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Interview: The Bleeding Knees Club

26 Mar

Far from boy scouts, it’s all rambunctious fun, frolics, and F-bombs when The Bleeding Knees Club are about.

Rahsian Taylor Parris for Music News

 

 

 

When Music News first laid ears on The Bleeding Knees Club we got a little excited, though somewhat confused by the young duo from Oz and their tempestuous, but appealingly brazen surf punk. Needless to say, we couldn’t go without a quick chat with the guys, whom with their puerile charm, got us that little bit more excited, and yes, a little bit more confused.
Music News: So you’re called The Bleeding Knees Club? That’s different, what’s the story behind your name?

The Bleeding Knees Club: We knew this kid once who was in a homosexual cult and he would tell us all these f****ed up stories about the rituals they had to do, and one of the rituals he explained was called ‘the bleeding knees club’, and we thought the name sounded cool.

MN: So how did you guys meet?

BKC: We have known each other since were like two-years-old, and then when we were about 19, we were both jobless and had nothing to do, so we decided to start a band to occupy some of the spare time.

MN: Great way to pass the time. Are there any artists or types of music that influence your sound?

BKC: Yeah, we like Garage bands, Punk bands, Blues bands and Doo-wop bands

MN: Is there anyone you really want to collaborate with?

BKC: Yes! Susan Boyle

MN: Sounds like a match made in heaven, we’ll look out for her on your next album. Speaking of which, your debut’s coming out early this year, what was it like recording your first album?

BKC: It was really rad! We were in NYC for five weeks just hanging out and stuff, and we had Dev Haynes as our producer, which was pretty cool.

MN: As we know, you’re from Australia, but you’ve been travelling quite a bit, where has been your favourite place so far?

BKC: We really like New York. We’ve been there a bunch of times now and we like it more and more every time we go back. There is so much to do and so many good bands playing all the time.

MN: Your music’s quite unruly, which member of the band is the worst behaved? What’s the most unruly thing you’ve done?

BKC: Haha, no idea. We both have our moments, but Jordan nearly killed someone once.

MN: Cults and killing people, this Bleeding Knees Club sounds a bit mad, what would we have to do to join?

BKC: No one can join our club.

MN: Oh…we’re a little sad, but okay.
Your live performances are quite renowned, what are you thinking when you’re on stage?

BKC: We’re usually thinking about what we had for dinner.

MN: We thought you’d be thinking about teenage girl. What’s the story behind that track anyways?

BKC: It’s kind of about when you’ve been hanging out with a girl for a while and they start to get annoying, but for some reason you can’t tell them to go away. Or it could be about being a paedophile…

MN: Wow! Hopefully it’s the first one.
You must party a lot, what happens if you’re out and your own song comes on, what do you do?

BKC: We’d leave the party.

MN: That sucks, we’d totally stay.
So, apart from the album, what are you guys up to next, and will we see you back in the UK?

BKC: Yeah! We’re planning on coming back to the UK to do some shows this year, and then we will hopefully go back to the USA to play the South By South West festival.

MN: Excellent! We’ll look forward to hearing from you again. In the mean time, try not to kill anyone.

Summer Style Trends

29 May

Words by Rahsian Parris

Judging by the current weather it’s looking like it might be a typically British summer, but you can always brighten up your day with some on trend summer looks. The SS11 catwalk saw some of our favourite collections to date, with fruity, floral prints, stripes and neons being our favourite eye-catchers of the batch. So before you write off the season completely, check out these summer sizzlers, sure to make you stand out when the skies are grey.

NEONS – no longer just for the dance floor

Everyone from Gwen Stefani to Thandie Newton and Amanda Seyfried have been diggin Prada’s striped neon dress. It’s the must-have frock of the season; dressed up or dressed down, it rocks. If you’ve already blown your wages on one of the lush clutch bags from the same collection, have no fear, high street favs Oasis have a copycat that’s purse friendly.

The Clutch

Next Best Thing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIP: Team neon striped clothing with a plane clutch for maximum effect. Avoid over striping.

 

FRUITY PRINTS – say goodbye to your table cloth

A tricky one to master, the fruit prints look lush when done right. Think big and bold; the more you try to tone it down, the more you’ll risk looking like a retro tea towel. Stella McCartney rocked the Spring/Summer catwalk with zesty prints and celebs have been eating it up. Jo Whiley shows off this Stella dress straight from the catwalk, but OSoYou take a little inspiration with this Black Fruit Print Dress, which costs a fraction of the price.

