10th April, 2003
OK, yes, so you may have noticed that this website hasn't been updated in a really, really long time. That's because the Lollies officially broke up at midnight, 10th April, 2003. Kate got what she always wanted for her birthday, a new band: The Electric Bubblegum Arkestra. Matthew has returned to school in Winnipeg, Manitoba and is studying Biology. Rachel has moved to LA and is now in the film industry. Jane continues to work on her house.
16th March, 2003
The Lollies were invited to support childhood guitar heroes, The Bangles, on their UK Reunion tour.
30th November, 2002
Well, the "Unfeasible Ass Tour" was a roaring success - especially big shoutouts to Sam Tasty, Kovolchy, Hendricks and Angela in Birmingham, and James from Kendall in Exeter. The Lollies finally visited the fabled VALE OF CHEESE (OK, the Cheddar Gorge) and gorged themselves on cheese and cider (weeeiiiird dreams for everyone that night) and succeeded in breaking Bod's brain by talking about nothing but the Simpsons and Julian Casablancas' ass for six hours straight. They'll be taking a brief break so Matthew can visit friends and family in North America, and Kate can move (finally getting the funk out of Hoxton, woo!) but there are more gigs coming up in December, so keep an eye out.
22nd October, 2002
A special treat for those of you that live in Wales... Kate has recorded a radio interview with Phil Olyott which will be broadcast on Radio Ceredigion (96.6, 97.4, 103.3 FM) at 9pm on Friday, 25th October.
15th October, 2002
It's hard to believe, but it's only two weeks until the Lollies' album launch party! In the meanwhile, advance reviews have been rolling in. Check the press page for details! We've heard that tracks have been featured on radio shows in places as far away as Italy and Scotland, but we've yet to actually catch any ourselves. (Actually buying a radio might help on that score.) The tour has been firmed up, check gigs for details.
And in other fun news, Flavah of the Week is finally coming true, and The Lollies have licensed their first track to a TV show - the Canadian cartoon Boystuff/Girlstuff Episode Four will feature "Call The Girls".
Oh, and we finally got around to updating our bio!
20th September, 2002
Astonishingly enough, I've actually had a go at updating the press page. It's only a fraction of the actual press we've had, but that's the stuff that's online. I don't have a scanner!
In album news, the release has been put back to Monday, 28th October, but the album release party will be held at Canada House. See gigs page for details of the party, see Fortune and Glory's website to actually BUY the album! There will be a tour in November to support the album, keep checking the gigs page for details as we get them.
The Lollies have been hard at work in the studio, writing new material. Now a three-piece, they describe their new material as "more classic rock... like AC/TweeC or something." Check songs for new titles and explanations.
9th July, 2002
Well, the Lollies are finally back from the "Endless Hilarity/Brown And Sticky/Hummus Tragedy" Tour 2002. Thanks to all the bands who played with us, all the wonderful people who let the band camp on their floor, all the new friends that we made, and especially Jesse Simon our driver/soundman/road manager extraordinaire. Watch for the vodka-soaked memoirs being printed in the next issue of Tasty Zine!
The Lollies are taking the summer off from gigging so Jane can go back to America to watch some Skanky Ho Boy get married, but we have several special dates already lined up for the autumn on our gigs page.
The big news for the autumn is, of course, the ALBUM being released on Fortune and Glory Records on 30th September. Of course there will be parties and touring and madness in support of it. Stay tuned for details.
And finally, in case you miss us so much you need a reminder of what we look like while we're away, you can always swoon over the new pictures!
1st May, 2002
Well, the album is finally finished, mixed and everything. It sounds fantastic, though we can't exactly say the same for the mental state of our poor producer, Jon Clayton. He did a fantastic job! Keep your eyes peeled for details of when it will be released.
Loads of new dates have been added to our tour. What are you waiting for? Go check 'em out!
15th April, 2002
Thanks to everyone who came down to Kate's birthday party on the 10th, thanks to Fonda 500 and Chris T-T for putting on such sparkling sets, and special thanks to our mates who volunteered to work the door!
