Featherz are a Welsh/English band with glam and punk influences led
by Danie Centric (known as Danie Cox prior to January 2018, born 15
December 1990 in Bridgend) on lead vocals and guitar. Danie 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, Wales On Sunday,
Basingstoke Gazette, website Louder Than War and rock magazine Vive
Le Rock who included their track RNR★ on the free CD with the
January/February 2014 edition (issue 16). They also completed a UK
national tour supporting Boy George, in three of whose videos
Centric appeared and have since toured with The Damned.
Since May 2014, Danie is the last remaining founder member.
Currently, the only other permanent member is longtime drummer
Dazzle Monroe (formerly of Extreme Noise Terror).
Together, they continue to record and play live under The Featherz
band name with guest musicians on bass and lead guitar.
2011-2014 – Formation:
Danie arrived in London in October 2010 to pursue a career as a
professional musician In January 2011, she was recruited to Georgie
Girl And Her Poussez Posse as guitarist and backing vocalist. The
band also included Baillie, Molly Spiers-MacLeod (the daughter of
Spizz) on bass and backing vocals, drummer Rachael Smith and
additional guitarist Fiona Bevan. This lineup supported Ant on
several tour dates in spring 2011 and recorded tracks for a planned
single plus EP. Footage from early 2011 of a Poussez Posse band
meeting at Ant's home 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, Danie,
Molly and Rachael 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.
The band's track "Life Stranger" reached the quarter finals of the
YouBloom online talent contest and was released on the compilation
Hipsters 3. Danie and Molly also performed an acoustic set on Garry
Bushell's Rancid Sounds radio show on TotalRock in April 2012. 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. 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 Dazzle (born Darren Olley, 7
February 1966 in Ipswich) in January 2013.
In April 2013, Danie 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 Danie, George invited her to show herself on stage.
Subsequently, Danie appeared in three videos for singles by George:
"I'm Coming Home" (also featuring a cameo by Monroe), "King of
Everything" and "My God" directed by Dean Stockings. The band also
supported George on his November 2013 solo UK tour to promote his
album This Is What I Do.
In spring 2013, the band undertook a photo session for fashion
designer Mark Charles and his Charles of London fashion label. From
then until mid-2016, all band members regularly wore Charles'
designs as stage-wear (as Danie still did frequently for some time
thereafter.) 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 Danie as
a "rising star" and the band as "injected with glam rock attitude"
which "will give you glitter-covered goose bumps and get your feet
stomping." 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 supporting Boy George on his recent UK tour, led by Danie Cox,
are getting rave reviews for their brand of punk-pop." Wales On
Sunday extensively interviewed Danie in the 9 February 2014 edition
about the band, their associations with Ant, Baillie, George and
Charles, and her life in general. Commenting on Danie 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."
2014-2016 - Alice Atkinson era
Molly left the band in May 2014 and Alice Atkinson was announced as
replacement bass player in early June. She made her debut on 28 June
2014 at the 100 Club alongside new additional guitarist Lily Marlene
(Lilian Von Kalbach, the daughter of Bond's partner and credited on
The Blueblack Hussar as Assistant to the Director). The gig also
marked Danie's return to the stage following a severe knee injury
days after Molly's departure. Due to Lily's commitments outside the
band, she left amicably and an ongoing vacancy for additional
guitarist existed for 14 months until Daniel Jones' spell with the
In the meantime Danie, Alice and Dazzle continued to gig in the
three-piece format, occasionally joined by various guest guitarists.
Their 14 February 2015 headline gig at the Irish Centre in
Basingstoke received praise from the Basingstoke Gazette "The
headline band were The Featherz ... who continued the general theme
of girls showing just how well they can rock it up ... Not quite as
heavy as (second on the bill act) Petrol Girls, they still had a
real fast punky set. They had also picked up a posse of new
followers who were now ready to worship every bead and every bit of
glitter - as well as dance along to their songs."
The band also played the Pavilion Stage of the 2015 Rebellion
Festival. Their set received an enthusiastic review from Martin
Haslam of Louder Than War: "Bringing their brand of selfstyled
‘Flock Rock’ to the masses, I’m pleased that the venue is filling
up. Glam anthems (Glamthems?) get the crowd onside, ‘When Was The
Last Time You Had Sex?’ and other ear worms. I’ve seen them before,
but this line up has added Alice Atkinson, which is a very good
thing; the three-piece with Danie Cox and Dazzle Monroe are now
tighter and born to entertain. Championed by Boy George and dressed
by Charles Of London, they deserve your attention. Now!" The band
appeared again at the 2017 festival on the Opera House stage and are
scheduled to play the same stage again in 2018.
A second single for Charles Of London Records, You, was released
from the sessions with Armstrong on download in early September 2015
followed by a CD release two months later.
A video was filmed back in April 2015 in Brighton, directed by
Stockings. Interviewed by Haslam at Rebellion for Louder Than War,
Danie announced that the band's next release would be their debut
album. Danie also commented on her philosophy as a performer and
bandleader: "I’d always had a dream, to write my own songs, to
express myself through my clothes and how I present myself. Luckily,
I found that in The Featherz, in London ... We are The Featherz,
there is nothing else for me. I’d rather die than give up. Our songs
are statements. It really is all I can do" Around the time of the
single's download release, the additional guitarist role was briefly
filled when Jones joined. He left amicably three months later due to
musical differences, shortly before the band played three high
profile support slots in Sheffield, Liverpool and London, for The
Damned. Following the death of her hero David Bowie in January 2016,
Danie was filmed by Italian television show Studio Aperto performing
Bowie's songs at his shrine at the Heddon Street telephone box while
the Featherz performed at a Bowie memorial concert at the Union
Chapel, Islington with Mick Ronson's sister Maggi guesting with the
band on vocals for Ziggy Stardust. Danie and Mike Garson's
biographer Clifford Slapper also performed a vocal/piano version of
We Are the Dead.
