Today’s track of the day is the brutally good new single from SaintAgnes, Brother – taken from EP FamilyStrange.
Kitty A. Austen (vocals/guitar), explains:
“Saint Agnes and our wider family are a fucked up tribe of weirdos, outsiders and freaks, and we are a home for anyone who’s never felt like they quite fitted. Our new EP is a celebration of the strange.
“We wanted to create something that was bold in its simplicity and disarming in its honesty. The songs have a child-like narrative – a direct voice that cuts straight to the heart of things in a way that only a kid can. The songs are about powerlessness and empowerment, bullying and being a bully, loving and hating the same person. The imagery is twisted and disturbing with shadows and monsters – just how a kid imagines things.”
Nashville’s Raelyn Nelson is our new favourite country punk, and her ‘Weed and Whiskey’ is our track of the day (and maybe your new personal themetune).
Raelyn was raised on traditional country and gospel music, and was gifted her first guitar as a teenager by her grandfather – Willie Nelson. Yeah, the actual Willie Nelson.
These days Raelyn Nelson and her high energy band are as likely to be sharing stages with country stars as punk bands (recently with the Descendents).
The theme of latest single ‘Weed and Whiskey’ is pretty clear, but nonetheless we couldn’t resist asking Raelyn to give LOUD WOMEN a bit more scoop on the single. She told us:
It’s not a “round up your friends – jump on your tailgate – let’s all get wasted party anthem”, it’s a song about prohibition and the ridiculous laws surrounding cannabis worldwide. Here in the states, we’ve all had a friend or family member that has been affected by the opioid crisis but some of our leaders choose to demonize a plant that has been scientifically proven to have many health benefits including helping people get off opioids.“
Delighted to bring you the premiere of Austel’s new video for delicious moody electro-pop single ‘Now We’re Here’ – filmed at The Cause in Tottenham.
Austel – aka Annie Rew Shaw – says of the track:
‘The song is essentially about the impact of toxic relationships and dismantling the pedestals we put people on. Learning to be comfortable with your own identity. Commanding a new-found sense of confidence and inner strength.
It also touches on the idea that we as a society have grown so distant from each other, and ourselves. In an age where communication devices are practically glued to our hands, most of us feel lonelier than ever. We’re not built to socialise through screens; we crave a warm, human connection. So Now We’re Here is also about trying to process that, and why it’s so hard to open up and be vulnerable when you’re met with ‘cold love’.’
1. For people who’ve not seen Rabies Babies play live before, what can we expect from you on 12 October?
Loud, fast & fun. Rabies Babies will put a smile on your lovely face with full-on angry punk tunes about lost weekends and smashing patriarchy. We will be dressing up in fancy outfits and doing covers of songs by the Primitives and the Runaways and playing our new song ‘Girl Band’ which is our comment on how women in bands are often treated by (not all) men on the gig scene (‘And the boys give us friendly advice – smile more, smile less, don’t be so aggressive’). This is our final gig of 2019 as our drummer is being Brexited out of the UK so we will make it extra special!
2. Fill in the blanks:
“Our sound is like the lovechild of L7 and Black Flag with a bit on the side from Joan Jett”
3. Give us your band manifesto in no more than 20 words
It’s all about having fun, not conforming and smashing the patriarchy.
4. Who’s your favourite band playing on the DIY circuit at the moment?
The Menstrual Cramps and Hagar the Womb! We are so excited to be playing with them on 12th October.
5. Draw us a picture.
Catch Rabies Babies Saturday 12 October at the Hope & Anchor, and check out this gorgeous poster also designed by Rabies Babies’ Lorna Tiefholz!
Today’s track of the day is the brand new single from Romania’s Zimbru: Little Creatures – a lesbian disco-punk ballad about heartbreak.
Frontwoman Teodora says of the song:
“I’ve lost the friendship and love of somebody that I wanted to be around for a very long time and Little Creatures is my message in the bottle, if you will. She loved Kate Bush and I pretended I had the capacity to invoke her in my singing. I wrote sappy lyrics shamelessly hitting all the cliches and when we recorded the song, we would take breaks so I could squeeze in crying sessions. Singing about heartbreak whilst living it can really be unbearable.”
After forming at this year’s First Timers Fest – a tried-and-true training ground for DIY acts – indie-punk gang BreakupHaircut have been gathering the attention of their underground scene. Since then their hard work hasn’t stopped, with a regular run of gigs this Autumn giving them an intrigued audience just in time for their debut EP. The charming ‘What Did You Expect? I Got It Off The Internet!’ channels the subversive peppiness of early riot grrrl to bring humanity to the insecurities and worries of today’s creators.
These ideas are all found in the EP’s opening track ‘I (don’t) Wanna Do Things’. While the simple yet catchy line of the rumbling bass promises positivity, the lyrics are actually an incisive example of the group’s confessional style when it comes to songwriting. The chorus flits back and forth between motivation and defeat, as the title suggests with its uncertain parentheses. Meanwhile the verses alternate between quippy references to shows like The Office, and raw truths on the struggle to find one’s identity while feeling like a cog in the modern machine.
The confessional style of ‘What Did You Expect?…’ is unfailingly endearing. Tracks like ‘Kim Pine’, with its grunge-style heavily pedalled guitar riffs and haunting background vocals, twist earnest tracks out of the macho posturing often associated with rock and roll. There’s something very stripped down and raw about Breakup Haircut’s sound that really matches this energy, bringing out the emotions of the lyrics with painful accuracy. However, the cutesy pop culture references in the lyrics of ‘Mystery Inc’ also provide plenty of evidence for these guys knowing when to let loose and enjoy themselves.
‘Mum, I Wanna Be A Greaser’ closes the EP with an appropriately fifties-inspired guitar line and catchy chorus. There’s also the usual sprinkling of their punk energy, with both the up-tempo sound and the subversive look at topics like gender presentation reminiscent of acts like Bratmobile. As with the track before it, ‘Mystery Inc’, this song makes it clear how much love there is for the long-established culture of DIY, whether they’re breaking the rules or playing with them in their own charming way.