There's loads of news in Lollies land, but possibly most exciting is the album! The Lollies have been hard at work in One Cat studios with Jon Clayton of Blusher at the controls. The band have already recorded eight new songs for the album, but the album still clocks in under half an hour! Negotiations are underway with a record label to release it, but we can't tell you who it us until everything is finalised.
Upcoming in May, the Lollies are going to be playing a few gigs with their new favourite band, The Fairy Traders, both in Brighton and in London. Keep an eye out on the gigs page for details.
And if that's not enough, the Lollies are going to be touring the UK in June. Many dates are already confirmed, keep checking that gigs page for details.
Just in time for the tour, the Lollies are also planning on getting some merchandise! Yes, those in foreign parts will be able to order t-shirts and badges through the website, as well.
If that's not enough for you, sheesh! Go check out the new songs.
22nd February, 2002
Well, look at that date, 22/02/02, certainly an auspicious one for The Lollies!
Back from a long hiatus, it's time for the Lollies to start gigging again. Look for dates at Club Fandango on 12th March, and Kate's Birthday Extravaganza on 10th April.
The Lollies have been plenty of busy, using the downtime to write loads of new songs. The Lollies' new direction seems to take in everything from Death Metal to Reggae to Alt.Country to Hip-Hop, all of course chopped up with some classic sugary girlpop.
Thanks to everyone who voted for us on GirlMedia.com - we actually came in third!
12th December, 2001
Well, it's been a busy few months for the Lollies! First off, our single, Channel Heaven, was released, and went to Number 8 on the Rough Trade singles chart. We'll have reviews and things for you soon.
But more importantly, The Lollies were nominated for the Best Girl Band contest on GirlMedia.com! It'd down to the last heat of the finals, (we made the top ten) so make sure you go and vote for us! Jane is gunning for the pretty pink guitar, so make her day!
Finally, the last Lollies gig of 2001 will be a free show at RoTa's Christmas party. We *promise* that this time, we will play "(You Could Make An) Angel Sigh" - the song that we recorded specially for Purr's Christmas Compilation- as well as a selection of sugary girlpop Christmas Carols. See gigs for details.
Happy Holidays to all our fans, and watch for exciting new things in the new year - including a new single ("Call The Girls").
31st October, 2001
Happy Halloween, everybody!
Well, obviously the most exciting news is that our new single, Channel Heaven is out, on amazing transparent fuchsia vinyl! March down to your local indie record shops and demand one! Or, well, if you live somewhere remote like North America, you can order it online. But please, help us (and our lovely friends at Evil World Records) out if you can, and buy it in the shops.
No sooner than it was released, but it started getting radio play, or rather... internet play on Music Choice, one of the world's leading internet and digital radio stations!
Not only that, but the NME reviewed it, as well, setting Swells loose on it. We're still not sure if he liked it or not, but it's a fantastically funny review! Clearly, if you're a fey, gurly-haired vegan indie-boy who reads French poetry, well... this is the record for you! And what's more, Kate would like your phone number, please!
Oh, and we've updated the songs page, so you can read all about all the new songs that The Lollies have been working on!
8th October, 2001
Yes, we know it's nearly two months later, and we've barely got any of the press from the tour up on the website. Mea maxima culpa, but it's been a crazy traumatic for everyone, especially Kate, stranded in Newark Airport during the terrorist attacks. In the meanwhile, please groove on the new links and updated sites added to the photos page.
The Lollies have been hunkering down in the studio, learning a phenomenal SIX new songs in the past two weeks, including Rachel Angel's songwriting (and singing) debut. Kate's new challenge is to write a Christmas song for the fabulous Purr club's Christmas compilation, and Jane has been keeping up the Punk Rock Quotient with "Massive F*ck-Off Attitude", a song unlikely to ever make it past the BBC censors.
