Name: LIZ BUCKINGHAM
Bands you’ve played in:
13, Sourvein, Electric Wizard
What are your favorite songs to perform live?
Return Trip, Supercoven, Satanic Rites of Drugula
Did you have any female rock idols growing up? Who were they?
I didn’t really idolise anyone growing up.
And because I was into more male oriented music, there weren’t many women I could look to as a role model…and it was the 80s….and there certainly weren’t any metal women I knew about at the time… But there were a few women that I found inspirational back then…I did think that Kim Gordon was really cool…I remember seeing her play when I think it was either Evol or Sister came out and thought she was totally cool and not ‘girly’.
I also was quite into Lydia Lunch and her spoken word stuff…which might of had an influence on me. I liked her attitude.
Of course there is Kira from Black Flag, but to be honest I wasn’t totally sure if she was a guy or a girl at the time. She wasn’t in the band when I saw them.
I didn’t know about the Runaways back then…I wish I had.
So unfortunately, most of my role models have been men. Later on, into the 90s there were a lot more women you could look to, like Jo Bench.
Your advice to girls who want to start their own metal bands is…
Just do it and don’t listen to any naysayers. Starting and doing a band is hard work whether you are male or female..it doesn’t matter.
Don’t ever separate yourself in that way or let people separate you. Never separate yourself as being a woman, in fact don’t even ever talk about it. You’re a human being playing metal. thats it…end of story. Do things that you feel are right for you and from your soul, not what is “expected” or what is perceived as being the role a woman is expected to play. And always expect to have to be a bit tougher and bit stronger then your male contemporaries… as unfair and unjust as it is…its reality, like it or not, and you just gotta be that much tougher, cause there will always be that asshole just waiting to take you down with a stereotype. And never ever use the fact that you are a woman as an excuse for anything.
Basically, never be a stereotype…always be yourself.
The only thing that can hold you back is you…fuck the world, it’s shit. Proceed with your metal mission…