Interview by Bones, April 2014

X Ray Spex famously opened their debut single with the lines "Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard, but I think...Oh bondage up yours!". I suspect that all-girl gutter punk band PRIS heartily agree with this sentiment, having burst onto the scene some years ago in a maelstrom of attitude and lipstick.

Coolness personified, they were not afraid to aim verbal volleys at boyfriends or bands they considered not fit for purpose. Everything looked on course for them to be the female Manics when, in the blink of an eye, they were gone. Whilst lately they've taken tentative steps back into the limelight, with the issue of self promoted single " A-Bomb in White Heat", I couldn't turn down the chance to get an update on the status of the band from lead singer Cath...

Lucy: Your band have been quite quiet for the last few months. Are you looking forward to playing gigs again?
Katie Jane Garside: I think I give very obtuse ans
First up, how's life treating you at the moment?
Very good. We've got a endless supply of Moët....

How did you first come to meet up and what prompted you to form a band?
Boredom. Love of hate. Gobshites unite.

Is it true that you originally used to write songs separately, never meeting up and sending them to each other by e-mail?
Yes sireeee. We weren't bought up in a way which we felt comfortable to sing lame lyrics and hum along to guitar riffs. We're feel completely musically illiterate- We'd get drunk, record ourselves on a dictaphone of sorts and then try and make it into a song. Garage band is our saviour.

When you first burst onto the scene you were fairly confrontational, launching a few uncomplimentary verbal tirades at other bands including The Vaccines, Florence & the Machine and The Editors. Do you think you've now mellowed?
Fuck off.

Your songs have a certain element of bubble gum pop, but with a vitriolic underbelly. Was it your intention to lull people into a false sense of security, whilst subliminally corrupting them?
We never tried to be anything, we are what we are. Gobby shits. If sometimes we were more gobby was probably down to the amount of pricks/alcohol around. We still think the majority of music is shit, but it kinda loses all meaning when you continually slag it off. We're resigned to the fact that everyone we hear is a complete pile of shit. Shit shitty mcshits. There are a few we like but who wants to hear you say 'oooh aren't these brilliant!??????!!' No need to shout about it anymore in the world of twitter. Too many opinions spoil the broth. Can't be arsed with it, I'd rather look at dog porn that boring, showy ramblings of people we don't care about.

Later numbers, to my ears anyway, seem to have a harder edge. Was it a conscientious decision to tone down your all "sweetness and light" image and add a bit of balls (no pun intended)?
I think when you realise you're in a band then you start to change your sound, or find it. It's not a conscious thing, but a magnetic maturity. It's like when you change you taste in men/women/cats/dogs

You initially were a foursome with even (heaven forbid) a boy on drums. However, lately you seem to be down to a duo. What gives?
Spinal tap moments and not even being that successful!!! Me and Mary are like two peas in a glittery, hung-over, shiny pod. We have a mutual understanding for trashing it up.

How did you first come to meet up and what prompted you to form a band?
University. Band stemmed through garage band on our MacBooks. The best bit of machinery EVER. Lots of bile spat out on programmed drumbeats. The fact that we could dress up and take photos for a reason was also most appealing.

You Facebook page lists many of your influences. If you had to narrow the considerable list down to a top 5 who would they be and why?
1. High heels
2. Eyeliner
3. Cheap Wine
4. Thighs
5. Suicide

You're not adverse to the odd cover version (Janie Jones, Safety Dance, Sappy) are there any other band's songs that you'd like to have a go at?
Frankie Teardrop- suicide


Rock music has historically been a male orientated industry. What problems do the fairer sex uniquely encounter and what can be done to make it a more even playing field?
Pregnancy and periods. And everyone should wear tampons as earrings.
If you're ugly, fat, or quiet it's ok to like women, that's not saying we're beautiful, I hate my reflection, whatever, but we try and dress up as much as the next rock star. Looking the part is essential. it can really go against you though. You get criticised badly. And blokes can get their knobs out on stage it's like 'LEDGE!', if we get our fannys out its like 'SLUT!' Whatever.

Obvious question, but what was it like to support the Manics in their hometown gig?
Fucking a! We got our thighs out!

In a very punk rock DIY way, you just put out a single "A-Bomb in White Heat", decorating each cover by hand. What was the idea behind this or did you just want to get the song out there?
Exactly that. We don't have money to have them made. Plus glittery looks fabulous when used correctly xxxxx


Are there plans for any further releases or gigs?
Yes future releases, gig wise we might do a few this space xxxx

So what does the future hold for PRIS and how will you take over the World?
Virgin upper class x x x

Finally. Anything you'd like to say to your adoring public?
Tell him that we'll be sending him a CD soon.

Love love and fruitcake xxxxxxxxxxxxPris

wers to questions...It's never about looking forward to it. Actually maybe I should change the
script, maybe we are looeir musicm the 3rd album?