Not that The Lollies are going to be slacking on gigging- apart from the Channel Heaven release party (October 28th - and don't forget to pester your local record store for it!), the band are planning a mini-tour in November, and a Christmas party in December. Wow! Keep checking back the gigs page for the dates as they're added.
28th August, 2001
OK, so The Lollies are back from tour, and what a tour it was! Despite the best efforts of floods, head injuries and relationship break-ups, the band had an amazing time on the road and played some of the best gigs of their lives. Special thanks to Strange Fruit, Ladyfest, the other bands, and to ALL the people who came out around the country and supported us, for making it all happen.
Both the Lollies and the tour got a lot of good press, which will all be scanned and uploaded to this site as soon as we manage to collect and scan it all. But by far, the most exciting interview of the tour was the one that a slightly starstruck Kate did with the infamous, ha-hem, we mean legendary Everett True for the Playlouder website. Stay tuned for loads more press as we get it.
Rather than taking loads of time off to recuperate, The Lollies are already lining up loads of live dates, including a rescheduled date at the Hull Adelphi and a very special semi-acoustic performance at Everett True's party for his new book. Check out the gigs page for more details as we have them.
6th August, 2001
Well, finally we can announce the good news about our upcoming single! The double A-side Channel Heaven/Pearls is going to be released on Evil World Records home to artists such as Baxendale, Long Good Look, and Ant from Hefner. If everything goes well, this record should be released in late September, distributed to record stores throughout the UK by Cargo.
In the meantime, the individual Lollies have been keeping very busy. Jane has found an exciting new outlet for her bass-playing skills - auditioning for Neil Finn. Yes, he of Crowded House fame. Neil is doing some gigs in the UK with a "band of strangers" comprised of his fans, and our very own Jane is going up to Sheffield to play! Three cheers for Jane, and we all wish her the very best of luck, living out her teenage dream of playing bass with one of her musical idols.
Not nearly so exciting, but Kate has been DJ-ing in London, playing sets of sugary girlpop and her beloved dronerock. You might possibly catch her playing a late nite chill-out set after the Fonda 500 gig at Strange Fruit this Saturday. Matthew has been travelling the world, learning new and exciting languages in which to swear (the latest: Arabic) and Rachel has moved house.
Now that's probably going to be the last bit of news for quite some time, as The Lollies are going to be going on tour of the UK next week. Don't forget to come and see us!
25th July, 2001
Just for those of you who have been asking, you can now order the Ladyfest CD online, direct from The Lollies. This CD features the Lollies track, Jonestown Mascara, as well as 9 other fabulous girly bands!
As if that's not enough to indulge your record collecting needs, The Lollies have contributed the track "Left My Heart In" (known to many of you from live shows as "Obligatory List Song") to the Ladyfest Tour 7". This record also features a rare and unreleased track from Sarah Dougher, as well as tracks from Bangs and The Gossip. You'll be able to buy this exclusive record at all of the dates on the upcoming tour, but we'll try to hold back a few copies for our friends overseas to order.
And oh... we have such exciting news about finding a home for our next single, (the double A-sided Channel Heaven/Pearls) but we're not going to tell you until it's all confirmed. Ssshhhhhhh!!!
11th July, 2001
Not much has been happening in Lolliesworld, as the band have all been on holiday. However, starting next week, the band will be throwing themselves into a tremendous spate of activity.
First up, there is the gig at the Lil Backyard Club next Tuesday, 17th July. We've finally got around to uploading the flyer for cheap entry.
Second, there is the Ladyfest/Strange Fruit tour with Bangs, The Gossip and Sarah Dougher. An extra date has been added in Cambridge, and the gig has been moved to a larger venue in Brighton! Check the gigs page for more information, and stay tuned to the mailing list for details as they are added. We're so excited we could squeal!
5th June, 2001
OK, first the bad news. The June SVS has been CANCELLED due to Kate's ill health. However, to try and make up for this, the Lollies have added another date in July, playing with Oxford's Moonkat and Brighton's Blue Minkies. More sugary girlpop than should be allowed by law! See gigs for more details.
