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Leeds-based all-girl rockers VENUS bring their rebel-rousing live show to Newcastle’s Head of Steam on Friday 15th and Stockton’s Georgian Theatre on Saturday 16th November, here they talk about some of the things that inspire them to make their urgent and socially conscious punk rock.

Bikini Kill
As a band Bikini Kill are extremely influential to us. Right down to the riot grrrl movement to their music. Rebel Girl is what brought the band together with this being the first song that we played as a collective.

Girl in a band: Tales from the Rock’n’Roll Front Line
This was an extremely interesting and relevant documentary on BBC Four covering a collective of female musicians stepped up to bear witness in this shaming history of sexism in the music business. 

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys
This book is Viv Albertine’s autobiography. It covers how she wanted to be in a band but had never seen a woman play electric guitar. Seven years later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential punk band, the Slits. This is the story of how she forced herself on to a male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music.

Jennifer’s Body 
This movie is a cult classic. We have always been fans of Jennifer’s Body but only recently rewatched and researched into Megan Fox to realise she was ahead of her time. A feminist icon. Diablo Cody is the legend who wrote the film and it’s definitely worth checking out this new interview that the two women did together

Inside Pussy Riot 
Back in 2017 Gracie [Stubbings, synths] went to the Saatchi Gallery in London to see Inside Pussy Riot. It was based on the story of the post-punk feminist art collective and Nadya Tolokonnikova’s tribulations as the founder of Pussy Riot, who fights against Russian system and has suffered her consequences for doing so. Join the revolution.

Francesca Woodman 
Gracie found Francesca Woodman’s work through an article that Jess Weiss from Fear of Men (check these out, they’re one of our favourite bands) did a few years back. From that article Gracie went on to further study the photographer and created work inspired by her photography. Francesca was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures featuring either herself or female models.

Many of her photographs show women, naked or clothed, blurred (due to movement and long exposure times), merging with their surroundings, or whose faces are obscured. Much of her work has been said to confront notions of female sexuality and beauty, as well as self and the psyche. 


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