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Emerging Sunderland-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ava Dangerous prepares to release the lead single from her debut album. Repeat the Defeat, recorded at The Bunker, is typical of the artist’s raw, intimate and piercingly honest style. Here, she tells us a little about herself…

Who are you and where are you from?

I am Ava Dangerous and I’m from Sunderland. 

What is it you do?

I’m a musician, songwriter, poet, and artist. I can play guitar, piano, bass, drums and sing. I write my own songs and enjoy performing live. I play in a band called Polyfillas. I am also a radio show host at Spark FM where I co-host Danger Hour, a punk show that airs every Thursday at 6pm.

How long have you been doing it?

I’ve been writing songs for a few years now. I’ve performed live a few times, especially at The Bunker in Sunderland where I’ve played three times in the last year. I’m currently recording my debut album, with lead single Repeat The Defeat coming out 8th December.

What inspires you?

My favourite bands are The Libertines and 70s punk rock groups like The Clash and X-Ray Spex. However, my solo sound is more inspired by the acoustic works of Johnny Thunders, Peter Doherty, John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band album and Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged. As for my songwriting, it’s loosely inspired by personal experience. I’m constantly writing poetry and song ideas. I am inspired by social and political issues such as environmentalism, disability and neurodivergent rights, and equality for all. I am also inspired by my fiance, Jamie, who is also my bandmate in Polyfillas.

Tell us about your music

I’m currently working on my debut album, which I’m recording at The Bunker in Sunderland where I sometimes perform. My solo material is very stripped back and minimalist. I like to keep my songs as honest and direct as possible. I’m also in a band called Polyfillas, which appeals to the punk inside of me. Polyfillas is a much more electric and uptempo outlet for me, whereas my solo career is more acoustic and singer-songwriter centred.

What have you got coming up in the future?

After the release of Repeat The Defeat, I will be returning to the studio to record the rest of the tracks for the album which hopefully will arrive some time next year. Polyfillas are looking for a new bass player and are rehearsing regularly as the Bunker. I hope to have more solo performances too as I really enjoy them and I’ve had a great reception.

Where can people find out more about you?

Follow me on Instagram and on Facebook.

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