NHC GONZO DIV. MEETS THE REVERSE COWGIRLS w/ Kemosabe - C. T. Herron

There's always cause to be excited when Alaine Allison Walls and John Gordon are involved in a project. They've blown me away with the 'dirty funk rock and roll' of Pablo Eskimo and have kept us all entertained and enthralled with the positive rock and roll vibes and upbeat blues of the ever-expanding Well Happy Band. But I was yet to see them in their incarnation as the Reverse Cowgirls, providing their classic bass and drum combo alongside seasoned musician Hugh Mclachlan, cutting a cool figure as frontman that put me in mind of Tim Armstrong or Joe Strummer, (Hugh also fronts the legendary Bucky Rage) and fantastically skilled guitarist Stephen 'Caff' Cafferty tops off a well-rounded conglomeration of talented individuals.

To rectify this I headed down to McChuill's to see them support rockabilly rioters Twin Guns from NYC and to interview both bands. The Twin Guns interview can be found here http://www.newhellfireclub.co.uk/news/2017/10/16/nhc-gonzo-div-meets-the-twin-guns-from-nyc-c-t-herron

If you read that article ^ you'll know that Native-American-Indian-For-Hire Kemosabe materialised and sabotaged me with a little purple pill and it left me unable to focus on the questions I had composed in my notepad, and being forced to ad-lib an interview under the influence of this particular party prop proved almost too much, we did however, glean this from the dictaphone after the Reverse Cowgirls had stunned everyone with a storming set which made fans out of everyone who witnessed it...

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KEMOSABE – I was sitting in my house watching Strictly Come Dancing…

ALAINE – That’s a good way to start the interview…

KEMOSABE – Mr. Herron chief gonzo reporter microdoses LSD and I am…

CTH – Shut up! NHC Gonzo Division here with the Reverse Cowgirls [everyone cheers] And my first question is what is your favourite sexual position? [silence then nervous giggles from Kemosabe]

HUGH– I don’t have a sexual position

CTH – What about you? (to John)

JOHN – Straight up cowgirl

CTH – Not reverse?

KEMOSABE (imparts his ancient Native American wisdom) – Forward cowgirl

CTH – What’s yours? (to Alaine)

ALAINE – I reproduce asexually so I dunno what you’re talking about

CTH – With that out the way, what kind of themes do your songs revisit, what do you write about?

HUGH – Everything about us and everything we live

ALAINE – Our experiences

HUGH – Everything we hear and everything we feel and everything we do, and what we play and how we learned to play, all that...

CTH – Just letting it all out through the music?

HUGH - Emotions

ALAINE – Totally man

HUGH – It’s there without us having to even…

CTH – Cos’ don’t tell the Twin Guns I said this but I think you might have out-rocked them

KEMOSABE – I think the Reverse Cowgirls were better…

CTH – Kemosabe, you talk too much, you’re high, shhhhh

ALAINE – The good thing about the Twin Guns is they take their audience everywhere they go, they were really great

CTH – Yeah they were brilliant but you were still a hard act to follow. Would you describe your music as psychedelic?

HUGH – At times, I think people don’t realise the natural psychedelicness of their lives. Life in general is quite psychedelic and there’s a lot to be said about people that don’t take drugs

CTH – Espouse the notion that you can get a lot higher without drugs than with them, as in with meditation?

ALAINE – Being able to be present in the moment without having to be in an altered state of mind is a huge thing

KEMOSABE – It doesn’t have to be about the drugs

ALAINE – It shouldn’t be about the drugs

CTH – Would you ever describe your music as dark?

ALAINE – Have you heard Tombstone?

HUGH – It’s for anyone to interpret what they want really

ALAINE – You’re trying to interpret a little spark that comes into the studio and then you have four other sparks adding to the original spark

KEMOSABE – It’s very subjective

ALAINE – Yeah and everybody brings what they feel it is they want to into the songs

CTH – And everybody has their dark parts

ALAINE –  You can't have light without dark

KEMOSABE – I think the progression from the Broadcast gig to this one, which is what seven days, the progression is awesome

ALAINE – But it’s not even a progression…

HUGH – Every gig’s different

ALAINE – Yeah totally and it’s the crowd

KEMOSABE – I love you cunts! I love every time you play!

CTH – You love everyone. He’s materialised at every one of your gigs, but this is the first time I’ve seen youse’ and you guys were really fucking great! Okay, final question, you’ve supported some legends…

ALAINE – Yeah

CTH – Who were your highlights?

ALAINE – James Leg, husband number four! (lots of laughing)

HUGH – Kid Kongo Powers [The Cramps/The Gun Club/Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds]

ALAINE - King Khan, oh my god, we supported King Khan!

CTH - Are they...

ALAINE - Look up King Khan & The Shrines and then listen to the Well Happy album (chuckles), anyway, back to rock and roll, haha

KEMOSABE - The Well Happy album is stunning

CTH - Yes! Check out the Well Happy album (gonzo approved!). That was my final question, I better let you guys get away from us maniacs

ALAINE - Thankyou Chris

CTH - Thankyou very much Reverse Cowgirls! Gonzo Division and Kemosabe signing off!

Check out the Reverse Cowgirls for snotty, punk-laden grunge-blues, overlaid with crashing drums and grinding bass that meld together in a cacophony of glorious punk-rock-and-roll to a backdrop of immense feedback and psychedelic distortion. A talented band that pack a heavyweight punch in their energetic live shows. Follow them on their Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/thereversecowgirls/

Listen to their music here: https://thereversecowgirls.bandcamp.com/

And be sure to catch them live wherever you can, as in at their EP launch on the 3rd November at McChuill's, with support from The Kosher Pickles! And I'll seeya' in the pit with Kemosabe!!!

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CTH.