The Featherz

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The Featherz
Origin London, England
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 2011–
Labels Charles Of London Records
Members Danie Cox
Dazzle Monroe
Alice Atkinson
Past members Molly Spiers-MacLeod
Rachael Smith
Lily Marlene
Alex Gold

The Featherz (formerly The Feathers) are a Welsh/English band with glam and punk influences (self-styled as "Flock Rock") led by Danie Cox on lead vocals and guitar. Cox formed the band with two fellow former members of Georgie Girl And Her Poussez Posse, a band fronted by Georgina Baillie and mentored by Adam Ant. After leaving Baillie and Ant to form their own group, they received press coverage in the Ipswich Star,[1] Wales On Sunday[2] and rock magazine Vive Le Rock who included their track RNR★ on the free CD with the January/February 2014 edition (issue 16).[3] They also completed a UK national tour supporting Boy George, in three of whose videos Cox has appeared.[2]

Since May 2014, Cox is the last remaining founder member. The band now features drummer Dazzle Monroe (formerly of Extreme Noise Terror) and bassist Alice Atkinson. There is currently a vacancy for second guitarist.

History[edit]

Cox was recruited to Georgie Girl And Her Poussez Posse as guitarist and backing vocalist in January 2011. The band also included Baillie, Molly Spiers-MacLeod (the daughter of Spizz) on bass and backing vocals, drummer Rachael Smith and second guitarist Fiona Bevan. This lineup supported Ant on several tour dates in spring 2011 and recorded tracks for a planned album. Rehearsal footage from 2011 of the group is included in The Blueblack Hussar, a documentary about Ant directed by Jack Bond. Unhappy with the general direction of the band and Ant's style of mentoring, Cox, Spiers-MacLeod and Smith all left the group (to be replaced by a new lineup, still fronted by Baillie, which continued to support Ant on tour until the end of 2012.) The trio formed their own band The Feathers, making their debut guerilla gig appearance at the Occupy London camp outside St Paul's Cathedral on 23 October 2011.[2]

The band's track "Life Stranger" reached the quarter finals of the YouBloom online talent contest and was released on the Acid Jazz Records compilation Hipsters 3.[4] Cox and Spiers-MacLeod also performed an acoustic set on Garry Bushell's Rancid Sounds radio show on TotalRock in April 2012.[5] Two years later in April 2014, they performed a second acoustic set for Bushell's show - by now transferred to online literary community Litopia's podcast section.[6] At around the time of the first session, Smith left the group to be replaced by Alex Gold, also of The Boys. Gold in turn would be replaced by Monroe in January 2013.

In April 2013, Cox befriended Boy George after they met at the launch party of an exhibition of stage costumes of their mutual hero David Bowie at the Victoria and Albert Museum at which George was a guest speaker. Impressed with the appearance and demeanour of the glammed-up Cox, George invited her to show herself on stage.[7] Subsequently, Cox appeared in three videos for singles by George: "I'm Coming Home" (also featuring a cameo by Monroe), "King of Everything" and "My God". The band also supported George on his November 2013 solo UK tour to promote his album This Is What I Do.[1][2][3]

In spring 2013, the band undertook a photo session for fashion designer Mark Charles and his Charles of London fashion label. Since then, all band members have regularly worn Charles' designs as stagewear.[2] Charles also released the band's debut single "RNR★" on his Charles Of London Records label. The A-side was later included on the compilation CD Teenage Rampage, cover-mounted on issue 16 of Vive Le Rock magazine. The magazine's track guide described Cox as a "rising star" and the band as as "injected with glam rock attitude" which "will give you glitter-covered goose bumps and get your feet stomping."[3] The single has also received airplay on BBC Radio Wales and Radio Caroline.

The Ipswich Star gave a headline preview to the band's 25 January 2014 gig at the Steamboat Tavern in Monroe's native Ipswich, alongside a photo of the band, noting how "The London trio, fresh from suporting (sic) Boy George on his recent UK tour, led by Danie Cox, are getting rave reviews for their brand of punk-pop."[1] Wales On Sunday extensively interviewed Cox in the 9 February 2014 edition about the band, their associations with Ant, Baillie, George and Charles, and her life in general. Commenting on Cox and her band, the newspaper noted "With her electrifying red hair, extravagant make-up and outrageous dress sense, 23-year-old Danie Cox and her band The Featherz look every inch pop stars."[2]

Spiers-MacLeod left the band in May 2014 and Atkinson was announced as replacement bass player in early June. She made her debut on 28 June 2014 at the 100 Club alongside new second guitarist Lily Marlene (the stepdaughter of Bond and credited on The Blueblack Hussar as Assistant to the Director[8]). Due to Marlene's commitments outside the band, she has left amicably and a replacement second guitarist is currently being sought.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • RNR★ (Charles Of London Records, COLRecords1, 2013, 7" vinyl only)
  1. "RNR★"
  2. "When Was The Last Time You Had Sex?"

Compilations[edit]

  1. "Life Stranger"
  1. "RNR★"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Featherz lead lineup at Steamboat, Ipswich Star 24 January 2014 page 4
  2. ^ a b c d e f Outrageous dressing Welsh singer Danie Cox teams up with 80s legend Boy George Wales On Sunday 9 January 2014 page 10
  3. ^ a b c d Vive Le Rock issue 16 (January/February 2014), p28 & covermount CD
  4. ^ a b http://acidjazz.bigcartel.com/product/hipsters-3-various-cd
  5. ^ "Sat, 28 Apr 2012 ... Garry is joined in the studio by reggae legend Dave Barker, rising Ska stars Buster Shuffle and the feisty Feathers" http://totalrock.com/podcast/GarryBushellsRancidSounds.xml
  6. ^ http://litopia.com/featherz-infa-riot
  7. ^ http://www.davidbowie.com/news/see-danie-cox-and-feathers-london-free-51711
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5536955/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr27

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