ROCK GODDESS is a classic NWOBHM band that really didn’t realize its full potential back in the 80s. Hopefully they’ll do so now in the 10s. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You reformed in 2013 if I’m right. What is it like to come back after such a long hiatus? What is different today and what is still the same?
JODY: It’s like nothing had changed!! It took us a while to get back into our stride as we hadn’t played together for so long but the chemistry was there from the start.
JULIE: Having been away for so long I feel very grateful to be accepted back. We have had so much love and support it’s overwhelming. There really isn’t that much difference coming back after our time out except when we started in the seventies we were a part of only a handful of girl groups and in the very early days of us gigging there were some surprised looks on people’s faces when we walked into some pubs and clubs with our gear and start setting up!I People soon too us seriously and thankfully its different now.
I was there in the 80s. I bought your records but then it all stopped. What happened? Why did ROCK GODDESS not become one of the great bands of the NWOBHM era, like Saxon or Iron Maiden?
JODY: Good question!! Well after Tracey left we got another bass player in, Dee [O’Malley]. After a few years, on the brink of going to the US, Dee decided to stop to have her child, her lovely daughter. So that was a spanner in the works for sure! We then formed with a new bass player and keyboard player. That was good fun and I have since had contact with the lovely Julia [Longman] who played bass then. But it fizzed out. I then did a solo thing and afterwards took a break…I didn’t realise it was going to be such a long one!
JULIE: Maybe we would being bigger if we had stayed together who knows, but it feels great this time around and no regrets. Everything happens for a reason.
You have a new EP out now. Why only an EP? What is it that you want to achieve with this release?
JODY: Our priority now is an album. But we wanted to get something out in the interim. A taster if you like. We wanted to show people what we are about now, what our flavour is.
JULIE: As proud of our past that we are, we wanted to show people that we are a current band and have great new songs and also our fans had waited long enough!!
There are plenty of fans that remember you from the 80s. What is it like to know that whatever happens now you have left a mark on heavy metal history forever? What is it like to still have fans that remembers you 30 odd years later? Is it obvious that you can pick up where you left off when you start anew?
JODY: It’s awesome. What a wonderful history to be part of. We are so blown away by the passion and love people show us. It really is very moving. And the fact we have just picked up again after so many years and our fans have supported us across the decades is mind blowing.
JULIE: I am so proud to be a part of the NWOBHM history, and yes people do come to our gigs with original vinyl and posters to sign and they tell us their stories about where they saw us in the 80’s,on what tour and with whom. It’s very moving. Their memories are our memories too.
Back in the days it was tape trading that was killing the music business. To me that was never really a threat, not like illegal downloading is today. How irritating is it to you as a band that there are people (I would not call them fans) that wants your music for free?
JODY: Well obviously it costs money to make a record as it does a pair of shoes. I don’t expect to go into a shop and take a pair of shoes for nothing. It’s a product like anything else. Pay for it.
When you come back from a major hiatus/break up like you have done how much do you bring with you from the past and how much of what has happened in the last 30 years do you take in?
JODY: Well as in all aspects of life your experiences mould and change you as you go. Consciously or unconsciously. To be honest we will clearly be different people now but with regards to RG we have the same energy and vibe as we did 30 years ago. Some things just don’t change
JULIE: Our past experiences are obviously important and we draw from them with every interview and gig we do, but we don’t live in the past, we have to much new and exciting stuff happening!
We’ve seen a change in how the live scene looks today. We see more and more smaller places changing from live music to something else. And we also see how festivals are taking over the live scene in the summer. What is it like to be a gigging band today?
JODY: Well it’s upsetting to see live venues turn into cafes or whatever. Years ago every pub had a band on. That was the norm. I do miss that. Also how do new bands get a chance to play and learn their craft? It really is a shame. We are really enjoying the festival scene. It’s summer and the beer is flowing and there are multiple metal bands playing. What’s not to like?!?!
JULIE: We only played one festival in the 80’s which was Reading festival, this time it’s the majority of what we do and they are very exciting. You have to be organised and on your toes, its quick change overs and very quick setups and its always cool to meet the other bands.
Your third album “Young And Free” (which seems impossible to track down on LP today) was only released in France. Why? That annoyed the hell outta me back in 1987. Will we see your classic albums rereleased on CD?
– The girl’s can’t recall why that was. As for the CDs, that’s something we are investigating at the moment. The debut album was licensed to Cherry Red from Universal, but this is something I am looking into. And of course I’m looking into other business areas for them ‘from the past’. (Answered by their manager- AE)
What does the future hold?
JODY: it’s all about making the album now and then getting out there and getting into new territories such as North / South America and Japan to name a few. Of course more gigs in Europe goes without saying! Just try and keep us away
JULIE: Jody has written some killer new songs and we want to record and release an album as soon as we can.