What started as a group of 3 kids that wanted to play jammy, wannabe prog rock eventually ended up being 2 guys who wanted to make raw rock and roll. After the first band that Jonathan and Bradley was apart of fizzled, all of their efforts seemed lost and in vain. It wasn't until both of them began rehearsals and wrote what eventually became the first 3 songs that Female Demand would ever write. It was a very exciting time for the band because they were finding themselves as musicians and as a band. Once it was decided that they would be called Female Demand, (which is the name of a Prefuse 73 song) they began to write more songs and sought to play anywhere and everywhere in the Houston music circuit. They rocked as hard as they could every show, proving their worth as a band and as performers. People were naturally drawn to the bands approach to their live performances because the band is so loud and full of energy. It took everyone off guard that all this chaos was being created by 2 guys with a drum set and a bass rig.
After playing a long string of shows around houston and the greater texas area, FD went into song writing mode for their first EP. After about 6 months of saving up money and rehearsing the band ventured into unknown territory to Los Angeles, Ca to cut their 4 track ep with producer Manny Nieto (HEALTH, The Breeders, Los Lobos). After 3 days of recording and mixing the band had completed their first EP. With a little help from their producer, the band was able to commission artist Sonny Kay to add his prolific artistic style to the cover art of the EP. After a successful new years release, the band sought after new goals and was determined to see what the rest of this country had to offer. In the summer of 2010 FD booked their own tour and made their way to over 10 different states and 15 different cities and gained new fans all along the way.
In late 2010, the band returned to Los Angeles,Ca to work with Manny on a new project, the bands first full length LP. The record consists of 10 tracks that show the bands expansion with their style of experimental noise rock and the incorporation of vocals by both members. The record is due out by january/february 2012 with an extensive tour to follow. These guys have shown that time after time they are a consistent hard rocking band.
"Female Demand is a two-piece band from Houston, Texas. With one bass and one drum kit, these guys are pretty crazy. In a way you could say they are the new Death from Above 1979, except there are no vocals involved (until now! wait for there new album coming in 2011!) Hopefully they will stay alive longer. The first track on this EP, "Shred Tactics", is quite an eye opener. It has an insane bass riff that makes you want to get up off yo chair and pretend you're at a show. Most of their songs have the same energy of a Lighting Bolt song. Hell, I'll even admit it: I find them better than Lighting Bolt. The melody of each song changes from blissful noise to prog-rock. You never know what is going to happen next no matter how many times you'll listen to it. Overall this band is pretty sick. Remember when No Age were formerly Wives? Well they're better than Wives...and maybe No Age. I hope they get signed to a good label, get rich and famous, and take over the world... in that order." --olive-music
Jonathan Perez - Drums, live electronics, & Vocals
Bradley Muñoz - Bass Guitar, live electronics, and Vocals.
split cassette tape w/Caddywhompus
Self-titled EP 09'
Outside the universe January/February 2012
Getting to Know Female Demand
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by Frank Soto I recently got the chance to ask Bradley and Jonathan from Female Demand a ...by Frank Soto
I recently got the chance to ask Bradley and Jonathan from Female Demand a few questions.
1. So you guys have only been around since about July, but the two of you play so well together. Is that due to you two having a long term friendship, lots of rehearsal, or what?
Well, we used to play in this band called The Television Skies. You may or may not have heard of us. We were around for a little while and then that group eventually split. It was a pretty rough patch in both mine and Bradley's music creation for a while. It was kinda like rebounding from a really serious break up with a girlfriend or somethin' ya know? But over time we developed a really good bond and it just shows in our music I suppose. That and we do rehearse a lot too! Haha.
2. So in the formation of Female Demand, what led to the decision that you guys were gonna be a two-man band and to hell with lyrics?
Well to be honest, we wanted to add 2 or 3 members to the band at first. A vocalist, a keyboardist and maybe a guitar player. But we both just didn't want to sit around and wait to find these people, so just started writing music. We abandoned everything that we did in our last band and changed everything–the way we played, how we approached writing music and just ourselves in general. And eventually we kinda did away with the idea of adding any more members to the group, because it was already hard enough to find people, much less find people who have the time and dedication like we do. So we just kept things the way they were, and here we are now.
