Hootenanny

Hootenanny

 Fremantle, Western Australia, AUS
BandRockBlues

Our name is Hootenanny and we are a 2-piece band of women specializing in rock/grimey/blues/grunge/punk. It's quirky, loud, heavy, melodic, raw, full of energy, with some funny subject matter thrown in there with songs such as Robot Rabbit, Owls, White Trash London. Ain't nobody bring the party like Hootenanny does! Audiences are drawn in by our on stage energy and unbridled sense of fun. We're touring the East Coast of Australia this August and will be spreadin' the fun like a bad disease!

Biography

Consult a dusty old dictionary and you'll be told that a Hootenanny is a "social gathering featuring folk singing and, sometimes, dancing." Consult anyone who's been to a Hootenanny show and you'll be told that it's a little more raucous than that. Not so much a social gathering as a demolition party; not so much folk singing as frenzied howls, growls, and hollers. The 'dancing' bit is right, but there's no 'sometimes' about it - it's a relentless flailing of fur-covered limbs, a stomping of boots and a thrashing of feather-adorned heads.

Like any great adventure, the tale of Hootenanny began with two pals. One hot day in early 2010, Jennifer Aslett and Nanwyn Hunt were hanging out and happened to pick up a guitar and a pair of drum sticks. The result was a ferocious chemistry that no-one could have predicted: thundering garage rock beats, unforgiving fuzz riffs and explosive tag-team vocals delivering lyrics about owls, cats, chavs and robot rabbits. At the encouragement of Cameron Avery (of The Growl), the pair's hyperactive ad libs took shape; soon after, a phone recording of these early jams reached local doyenne of dirty blues, Abbe May, who offered the duo a gig. Hootenanny had officially left the nest. The first show was a loving riot fuelled by adrenaline and booze - the latter taking its toll the following morning as they motored up Great Eastern Highway, bucket in tow, to record their debut EP at Begerk! Studios.

A year later and Hootenanny remain untamed, but they've got a whole lot more feathers in their cap. The debut record became EP of the week in major street-press magazine The Drum Media, as well as local feature release on popular independent radio station RTRfm. They've performed relentlessly, delivering standout sets at major events like the Beaufort Street Festival and RTR's 'In The Pines' festival, toured nationally with Abbe May, and they show no signs of slowing down. With a truckful of charismatic swagger and unbridled talent amplified up to eleven, Hootenanny are not so much a band as a compact cannon of controlled chaos. They could teach most bands are thing or two; and they can teach us all that we should never trust a dictionary when instead we can turn to the time-honoured book of rock-and-badass-roll.

Lyrics

White Trash London

Written By: Hootenanny

Gunned down in Brixton
Getting stabbed in Clapham
Fucked up in Camden
x2

WHITE TRASH LONDON
LIVING IT UP ALRIGHT
WHITE TRASH LONDON
YEAH ALRIGHT
x2

Juice bars in Soho
Sushi bars in Soho
Day spas in Soho!

Juice bars in Soho
Sushi bars in Soho
GAY BARS IN SOHO!
YEAH

WHITE TRASH LONDON
LIVIN IT UP ALRIGHT
WHITE TRASK LONDON
YEAH ALRIGHT

WHITE TRASH LONDON
LIVIN IT UP ALRIGHT
WHITE TRASH LONDON
WHITE... RAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHGHGHAH

Discography

HOOTENANNY EP
1. Fire In My Belly
2. Lady at the Window
3. White Trash London
4. Hootenanny

All of these songs get airplay on Rtrfm and the EP was the local feature record for the week of the 18th of October

Set List

1. Fat Love Jam
2. I Love You
3. Lady At The Window
4. Mating Song
5. Hootenanny
6. Owls
7. White Trash London
8. Just Wait
9. Robot Rabbit
10. Fire In My Belly