BOOM! : IDestroy ‘Vanity Loves Me’

This IDestroy article was written by Sarah Ebockayuk, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.

All girl three-piece IDestroy debut their new single “Vanity Loves Me” – taken from their debut EP which is due to be released on February 26th. The trio have been together for less than a year but the Bristol leather-clad, pop-punkers have not been afraid to take their catchy grrrl power to bigger stages, playing the likes of Anfi Rock Sound festival in Spain and supporting Cherie Currie (The Runaways) at Bristol Bierkeller.

This short but effervescent 2 minutes and 18 seconds of punk, rock and pop is a real nod in the direction of Iggy Pop and Sleater Kinney and fully deserves the accolade of GIGsoup Track of the Day.

GIGsoup wanted to know more about the trio, so we caught up with them to find out about them…

IDestroy is a very powerful band name. How and why did you choose it

One of the first songs we played together was called ‘I Destroy’, this came before the band had a name. We also felt it was a very powerful and aggressive phrase, it’s not the kind of name that is usually given to an all-female band. We liked the idea of the band name being a single word so we just went right ahead and forced it down to one word. The track ‘IDestroy’ is also up on our soundcloud for streaming if you want to check it out!

You girls are all from Bristol. How did you meet and who/what are your musical influences?

We all met while studying in Bristol, but we didn’t all grow up here – Jenn is from London and Becky is from Trowbridge, near Bath. Each member has a lot of different influences but we are united in our love for the riot grrrl scene!

‘Vanity Loves Me’ is a catchy tune and will be released on the 26th February. What is the influence behind the song?

Musically, we think you can hear some influence from The Gossip in this track – it’s raw, but it also has a fun groove you can dance to.

We feel that all lyrics are open to interpretation, so we hope that people will think about what the words mean to them! While writing some of the lyrics we were thinking about modern culture and the importance that is placed on appearance – especially now social media is making almost everyone feel a little bit famous, getting them wrapped up in portraying themselves in a certain way. It’s not exactly a bad thing, but it’s an interesting behaviour!

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You girls are rocking the girl power? Prominent female rock n roll bands are few in the UK compared to male rock bands. Do you feel you are sending a message to the industry and fans that girls can do rock just as good if not better?

We really hope that we are. We are not a concept ‘girl band’ – we genuinely formed due to mutual musical interests and because we find it easy to work together. Bec (Vocals/Guitar) wanted to put together a band with great musicians, us all being female was not the focus. However, we fully embrace the girl power ethos, and we want people to pick up on it. We want more girls to play music and to reach powerful positions in the music industry.. We hope that festivals and industry gatekeepers will pick up on the movement of women in rock music right now and help women to be heard – not just us, but women after us, before us, and alongside us! This is not a new movement, it has been bubbling under the surface since the 60’s!  

How does your music process work? Is there a songwriter in the band?

Bec is the main songwriter who brings the original ideas to the band, whether it be a very rough demo or a few chords and lines of lyrics. We then jam it in the rehearsal studio and focus on the arrangements until it’s ready to go in the live set. The songs keep evolving even during the recording process, where we can get more experimental. There is plenty of trial and error up until we are happy with the finished track.

Are there any exciting announcements for the band in 2016?

Other than the release of our debut EP on the 26th of Feb, our first music video will be coming out within the next few weeks. We also have some great shows booked in the UK (and one in Spain!) for this year, we’re very excited about them all! Other than that, the year is very new, anything could happen! But we have very high hopes for a great year.

IDestroy are touring thoughout the UK check them out the GIGsoup Track of the Day, above.

Upcoming shows:

31st Jan – Firebug, Leicester (supporting Courtesans)

4th Feb – The Vic, Swindon (supporting Rain)

18th Feb – The Rainbow, Birmingham

27th Feb – The Cons Club, Chippenham (2pm)

27th Feb – The Cellar, Oxford (7pm)

5th March – T Chances, Tottenham, London

6th March – Three Bridges Venue, Crawley

11th March – The Louisiana, Bristol (supporting The Ramonas)

6th April – Bannemans, Edinburgh

7th April – O’Rileys, Hull

BOOM! : IDestroy 'Vanity Loves Me'