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Interview with Wendy Sucks: Female Fronted Punk Rockers from Leipzig

"We are three girls fighting at the front with our instruments while our drummer boy is doing jokes in the back."

Who are you and what do you do?

We are three girls fighting at the front with our instruments while our drummer boy is doing jokes in the back. Our music is in-your-face-punkrock from Leipzig/Germany and we do it completely in that way we feel it. The most important thing for us is to have a lot of fun together on stage. This is Wendy Sucks!

Who or what inspires you?

We’re inspired by different music genres, everybody has his or her own musical background and we all didn’t met before starting playing music together. From German and American Punkrock, Rock’n’Roll, Metal and HC we are open to different stuff and if you listen to our music, you will find the different components of what we are inspired by.

What challenges do you face?

We planned about 40 concerts for 2020, but a lot of them are postponed or cancelled because of Corona. So we use the time without shows for recording our first LP which will be released still this year. And we’re looking forward to the Femme Rebellion Festival in autumn this year just as our planned tour with The Dead End Kids in October.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

We only started to play live concerts in December last year, but there were already some that really moved us and where we got to know great other musicians, like Bad Cop / Bad Cop or Bonsai Kitten. Also the concerts here in Leipzig were great and many friends of us were there. Unfortunately, the festival season is cancelled for us this year, but the calendar will fill up with lots of gigs in autumn.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

First of all we hope that not so many clubs and festivals go bankrupt due to the Corona crisis and that we can soon return to a normal concert routine. Punk concerts with a sitting audience are unimaginable! And of course we hope that one day we can be on stage with bands that we have been listening to fo a long time ourselves. The one or other festival abroad would be great, too. And when our LP is finished, new songs will have to be written, that's for sure.