Prior to the 2017 edition of the UNIFY Gathering the organisers received quiet a bit of backlash for the male domination of the lineup. For the 2018 edition though they have made a concerted effort to better balance the gender divide whilst still highlighting phenomenal acts, one such act is Melbourne’s The Beautiful Monument.
The Beautiful Monument are an all female trio who are certainly leading the charge for women in the metal and punk genres. Although this is a unique point of difference which they could easily capitalise on front woman Lizi Blanco explained to City Hub this isn’t something they want to do.
“It’s cool that we get recognised for being females but we don’t flaunt it all. For example with the whole UNIFY ‘sausage fest’ shit that was going on, we weren’t picked because we’re all girls, we were picked because people genuinely like our music.”
This claim can be backed up by the outstanding response the band received earlier this year following the release of their debut full length album, I’m The Sin.
“I don’t think we would have gotten as far as we have without the album,” said Blanco, “The album has really engaged a lot of people which is awesome because I feel it shows just how far we’ve come since our EP and we’ve definitely landed some gigs from it.”
One such gig that The Beautiful Monument landed since the release of the record is their upcoming gig in Sydney supporting Tonight Alive. This tour will be the bands return to the stage after almost a year away refocussing their goals and direction.
“We were playing a lot of shows and realised we needed to slow down a bit or risk overplaying our market,” explained Blanco, “We wanted to refocus on writing new music and also prepare ourselves for these types of bigger shows.”
Obviously having taken that time away The Beautiful Monument are incredibly excited to hit the stage in Sydney. “We’re extremely excited, there’s going to be a lot of energy, happiness and it’s going to be a really rad time.”
Nov 2. Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst. $49.95+.b.f. Tickets & Info: www.oxfordartfactory.com