By Lily Petkova.
With their newest album release ‘Reverse the Curse’ (launching on the 27th of April) on the horizon, I caught up with the lovely Natalie Caulton and Colette Elton of You Want Fox, to talk about their new album, the benefits of gigging when pregnant and increasing female representation in the music industry.
I’ve always been curious about this – where did the name come from?
Colette: It was predictive text gone wrong! Which is the only kind of predictive text I reckon…
How did you two meet/form the band? Obviously you guys were in the band The Smear first, which was very successful and toured Europe and LA, so what made you start YWF?
Colette: We’ve known each other for years now. We’ve played together in various different projects. We’d always talked about starting a pop/grunge band so we decided to give it a go.
Are you guys excited about your newest album release, ‘Reverse the Curse’, and its launch night? What can we expect from that?
Colette: I can’t wait for people to hear it! I’m so glad it’s finally finished so we can get it out there. We’ve really taken our time on it. We scrapped a few songs and re-worked some others to make sure it was exactly as we wanted it.
Natalie: We are so excited about the launch. We did wonder how we could make it different from your average gig, and I think we have pretty much nailed it with a few special things! You’ll have to be there to see it! You can still get your tickets from Gigantic – they’re only £4 or £5 on the door.
Who drives the creative process and the song-writing or is it collaborative?
Colette: We both bring ideas to practice all the time. We send little voice notes to each other over text with melody and song ideas. It always comes to life once we both throw our own ideas into the mix.
What personal experiences do you bring into your music? I feel like it’s always quite sassy which is really fun to listen to!
Colette: We draw on all of our influences which are quite diverse across the board. We have very similar taste in music which helps when we are writing songs. We get ideas for lyrics from absolutely everything!
My personal favourite song from the previous album, ‘You Can’t Sit With Us’, is ‘Supernova Superfake’, especially all the chants in it. Is the song about anything in particular?
Colette: It’s about the types of people that we all encounter at some point in life, who like to take all the time but who are never around when you need them. It’s about ditching the dead wood, staying positive and being happier for it.
Obviously there’s quite a lot of discussion on the topic of women in the creative industry right now – what’s it like being in a female rock band in 2018? Do you feel like there has been a change in the industry and how women are seen/treated in it?
Colette: I personally think its great! We have lots of positive feedback and lovely comments and awesome people coming to our shows. I wouldn’t change it.
Have you guys ever experienced any sexism/not being treated in the same way are your male counterparts/general misogyny?
Colette: Years ago we were subjected to silly comments now and again but on the whole we’ve had lots of support from bands we’ve played with and people we’ve worked with. The music scene in Notts is ace!
What do you think needs to be done to facilitate change and help female representation in the music industry?
Colette: More girls and more women need to just get up and play! Show people what you can do. Don’t be apologetic about anything. The more females that just crack on and show everyone what they can do, the more ‘normal’ it’ll become.
On this note Natalie, I think it’s so cool and very punk that you’re pregnant currently while launching the album and gigging! I was essentially wondering what that was like when you’re pregnant and also already have kids as there must be some stress that comes with it all?
Natalie: I did a lot of research before carrying on playing when I had my first baby, and as long as you are fit and healthy it is fine to continue. Babies love music and bass vibrations; both of my other children have turned out very musical! Marley (10) plays the piano and guitar and Rocky (8) plays drums. He is actually taught by the same guy that tutored Colette when she was younger – he is already showing promise and I have high hopes for them both musically! Who knows, maybe this one will pick up the bass? Album launches are very stressful, but YWF are lucky to have a massive support network. Although we are very much DIY, we have so many links in the business – from artists to promoters and they offer us a great deal of support which helps massively.
What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
Colette: We have a few gigs coming up, including our album launch party in Notts on April 27th. We are currently booking more gigs for September onwards too.
If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Colette: I would love to have met John Bonham!
Natalie: Katie Jane Garside.
Who’s on your go-to playlist at the moment?
Colette: I’m revisitng loads of music from the 90s and 00s right now – Hundred Reasons, Hell is for Heroes, Rival Schools…
Natalie: Sleigh Bells, De Staat, Queenadreena, Prince, Janelle Monae, Holychild and Dragonette.