Like A Girl’ (2021).
Loose Articles describe their forthcoming second EP Chaos as: “a satirical examination of the hazards of modern life—keyboard warriors, the death of the independent pub, sexist footy fans, and the hopelessness that the woman in the street often feels in the face of impending doom. Whilst politicians fly their private jets to climate change conferences only to sit around scratching their collective heads as to why it’s so warm in February, all that’s left to do is head to the nearest beer garden and watch the world burn.”
Already heavily championed by Steve Lamacq at BBC 6music (where they’ve also seen strong support from Chris Hawkins, Tom Robinson and Amy Lamé) the band have also picked up love from John Kennedy at Radio X, and appeared on Spotify’s The Punk List.
Elsewhere they’ve been covered by NME as one of The NME 100 list, endorsed by punk-friendly fashion labels Fred Perry Subculture and Underground England, named as one of Under The Radar Magazine’s 22 for 2022, and have appeared on BBC One’s Football Focus as keen amateur pundits and fans of the beautiful game.
Loose Articles are:
Natalie Wardle - Bass and Vocals
Tree Nah - Guitar and Vocals
Erin Caine - Lead Guitar
Louise Rivett - Drums