Track Of The Day: Bait Bag – ‘Safe Word’

A riotous drop-kick to one of the worst years in global history, US riot grrrls Bait Bag have shared their latest single ‘Safe Word’. Full of sardonic lyrics and punk-infused riffs, the track is a vigorous farewell to 2020 and more specifically, to the last four years of tyrannous American politics.

Formed in the summer of 2018 by North Haven Island-based pals Fiona Robins, Claire Donnelly and Courtney Naliboff, Bait Bag are inspired by the sounds of Sleater-Kinney, Blondie and Le Tigre. They’ve channeled their collective energies into new single ‘Safe Word’, a track that encourages listeners to dance and swirl around in the ashes of this “dumpster fire” of a year.

“This is the song to blast at midnight with a glass of champagne and all your friends on Zoom,” the band explain. With its crashing percussion, energetic guitars and relatable lyrics – “Hey man, stop the world I wanna get off!” – it’ll be hard not to bop along with the grrrls as they enthuse about the exhaustion that came with the continuous flow of bad news this year.

With songs intended to “empower and excite, or at least give other frustrated people something to flail around to,” Bait Bag’s latest single is a strong opening track for the soundtrack of 2021.

Listen to ‘Safe Word’ below.


Follow Bait Bag on bandcamp, Spotify, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for more updates.

Kate Crudgington

Get In Her Ears x Festive Special 17.12.20

Kate and Tash were back in the Hoxton Radio studio for the last GIHE show of 2020, with a playlist full of festive tunes and some of their favourite tracks of the year. Thanks to everyone who’s been listening to us throughout 2020, it means the world to us and we hope this show brings you a little bit of Christmas Cheer! We’ll see you in 2021 xxx

Listen back here:

Poly Styrene – Black Christmas
Eurythmics – Winter Wonderland
The Big Moon – Carol Of The Bells
Donna Missal – Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby (Cigarettes After Sex Cover)
Despicable Zee ft. Tiiva – We Won’t Stop
Evil House Party – Wicked
Lande Hekt – December
The Go! Team – Look Outside (A New Year’s Coming)
The Joy Formidable – My Beerdrunk Soul Is Sadder Than a Hundred Dead Christmas Trees
Big Joanie – Fall Asleep
The Crystal Furs – Drinking Alone On Christmas
Pet Wife – Ask
Anita Ward – Ring My Bell
Desire – Under Your Spell
Kynsy – Cold Blue Light
Gold Baby – Looks Like a Cold, Cold Winter
Table Scraps – Doom Generation
Problem Patterns – Christmas Number One
Dream Nails – Lonely Star
Mabel – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
PINS – Come On Home (It’s Christmas)
MJ Guider – FM Secure
Geiste – Tide
Charlotte Carpenter – A Light Christmas
Potpourri – Modern Girls
Catgod – Sometimes I Care For You
Jess Kemp – Leave A Chair Out
Kadija Kamara – Best Moves
Jessica Winter – Sad Music
Hilary Woods – Orange Tree
Dolly Parton – Holly Jolly Christmas

Get In Her Ears w/ Bitch Falcon 10.12.20

Kate and Tash were back in the Hoxton Radio studio for the first time since Lockdown 2.0 ended in the UK, with a FULL playlist of new tunes from women & non-binary artists. Kate also caught up with Bitch Falcon’s vocalist & guitarist Lizzie Fitzpatrick to talk about lockdown life in Dublin, the band’s debut album Staring At Clocks, how much she loves Lady Gaga’s Chromatica and Bitch Falcon’s upcoming live-stream gig in collaboration with ‘Together With Electric Streams’ on 27th December (info and tickets here.)

Listen back:

Cyndi Lauper – She Bop
Dead Naked Hippies – Curiosity (Dawn)
CIRCE – Dancer
Bicep – Apricots
Tierra Whack – Peppers and Onions
Serena Isioma – Stop Calling The Police On Me
Miss Grit – Dark Side Of The Party
Elaine Malone – You (1000 Beasts Remix)
Biig Piig – Feels Right
Lime – Fever
About Bunny – Special
Amaroun (& Jung Mergs) – Highest Head
ZAND – Slut Money
Bitch Falcon – Gaslight
**Bitch Falcon – Interview with Lizzie Fitzpatrick**
Smoothboi Ezra – My Own Person
Magic Island – Easy Babe
Nervous Twitch – Tongue Tied
Big Joanie – Cut Your Hair
Charmpit – Bad Attitude
Maria BC – Adelaide
Nilufer Yanya – Crash
pink suits – Fake Great Britain
Petrol Girls – I Believe Them (Solidarity Not Silence)
Zola Jesus – Krunk
Kin – Wander & Lost
Party Fears – Time in Space
Taylor Swift – Blank Space

Track Of The Day: Dream Nails – ‘Lonely Star’ (Christmas Song)

The gift that keeps on giving, feminist punks Dream Nails have shared their joyful new Christmas single ‘Lonely Star’. Dedicated to those who may be feeling isolated or alone at this time of year – especially their LGBTQ fans – it’s a poignant punk-infused offering designed to lift everyone’s spirits and raise money for The Outside Project, the UK’s first LGBTIQ+ Crisis/Homeless Shelter.

“This Christmas is going to be a bit different from the usual,” explains guitarist Anya Pearson. “So, we wrote a Christmas song that sends strength and love to anyone finding this time of year particularly tough, especially those who are LGBT or struggling with acceptance and support at home. We see you, we’re here for you and we love you!”

The single is accompanied by a DIY video that shows the band having lolz while recording the track and sporting some lovely Christmas jumpers. “With government failures to respond to the pandemic adequately, we feel strongly about raising money for The Outside Project,” bassist Mimi Jasson adds. You can donate to the organisation by downloading ‘Lonely Star’ from the band’s bandcamp page here. Dream Nails’ values aren’t seasonal – “We see you this Christmas! / We see you the whole year through!” – and their continuous efforts to energise and support their communities is something us GIHE grrrls are always in awe of.

The four piece will be playing ‘Lonely Star’ live for the first time during their special live-streamed Feministmas gig on 6th December (ticket info here.) “After another lockdown near the holidays where we can’t physically come together, it’s important for us to have a space where we can keep in touch as a global punk community!” Mimi explains, so join in if you can!

Listen to ‘Lonely Star’ below.

Follow Dream Nails on bandcamp, Spotify, Instagram, Twitter & Facebook

Kate Crudgington