One part Venezuelan, one part Māori and another part English, Calva Louise come from London via France.
The grunge trio made up of Jess Allanic on guitar and vocals, Alizon Taho on bass and vocals, and Ben Parker on drums and vocals, started out when Alizon and Jess met in their French high school.
After leaving France, Jess and Alizon spent most of their time moving from hostel to hostel in London whilst trying to find permanent accommodation. Between looking for a place to stay the band would go to gigs, and it was upon seeing Slaves in London’s Scala that it all started to fit in to place.
Upon meeting a band called Wonk Unit, Jess and Alizon’s band were invited on tour with Spring King. After playing London’s punk scene relentlessly, both Jess and Alizon stumbled upon Ben playing in his band at the time.
Originally they thought it would be fun to simply get in a room and do some demoes. After finding one another to be a good fit musically, Calva Louise was born.
Once Calva Louise became a band, everything started happening quite quickly. Their manager found them via their producer, Margo Broom (Fat White Family, Goat Girl). Since then, the band have had strong support from Flying Vinyl releasing an exclusive press of both singles, ‘I’m Gonna Do Well’, and, ‘Getting Closer’. The band have also had strong support from This Feeling.
Front woman, Jess Allanic, said: “Calva Louise is a kind of mix of influences and cultures since we all grew up in different countries and continents. Although a barrier is still there, not because of a lack of knowledge of the English language, but because we try to translate the feelings we’ve experienced growing up elsewhere, we try to convey them through our songs.”
February 2019 saw the band release their debut album ‘Rhinoceros’ before embarking on a 15 date European Tour.