When you ask the Nova Twins, the bad-ass Black punk rock duo about their experiences as a female-fronted band in a male-dominated genre, the answer may surprise you. “Male lead?” the two scoff. “Women run the show!”
The natural-haired raconteurs’ rise to prominence in England was accompanied by a do-it-yourself ethos, a style attributed to punk culture which scoffs at rampant materialism and commercialism. Their breakout hit, “Bassline Bitch,” is a testament to grime’s influence on their sonic sound. The song’s visual is a throwback to the golden days of punk, in which the ladies appear in a grainy, black-and-white video.
“‘Bassline Bitch’ was DIY all the way, the video spontaneously happened in our lunch break when we were recording in the studio,” says Georgia in an interview the band conducted with the UK’s Missguided.
“All our videos are DIY or done on a next to nothing budget. We literally had a little party with all our close friends for our second video, ‘Hitlist’,” Amy adds. “We supplied them with all free booze (that’s where the budget went) so they would come out of their houses on a Monday night! There were mostly girls in the video and a few of our favorite boys, but the only girl scenes were insane. We chanted and screamed at the top of our lungs, the energy and atmosphere was electric. Everyone let go of their inhibitions and really went for it. It was liberating and nice to see people just having a laugh, being themselves.”
Nova Twins enjoy playing at smaller venues, as they understand that a more intimate setting allows them to get their audience, developing a deeper rapport. The two recently played at UK’s underground punk show Wonkfest as opening acts for punk peers Kate Nash and Koko Camden.
The duo interweaves fashion into their grime-punk aesthetic, alluding to their own political inclinations as a group. “We’re never the victim,” Georgia emphasizes. Amy echoes her philosophy.”We’re super heavy, but always futuristic lyrics that aren’t about love. The sonic attack is really the message mixed with a powerful woman stance.”
“We take each day as it comes, hopefully we’ll land on the moon,” adds Amy. Georgia replies in full agreement, “Anything’s possible. 2016 is still full of surprises.”