Glitoris. Four fearless female musicians who've gained a national reputation for their unforgettable punk rock shows release their long-awaited debut album: The Policy. Equal parts anthemic, ferocious, political yet absurd, the Canberra four-piece have delivered a modern-day punk classic. The Policy traverses the band's broad musicianship from soaring orchestral rock (The Policy) through driving metal power riffs (Spit Hood, Sl*t Power), classic punk spats (Sex Video), stunning four-part-harmony-laden classic rock bangers (Licks & Politics, C*ck Rock, Dippin My Wick) and theatrical cabaret (Theme From Glitoris). Lyrically, The Policy leaves no political stones unturned; the band express their unapologetic feminist rage (Warriors, What A C*nt) against a backdrop of ludicrous scenarios (My F*cking Car) all the while critiquing Western political apathy (The Executioner, Place For Me). Defiant, comedic, visceral and, ultimately, empowering: This Is The Glitoris Policy.
Recorded at Sydney's Pet Food Factory studios with Jay Whalley (Frenzal Rhomb), mixed by Clem Bennett and mastered by Mandy Parnell (Bjork, The XX), The Policy was released on 2nd November 2018 via Buttercup Records/ MGM Distribution through all major digital outlets, as well as on CD and 12" Vinyl.
Glitoris - The Policy Tour 2018
Friday 16th November 2018 - Vinnies Dive Bar, Gold Coast QLD
Sunday 18th November 2018 - The Bearded Lady, Brisbane QLD
Friday 23rd November 2018 - Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney NSW
Saturday 24th November 2018 - Lass O'Gowrie, Newcastle NSW
Thursday 29th November 2018 - Servo, Wollongong NSW
Friday 30th November 2018 - The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Friday 7th December 2018 - The Basement, Canberra ACT
Question: How would you describe your music?
Keven 007: Punk mayhem. Synchronised chaos. Mildly absurd.
Question: What inspired The Policy?
Keven 007: We wanted to hold up a mirror to the fact that to get ahead in the world women often need to be better than their male counterparts. That we're often classed according to our anatomy. You gotta rise above it!
Question: What message do you hope to spread with The Policy?
Keven 007: Be the best you can be. Be better than them. Don't let anyone put you down.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
Keven 007: We all have our favourites, however Slut Power is certainly the most powerful. It always gets the biggest response from the crowd!
Question: What should we expect from the upcoming The Policy tour?
Keven 007: Our usual theatrical brand of punk, perhaps some gyrating choreography...
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend a show, who would it be?
Keven 007: Donald Trump. Sit him down and make him watch. Front row.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Keven 007: Depends who you're talking to! Tony's passion is songwriting and taking it into the studio, and myself, Andrew & Malc are addicted to the stage. It is however, all rather enjoyable.
Question: What is the story behind the name, Glitoris?
Keven 007: Clitoris + Glitter = Glitoris. We have both on stage.
Question: How did the band come together?
Keven 007: Glitoris was formed in 2014 for the 'You Are Here' festival. We felt strongly that we should play naked punk covered in glitter. Obviously I was an immediate choice due to my guitar swilling tendency to get naked inappropriately. Andrew couldn't stop herself from joining the band as lead guitarist, and when Malcolm Turnbull was elected so was our bass player (also Malcolm).
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
Keven 007: The world is in crisis on so many levels, we can't not address it! So much injustice to yell about. We also love to inject our life narrative into songs, and not take ourselves too seriously.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
Keven 007: Mr. Bungle, Miles Davis, Ali Farke Toure, The Rocky Horror Show (I always play it on Halloween for the children)
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Keven 007: It was quite a natural process for all of us. We all have intense love for different artists who inspired us, plus that certain someone (be it a teacher, family member or friend) who was integral to that process. For me, my Dad gave me his ol' nylon string guitar when I was 10. He then played much Pink Floyd and Dire Straits. I then discovered Tori Amos, Queen, Madonna and The Bangles...The rest is history.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Keven 007: It's a fight between Prince, Mike Patton and James Maynard Keenan. I want jelly!
Interview by Brooke Hunter