London-based DIY pop-queens I,Doris released some banging mummycore today! We caught up with them to promo their latest video & see what the Dori’ is all about!
💖 Tell us about I, Doris, what makes the Dori’ tick?
We are Doris, Doris, Doris & Doris.
We’re driven by a love of pop music, a fundamental mistrust of the patriarchy & the need to spread the good message that getting older is actually a whole lot of fun.
💖 What is a Doris?
Her over there! The anonymous shape down your street, indoors, on the bus, at the checkout, behind the bar …
💖 How can someone recognise a Doris?
These particular Dori wear fetching tabbards with our names on, so you don’t forget them.
💖 Tell us about the I,Doris oath.
Doris wrote it on a napkin one night & she’s been meaning to update it but who’s got time for that?!
It’s always good to begin a gig with a ritual, Doris says anyway, but, to be fair, it’s a really good oath, & the audiences do seem to like chanting it with us.
Here’s the words:
I, Doris swear that I shall be a friend to my fellow Dorisses.
I shall give up my seat on the bus for a Doris who needs it more than I do.
I shall help a Doris struggling to get a pram up a flight of stairs.
I shall use my voice to amplify the voices of my fellow Dorisses.
I shall not covet neither another Doris’ bloke, nor another Doris’ Doris.
I shall not be a false friend to my fellow Doris.
This is the pledge of Doris.
💖 Are there any parts of the oath that are more crucial than others?
It’s all crucial! Especially the bits on buses!
Public transport etiquette is a very good measure of a society’s moral health. She’s not conducted a *very* thorough investigation into this, but Doris is pretty damn sure that there’s a marked increase in transport transgression (e.g. able-bodied people sitting in priority seats, bag-on-seating, escalator standing-on-the-leftism, & not saying “cheers drive” to the driver upon alighting) under a Conservative government.
Austerity fractures socials groups & pits communities against each other. Those tory fuckers want us scrapping over chairs. So, if you can, stand the fuck up, & be a good neighbour. Caring more about other people’s wellbeing than our own is – but shouldn’t be – a radical act of defiance.
& Dorisses have been doing it since time immemorial.
Austerity fractures socials groups & pits communities against each other. Those tory fuckers want us scrapping over chairs. Caring more about other people’s wellbeing than our own is – but shouldn’t be – a radical act of defiance.
💖 What happens if a Doris breaks the oath?
We’re not monitoring or anything . . . no Hand of Doris will strike you down.
I guess that person just isn’t a Doris any more – & that’s their loss, because it’s the best thing to be!
💖 What happens if a Doris denounces Dorishood?
That’s giving this a whole lot more thought than we have given it tbh 😂 . . . we just like being Doris & you can too if you want 🙂
💖 What are your plans for future Doris recruitment?
On-stage Doris recruitment?!
The band is expanding in numbers all the time, which is BRILLIANT!
We’re all really busy Dorisses, with jobs & kiddies & other bands & whatnot to attend to, so in order to play all the gigs we want to play we are starting to develop a rolling lineup of Dorisses.
We recently put out a call for some additional drumming Dorisses, & we have a couple who will hopefully join the Doris clan next year!
💖 Where can we find I,Doris online?
💖 Tell us about the video! What was the concept behind it?
The video was filmed in Brooklyn earlier this year, when we went over to play the launch of LOUD WOMEN New York!
We shot a bunch of it on the roof of our AirBnb building, & Doris took a ridiculous amount of footage through the windows of taxis & subways!
Some of us are starting to wonder if she might not be a little be obsessed with public transport. Anyway . . .
We’re all jolly impressed we managed to lip-sync to the song perfectly in time, 8 months before we actually stepped into a studio to record the track!
💖 What 1 thing do you wish for the most in 2020?
Different answers from different Dorisses here:
for all dorisses to be happy & get equal pay & rights 🙌
an abundance of biodegradable glitter for all
DORIS NOT BORIS!!!!!
💖 What 1 thing do you want all aspiring Dori’ to know?
You’re doing fine x
💖 What’s next for I,Doris?
We’re ending the year with Christmas gigs in Southend on 13 Dec & the LOUD WOMEN Christmas Party on 14 Dec at the Hope & Anchor – come!
After the release of ‘Just Some Doris’, we’ve got another exciting single lined up to be released, with a bonkers video we’re working on at the moment!
We’ve got lots of festivals lined up for next year already, & another trip to USA in the works. Who knows what else!