rehearsal studio in Corsham Street behind DaCs HQ at Brunswick
House, four gorgeous, feisty young ladies transform themselves
into a mind-blowing all-girl hard rock group whose latest
single, Worthy, is about to storm up the charts. These are The
Group drummer, Gemma Clarke, told Call Sign: "Although we wouldn’t say no to the money the Spice Girls used to make, the music is what’s important to us!" Worthy has been playing on MTV and VH1 before even hitting the stores and is already a hot favourite!
The Suffrajets started out as an idea in the minds of two thirteen year old teenagers - Gemma and Alex. They had long fantasised about being in a band instead of doing schoolwork! But fantasies sometimes come true and at the age of 19 had signed up with Sony Records and recorded in Los Angeles with Mark Stein, Tim Bogert, Vince Martell and the man described by many as the world’s greatest drummer, Carmine Appice – together better known as Vanilla Fudge.
After becoming The Suffrajets, their two singles - Hold These Eyes and Distinction - received glowing reviews from the music press. Then the new formation took to the road and an ultra- hectic live schedule. The group’s Distinction video became a Scuzz TV favourite, being voted most requested video. In addition, the girls were voted 'top totty' by Scuzz viewers – and if you don’t know what that means, look at the photo and guess!
A Channel Four documentary - We Are The Suffrajets - followed them on the road and
(AND BRIAN RICE?)
ABOUT TO BLOW AWAY THE CHARTS!
captured the passion and enthusiasm the band had
music whilst exposing them to a whole new audience. Even legendary Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson became a fan of the band, booking them in for several sessions on his northern radio show.
Then, just as things looked to be taking off, the band suffered a major tour bus accident on the M25 that saw them nursing several broken bones. Soon after, Gemma left to join Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles, playing to huge crowds and attracting media interest. But she missed The Suffrajets and as soon as they were back in one piece, she returned!
Gemma said: "People sometimes look at us strangely, perhaps expecting a real girlie - girlie band. But when they've seen us, they'll usually come back up to us and tell us we’re pretty cool! But hey, we just do what we do and we are what we are!"
Call Sign spoke to the group’s manager, Graham Clarke who
told us that he had not seen such a
hard-working girl band before.
"In addition," he said, "they are great kids – no drugs or anything like that. Ok, the occasional drink perhaps," he said with a smile! Gemma confirmed their no-drugs policy. "They make you look funny," she told us.
Speaking to the girls, their friendliness and willingness to pose for a Call Sign photo shoot or just talk to a magazine that they knew hardly had a huge circulation, impressed us. Perhaps it was the honour of being photographed with Chairman Brian Rice (see cover shot)! We think they’ll go far.
Brian told Call Sign: "They are really nice girls who look as though they have the ambition and talent to go a long way. If ever they want a taxi, they know where to come…!"
The group’s line-up in the cover photo (L – R):
Alex Gillings (rhythm guitar / vocals), Vicky Kingston (bass guitar), Gemma Clarke (drums - helped by Brian Rice who held her stick) and Claire Wakeman (lead guitar / Vocals).
HOT STUFF AT LONDON WALL!
Whilst Call Sign
was away on its summer break, a large fire broke
out at London Wall closing not just that major
through-route, but also Moorgate and St Martins
The driver that took the photos for Call Sign told us that he was there before the fire brigade had arrived and that as his passenger was in a hurry (!!!), he drove through the thick black clouds.
"You couldn’t see ahead of you," the driver said. "It was like driving into the abyss, even though were through it fairly quickly. But do you know that when the passenger got out, he complained that I should have had air-con fitted in the rear compartment because the smoke smelled awful! That’s what you call gratitude!"
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