Brazil!!! I just love that place even though I’ve never been there. But I’ve had so many great metal moments. GIRLIE HELL being my latest. Answers by Carol Pasquali (drummer). ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-We’re the all female brazilian rock band GIRLIE HELL. We’re kicking some asses and having fun since 2008.
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-We wanted a name which would show what we are: a female rock band. We picked up some rock cliches and started mixing things. And as people says, rock is the davil’s music. So we though “this stage is our hell”. It took some time, but we figured it out.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of prog/rock/metal you play? What inspires you today?
-We listen to a very varied rock styles, but for TILL THE END (our new album) we absorbed a lot of Kittie, Deftones, L7, Crucified Barbara, Conquer Divine.
What came first; the band name or the sound? How did you settle on a sound?
-I guess nowadays we could say the name came first because at the very beginning we used to play a classic hard rock style and we’ve changed so much our sound and the band concept (and members!) that we are now a totally different band. So yes, name’s first.
Is digital killing the album format? Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I think digital is transforming the way new bands start their career but I wouldn’t say it’s “killing” the album format because an album is a full work. Every song has its meaning and importance to say the message the album is there for.
We’ve released some single tracks (“Winter”, 2013. “My best”, 2015) and it was very good as a transition between works, since we’ve changed so much over the years. It kind of linked our work, because if you put “Get Hard!” alongside “Hit And Run” you’ll notice a deep abyss between them. But then, if you put “Winter” in the middle, you’ll see it fills this gap.
What part does art work and lay out play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
.We’ve always put a big effort doing our artwork because we think it represent how our songs and ideas looks like. We have always worked with artists we admire and we just love each and every cover we haver. Even our singles have their own artwork. We do this specially for us. Is a way to define our work and complete it, because we believe that all kinds of art are connect, therefore it’s very important to have a “visual version” of our music.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote a cd? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Touring, word of mouth, paper ads etc?
-It totally changed the promotion but it is kind of saturated. So it’s still very important to make friends, play a lot and make the best out of every concert because, after all, that’s what a band it’s all about: live music. We try to do or best on social media but it is not the main way of promotion.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Sure! We’re now realizing what we have conquered. We’re one of the most active rock band from our state – and unfortunately the only all-female rock band in town for years. We’re also part of the national independent rock bands scene, which is getting bigger and bigger every year and, therefore, catching more and more attention. But internationally we still have no idea where we are. We still don’t know how people around the world get to know us. But it’s fun to see our music spreading.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We LOVE touring, meeting knew people and knew places. This last year was a downer for us because we were 100% focused in producing and releasing the new album and new stuff that is coming. But now we are working on touring and playing A LOT on 2016. Playing is the magical moment, where we get connected to the people who likes our music. There is nothing like gigging and headbanging as if everyone around are just one big pulsing heart.
What will the future bring?
-We’re about to release a unplugged DVD and planing two new music videos and as I’ve said, lots and lots of gigging. Maybe it will lead us to other parts of the world in a couple of years!
Bullas Attekita (singer/lead guitar),
Julia Stoppa (guitar),
Joyce War (bass),
Carol Pasquali (drums)