Brace yourselves, Calva Louise‘s riotous and brash garage rock is like rocket fuel hurtling through your veins. Need proof? Wrap your ears around the London three-piece’s blistering first single ‘I’m Gonna Do Well’ – a mightily infectious surf romp that joyously combines fuzzy chords, hissing cymbals and howled vocals. With the Camden band making a huge impression on the live circuit, and earning support slots with the likes of Spring King and The Big Moon, we caught up with the newcomers to get the skinny on all things Calva Louise.
I’m Gonna Do Well’ is scintillating stuff. How did the track come about?
“Jess wrote a draft of the song and then we all arranged it!”
How did Calva Louise start out?
“We met Ben in London at a gig, Alizon and I had played together since school and we thought it would be fun to record some demos together.”
What inspired your name?
“There’s this play called “The Bald Soprano” written by Eugène Ionesco, a Romanian-French absurd play writer that we used to study in school. Jess saw the play in Spanish ( “La Cantante Calva”) and loved the absurdity of the situation which translates perfectly in different languages. The three of us have different mother tongues and communication can be very funny, even absurd! So “Bald Louise” became “Calva Louise”. Oh, and we also chose the name Louise because Alizon likes it, a lot.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“The B-52’s, Blondie, Queens of the Stone Age, The Beach Boys and Spring King.”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“Strange Bones, Rascalton, Long Teeth, Nova Twins, Peaness, Clever Thing, False Heads, Beach Riot, Get Inuit, Strange Cages, and the list goes on…”
And finally, what does the remainder of 2017 hold for Calva Louise?
“We’re releasing a single with Modernsky UK in November (and our first music vid!) and we are doing some dates up North too, in December!”