In any genre of music there tends to be two types of women performing on stage: tough girls versus nice girls. Tough girls like Patti Smith and PJ Harvey get some kind of respect for displaying the attributes that society usually honors in men. You know, the direct, balls-out confrontational effect. On the other hand, nice girls like Sarah McLachlan or Dusty Springfield gain our admiration with the sweetness and conformity that we tend to associate with femininity. It's all a false dichotomy, of course, since no one is purely sweet or purely strong. This is the case with Jana and Vesna and their band "All Strings Detached". They appear vulnerable and openly defiant and fit mostly into a shadowy third category of calm, down-to-earth women artists. "All Strings Detached" was formed in 2013 with two main figures: Jana Beltran on acoustic-electric guitar and Vesna Godler on bass guitar and drums. Their debut album "Heavy Rain" is filled with the sounds of somewhat classical melodies, blues rhythms, and rock'n'roll. They're effectively mixing their expressive vocals with minimalistic arrangements which are filled with grief, pain, love, sweet and sour memories. The lyrics are emotionally expressive, vulnerable, laced with anger and sadness, but never stereotypically feminine, coy, or girlish. I had a little chat with Jana and Vesna about their first album "Heavy Rain", their future plans, and their story. Grab a cuppa and read on.