3. I caught you guys at the Westheimer Block Party, what's up with the suits? Don't get me wrong, I loved the the fact that I was getting blasted with sound by a Banana in Pajamas and a bumble bee, but where did the idea come from?
The idea behind the whole thing was to bring in as many people to our showcase at the Westheimer block party as possible, so we were thinking of crazy ideas and whatnot, and we finally got the bright idea to dress up like animals. Now the whole bumble bee and Banana in Pajamas was a fluke to begin with. I wanted to dress up like a Bear and Bradley wanted to dress up like a Bunny rabbit, but the costumes they had didn't fit our budget, so we went with the cheapest things they had– a banana head and a bumble bee costume. It was hot as hell, but it was totally worth it!
4. Female Demand has been playing a few shows throughout Houston, but what is the long-term plan?
The plan now is to focus more on playing outside of Houston and write our first full length album. We're in the beginning of this whole project right now. We don't think we will have it ready until this time next year. But just be ready, because when we release it, nobody will know what to do with themselves. Thats all I can say about that at the moment. Haha!
5. Since it is Christmas time, what did you guys put on your Christmas music wish list?
Well Female Demand's christmas music wish list is this, lets hope Santa can deliver on time:
The unreleased and incomplete Tontons record
The new Tobacco album
Maybe some Squarepusher
umm…thats a really it. You have any suggestions????
I do have one suggestion– the brand new Something Fierce album.
Our youth of today
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Female Demand = two guys a Bassist and Drummer, think if Lightning Bolt ate a Valium…and actuall...Female Demand = two guys a Bassist and Drummer,
think if Lightning Bolt ate a Valium…and actually used the Bass as sounds.
this is good shit
They will be playing the a Secret event in the Heights on August, 23 2008
This is all we know. stay tuned for details
interview: Female Demand
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By Omar Afra Bass and drum duo Female Demand is fresh on the heels of a new album which they rele...By Omar Afra
Bass and drum duo Female Demand is fresh on the heels of a new album which they release New Year’s Eve and a string of clutch shows including another killer performance at Westheimer Block Party. The band has finally captured their gritty Lightning Bolt meets Zep sound by spending the time and treasure to record their songs at Sugar Hill. They are not very smart, charismatic, or good looking but they were kind enough to answer these questions.
In the right context, you guys may be one of the best live bands in Houston. Is it hard to play these monumental earth-shattering shows and next play to 6 mildly interested people?
Not really. We play music because we love it. Whether it's 30 people in the crowd or 4, we still play our best and kinda think of that show as a band rehearsal haha.
Earliest childhood musical memory?
Jon-being a little baby and having a little toy saxophone that blew bubbles. lol
Tell us about the new album. Why did you choose to go to Sugar Hill instead of recording the way you did your last ep? You know, the one where your super loud-shitty snare sounds like dropping nickels into an RC Cola.
Well we opted to record this particular EP at sugarhill because it was cheap. A good friend of ours introduced to one of the engineers there and he just let us pretty much have the studio for a whole night. It was definatly a better experience then when we recorded the first demo. And the drums do sound a whole more accessable. lol
Who do you fuck anyway?
Haha, we don't kiss and tell. But, if we had to be literal here, then I'd say we both always go with the ladies.
Female Demand. What does that mean? Are you qualified to explain what females demand?
Funny you ask. I don't think that we are qualified to explain what females demand. BUT! I can explain the origins of the name. It's the title of a Prefuse 73 song and I just thought that it sounded really funny when you said it out loud. It's kind of suggestive but at the same time it sounds like you're saying female to man or female the man. And I liked that it had that to it. That funny play on words...
Bradley has a bonafide legion of bass pedals he manipulates into sonic retardation. How often do you ever tell him " Hey just go with a clean tone?
Not often to be honest. Each pedal has it's specific use and meaning and Bradley really tries hard to not pack on a shit tone of pedals. If there was an easier way of carrying gear then we'd have a shit tone of stuff, but it just ain't like that.
Bradley-And plus, we love loud things, and what better way to make loud noises then with a Ampeg 6x10 and a Fender Bassman 300 and a bunch of pedals! haha
Fill in the blanks: Houston is the musical belly button of the cosmos because________?
Because we're hot....
