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Franklin Fest 2016 - Pre Festival Interview - The Brutes

The Brutes will be kicking off the Franklin Fest on Friday evening with their very own brand of pebbles-y garage punk. I had chat a brief chat with Beauregarde Nanker-Phelge (yes, really) and asked for the low down...  

Debbie: Who are The Brutes?

The Brutes are Highpockets Von Widdling on guitar & (mostly) backing vocals;  myself on bass & (mostly) lead vocals; and Heinrich Mitt-Schticks on thumping. We're just out of hibernation - our opening slot on the Friday of Franklin fest will be our first gig of the year - we've been a bit busy of late with our other projects such as lucrative covert arms trading (Heinrich), hugging puppies & kittens (Highpockets), and shouting at random strangers (me) amongst other "things".
Debbie: ...mmmmm... and where can we catch you after the festival?
Next gig after Franklinfest for us shall be at a garage punk all-dayer at Broadcast, Glasgow on Sunday 11th July (no line-up details at the moment); and we should be playing Glasgow's Merchant City Music Festival again (seeing as they've used a few seconds footage of us in their new promo video!).
Debbie: What would you say to those who haven't been to the phenomena that is The Franklin before?
You should come see us at The Franklin Fest because we're the first band on the Friday and you'll get more drinking time in if you're there for our set ...and the booze is real cheap there!!!
Debbie: What are you looking forward to the most Beauregarde?

I am most looking forward to getting the opportunity of screaming at random strangers, as well as the cheap booze and its effect on the patrons!

Debbie: I'll bring my camera.

Catch The Brutes along with Les Grys Grys, The Courettes and The Gastronauts on Friday 24th June, that's this Friday, as in tomorrow! Get you skates on. Tickets for the weekend can be purchased here: Tickets Scotland Tickets are £20.00 for Friday or Saturday evenings + £5.00 for Saturday Pm at Leith Depot or £35.00 for the whole weekend (Friday & Saturday evening + Saturday afternoon)! Cheap as chips!


Franklin Fest 2016 - Pre Festival Interview - The Courettes

In the run up to this years Franklin Fest in Edinburgh, our very own Girl in the Garage @ Muso's Guide will be profiling some of the acts taking part, as well as chatting to the organisers and DJ's (or at least the one's who replied to my questions!).   

First up are Brazilian and Danish garage rock duo - The Courettes, who will be playing on Friday 24th June (that's a week on Friday already!) before hot-footing it down to the Big Smoke to play at the Weirdsville club night with Les Darlings on Saturday 25th. 

Daringly describing themselves as 'A blast of Jungle wildness & Scandinavian rock 'n' roll! and ‘Riot grrrl in the garage’. Let me introduce to you Flavia Couri on atomic fuzz guitar and screaming raw vocals, and ‘Beat! Beat! Beat! man’ Martin Couri on loud as hell drums. They are one of the busiest bands on the scene. Juggling gigs and family life, is just a walk in the park... 

Debbie: What are you guys up to at the moment in terms of gigs/releases?

The Courettes will bring the brand new single 'Boom! Dynamite!' + B-side killer 'T-C-H-A-U' recorded at Toe Rag Studios and produced by Liam Watson. And for those who still don't have we're also bringing our debut album Here are The Courettes, released in 2015. Still unreleased split 7' 'Hoodoo Ho' by The Courettes + 'Big Butt Bonnie' by Powersolo is also in our suitcase.

We played this year at The Cosmic Trip Festival in France, the Garageville in Germany, the SPOT Festival in Denmark - from where we got a great review by Rolling Stone's David Fricke  - and we are gonna be at Gutter Island Festival in Denmark and the great Franklin Fest in Scotland. We have one more show in the UK the 25th in London at Weirdsville.

Debbie: For those not in the know, would you like to tell our readers a bit about yourselves? 

The Courettes' history is full of interesting facts! It all began 10.000 km apart. Flavia (from Brazil) met Martin (from Denmark) on a tour in Brazil in 2013 with our former bands and fell in love. Now together in life and music, we are The Courettes! In February this year, two became three with the arrival of our baby boy Lennon (Debbie: sweeet!! congratulations!!). The very day after his birth, we played a show! We went straight from the hospital to the soundcheck. We're always up to some full-speed garage madness!

Debbie: Love it. Why should we come and see you play at the Franklin Fest (if the above is not reason enough!)?

You should come and see us play at the Franklin Fest if you're up to some wild fuzz guitars, go-go rhythms and riot grrrrl from Ipanema screaming! And I bet you never saw a half Danish half Brazilian band before, huh?

Debbie: You've sold me. What you are looking forward to the most about playing at the Franklin Fest?

We are really looking forward to play in Scotland for the first time! And also to play with so many cool bands, it's really a great line up!

We can't disagree with that. Thank you so much to Flavia and Martin for taking the time out to chat to Muso's Guide.

Links for tickets to the Franklin Fest can be purchased here:




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