Bryde is used to being compared to certain Alt. Rock acts of the nineties – namely, PJ Harvey and Smashing Pumpkins. So, with that in mind – and to accompany the live session of her Grunge-y new single ‘Less’ – Spindle caught up with her to discuss the acts that influenced her formative years as a songwriter – the acts, she says, you NEED to acquaint yourself with (if you’re too young to have known them the first time around).
PJ Harvey! ‘Rid of Me’ is what I’ve aspired to ever since I first heard it – it’s so visceral. Also check out ‘Dress’, ‘Down By the Water’, ’50 Ft Queenie’, ‘Joe’ and ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’.
One of my favourites next – tell us how you discovered Tori Amos..
I bought a cassette of her third album, Boys for Pele, during my school French exchange, and it literally changed my life! Then I discovered ‘Crucify’ – the first track from her debut album..
That’s my favourite Tori song too! Alongside ‘Northern Lad’.. But tell us about L7 – ‘Pretend We’re Dead’..
Well, if you haven’t heard about the time Donita Sparks pulled out a used tampon and threw it into the crowd at Reading Festival (in 1992), you have now. Enough said.
Nice! ..Some Riot grrrl next?
Yeah, Bikini Kill! Before Dream Wife, there was Kathleen Hanna. But if, like me, you were too young to fully embrace the Riot grrrl movement at the time, dive into a Bikini Kill album immediately. ‘Double Dare Ya’.
En Vogue. Classic. Why ‘Don’t Let Go (Love)’?
I can’t help but sing my heart out every time I hear it! Before Destiny’s Child, and before Spice Girls, there was En Vogue.
Over halfway through – which brings us to Alanis – ‘Forgiven’..
If you need to ask why Alanis is on this list, go and watch her sing ‘You Oughta Know‘ (Hyde Park, 1996) with Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins on drums! When I was much younger, I thought I’d never be a singer because I couldn’t sing as high as Alanis. So every time my parents went out, I’d try and sing along to Jagged Little Pill – I think it was quite painful for the neighbours!
Four left – who’s next?
Hole – ‘Doll Parts’. I remember jumping on my bed to it! I thought Courtney Love was so cool, because she went to fancy LA parties with chipped nail varnish! My first-ever band learnt ‘Celebrity Skin’ and played it three times at one gig.
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. I loved that album. ‘Ex-Factor’ will always be a classic.
And next, ‘Stupid Girl’ (not you)..
Ha ha. Yeah, Garbage. Shirley Manson was a HUGE icon for aspiring female musicians. I was SO close to seeing them for the first time last year, but I guess I’ll have to wait a bit longer..
And finally, Miss Guðmundsdóttir herself!
Ah, Björk! She’s a genius, in my opinion. Not only is she one of the world’s best producers, but she captures human emotion like no one else. And she’s been making music for over forty years. I bought the CD single of ‘Hyperballad’ and listened to it a million times. Vespertine (2001) is one of my top five albums of all time.
Awesome! Thanks so much Bryde – it’s a great list! So where and when can we see you play in the next few months?
I start a UK tour on April 19th at The Camden Assembly – please come! I’m also playing the Saturday of Brighton’s The Great Escape. Can’t wait!
- Zoë Ellen Bryant is a Music Supervisor and champion of female vocalists. Follow her on Spotify to see what she’s listening to.