Female Demand 'EP' review
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Until very recently I have had a real hard time wrapping my head around experimental music. Be it t...Until very recently I have had a real hard time wrapping my head around experimental music. Be it the dissonant textures, the lack of structures, or complex time signatures… I tend to get lost – real quick. Typically, I’m a pretty simple person, and if you give it to me straight forward, stripped down, and raw, then I am happy. But then, I’ve recently been getting way into Female Demand.
Female Demand, a drum [Jonathan Perez] and bass [Bradley Munoz] duo from Houston, Texas, play an organic brand of noisy, melodically pleasing, experimental rock. Similar to to that of Lightning Bolt, but more interesting and accessible, or Death From Above 1979, without the glitz and pretension. Instead, there is something very honest in the way Jonathan and Bradley’s music comes pouring out of them. When I’d normally be turning this type of music down, in an attempt to recapture that safe little place in my head, I am finding myself turning up the volume, even hitting repeat. There are no bells and whistles here. No gimmicks. No slick little tricks. Only blissful noisy rock.
Female Demand formed a little over a year ago in the wake of the break up of The Television Skies. Since, Jonathan and Bradley have released two EP’s. The most recent of which, titled simply ‘EP,’ was released on December 31st, 2009. ‘EP’ (cover art at the left) was recorded inside an old sweat-shop in California with the help of Producer Manny Nieto. It’s 4 songs finds Female Demand exploding through 19 minutes of music that when not begging to be danced on is kindly puzzling. Highlights include the catchy bass riff at the beginning of Shred Tactics (track 1), the created juxtaposition with the melodic swing of I Was Waitiing (Track 3), and the drone-y apocalyptic freak out at the end of Milk the Smile (track 2). ‘EP’ will be available on January 20th at both Antone’s and Waterloo Records. Or you could (should) make a point to see Female Demand live and buy it from them directly.
Japanese blog review on Female Demand
Link below. http://txatniprec.blog79.fc2.com/blog-entry-259.html
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Of the four tracks on Female Demand's self-titled EP, the one that hits the hardest is the opener, "...Of the four tracks on Female Demand's self-titled EP, the one that hits the hardest is the opener, "Sweet Nothing" -- it starts off with almost wah-wah-sounding bass and stuttering, barely-restrained drums, then stomps its way into two minutes and change of driving, thundering, bass-and-drums instrumental rawk, leaning heavily towards the sludgy, garage-y side of things. The sound swings between noisy, punkish blues, stoner-esque metal, and an almost prog-funky vibe, if you can believe it, and the result is something like a loose, angry-drunk, alternate-universe version of Dub Trio, or maybe Jucifer rocking a dance party without the vocals. Put it all together, and it's a hell of a ride, especially for a two-man outfit.
The band slows things down somewhat for "I Thought I Told You...," and on first listen my heart sank, figuring the FD duo had done the inevitable and, y'know, toned things down for the record. Happily, they step back in after the mid-tempo intro, kicking and punching their way through the remainder of the track while riding a sing-song-y riff -- it feels weird to say that, I know, about a vocal-less instrumental, but Bradley Muñoz's bass at one point sound like it's taunting the listener, daring 'em to make something of it. "Skies Are Falling" is even more fuzzed-out and crunchy-sounding (a good thing, in my book), with drummer Jonathan Perez hammering away at his drums like he's trying to crack the ground below his kit wide, wide open. For final track "Like Catching Butterflies," the duo delve a bit deeper into footpedals-and-laptops territory, letting Perez manipulate stretch his bass sound out to infinity and then launch it into space.
If there's a quibble to be made about this, it's that I honestly wanted to hear it louder -- messier, more raw, more overdriven, so loud the speakers start to crackle. The bass sounded nicely grimy, but I wanted the drums right down in the muck with it, dirtied up and boomy, like, say, the way the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's Russell Simins sounds on "Sweat." Muñoz and Perez pull it off on "Sweet Nothing," but not really on any of the other tracks on the EP.
The kind of noise Female Demand makes really shouldn't be cleaned up, not one bit; it should make you feel like the band's playing right on either side of your head. (And yes, I did turn the damn thing up 'til my ears nearly bled.) 'Til that happens, this is no replacement for seeing the band explode live on stage...but hey, it's a damn good start.
[Female Demand is playing 1/30/10 at Mango's, along with Caddywhompus & Smiley With A Knife.] (Jeremy Hart // 01/29/10)
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