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Brighton, England, United Kingdom | SELF

Brighton, England, United Kingdom | SELF
Band Alternative Avant-garde


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“They take the stage wearing beards and moustaches and in turns transform themselves into ghosts, cats and very tall people. Aside from lazy pigeonholing as “experimental”, they are essentially uncategorisable” - Indieomina

"Foxy Digitalis"

“The four ladies appear as possessed Bronte sisters, teasing an unsuspecting dinner party. They take the stage wearing beards and moustaches and in turns transform themselves into ghosts, cats and very tall people” - Foxy Digitalis

"Lazarus Art and Noise"

“An evening with the ladies, somewhere between a virtuoso string quartet recital and Open Day at St Trinians” - Lazarus Art and Noise


Collectress places emphasis on performance rather than studio recordings as the work is by nature improvised and ephemeral. We have an archive of performance recordings and self-released “Friston” in 2002 as Pthhhh.
Individual members of Collectress have recorded with/as;
Clearlake, Bat for Lashes, Penguin Café, Philip Selway, Quinta, Caroline Weeks, Mechanical Bride, Mary Hampton
Recent Collectress tracks streamed on;



Using improvisation and collaborative composition we work as a collective to develop site responsive, theme driven, performative music with a strong visual/ choreographed slant.
The narrative of our development as a collective (formerly known as Pthhhh) begins 10 years ago when we came together in a way that enabled our separate personalities to work in a united forum. The whole being greater than the sum of its parts we see Collectress as a space where we are free to come and go creatively.
As an all female group we find strength in working sensitively to our intuition developing our ideas through renewing, evolving and recycling material. There is not an emphasis on a need to know but rather a need to find or locate through doing. As individuals and as a group we have a preparedness to go with suggested ideas and respond well to the exploratory and experimental. With our openness comes humour and sometimes the absurd, although there is seriousness to our endeavors that comes through in the refinement of our recordings and performances.

Musical Influences – Alternative Folk - Minimalist – Modern/Contemporary Classical – Electronica
Visual/Performance Influences – Surrealism – Dadaism – Modernism
Laurie Anderson meets Jean Cocteau