23rd May, 2001
The first thing we'd like to announce is that the Ladyfest Compilation is now out, and you can order the ten-track CD featuring the Lollies track "Jonestown Mascara" from NC Records. At £4 (UK) or $10 (US) how can you live without it?
OK, now on to the gossip... first up, thank you to Strange Fruit, and all the other bands who played Saturday Night (Fonda 500, Chris T-T and Auralux) for making the Spitz gig the "Best Gig The Lollies Have Ever Played!!!". The music was fantastic, the audience was very enthusiastic, and the backstage cameraderie (sp?) really made the evening super-fabulous. Chris T-T sang "Pearls" with the Lollies, Simon Fonda showered them with heavenly candy floating down from on high, (No, really) and there was a glamourous stage invasion of Fonda by Kate and Saoirse Auralux at the peak of the night, culminating with Kate down on her knees, playing Nick's guitar with her teeth. (Wow, we really hope Kate's boyfriend doesn't read this. Or notice the fact that she was wearing Ollie C6's glasses for a good part of the night.) And we're not even allowed to discuss the dress Rachel almost had on, because we know her mum reads this website.
Alright, now for the bad news. Due to logistical problems, and scheduling conficts (with holidays, with various festivals, and with our own tour) it looks like the June SVS with Ballboy is going to be the last regular night for quite some time. We've had a great time hosting them, and we hope you've had as good a time attending them.
16th May, 2001
Wow, exciting things have been happening. The Lollies have been to Hull and back to provide you with the very best in sugarpop! Much drunkenness and bonding and mutual appreciation happened at the Fonda 500 gig, and the Lollies can't wait to play with them again this Saturday.
First off, and most exciting, the tour has been scheduled for August, 2001, and almost all of the dates have been confirmed! Starting at Ladyfest, The Lollies are on the road for two weeks, up and down the length of the UK with Bangs, The Gossip and Sarah Dougher. Check live performances for details of the confirmed gigs. Also keep your eyes peeled for new SVS shows as they are announced. Future acts include Ballboy, Moonkat and Sgt. Buzzfuzz- they just have to sort out all the dates!
On the recording front, the four songs for the new single have been finished. List Song is going to be released on a split tour single with the other bands from the tour and The Lollies are currently shopping around for labels to release the Channel Heaven EP. If you know, or if by any chance you happen to work for a cool label (or even completely unhip horrendous corporate labels, so long as they're prepared to give us loads of money!) who need some sugary girlpop in their lives, please feel free to drop us a line.
And finally, congratulations to the Angel Family, for the Lollies' newest fan, Rachel's very first first cousin, Emily Hope Penrice!
14th April, 2001
Sorry it's been so long since this site was updated, thanks for your patience, but boy, will it be worth the wait when you hear what we have planned!
Yes, the rumours are true, The Lollies are going to be touring the UK in August! Coordination and plans are in the works, and we don't want to spill the beans too much, in case we jinx them, but the band are in negotiations with Strange Fruit and Kill Rock Stars to try and do a full UK tour around the time of Ladyfest. Keep your fingers crossed for gigs with Olympia favourites Bangs and The Gossip! We can say no more (please say no more) but needless to say, we are practically bursting with excitement at the idea.
In other Ladyfest news, the Red Eye gig was a smashing success. The band finally got to meet the rather harried but incredibly cool Nat who has been coordinating the whole thing. The Lollies played an energetic (read: drunk) set, but the most fun part of the evening was getting to meet, see and exchange mutual admiration with some of the best young female bands in and around London. The Lollies played with The Witches of Oz (who do a fabulous fanzine called Firefly, which Kate did an interview with- scans of the zine will be available soon, or write to Vicki to get your own copy) the Blue Minkies (with whom we are making plans to play with again soon in London) and the Tar Babies.
