EP: The Violet Kind – ‘OXTR’

Scotland is alive with the sound of The Violet Kind and their captivating new EP, OXTR.

The EP consists of four songs, conceptually challenging variations on the theme of rape culture, which ties in pretty tightly to the uprising of the #MeToo movement. A movement that, sadly, has divided gender politics more than it has united them. Still, the face that, through it, women have stuck together, will continue to stick together, and to step up and speak up for each other, has been monumental.

Not all bands confront these sorts of politics head on, and some that do who may be chart-orientated manage to whilst stepping around it, but The Violet Kind veer far from making vague statements: their songs were made to create a story, and that’s exactly why OXTR has to be experienced in order.

Front-woman Katya Mansell’s aim to highly regard survivors of the globally flawed system is shown. In lyrics like “you will save his life as she goes through hell” and “tell me who you’d rather protect?” (both from second track, ‘Good Behaviour’) Mansell confronts the apologists and law-makers directly. With the accompaniment of bright backing guitar riffs in the indie-vein of Vampire Weekend and the rolling drums of Ra Ra Riot — courtesy of band members Liam Duffy (bass) and Kyle Hamilton (drums) — Good Behaviour (and OXTR as a release) is as catchy as it is a message to those who don’t listen.

While it tells a story, the tracks differ from one another musically. The aching ‘Speakeasy’ heads into ‘Good Behaviour’, which fades into a calmer ‘Coffee and Contemplation’ that sounds like good thoughts over shitty coffee in a local greasy spoon the morning after. From there, closing track ‘Science’ ends the EP with a simple statement – “the truth cannot be altered/take time to practice self-love” – and a thundering crescendo of class.

If you love indie with meaning, listen to The Violet Kind’s OXTRAnd when I say listen, do.

OXTR is out now on Kindness Records.

Em Burfitt

LIVE (Photos): REWS @ Oporto, Leeds, 15.03.18

Rock duo REWS have been long time favourites of Get In Her Ears – they’ve wowed us with their thrashing energy numerous times live, including at our own night at The Finsbury, and we cannot get enough of their glorious debut album Pyro. 

Our Jon caught some snaps of them, with support from the wonderfully riotous Weekend Recovery, live at Oporto in Leeds on Thursday.

Weekend Recovery:


Jon Mo 

Track Of The Day: Suzie Stapleton – ‘Negative Prophet’

Having received acclaim from the likes of Louder Than War and BBC 6Music’s Tom Robinson, as well as having toured with artists such as Mark Lanegan and Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, Australian artist Suzie Stapleton has now shared her powerful new single.

Exuding a dark, brooding atmosphere, ‘Negative Prophet’ is Stapleton’s protest in an oversaturated world where the powerful feed on the powerless. As the immense power of her deep, raw vocals drift alongside reverb-strewn, blues-ridden hooks, the track oozes a haunting, otherworldly splendour. As it builds with a gradual crescendo and eerie intensity, ‘Negative Prophet’ is a majestic, and spine-tinglingly captivating, creation.

‘Negative Prophet’ is out now, and you can catch Suzie Stapleton live at The Finsbury for yours truly on 11th May.

Mari Lane

Photo Credit: Steve Gullick




Track Of The Day: The Ninth Wave – ‘New Kind Of Ego’

If you’re a noughties girl who wishes she living in an 80s world: The Ninth Wave‘s new single ‘New Kind Of Ego’ is going to melt your nostalgia-hungry ears off.

It’s the first track to be taken from their forthcoming EP Never Crave Attention, released April 20th on Distiller Records. The band will also be embarking on their first UK headline tour this year to support the record, including a gig at London’s Shacklewell Arms on May 16th.

Produced by Dan Austin (Massive Attack, Sløtface) at The Distillery, ‘New Kind Of Ego’ is an electric 80s “post-punk explosion” which seethes with impatience and uncertainty. Speaking about the new single, front man Haydn Park says: “‘New Kind Of Ego’ is a dialogue between two people and their insecurities in each other, focusing on the reasons for this lack of trust.”