         The Stella Dress                                     Next Best Thing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIP: Avoid being an actual fruit basket a’la Katy Perry. Keep your prints 2D unless you want to be attacked by seagulls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blocks, Dots and Spots – Colour made easy

Jil Sander never disappoints when it comes to bringing colour to the catwalk and SS11 was no different. The queen of colour blocking shows how to set off you rsummer style with brights, neons and a few muted shades, perfect for those of you who avoid prints like the plague, but still want to stand out in the crowd. Add some pops or blocks of colour with whole colour accessories or bright skinnies (always a winner and works for the boys too). 

Guys Do Colour Blocking Too

 

…And for the girls

If fruits and florals aren’t taking your fancy, jump on the Stella bandwagon and ditch your stripes for spots. You can mix and match trends here, i.e pops of colour and spots, neon spots, colour blocking with stripes etc. Whatever you do, have fun, that’s what summer fashion is about; bright, bold and beautiful come rain or shine.

TIP:  When all else fails channel trends through your nails (sorry that rhymed – *Facepalm*)

YSL does colour blocking

Nails Inc. does neons

How To Do Trendy Right: Leopard Print 101

28 Jan

Words by Rahsian Parris

First and foremost, let’s get this out of the way quickly; fashion isn’t always about timelessness, sometimes it is purely about being in the moment (ok the fashion forward moment), and last season’s leopard print trend was undoubtedly one of those classic ‘in the moment’ trends. Having been approached by a friend seeking some advice, the topic was screaming to be covered so here it is.

Leopard print, like all animal prints, is only acceptable in bulk if your name is Pat Butcher. Like most fashion folk, we like to be on trend and in-the-know, but as the late jumpsuit might tell you, some trends aren’t worth getting into, because they are simply not an investment. Now that is not to say that if you find a *golden* buy that is clearly classic and will suit your wardrobe down to the ground,  you shouldn’t buy it, that’s not what we’re saying, but when your wardrobe is full of leopard print and everyone else has moved on to pastels you will be… one word…buggered! There is nothing worse than wearing animal print when nobody else is… again…Pat Butcher.

Having said that, having been at the Q Awards party late last year, it is safe to say that parading around with your friends in the same animal print is nothing more than ghastly (you know who you are). There’s having an entourage and then there’s just being in a herd.

If you must succumb to even the most fickle fashions, here are a few pointers to 1: Save you some time and tears when the season is over, 2: Avoid being mistaken for a 1990s cross dresser, 3: Doing animal prints the right way, i.e not mutton, not lamb, just leopard.

 

TOP TIPS


1: Invest in classy accessories as opposed to full blown outfits. You’re still nodding towards the trend, but have an item that, when teamed with the right look, can be recycled past it’s trend-by-date.

We LOVE Billie’s leopard print scarf. Teamed with all black for on trend smart casual. (And check out those perfect brows)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2: Animal prints are already quite ‘in your face’, AVOID, at all costs, combining two standout looks in one.

In this get up we thought Alex Gerrard was going to a Halloween party not Nicole Carragher’s birthday party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3: It is IMPOSSIBLE to pull off ghetto-chic and animal prints at the same time

As if her re-popularization of velour tracksuits wasn’t enough, Paris Hilton goes one further with this wrong (on so many levels) leopard print hoody.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THEN sins the sin of all sins (see number 2:) with this…well, we’ll let you fill in the blanks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AND again….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4: More often than not it’s the little details that count

Forget following the pack with leopard print EVERYTHING, look gorgeous glam, with a splash of wild, with trendy nails

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5: When all else fails and you MUST be trendy, go with a trendy clutch. However, choose wisely, you don’t want something you’ll never pick up again.

Mena Suvari shows how it’s done. Yes it’s leopard print, but it’s classy, not garish and gives colour to an all black outfit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So… to summarise

1: Choose trendy accessories over trendy outfits, it saves money and wardrobe space

2: Refrain from trend combining

3: Hoodies are fabulous for working out, lounging in the house and going to commit an ASBO, not so fabulous for wearing a trend

4: Trendy nails never fail

5: Classy clutches work wonders with minimalistic outfits

And last but not least… it’s probably best to avoid taking fashion tips from Paris Hilton

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