Blackburn rockers Sky Valley Mistress released their debut album, Faithless Rituals, in March. We ask singer Kayley Davies the BIG questions.
Tell us three things about yourself?
One question that gets asked a lot when you're in a band is how you got into music. My Mum is Deaf and my Dad is hard of hearing so I grew up listening to music in a different way. My earliest memory is of my Mum kneeling in front of the TV with her hand on the speaker watching TOTP and grooving to the music. Music was always more than listening, because watching and feeling the music were just as important. It's that side of music that my Mum loves and just because she can't hear doesn't mean she can't enjoy it. She comes to our shows to see a performance and recognises the songs from feeling the beat. That's why I'm an advocate for better disability accessibility in venues, and I think there's a lack of awareness that Deaf people should be considered when it comes to live music.
I think Halloween is better than Christmas; dogs are better company than humans; chips and dip is a valid meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner - and I was the girl who inspired Rick James to write Cold Blooded.
How would you describe your music?
It's like licking a battery whilst touching an electric fence: you're not sure why you did it; you don't regret it because you felt cool as ****. But now it's over your heart is beating a little too fast so you're kind of concerned. But the shock of the adrenaline rush has made you want to do it all again until your body feels like hot molten lava.
Who are your musical inspirations?
I'm into live music acts that push the boundaries and perform without giving a damn. I love Iggy Pop, The Cramps, Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath and absolutely anything Juliette Lewis does.
How have you been occupying yourself during the coronavirus lockdown?
I've been learning how to do things for myself like recording and filming and editing a music video. I'm definitely more interested in the playing and performing side of things more, but it's been fun trying new things.
What's your favourite song right now?
Right now I can't stop listening to Think About Things by Daði Freyr. It was Iceland's entry to the 2020 Eurovision that never was and it's a perfect example of Europop cheese that makes you want to wear a leather vest and head to the clubs of Berlin.
Favourite lyric of all time?
"The knot is tight on my blindfold, I got my flesh full of blood, I hate rock and roll, Some think too much then come too soon, I just curse the sun so I can howl at the moon." Queens of the Stone Age, You Got a Killer Scene There, Man
I think Josh Homme is one of the greatest songwriters. He has the ability to make any song sexy, funny, sad or straight up badass. He's the only person who can write, "I hate rock and roll" and get away with it.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would it be?
Always Queens of the Stone Age's You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire. When is there ever a bad time to listen to that record? Because this song feels like I'm about to be shot-out a human cannonball, and if I felt like that every day there wouldn't be **** that I didn't get done.
Where can people find your music/more information?