With support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart, Huw Stephens, and Radio X’s John Kennedy – there’s no need for The Ninth Wave to feel insecure about their sound. Listen to ‘New Kind Of Ego’ below, and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

The Ninth Wave live dates 2018
05/05 Live At Leeds
06/05 Liverpool Sound City
10/05 Cafe Drummonds, Aberdeen
11/05 Church, Dundee
12/05 The Georgian Theatre, Stockton-on-Tees
13/05 Soup Kitchen, Manchester
14/05 Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
15/05 Louisiana, Bristol
16/05 Shacklewell Arms, London
18/05 The Great Escape
29/06 TRNSMT Festival
20/07 Deer Shed Festival
02/08 Neverworld Festival

Never Crave Attention will be released on April 20th on Distiller Records. Pre-order it here.

Photography: Martin Barker

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Cozy Slippers – ‘Not Hard To Say Goodbye’

Having started when Barbara Barrilleaux and Sarah Engel met at ‘Ladies Rock Camp’, a weekend event that brings women together to learn to play instruments and form bands, Seattle based Cozy Slippers have since recruited guitarist Steven Skelton and are now set to release their second EP.

Taken from the EP, new single ‘Not Hard To Say Goodbye’ is a perfect slice of jangly indie-pop. Filled with sweeping luscious harmonies and twinkling hooks, it oozes a gentle romanticism and sunny, heartfelt joy. A musically layered and lyrically rich offering, it’s guaranteed to brighten even the darkest of days.


Postcards, the new EP from Cozy Slippers, was mixed by Dylan Wall (Hibou, Tangerine, Craft Spells, High Sunn), and is out 20th April on Jigsaw Records.

Mari Lane

Track Of The Day: The Blow – ‘Afterparty’

If you’re feeling a little sensitive from Friday night’s antics, we recommend listening to the upbeat ‘Afterparty’ by The Blow. It’s an understated “thrust of electroacoustic punk energy” that’ll have you fixed up and ready to go again in a heartbeat.

Taken from their upcoming album Brand New Abyss, ‘Afterparty’ was written and produced by Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne (The Blow) using a production rig the duo painstakingly developed over the past four years; a mothership of patched-together modular synthesizers, ancient samplers and audio production gear.

Brand New Abyss will be released on The Blow’s newly formed WOMANPRODUCER collective; a diverse platform for female, trans and non-binary sonic innovators. Maricich explains they started the initiative to “highlight these creators’ frequently untold histories, and encourage the generation of more materials by and about these producers and technologists.” WOMANPRODUCER’s conversations, think-tanks and live performances have featured such luminaries as Neko Case, Zola Jesus, Pauline Oliveros, Suzi Analogue, Miho Hatori, Yuka C. Honda, Mirah, and Val Inc.

We’re loving the work this duo are doing and fully support their WOMANPRODUCER project. Listen to ‘Afterparty’ below, and follow The Blow on Facebook for more updates.

The Blow UK Live dates
1st April – Manchester – Gullivers
3rd April – London – Moth Club

Photo Credit: Daniel Rampulla

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Riè – ‘Benevolent Creature’

Having relocated to the UK following a successful career in Tokyo being signed to Sony Japan, Riè (pronounced ‘ree-ay’) delivers her pulsating new single ‘Benevolent Creature’.

With elements of inspiration from the likes of Björk, ‘Benevolent Creature’ deconstructs the way in which humanity faces up to its problems via pulsing, electronic beats. A melancholic piano score reels us into Riè’s world as subtle harmonies – coupled with distant violins – take us on a journey with her through otherworldly landscapes. As soon as the beat drops however, the fantasy transforms into a pulsating electronic anthem.

‘Benevolent Creature’ goes beyond the scope of traditional pop due to its powerful message -remaining strong to tackle our issues head on: “You don’t need to hold it back, pretend it’s fine when you want to scream out loud”, Riè tells us. The heightened pace of the bridge is suggestive of the anxieties we face in life, but as the tempo drops back down again, the listener is soothed once more. With ‘Benevolent Creature’ Riè demonstrates a gentle power which succeeds in lifting both our mood and our personal outlooks.


‘Benevolent Creature’ is out now. Catch Riè live at The Finsbury on 27th March.

Nicky Lee-Delisle