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Video premier: Mega Emotion drops ‘Sick Burn’

megaIt’s almost the end of 2017. And if this year has been a soul crushing one for you, then ‘Sick Burn’ is your new mantra. A mantra to pick yourself up, hug your friends, and tough out the vileness that life can throw you.
It’s been a difficult year for Mega Emotion‘s Jan, Lisa and Iain too. Facing illness, death and heartache, the friends (since school) turned up their instruments and wrote a slow-building hymn to friendship and optimism in a totally bleak world.
Exclusively premiering on LOUD WOMEN, here’s the awesome video to accompany this poignant new single.

Mega Emotion play drums and percussion over electronic beats and build walls of sound that loop dirty baselines against pumping synths and scuzzy guitars. They wear floor-length ceremonial robes, with faces dusted in glitter and stars swept through their hair.

The band’s self-released debut BRAINS won Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable on BBC 6 Music. Their demo material has been championed by BBC Introducing and played by DJs including John Kennedy, Mark Radcliffe, Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, and Nemone.

 

The trio have recorded their debut album, tentatively titled MOVE, M0THERF*CKER in the darkest depths of Norfolk at Sickroom Studios and hope to release it next year.
 We can’t wait to hear it!

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video: Bitch Falcon drop ‘Of Heart’

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Irish grunge trio Bitch Falcon have a stunning new single out today, Of Heart’, with a dreamy video. Singer Lizzie Fitzpatrick drawls gorgeously snarly vocals over languid, fuzzy soundscape. It’s top drawer cinematic pop rock – Death in Vegas with a touch of the  Cranberries.

Find Bitch Falcon on SOUNDCLOUD / Twitter.com/BitchFalcon / Facebook.com/B.tchFalcon / Soundcloud.com/Bitch-Falcon

 

 

Video: Gaptooth (feat. Sisters Uncut) drops ‘They Cut We Bleed’ – LOUD WOMEN exclusive

gaptooth1Gaptooth feat. Sisters Uncut
‘They Cut We Bleed (Gaptooth Music)
Worldwide release date: 01.12.17

The new single from East London-based electro artist Gaptooth (aka Hannah Lucy) is filled with feminist rage against government austerity measuresThe track, ‘They Cut We Bleed’, is a tribute to feminist direct action group Sisters Uncut, who have become famous for their protests against life-threatening cuts to services for survivors of domestic violence.

 

“In the UK, two women a week are killed by a partner or ex-partner, but the government is cutting funding for refuges, legal aid, social housing – all services that survivors rely on,” says Lucy. “Across the country, the first services to shut down have been those set up for women of colour and LGTBQ+ survivors, while many migrant survivors are denied the right to access refuges at all. This is a matter of life or death. Theresa May has made a show of being tough on domestic violence, but is taking away lifelines for people trying to escape it.”

gaptooth 3‘They Cut We Bleed’ is the second single taken from Gaptooth’s forthcoming second album, due out next year. It follows the Pillow Fort EP (2016), a  selection of guitar-fuelled electro-pop tracks with a feminist bent, and her debut album Connections/Departures (2013), described by Everett True as full of big blowsy choruses and tricky couplets that recall the heady days of Republica… joyous, infectious pop music from East London.

All proceeds from the single will be donated to Sisters Uncut (www.sistersuncut.org).

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Sisters Uncut is made up of women and non-binary people, many of them survivors of domestic violence or support workers who see the impact of the cuts first hand. They have been described by Vice as “Britain’s most radical direct action group”, and are best known for storming the red carpet at the Leicester Square premiere of the film Suffragette. ‘They Cut We Bleed’ features samples of protest chants, recorded in summer 2016 when Sisters Uncut took over an empty council flat in Hackney for nine weeks to highlight the lack of safe housing available for survivors fleeing domestic violence.

In May this year, Sisters Uncut took over the visitor’s centre at the recently closed Holloway Prison for a week to demand that the land be used as a women’s centre. The site – formerly a women’s prison – was once used to imprison suffragettes, who staged a hunger strike there in their fight for women’s right to vote. More recently, Sisters Uncut have been protesting a decision by Tower Hamlets Council to turn Hopetown Hostel, one of East London’s last women-only hostels, into a men’s hostel. Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of homelessness among women, yet residents say the council are forcing survivors to move into mixed accommodation with men. Sisters Uncut are asking people to sign a petition to keep the Hopetown open, retaining all of its women-only hostel beds, and for investment in social housing and support services for women and non-binary people.

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First listen: HAWK’s new single, ‘Can’t Explain’

JulieHawkReleased today, the mighty Berlin-based HAWK are treating our earholes to a gorgeous new single, Can’t Explain, via Veta Records.

Inspired by Irish history, the Catholic church and its mistreatment of women, Below oozes a twinkling, ethereal splendour as the spine-tingling emotion of Julie Hawk’s celestial vocals flow. With a rich, haunting grandeur, a shimmering delicacy is juxtaposed with a searing passion and dark undertones, conveying the track’s message with a captivating grace. Julie explains “as an Irish woman, both looking back at how women were treated in the past and the desperate lack of progress today, I feel betrayed by my country. We’re still fighting for basic reproductive rights for women and seeing an embarrassing response from our government.”

Similarly, Can’t Explain is another example of HAWK’s acute social awareness and ability to create powerful soundscapes with a unique, compelling elegance. It was written as a reaction to people’s ignorance and the power privilege has to erase the voices of those who need to be heard. A gritty slice of grunge-filled indie, it’s propelled by thrashing riffs and a seething passion. Can’t Explain showcases the soaring power of Julie’s vocal at its most intense, as a potent sense of urgency rages throughout.

HAWK originally formed in London in 2014, before relocating to Berlin last year where they now produce all music themselves, and have also recently started working with Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar) to help develop their post-rock sound. In addition to their musical endeavours, front woman Julie is also a skilled illustrator and has recently launched Female Fronted Drawn Together – a project through which she has created a playlist of admirable female bands/musicians and created an illustration to accompany each song.

Since the release of critically acclaimed singles such as Take It Away, Mirror Maze, Once Told and most recently, Sin, HAWK have received support from Noisey, Stereogum, Wonderland, DIY and The Line Of Best Fit to name but a few. Combining an abrasive edge with a beguiling grace, activism is at the heart of all HAWK create, with their music covering a range of topics including inequality, gender-preconceptions, and generalisations faced by different social groups.

Catch HAWK live:

22nd November 2017 – HAWK plus The Anatomy Of Frank – The Lexington – Tickets
AA-side Can’t Explain / Below is out on 17th November 2017 via Veta Records.