This month at the Grace Emily, Juliette Seizure and the Tremor Dolls will be embarking on a four week residency and launching their debut album.
Hosting four amazing Grace Emily parties every Friday night over August will also see the six-piece bubble-punk band celebrate the release of Chewing Out Your Rhythm on My Bubblegum as part of Guitars in Bars Festival.
Front woman, Shannon, spoke with us about the residency, and how she started the band, which is now in its third year.
“I got the band together in 2013 because I’d been dreaming about starting something like the Shangri-Las or the Marvelettes but meaner. I wanted to play first wave punk kind of stuff but with the harmonies, matching outfits and synchronised dance moves of a 60s girl-group. Musically I’d say our debut album is most heavily inspired by the Zeros, Ramones, the Ronettes, the Muffs and Nobunny,” she says.
Chewing Out Your Rhythm on My Bubblegum is the band’s debut album, which Shannon says is also her debut at writing an entire record.
“I wrote the guts of each song and took pretty basic versions of them to the band for each member to add their parts. This is the first time I’ve released an album where I’ve written all of the songs. In other bands I had been able to hide in the comfort of nobody knowing which songs were mine and which were by other band members, but with Tremor-Dolls I feel much more exposed,” she says.
The feel-good, punk inspired fun of Juliette Seizure and the Tremor Dolls is truly something marvellous to behold in a live show, and is just as exciting on a their recordings.
From the debut album, Shannon says ‘You are That Good’ is normally her favourite track to play live, but may have been superseded due to recent events.
“I love playing ‘You are That Good’ live, but that might take second place to ‘Rock’n’Roll Babe’ soon because we’ve added an extra bit to that song for fans of Paul Collins’ Beat,” she says.
Other tracks to keep an ear out for when you go to the free live Tremor Doll gigs during August at the Grace Emily are a couple that Shannon feels quite connected to.
“On a Monday morning, I feel most connected to ‘Fed Up Runaway’ but I think any other time of the week it would probably be ‘Monster’, because that one feels like the fragile little runt of the litter. It’s the most vulnerable,” she says.
There are so many reasons to celebrate the launch of Juliette Seizure and the Tremor Dolls’ debut album during their residency, not least because it will be the last time you’ll see the group in their current incarnation.
“The residency will be our last four shows with our original line-up so I’m looking forward to making it a killer send off for our departing members,” Shannon says.
The Juliette Seizure and the Tremor Dolls party starts August 5 at Grace Emily Hotel and entry is free.
By Libby Parker