Interview with Riot Girl: Natalie Thornton From Girlfixer & Headstone Horrors!

Natalie Thornton

Natalie is the lead singer in the horrorpunk band Headstone Horrors!
Some of you may also know her from the punk band Girlfixer.
Her voice is perfect for both hardcore punk and Horror/Psychobilly punk.
Natalie is a true punk warrior every time she goes on stage.
She delivers her musical message with a perfect punkrock attitude, and makes the whole live performance a dream to watch and be a part of!
Her style is a mix between Horror and hardcore punk, a little bit of both, and it`s a killer look!

So here`s the interview!

Photo: Natalie Thornton

Can you remember when your interest for music started? And what made you wanna start playing music/sing?

I can`t really remember a time in my life where music wasn`t central to it. I`ve always sang and performed for anyone who`d listen and I`m sure I used to drive my family mad belting out songs round the house as a kid.

What made you choose the instruments you play? What made you want to sing in the way/style you do?

I`ve always loved singing, no matter what the song is. As I got into my early teens my musical taste was drawn to punk and heavier genres so I just naturally fell into singing a style more like the bands I was listening to.

How did you learn to play your instrument /sing like you do?

Other than realising how to gain more control over my voice I haven?t really done anything but use it as often as possible.

Do you remember the first song you learned to play/sing to? Which one was it?

I used to sing the one and only line I knew of "Be-bop-alu-la" in the bath as a toddler. I guess that`s the first song I learned or that one line "Be-bop-alu-la she`s my baby, be-bop-alu-la I don`t mean maybe"" at least!

Photo: Natalie Thornton

Do you have any musicians you have learned from?

When I first heard the Distillers I loved the power and style of Brody`s voice and wanted to sing with the same attitude and strength. I also really like Gwen Stefani`s voice and the amount of control she has over it so I have certainly tried to learn some aspects from both of them by singing along to their music.

What does playing music means to you?

I really can`t imagine my life without music, it really does mean everything to me. There was 6 months after Girlfixer first split where I wasn`t in any bands or performing and I have never felt more lost. I felt like I had lost my purpose and I pray that never happens again.

Can you remember and describe your very first instrument? And what it meant to you?

I was given a really old beaten up acoustic guitar when I was 7 or 8 years old and it was the coolest thing I`d been given. It gave me a real thirst for musical knowledge and started my path into music.

Who are your favourite musicians?

My top 2 I guess would be Patricia Day of the Horrorpops & Tim Timebomb/Armstrong.

When did you know that music was one of your missions in life?

Music has always been the focus of my life. As I mentioned earlier I don`t remember a time that music hasn`t been central to me. It`s just part of who I am.

How and when did you get your band together?

Headstone Horrors formed in Oct 2012 when Jimi and I decided to start a horrorpunk band together. I have known Paul and our original drummer Joey for years so we approached them with the idea, wrote a couple of songs, booked a practise and never looked back.

Which band have you played in / Are you playing in?

I`ve been in bands since I was 14 but my main 2 bands have been Girlfixer 2006-2012 and my current band Headstone Horrors.

How would you describe your music style to other people?

Fast paced, high energy horrorpunk bringing street punk in to the horror genre.

I know you have played a lot of gigs, does it ever happen that you get nervous before a show?

I only tend to get nervous before shows like Rebellion festival or if we`re supporting a band we all really admire.

Photo: Natalie Thornton

What kind of concerts do you like to go to yourself?

Jimi and I go to lots of different punk & psychobilly gigs. We like to travel around and support bands big & small all over the country wherever we can.

Have you ever gotten rejected by venues because of the kind of music you play?

Not that I`m aware of! haha.

As a girl, have you experienced being underestimated musically?

I know some of my friends and women in bands we`ve shared stages with have had some negativity felt towards them at some point sadly. Personally I can`t say I`ve ever been treated any differently to any of my fellow bands members, male or female, or received any animosity from audiences , or if I have, I haven`t noticed!

Is it difficult for you to balance your music-career with your personal-life?

I`m very lucky to have a very understanding Boss & Manager at the tattoo studio I work in. They`re a blessing to let me take time off for gigs and touring. My personal life is very much entwined with my music career so it`s really just a case of music surrounding my day job.

As mentioned earlier, you where the singer in the punkband Girlfixer, what was the best part about it?

Girlfixer was a great part of my life and I got to share the stage with some amazing bands and meet some true friends along the journey. Girlfixer was the first serious, touring band I`ve been in and it taught me a lot about gig etiquette and showed me what being on the road is really like.

Photo: Natalie Thornton

And how do you see the future for you band Headstone Horrors?

Headstone Horrors is a really hardworking, dedicated band. We play anywhere and everywhere we can and always try to put on the best show possible. Headstone Horrors will continue to write, record and tour up and down the country and Europe this coming year and I guess just see where the road takes us. Our debut album will be released later this year.

And last but not least, what goals do you wanna reach with your music?

I`d love to be on the road constantly with Headstone Horrors but for now I`ll settle for getting the album out and gigging as much as possible.

Thanks for the interview!

Check out her band Headstone Horrors!


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