In recording news, Jonestown Mascara is finished, featuring space-noises, handclaps, and fun shouting bits for audience participation. As a bonus teaser to encourage you to buy the compilation when it comes out, we've got an exclusive clip on the MP3's Page!
Finally, keep checking the gigs page for upcoming live dates. May is going to be our busiest month yet, with live dates at Strange Fruit in London, and a birthday party for Paul Jackson of the legendary Adelphi Club in Hull!
14th March, 2001
First, thanks to everyone who came down to the Garage and made the Lollies' Strange Fruit appearance such a success. The show was reputedly "brilliant" despite Kate's recent illness, sad Belle & Sebastian fans' complaints about the shortness of Rachel's skirt, and the irascibility of Camera Obscura's "soundman". (Sorry, Stuart, we know you were stressed, and we forgive you, as you helped carry Stella downstairs after the show.)
Instead of taking a well deserved break, The Lollies are plunging head-first into the studio with Chris T-T and Jon Blusher. Rhythm tracks have been recorded at The Joint for Channel Heaven (recorded nerve-wrackingly enough, with the C6 rehearsing next door), Pearls and List Song destined for the next single, and Jonestown Mascara destined for a Ladyfest Compilation album.
Finally, keep an eye out for more gigs, as they just keep coming, especially the monthly Sunday Vodka Syndicate, as more bands are getting involved as we go along! Upcoming performers include Chris T-T, the Speed of Sound, and (hopefully) Moonkat and maybe even Captain Soul.
15th February, 2001
More gigs than you can possibly imagine have been added, and they just keep coming! Check 'em out, and come see us before we drop dead of exhaustion!
8th February, 2001
First off, the Lollies are pleased to announce that they have started their very own club, which they are calling the Sunday Vodka Syndicate. It's a casual, "Living Room", low-key party vibe, happening monthly at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon. It runs from 5pm to 9pm, and it is totally FREE.
The first meeting of the Sunday Vodka Syndicate takes place on Sunday, 25th February, and it will feature live performances by the Lollies and the Channel Six, and DJ sets from Paul Haswell (Strange Fruit) and DJ Hooker. See gigs for further details and flyers. Confirmed acts to appear in future months include Chris T-T in late March, and the Speed of Sound in late April. Please come down and join us!
In other gig news, Ladyfest has been confirmed, and The Lollies are awaiting confirmation their timeslot. Also, there is talk of a benefit in London in early April, and hopefully, a new Lollies track to appear on a compilation album. We will keep you informed of developments as they occur.
The final and most exciting news which we are dying to gossip about was Kate running into Dougie from Travis (for whom their infamous cover, "Hello, Dougie" referred to as "The Scottish Song" was named) at a Channel Six (oh, alright supporting Life Without Buildings) gig! Upon being informed of her identity, (we hear Kate rather gooned like a teenybopper) Dougie apparently became very excited, and started gushing about how much they had enjoyed The Lollies' version. Much mutual admiration was exchanged, but beyond that, our lips are sealed.
1st February, 2001
Well, the Lollies are back from their hard-earned holiday, and jumping straight into work. We've taken the time off to write loads of new songs all of which we're very excited about.
In other gig news, the Lollies have been asked to play the Ladyfest 2001 in Glasgow. It remains to be seen if it is actually logistically possible, but it's a great festival, for a cause we obviously believe in, and it is a tremendous honour to be considered.
If you are looking for photos of past gigs, I believe both Jane and Rachel have added new photos to their website, so check pictures for the links.
9th January, 2001
Well, we're back and our New Years' hangovers have almost worn off. Apologies to everyone who got drunken text messages or voicemail over the holidays. Yes, we had a too, too, fabulous time, and we hope you did, too.
In Lollies news, well, there are lots of exciting things being planned as we speak, including those gigs we keep talking about. So stay tuned and we'll post the news as soon as they are confirmed!
News from 2000
Old news from 2000 all the way back to 1999 has been archived. My goodness, if you really wanted the gossip, you should have been there!