“Welcome to my pubic hair,” shouts Farting Suffragettes frontwoman Claudine at the end of Jizz Monkey, a dark and brooding song that sounds like Amanda Palmer experimenting with
Like their sister-act Fistymuffs, the Farting Suffragettes have an introductory anthem featuring their own brand of absurd humour and DIY spirit. “Words, words, words, fucking rhyming words,” Claudine sings at one point, followed by the refreshingly honest, “Don’t know what the fuck we’re doing.”
While all their songs are political in tone, ‘Taking The Boat’ is explicitly about the Repeal The 8th campaign in Ireland and the reality of women having to travel to mainland UK to access an abortion. Before playing it Claudine explains; “We were hopeful we’d never have to play this after Repeal The 8th, but now it’s a sort of victory anthem and we’ve added a bit about Northern Ireland, because fuck that shit.”
Members Claudine, Doska, Chloe and Greta met through the Girls Rock School and appeared on the bill for this year’s Summer Showcase alongside Electric Alpaca, Rabid Cat Limbs, and The Nettelles. While the Farting Suffragettes didn’t sing any covers there were some notable ones on the night, including ‘Don’t Marry Her (Fuck Me)’ by The Beautiful South and ‘I Think Not ‘by The Twistettes, from Electric Alpaca and the GRS House Band respectively.
The Farting Suffragettes don’t have any gigs lined up at the time of this going to press, but you can check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thefartingsuffragettes
And if you do catch them live, give your drink to a responsible friend and start a female mosh pit. Girls to the front and all that.
Words and picture: Ana Hine
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