Natasha Vomit sits in front of me drinking coffee and smoking darts. We’re at Sweet Grass Bonsai Nursery in the heart of Footscray, a quiet garden-oasis and tea bar nestled into one of the most truck-infested intersections in the area. She’s comfortable and confident, poised even as she describes parts of herself as ‘derro’.
We are here to talk about her first solo project, under the name “En.V”, and her debut tape release; ur future is bright. The red-glitter cassette is a magnetic techno-pop experiment where dancefloor act meets anxious electro-drama.
‘Problems’ juxtaposes a skeletal upbeat house track with lyrics narrating her troubles with men, issues with crying, and wanting to cut her womb. Similarly, ‘Anxiety is the New LBD’ combines a muscular industrial track with menacing samples taken from a pony-play video. We hear a man stating “the first thing I look for in a pony girl is desire. It sounds like I’m a male chauvinist pig” as well as a girl outlining that “a little bit of whipping is not a problem”. En.V invites us to embrace our anger at a male-bullshit world and dance the night away.
“To an extent, En.V is a homage to the queer dance culture when it first came around. People were angry , they were frustrated and they wanted to look hot – whatever hot meant to each person. It was about feeling connected through a general sense of disconnection”.
This palpable sense of rage in her music is precisely why En.V is an important new figure in Melbourne’s electro-scene. She’s a woman who is proudly weird, frustrated and not interested in fitting in or being censored. It’s a voice we’ve heard before in punk, grind and metal – but it’s now at the club looking hot, working the dance floor, fists pumping.
This tough-femme-at-the-club persona is hugely refreshing in a city where going out dancing involves making sure you skim out unsafe spaces – the kind where you can’t hear the music over troops of men yelling “you want a drink!?” into the ears of disinterested women.
Natasha tells me that this badass-femme attitude is partly inspired by her obsession with women in Greek mythology. “I think that the tragedy attached to these women influences my lyrics a lot. It makes me embrace the problems within me as a woman. It makes me declare myself to an audience and everyone who is disgusted by me”.
This type of empowerment – of embracing our rage – is urgent in a society where women are still called hysterical and irrational. We have to be polite and kind at work, at home and even on the dance floor – a space where you are meant to let go and find yourself.
En.V and her debut ur future is bright has landed at an important moment in Melbourne’s club scene. Venues, bookers and punters are becoming conscious of problems within the scene and slowly but surely, we’re seeing more gender diverse line ups, events describing their environments as “safe space” and even groups who employing safety coordinators at their parties. Natasha Vomit, with her fluid, fire spitting femme presence, is poised to lead the charge into a brighter future for the Australian club scene.
Until then, I’m ready to own the dance floor and let all hell break loose if someone tries to kill my vibe. Deal with it.
En. V’s ur future is bright is out August 1st through Dero Arcade.
See En.V live for her tape launch tour.
En. V ur future is bright launch tour
July 31 – Adelaide at Format
with Suckdog (USA), Terminal Infant
Aug 4 – Sydney at Red Rattler
with WDK, Luis CL, L.A. Suffocated, Gas W
Aug 6 – Melbourne at Hugs & Kisses
with Callan, Paraphilia, Nina Buchanan, Terminal Infant