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Music Q&A: Sky Valley Mistress

After the world collapsing, Sky Valley Mistress finally return to the stage to break it down again. Like an adrenaline shot in the hands of John Travolta, the new two-piece line is ready to hit you in the chest with a sound they say will make you feel electrified, sexualised and spiritualised. They play Bootleg Social this Friday with a revived set of alternate arrangements and fresh jams. Kayley “Hell Kitten” Davies tells us more.

Tell us about sky valley mistress.
Sky Valley Mistress are Kayley “Hell Kitten” Davies and Maxwell Harvey William Newsome III. We were originally a four piece rock and roll band that recently went down to a two piece. Now the singer plays half the drums and sings and the drummer plays guitar and the other drum so that we can truly embody the rock and roll gospel of “fake it ‘til you make it baby!”

Tell us about your music and influences.
Our music is what Iggy Pop plays whilst he tries leather pants on before a night out. Some of our favourite bands are The Cramps, Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age and The Stooges.

What can we expect from your live show at Bootleg on Friday?
A revived set of alternative arrangements, fresh jams and a slicked-back line up that is more potent and concentrated than it ever was. There won’t be any let up from this celestial comedown.

You received support from the charity Help Musicians to work on your current music. What did that enable you to do and does there need to be more support like this for musicians?
The support has let us work on a record without any compromise and create a full work of art that we’re immensely proud of. We’d love to explain more but that’ll all come when the record is out. It’s gonna be big. Literally and figuratively.

There’s a lot of struggle and difficulties for musicians at our level and a long way above but there’s still a lot of people doing a lot of good stuff. Both Help Musicians and [music copyright collective] PRS still offer a lot of grants and opportunities for smaller bands and musicians and we’re honoured to be one of the chosen ones to get funding from them. On a wider scale the Music Venue Trust have just reached their goal to buy local venues all across the country which is huge news to securing the future of the grassroots music scene. Rock and roll definitely ain’t dead yet anyway.

What are your ambitions for the band?
To be playing this music till the day we die, or the world ends. Whichever comes first.

Sky Valley Mistress play Bootleg Social Friday 14th April. Tickets here.

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