GIRLSVILLE: THE STORY OF THE DELMONAS AND THEE HEADCOATEES by Saskia Holling
A5, 278 pages, black and white printing, perfect bound, 2021
Following the arrival of Post-Punk in the UK, an explosion of musical wonders flourished in the South East of England. Two such wonders, The Delmonas and Thee Headcoatees added to the burgeoning flow of music from the Medway Delta; a current started by The Pop Rivets, The Milkshakes and The Prisoners.
Fronted by women from the Medway area and beyond, The Delmonas and Thee Headcoatees are regularly labelled as ‘Billy Childish projects’, yet the women involved added their own stamp to the musical beat.
Here, we find out more about these women – Hilary, Louise, Sarah, Debbie, Kyra and Holly and just how their paths intertwined to create memorable records (without musical industry intervention) and just what has happened to them all since… Collated and related by Saskia Holling, herself a music maker and fanzine writer, who is seeking to help keep women in musical history.