If you had to describe your music/style in a sentence, what would you say?
“A bit too pissy for me” – Esme’s mum
How did you get into music?
Dom: I grew up around punk music and have been in bands since I was a kid, so it just happened organically.
Esme: I personally have no musical talent. The band started off last year as three girls who met through our ex-boyfriends; we split up with the lads and created Piss Kitti. I guess it’s just a product of that bonding experience. We used to practise in my tiny flat… but then we met our guitarist Dom one night and that’s when it all kicked off.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
Dom: Hearing songs like Complete Control and Janie Jones by The Clash were always poignant influences for me.
Esme: Lyrically, I’m very inspired by Syd Barrett and Daniel Johnston, that kind of childish storytelling, diary entry vibe. I also like how neither of them can actually sing, it makes me feel better about myself. I’m not a poet; I’m not a singer.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform? What does it say about you?
Esme: My favourite song of ours to perform is Watch Ur Mouth. I get to mince around on stage being all angry and snotty.
Dom: Feeling Badly.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
Esme: The thing I enjoy most about the band is that I don’t feel like we take ourselves that seriously. Most of the lyrics are just little rhymes that I’ve jotted down in my phone. I’ll show them to Dom and he’ll jam out a stanky riff that always seems to understand my words.
Dom: Esme’s voice and her lyrics are what really inspires me when I’m coming up with the music.
If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
Dom: I got introduced to Parquet Courts’ music recently – I don’t think we’d be out of place supporting them.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve performed in?
Esme: The best gig in town is Drop The Dumbulls, I knew it was my favourite venue when I weed on the Queen’s face in the loos. Very on brand.
Why is music important to you?
Esme: It’s not, really. I’m primarily a visual artist so never imagined I’d be in a band. My mum doesn’t believe that I’m a vocalist or that people like Piss Kitti.
Dom: I think hearing the right band at the right time can really help you figure out who you are.
Piss Kitti’s six-track demo cassette is out now via Sasstone Records.