Bryony Williams’ personal mantra ‘make audiences think twice about the female artists’ is just about the best introduction you can have to her and her music.
She is a sonic tour-de-force of guitar-based alt-pop championing feminist ideals, hell-bent on changing perceptions with her uncompromising lyricism and indominable energy.
For the first time since 2016, Williams has released a new EP, a guitar-heavy blend of both dreamy and gritty tracks that draw inspiration from the likes of Wolf Alice and Kathleen Hannah.
Introspective and ambitious, Conscious is a gorgeous indie offering that shows clear evolution to her sound from debut offering Wanderlust as she becomes a little more ‘alt’ than ‘pop’.
Alongside writing, touring and recording, Bryony spends her time writing feminist zines and is the founder of female collective GRRRL GROANNN!!! – which would have all been impressive enough without saying that she just graduated from university last year as well.
We managed to grab a minute with the guitar-slinging polymath to find out what makes her tick, as she prepares to head out on tour.
What was the first song you developed an obsession for?
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
What’s the first gig you went to?
Paul McCartney at The NIA, Birmingham (aged 5)
What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?
A three-quarter size red electric Squire (or the triangle…)
What is your worst musical habit?
Probably not giving myself enough time to ‘get in the zone’ before I perform. I’m usually too busy socialising and having a bev before realising I’m on in five.
What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given?
When performing, pretend you’re in your bedroom.
Where do you discover new music?
Spotify’s Discover Weekly, word of mouth, local gigs.
What’s your favourite venue?
Union Chapel, Islington.
Who is your current favourite band/artist?
What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?
I like to observe the world around me and the people in it. Analysing their social interactions, their body behaviour… I try to encompass their personality. I also like to experience things independently… taking myself to art galleries, to gigs/festivals. I relish in those new experiences.
What track of yours best represents your sound?
Hypnosis. It embodies almost two songs at once so it shows off my delicate, minimal side and then ruptures into angsty lyrics/aggressive guitars. That song shows my true dynamic.
What’s next for you?
Well I’ve just finished a Media & Communications degree on top of the release of Conscious so…
I’m spending the Summer travelling around Europe – I’ve just come back from Barcelona, next I’m off to Milan/Lake Como where I plan to songwrite for my next record. Then I’m off on my first UK tour! 4-10th July and then jetset myself off for August. Then I’ll come back to reality by September and work with a few labels for experience… then I plan to study a Masters as a music researcher in popular culture.
All while creating new music for myself as an artist and as a music publisher (hopefully that pays the bills!)
Listen to ‘Whirlpool’ below, taken from the EP.