Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Gutter Girls aren’t your average punk outfit. In their own words they’re a “coupla gals playing songs about hot chips n heartbreak coming to a bar near u”. But behind this laid back ethos is music that is as enticing as it is raw. Smoking riffs, groovy beats and knock you down vocals that’ll be bouncing about your head all day long. Releasing their latest single “Skin 2 Skin” in November, Gutter Girls have continued in their streak of fully charged bangers, we spoke to the group to learn about their collective love of Joan Jett, recording in isolation and where to get the best chips in Melbourne.
What drew each of you to music and how did you get into it?
I grew up surrounded by music but always assumed I’d just be a fan as I lacked any musical talent. I gave up piano after briefly learning as a kid and by the time I was really into seeing live music, I figured I had missed the boat to learn an instrument. It is never too late!!!
How did the group form and where did you meet?
In 2018 we all met through the local Melbourne music scene but didn’t know each other too well before deciding to join forces and start a band. None of us played any instruments beforehand except Amada, who only didn’t play drums. So naturally we got Amada on the drums and Alicia on synth, Bec on bass and myself on guitar and roughly learnt a few Joan Jett covers to get us going. We’d only been practicing (to learn our instruments) for a few months before we agreed to our first gig and quickly got a few tunes together in time.
How would you describe your sound?
Hot chips left out in the sun too long.
What was it like recording the new single whilst separated from each other?
It was challenging recording separately in lockdown as we would normally record live together. It felt a bit more serious when you’re alone to critique yourself. Recording separately meant that I had to record vocals with my housemates stuck at home to suffer through the takes, so to take the pressure off myself I made them drink whisky with me and sing along which turned out to be a very fun afternoon.
What was the inspiration behind “Skin 2 Skin” ?
GG songs never have much meaning or strategy behind them, I usually just have a silly thought and try to expand on it enough to call it a song. The lyrics rarely make any sense, but the great thing is that they don’t have to. You can definitely leave it up to the listener to interpret however they like. So the inspo for this track was just to have a new song for the collection really haha.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
All of our friends who play in rockin bands and inspired us to rawk with them.
Favourite gig you’ve been to?
There have been so many, but just before the first lockdown in Australia we luckily had the Golden Plains music festival. Screaming along to the Pixies with my BFFs will forever be burned into my brain.
Who would you love to be a support act for?
The Runaways Japan tour in 1977 please
Favourite show you’ve played?
There’s been so many favourites, but just before lockdown we got in a gig with Constant Mongrel at Cherry Bar. We are all big fans and it would have been a gig we’d attend anyway, so getting to play with them (and then dance afterwards to Springsteen with them) was a huge highlight.
What will it be like playing that first show once shows are allowed again? (Here in the UK shows aren’t happening currently)
It’ll definitely be a little strange until it’s back to normal capacity shows. In Melbourne, shows have returned to a seated, limited audience but with restrictions easing it looks like we will be able to stand and hopefully dance in near-future shows. We might be lucky and hopefully life will be semi-normal by the time we play our first gig back.
Any future musical plans after the new single?
Excited to get back under the same roof to start working on new songs and hopefully release something physical in the next year.
What are your favourite type of chips?
Hot ones, super soggy and covered in sauce. Shoutout to Tramway Hotel in Melb that has ripper ones!!