Meet a changing face of a UK underground

February 12, 2018 - metal shoes

Employed To Serve met Rolo Tomassi behind in 2015, when they upheld a rope in London. But their attribute goes deeper than that. Both bands understanding in ferocious, haphazard hardcore, both are sealed to eccentric UK tag Holy Roar, and both have a strong, DIY ethic when it comes to their art. We sat down with Rolo Tomassi’s Eva Spence and Employed To Serve’s Justine Jones to speak about what it means to be independent, and how a UK subterraneous is changing for a better.


Eva, when was a initial time we listened Employed To Serve?

Eva: “We were articulate about gig supports a few years ago, and we consider possibly James [Spence, vocals/keys] or Chris [Cayford, guitar]suggested we guys, and we was like, ‘Oh, they have a womanlike vocalist as well! Amazing!’ It’s something that’s unequivocally flourishing in this scene, though when we started we hardly played with any bands with womanlike members, let alone womanlike vocalists.”

Justine: “I didn’t realize it was something we knew we wanted. we was so used to not being with other girls on tour, as shortly as we started furloughed with girls in bands, it was like, ‘This is sick!’ we don’t know if we have it, though we have to share your changing room – a girl’s toilets – that is unequivocally irritating as some-more girls are entrance to shows.”

Eva: “If we arrive to a venue late and we have to do my warm-up, that’s routinely where we go, since people don’t wish to hear we creation uncanny noises in a sauce room.”

Justine: “I’ve sealed myself in a apartment and come out to a unequivocally worried-looking 14-year-old! Ha ha ha! It’s not a seemly thing to gentle adult for.”

Rolo Tomassi were an curiosity in a early days. What are your memories of a mid-00s UK scene?

Eva: “I was 14 years aged when we started personification shows, and being a womanlike vocalist we feel like we were treated as a bit of a novelty, though we’ve managed to means it and grow out of that. It took a prolonged time for people to take us severely in that respect, though we know that age played a large partial in that as well. The initial female-fronted rope we toured with was Blood Red Shoes, and that wasn’t until we was 19, so it was a prolonged time before we had that knowledge of furloughed with another woman. It was a hugely male-dominated stage and it can be utterly intimidating when you’re a immature lady in amidst all that, though it’s something that has gotten some-more gentle over a years.”

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