“Our idea of fun is to make spaces where everyone feels supported, loved, & safe.
No one needs to go in a box with a label on it, no one needs to be treated as ‘less than’ – that’s no fun for anyone. “
We need to use our loneliness to propel us to create a world in which everyone is supported. I know how tough it is to feel like you are alone & without any gifts to offer, but by the virtue of simply being you, I can assure you that you are needed in this world.
‘Real Friends’ is about just that: distinguishing genuine & long-standing friendships from ephemeral/seasonal companionships.
& given the current global situation which is forcing each & every one of us to sit down with ourselves & reassess our priorities & relationships of all kinds, that is quite topical.
My influence in life is probably my dog Luther because he’s just a really safe geezer & he’s really cool & he’s kind of taught me that you don’t need attention all the time. So he’s a cool guy, I like my dog. My dog is my influence in life.
Indeed, it can be easy for us in these times to lose our cool and feel like everything that’s evil is closing in on us. Ġenn are here to remind us that we can feel powerful, turn the other cheek and keep on going no matter what. ‘We aint’ gonna stop ’cause you told us’.
‘So many illnesses, unhappiness, fear, anxiety & feelings of unworthiness can be traced back to money, wealth, status & power. Breathwork is coming home. It’s connecting to your body. & above all else it reminds you what matters most in your life’. We caught up with Regina to talk well-being in the world today.
‘You are not to blame. You do not have to handle things on your own. & if you’ve been through something more than once it’s not because you’re ‘crazy’ it’s because the world is fucked. & you can be a part of the change that so badly needs to happen.’
I love the idea of creating a supportive community with like minded others. When you go to a Cigarette Pie event you’re coming out of it with new friends, networking with the other bands, artists, creators etc & just generally widening your place in the scene.
In many ways musicians working at grassroots levels are even more vulnerable to abuse than those who have industry support & money following them . . . LOUD WOMEN talks about ‘womxn-led or female-powered’ bands, & we’re about supporting musicians not objectifying them.
Many consumers believe that big business is the cause of all ethical trade issues, & that not enough is being done to improve practices. But that doesn’t by proxy mean that small or local businesses are good, & that conditions within their supply chain are perfect.
Hendricks is living proof that there is glitter at the end of the tunnel & we must say there’s a lot more to the fire inside this album than meets the eye. Young Enough is the ringing truth that silence is over.
“But, activist euphoria aside, what does having a picture of a worker from Bangladesh delivered almost directly to my DMs really do for me as a consumer? How will it really impact my day to day purchasing practices?”
“Amyl and the Sniffers issue a much-needed pick me up positivity vibe to the punk scene but not in a sugary sweet cheerleader Dream Nails kind of way – both have their place, but Amyl is not for the light hearted”
“All it took was a couple of IG stories to have me assured that this zine would speak to me heavily on a feminist level, but what I didn’t expect was the echoes of nostalgia & affirmation that spoke to me on every level of my experience as a woman.”