Scoundrel are big on t-shirts, free food and riffs, lots of big riffs. The SoapGirls are less interested in wearing clothes at all but have an equal interest in riffs, their’s are spikier however which coincides with their lyrics and general outlook on life. Prepare to be flattened by Scoundrel or skewered by The SoapGirls at the Camden Rock Festival in June, here’s why..
When did your relationship with Camden start?
(TSG) As young girls street performing in cape Town South Africa we met people from all over the world and were fascinated by the amazing stories and fashion of the people from Camden ,we knew we had to go , where else in the world will you find another place where people’s uniqueness is embraced and celebrated.
(S) When I was a kid I used to go to Camden and we treated it like a real exciting day out, I had a collection of novelty T-Shirts bought exclusively from the markets…
Have you played in Camden before?
(TSG) Yeah we played at the Unicorn Club in Camden , we’ll never forget Millie’s outfit was left behind and we didn’t really know what to do luckily some kind souls we met in the bathroom swapped clothes and we built an outfit together in the bathroom and ended up having a complete pre show party in there it was GREAT!!
(S) We’ve played in Camden loads, especially quite recently, and there’s always a great crowd and a good mix of people. Our favourite venue so for would probably be Proud because of the stripper poles (unclear whether these are local installations or people from Poland – GIGsoup).
What was your reaction when you knew you would be playing there this year?
(TSG) We jumped up screaming with joy and ended up headbutting each other in our excitement lol
(S) I screamed passionately into the night’s sky.
From the announcement of bands so far who are you looking forward to seeing and who would you hope may yet make it on?
(TSG) We’re obviously excited about The Damned and we are really looking forward to The Kut!! We would dig to see Paranoid Visions and The Mis-Made that would be epic!
(S) VERY VERY excited to see Feeder, always wanted to see them, only ever heard one tune by Royal Republic but I really liked it so definitely gonna check them out. Also, the legendary King Blues, Hands Off Gretel who we met recently at Proud, really nice bunch, and Blackwaters who we’ve played with a couple of times. Oh and MOSES !
Have you been to Camden Market, what did you buy?
(TSG) We’ve never had the chance to unfortunately, but what about ‘fuck yeah lingerie’, the corsets there look amazing (well everything does).
(S) As I mentioned earlier, a lot of stupid T-shirts. Oh and bang bang chicken. Our singer works in KERB market at Fundi Pizza so we tend to just mooch free food off of him most of the time.
Which Camden venue is the best to play at?
(TSG) The unicorn club great magical energy the crowd were amazing
(S) Proud and also Camden Assembly, got a lot of love for both of those places.
Did you know that The Worlds End pub was built on the site of a witch’s house, directly opposite the local gibbet, do you know any Camden trivia?
(TSG) No we never knew that although we were aware that its steeped in history and that jumping castles were invented in Camden. We are certainly going to take some time out to research the history of Camden. (GIGsoup has no idea what jumping castles are – anybody?)
(S) The bang bang chicken guys have moved location and upped their prices 🙁 Not trivia just sad.
Why should I as a gig goer make an effort to see you guys at Camden this year?
(S) Because we’re the best live band in London.
(TSG) Have you ever seen a pig give birth to a unicorn? Well lets just say you’re gonna want to be there.
Mythical animal husbandry aside its a dead cert that any Soap Girls show will be an event worth seeing and as for Scoundrel, the fact that you now know where to try to get free pizza has to be worth something, so go and see if they are indeed the best band in London. Oh, and take them some Bang Bang chicken too..and please someone, ‘jumping castles?’