Out now from Erika Severyns, ‘Strongest Woman’ is a chillingly tender, raw folk song on the topic of drink spiking and sexual assault.
All proceeds from the Bandcamp sales of this song will be donated to Good Night Out.
“‘Strongest Woman’ is a song that I wrote because I needed to hear it. I wrote it the day after a friend of a friend slipped a drug into my drink and took me to his house. I bolted out the door after the man lay down next to me on the couch and I noticed that something felt off. Once I got to the U-Bahn station (the Berlin tube), I sunk to the ground, unable to move, with the drug just then taking effect. A girl I didn’t know found me and took me home in a taxi, holding my hair back as I threw up outside the house of the family where I worked as an au pair. I still don’t know what happened. I went to the hospital to take a test, but the drug usually used to spike drinks leaves your system after 6 to 12 hours. I was too late to know for sure, which is one of the worst parts about being roofied.It’s a sober, sparsely arranged folk song that is vulnerable and unsettling, with lyrics that, like another singer-songwriter described, “really go there”. It features a nylon string and a cello, along with my vocals. I recorded the guitar and the vocals in my bedroom in my childhood home in Belgium. I wanted it to sound like I was in the same room as the listener, talk-singing to bring attention to the raw lyrics.”
Erika Severyns is a fresh songwriting talent, currently studying at BIMM London. She was one of the 64 voices on LOUD WOMEN’s ‘Reclaim These Streets’ song.