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Calva Louise

Calva Louise

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.”

Before signing to ModernSky UK in 2018, the band had toured the UK with Spring King. Shortly after signing to the label Calva Louise embarked on their first headline tour in partnership with This Feeling.

2018 will see the band release a handful of singles, a debut album, and tour for the rest of the year.

21 April – THE GREEN DOOR STORE – BRIGHTON
01 May – NIGHT PEOPLE – MANCHESTER
02 May – STEREO – GLASGOW
05 May – SOUND CITY – LIVERPOOL
06 May – STAG AND DAGGER – GLASGOW
08 May – 229 – LONDON
17 May – ALT ESCAPE – BRIGHTON
31 May – GOOD KARMA CLUB – LONDON
As well as receiving praise from BBC Introducing’s Abbie McCarthy on BBC Radio One, and Tom Robinson on BBC Radio 6 Music, previous release, ‘Getting Closer’,  featured on Dork Magazine.
Dork said: “A charmingly off-kilter number that features both captivating pop hooks and riotous guitars, it’s about the pains of growing up – and probably unlike anything else you’ll hear today.”
DIY Magazine also said: “Not only are they near-impossibly tight while taking most of their cues from fast-tempo US punk (think Dead Kennedys rather than Ramones), frontwoman Jess Allanic’s surf-rock guitar solos are pin-precise.”
Whilst The Metro stated: “It is beyond us why Calva Louise haven’t already been given the award for being one of the most exciting bands in the UK right now.”
The 405 also mused: “I’m buying stock in this band immediately.”

 

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