Well and truly putting the POWER back into the phrase “Girl Power” is this 3 piece grunge rock girl band “Cruel Hearts Club“. They’re feisty, they’re sexy and they ain’t afraid to shout from the rooftops that they’re here and here to stay and rightly fucking so!
With their debut single “Hey Compadre”receiving much praise from the likes of such industry notoriety as NME, BBC Radio 1, Radio X and This Feeling and with them working with respected producer, Ed Harcourt, and MPG breakthrough “Producer of the Year” Catherine Marks, it’s no surprise that this band are on the up and we certainly are expecting big things from them in 2020.
Cruel Hearts Club is comprised of sisters Gita and Edie Langley and drummer Gabi Woo. The sisters say they met Gabi through mutual friends and that they just “couldn’t resist her charms” and thus Cruel Hearts Club was born.
Music is in undoubtedly in the blood for the Langley sisters. Having grown up in Australia, the sisters were raised by parents who themselves loved music. Their father made musical instruments and the two sisters with their parents even formed a family group. Edie recalls that they would pile in the family’s VW camper van and would play together at festivals.
Cruel Hearts Club are due to release their next single “Suck it up” on the 28th February with the official launch party being held at The Lexington in London on the 25th February (Ticket link here bit.ly/ChcTickets . The girls have said that they can’t wait for people to hear the new single as they’ve been perfecting it for about a year now. They are also excited for people to see the accompanying video which was filmed starring the girls own children in Margate, Kent. Margate is becoming like a second home to Edie and her family since her fiancee, Carl Barat, from The Libertines recently opened a bar, hotel and recording studio with his own band mates in the seaside town.
The band have already played some really big gigs despite this only being their second single release, having supported the likes of Sting, The Libertines and Iggy Pop.
So what else is there to know about Cruel Hearts Club? we recently caught up with the girls for a little chat.
Hello and welcome! so we know you’re a three piece girl band, but who does what within the band?
Edie: I play guitar and sing Lead vocals, Gita: I play guitar and synths and sing Lead Vocals Gabi Woo: I play the drums.
How do you go about writing your music?
Gita: It’s a pretty collaborative process really, Edie and I will write some ideas / chord structures – send voice memos back and fourth – (we live opposite ends of London) so when we get together to write / complete a song we want to make sure ideas are fully formed, then we get in the studio with Gabi and often she has great ideas for re-structuring it – the builds and flow etc. We all need each other.
How did you come up with the name “Cruel Hearts Club” is there a story behind this?
Gita: Oh God, honestly, it took a hell of a long time to decide on it… hideous task!! Always second guessing… “is it too pretentious/ lame / done”? We liked the idea of it being a club / feminine but also cutting.
Who/What are your musical influences?
Collectively: Hole, Elastica, Brody Dahl, Yeh Yeh Yeahs.
What’s your favourite song of yours and why?
Suck it up– It’s coming out at then end of this month (Launch Party at The Lexington in London on the 25/02 and official release date 28/02). We cannot wait for it to finally be released!!
What do you consider the best lyric you’ve ever written to be?
Gita: “You might drown in the upside down, but if you stay here any longer you might die in this town”.
What’s your favourite song of all time by any other band/artist and why?
Gita: God that’s a ridiculously hard one… When ‘Celebrity skin’ comes on by Hole It makes me feel like a teenager. In love with the video too!
What are you listening to at the moment?
Gita: Slowthai is pretty amazing. Can’t listen to more than 3 songs at a time though as it’s pretty intense. Black Honey have some good songs I’m loving too.
What’s been the best gig you’ve played so far and what would be your dream gig to play?
Best gig was Supporting Iggy Pop in Budapest. Insane!
Gita: We would love to do a gig in Japan…we are all obsessed with it there. I went for the first time recently and I fell in love. Also, Playing Glastonbury would be a life/band goal of ours.
Who would you most like to share a stage with (past or present)?
Gita: I wouldn’t throw Brody Dahl off the stage if she wanted to play with us!
What’s the best thing and worst thing about being in a band?
The Best thing is having our own little gang, like a mini family. The worst thing is trying to deal with 3 different peoples schedules and emotions!
Finally, we’d like to say a massive thank you to Cruel Hearts Club for taking time out of their busy schedules and for talking to The Songbird xxxx
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Written by Sally Newman Image credit Will Ireland