Also in early 2016 the band, plus David Donley again on additional
guitar, recorded new material at Quadra Studios in Walthamstow with
producer John "Lucifer" Pridige. A new additional guitarist, Chris
Shepherd, joined the band in April. In June a video, featuring the
new line-up, was filmed in Southend for Atkinson composition Forget
All You Know. In early September, the video was posted to YouTube
and this track and a cover of Moonage Daydream (featuring Slapper on
piano), both from the Quadra session, were uploaded to the group's
Bandcamp account and iTunes store. Prior to this, a trailer video
featuring a clip from a third track from Quadra, a cover of "The
Ballroom Blitz" had been posted to YouTube.
Danie and Clifford Slapper have recorded another version of Moonage
Daydream for the latter's upcoming album Bowiesongs 2, while Danie
also collaborated with The Lurkers on their track High Velocity,
which was released as a single 24 November 2017. Louder Than War's
Ged Babey praised Danie's contribution: "Danie has a likeable Honey
Bane meets Beki Bondage singing style and is perfect on the song."
The track received airplay on Steve Lamacq's show on BBC Radio
6music and Danie recorded further material with the Lurkers in
December 2017 and February 2018.
2016 onwards - Five-Year-Itch
Alice and Chris left the band in late 2016. Guitarist Holly
Henderson of the band Dorja and bassist Jenny Lane of the band
Planet Of The Capes, both of whom previously deputised in these
roles in The Featherz, served as temporary live members until the
arrival of permanent replacements, Swedish bassist Gerda Lucy Rankka
aka Lucy Lawbreaker and Italian additional guitarist Aryanne Maudit.
In the meantime, the band produced new music videos of the tracks
Chelsea, Takes One To Know One and Moonage Daydream and recorded
further material in Quadra Studios with Pridige and Faebhean Kwest.
Appearing on internet radio station K2K Radio's show FlipsideLondon
Radio hosted by Aidan McManus, on 28 March 2017, Danie confirmed
that the band's imminent debut album was entitled Five-Year-Itch and
would be 17 tracks long. The album was released on 13 April 2017 and
was compiled by Pridige (who also funded the release) from content
from various sessions since 2012 (hence the album title) including
material from his own sessions with the band at Quadra Studios as
well as the Broadoak Studios sessions with Armstrong, both sides of
the RNR★ single recorded in 2013 and the band's earliest attempt at
making an album at Perry Vale Studios in 2012, as well as Pridige's
own live recordings of the band. Vive Le Rock's Alison Bateman rated
the album 7/10. Although lukewarm about the choices of covers
included, she nevertheless enthused, "(The band) have already built
a buzz with their energetic live shows, centred on flame-haired
attitude-oozing young frontwoman Danie Cox. Their cheeky punked-up
glitter rock risks being a tough act to translate to the studio, but
Five-Year-Itch mostly manages with charismatic flair... They're
neither short on musical chops, nor shy of buckling down to serious
business of writing infuriatingly immovable hooks."
The band's next single, Ordinary Girl? recorded late 2016 at Quadra
with Atkinson and Shepherd (shortly before their departures) and
produced by Pridige, was released on Bandcamp on 1 May 2017. The
single cover featured Danie's friend, the late Imogen Goldie whose
mother Diane had previously designed and provided the costumes worn
by the band in the Forget All You Know video and again in the video
for this single, in which she herself appeared. In September, the
band announced their intention to recruit a keyboard player.
Successful applicant Cat Cat from Wales made her debut with the band
on 26 October at the O2 Islington when they supported Penetration
(whose song Don't Dictate previously appeared on Five-Year-Itch.) In
late November Maudit left and was replaced by Lawbreaker's partner
and fellow Swede John Jönsson, who had already substituted for
Maudit at two of the four dates of the band's November 2017 UK tour.
The CD edition of Ordinary Girl? was released on 3 January 2018,
also including the last remaining tracks from the first Quadra
studios session from early 2016. Ged Babey, reviewing the CD for
Louder Than War, was suitably impressed, describing the band as
"brash, flash, glam, blam-blam wiggy, Ziggy, rockin rollin’, into
Bolan… just a great old-skool party band," the lead track as having
"the feel of a fab 1979 Noo Wave single -sprinkled with glitter and
all over Radio Wun - not arf!" with "that staccato Lene Lovich feel
that Hazel O'Connor nicked and lovely thick slices of guitar," the
video as "beautifully lo-fi and am-dram and captures a band who take
their music but not themselves too seriously," and the cover image
of Imogen Goldie cover as "proving if nothing else that behind the
glitter there are some tears and there is more ‘depth’ to the band
than there might initially seem."
The band recorded a session in January 2018 with Danie
self-producing. Around this time it was announced that Danie was now
permanent vocalist for The Lurkers, while also continuing with The
Featherz. In February 2018 Maudit returned to the band after only
three months away, to form a new six piece lineup, with Danie no
longer playing guitar. Further work on the January recording was
carried out in mid March; shortly afterwards however, Maudit,
Lawbreaker, Jönsson and Cat all left. In April, with Pridige once
again producing, Centric and Monroe recorded another session, with
lead guitarist Calle Englemarc of The Members and, together with
Jenny Lane on bass, they filmed an official live video at the Dublin
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