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Poison Passionade

Poison Passionade

Musical Type/Genre: Indie
Formed: 1985

Band Members:
Anice Byfield : Vocals

Tamworth Herald – 20/09/85
Musicbox – Bands call up the new talent
A QUARTET of new bands have sent out appeals for members to complete their line-ups. First up, we have Poison Passsionade, a unique outfit in many respects as they have not only a female singer but also a female bassist among their quartet.

The group have been together for six months and now need a drummer so they can go ahead with a planned package of concerts. According to singer Anice Byfield the band play alternative pop and are looking for an energetic young drummer willing to inject fresh ideas.

Tamworth Herald – 18/10/85
Musicbox – Looking out and listening in…
AO Terroa are in the process of arranging an alternative night at Tamworth Assembly Rooms designed to be a showcase for all the bands who are trying to produce music that does not fit into the mainstream of rock and pop.

They are in need of bands to complete the line-up and anyone who can help can ring John. Poison Passionade are expected to make their debut at the show.

Tamworth Herald – 13/12/85
Musicbox – SNIPS
A new pop band, featuring Poison Passionade singer Anice Byfield and Sitting Pretty guitarist Julian Amos, have sent out an appeal for a bassist. Anice left Poison Passionade about a month ago, but she is keen to get something going as soon as possible with her new outfit. If you would like to find out more give Anice a ring.

Tamworth Herald – 29/08/86
Musicbox – Where are all the girl singers?
Amanda HemmingsHERE is a tricky question for you. Why is it that we have a female Prime Minister, a female monarch, female MPs, female radio and TV presenters, female males (?) and yet hardly any decent local female rock singers?

This year’s festival featured just one solitary female lead singer and it seems the local rock scene has become as male-dominated as the Vatican. But why? Here we let Anice Byfield the former Sitting Pretty, Poison Passionade and Orange singer, chew over the problem. So Anice, what stops women singing.

The answer is that bands around Tamworth are all made up of males, and that’s the way they like it! If they do have girls in the bands, many times they are treated as “pretty little things” to brighten up the stage act, bu showing a bit of leg and smiling a lot but basically doing very little.

Anice ByfieldWhen you’re in a male-dominated band I’ve found that’s all that is really required.

I know some of you bands out there will be screaming “but we’ve been looking for a female vocalist and can’t find one,” Ok, there is a distinct lack of girls willing to actually get up and sing but that is because of three reasons: either they can’t sing, they can sing but can’t be bothered, and probably most importantly there are girls out there, with talent who just don’t know how to get into a band.

Debbie WhittyWhen anyone in the town needs a vocalist it’s put in this column and nine out of ten times it’s a male that is required.

Why won’t bands accept females into their bands? I’m not just talking about vocalists but musicians as well. How many female musicians are there in Tamworth bands? I can think of one or two, but there are lots out there probably just as good, if not better, than many of the males.

If bands had more open ideas about girls in bands – and girls got off their bottoms and got into bands – there would probably be some better music played in this area.

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