Here’s what they don’t do: Dance onstage (unless they’ve lost a bet). Sloganise (“That Spice Girls ‘Girl Power’ thing totally bypassed me” says Toy). Forget that a band are only as good as their songs. Date celebrities (though Cherisse wouldn’t say no to a tryst with Usher or D’Angelo). Expect to be taken any less seriously than a male band.
Regarding that last one – they know the hurdles female groups can expect to face, even in 2005, and they say, Bring it on. As Toy puts it, with the air of someone equal to a juicy battle, “Adam Ant’s line, ‘Ridicule is nothing to be scared of’, is one of our favourite lines as a group.” But anyone who insists on seeing them as just “a girl group” will be surprised to learn that, between them, there’s a diploma from the Brighton Institute of Modern Music, years of experience as a heavy-metal drummer and a stint fronting a jazz band. So they have nothing to prove.