(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #100: Noemi of Abjects

By on Monday, 29th February 2016 at 11:00 am

Ahead of SXSW in Austin in mid-March, just as we have in the past 2 years of our preview coverage of the big dance, we’ll be bringing you showcasing artists’ answers to a special SXSW 2016 flavoured set of Quickfire Questions. Today, we’ve got Noemi (guitars/vocals) of London girl group Abjects – profiled in our first SXSW-themed Bands to Watch for this year’s SXSW in January by our Rebecca – to answer the festival version of our questions for bands. Noemi’s definitely no shrinking violet, based on reading the hard-hitting song choices she has in her walk through her musical upbringing.

Describe your music / sound in three words. (We know, tricky…)
Loud, fast, fun.

What are you most looking forward to doing while you’re in Austin?
Drinking margaritas!

Of the bands who have already been announced, do you have any that are must-sees on your schedule? If yes, who are they and why?
PINS, Protomartyr, Bad Sports, Thee Oh Sees, Fat White Family, L7, The Moonlandingz… cause they’re all great!

Name something you’re packing in your suitcase that we might find unusual. (You are welcome to elaborate.)
Alka-Seltzers… best for hangovers.

If we happen to run into you in a bar, we’d like to buy you a drink. What is your tipple of choice?
A margarita!

What have you heard about the festival? Are you excited / anxious / scared / etc. and why?
We were a little overwhelmed at first, as we didn’t quite understand how it works as a fest. We talked to a few friends that have been before and tried to picture it out in our heads. We still not sure what’s going to the like, but we’re super excited and can’t wait to be there and play, play, play.

Now, let’s get into our usual list of Quickfire Questions…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Probably something by Alaska. I grew up in Spain and she had a children’s TV program called ‘La Bola de Cristal’ (The Crystal Ball) and had a lot of music on and some puppets called the electroduendes (the electro elfs) and La Bruja Averia (the breakdown witch), which had a really cool theme song.

What was your favourite song as a child?
It’s also Spanish. I remember I used to like a band called Mecano a lot.

What song makes you laugh?
‘The Ace of Spades’ by Motörhead.


What song makes you cry?
‘Long Was the Year’ by Broadcast.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
‘Death Valley 69’ by Sonic Youth.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
‘School’ by Nirvana.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘What a Way to Die’ by The Pleasure Seekers.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Holly Golightly.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Something creative. I’d probably be a designer.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
Redd Kross, ‘Born Innocent’, ’cause I think it’s perfection and I don’t ever get tired to listen to it.

Many thanks to the rockin’ Noemi for answering our questions!

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