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On the Road with Alice Rose from Glitoris

What are you listening to on the road?

The hopeful absence of flat tyres. Low and Hiatus Kaiyote are faithful companeros.

Why did you choose Glitoris as a name?

The name Glitoris represents the celebration of the feminine, in all its powerful glittering glory. The fact we play covered in glitter is also a factor.

Tell us about what you stand for and a bit about the band?

We woke up one day tired of being the only women on stage in our bands, tired of being asked whether we were the girlfriends of band members, tired of people in our country being forgotten, tired of all the crap these people put up with on a daily basis. Then we realised we actually had heaps to yell about in a society that looks down on women yelling assertively. That's when it became fun.

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Is Glitoris a protest band modelled on the likes Pussy Riot?

No modelling. We respect Pussy Riot and all they went through, it would be unfair to say we are trying on their shoes. We love them, but let's be honest, they're a shit band. They're not even a band. They're an art collective that embraces punk aesthetics. When was the last time you heard anyone talk about their musicianship?

Is Glitoris a protest band?

Probably. Glitoris is 100 per cent for marginalised individuals, whether that's because of gender, sexuality, race or anything else. We're sick of watching this government treat Indigenous people, refugees and vulnerable people like shit. The only people who seem to matter in this country are white, high earning middle-class men. Everyone else can f--- off. Well, we're not f---ing off. We're right f---ing here screaming in your f---ing face.

Describe your sound?

Loud, distorted, convulsive, with pockets of melodic finesse.

Tell us something about where you grew up and how it influenced your sound?

Queanbeyan. Meat and three veg. That is what my guitar sounds like.

What's your earliest musical moment?

My mum would say during the days of colic. The earliest mimicking moments were Mariah Carey's Music Box, The Bodyguard soundtrack, Madonna Like a Prayer, Girlfriend, Queen, Pink Floyd, Mike Patton, everything, Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell II. I know.

How do you prepare for a gig?

​Sorbolene, glitter and hairspray.

What's your favourite post-gig pastime?

Showering.

What's the greatest thing you have seen on stage?

The three front rows ditching their shirts at our last gig.

What's your best piece of touring advice?

Muesli and a skipping rope. Be creative.

Who are your musical heroes?

Ernie's (Sesame Street song) I Don't Want to Live on the Moon gets me every time.

What's on your dream rider?

Tia Carrere.

Who would you most like to tour with?

The Aquabats. We would have cool Pool Parties.

What was your musical epiphany?

I'm still in therapy for that. Tool and The Teaparty were epic. Once my vocal range increased by an octave while touring through magical northern NSW.

What would you be doing if you weren't a musician?

We all do other things, where we pretend to be grown-ups. The children must never find out.

What is something we don't know about you?

When I was five, I peed on my baby brother in the sprinkler.

What does the future hold?

Releasing and touring our debut single, Disgrace. Festivals, hopefully.

GIG DETAILS

With: Snatch – the band and Jessie George

Where: ANU Bar, as part of Canberra Spring Out Festival

When: Friday, October 23, 8pm

Tickets: $15.85 from ticketek.com.au