LISTEN: GIHE on Soho Radio – Teenage Dreams 24.08.22

Tash, Kate and Mari were all physically in the Soho Radio studio together for the first time EVER for this month’s Get In Her Ears New Music show! They played an eclectic mix of tracks from some of their favourite female, non-binary and LGBTQIA+ artists.

The team also took some time to reminisce about the tunes that helped them through their formative years in their special #TeenageDreams section at the end of the show. Kate opted for pure angst with a classic Avril Lavigne anthem, Mari was raging away to The Distillers in her local rock club, and Tash was very busy pretending to understand the full context of Alanis Morissette’s ‘You Oughta Know’ at the tender age of twelve.

Listen back below:

Tracklist
Garbage – Cherry Lips (Go Go Baby)
Connie Constance – Till The World’s Awake
Victoria Canal – Swan Song
Beckie Margaret – August Nights
Mannequin Death Squad – Super Mental Psycho
BRUTUS – Liar
Halina Rice – Helix
Nameless Twin – My Eyes Went Black
Midnight Ambulance – Smoke and Sweets
A.A. Williams – Golden
Big Joanie – In My Arms
Electric Pets – That Way
Femegades – Daddy Says
Jadu Heart – Cocoon
070 Shake – Skin & Bones
Seraphina Simone – Milk Teeth
LOLAWOLF – Whole House
Midwife – Enemy
Obli – Hei
AGAAMA – Sarehole Mill
Gemma Laurence – Lavender
Sophie Jamieson – Sink
Fruity – BT9
Kindred Fawn – Neon World
**Teenage Dreams Section**
Avril Lavigne – Losing Grip
The Joy Formidable – The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade
Sheryl Crow – If It Makes You Happy
The Distillers – City Of Angels
All Saints – Never Ever
Alanis Morissette – You Oughta Know
Olivia Newton John – Hopelessly Devoted

Track Of The Day: Miss Kill – ‘All You Gotta Do’

A gritty guitar tune inspired by feelings of risk and vulnerability, Bristol-based sister duo Miss Kill have shared their latest single ‘All You Gotta Do’. Taken from their upcoming debut EP, Don’t Tell Me Twice, which is set for release on 16th September via AWAL, the track seethes with a heavy sense of angst.

Formed of sisters Alannah and Felicity Jackson, Miss Kill are inspired by the sounds of Hole, Placebo, Nirvana and The Vines. The pair have supported GIHE favourites ARXX, Mannequin Death Squad and Grandmas House on tour, as well as playing shows with the likes of Krooked Tongue, Millie Manders and the Shutup, The Courettes, Giant Sky and Hands Off Gretel. Together, the duo blend the best elements of grunge and garage rock to create their urgent, melodic sounds, with latest single ‘All You Gotta Do’ being a bold combination of both.

Described as a song about “feeling completely intoxicated, vulnerable and needing someone to to care, but they are refusing to,” ‘All You Gotta Do’ is full of bittersweet vocals and heavy reverb, reflecting the clouded head space that inspired it. From the track’s snaking opening riff to the swirling, crashing chorus, it feels like an exasperated plea for help when you’re struggling to see through the murky waters of inebriety.

A collection of tracks that the band say are an “ode to raw feelings and insecurities,” Miss Kill’s upcoming EP, Don’t Tell Me Twice, looks set to be a candid exploration of the fragmented thoughts that formed it.

Listen to ‘All You Gotta Do’ below.

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Kate Crudgington
@kcbobcut

Track Of The Day: Mannequin Death Squad – ‘Super Mental Psycho’

Having previously wowed us with immense offerings such as ‘Blue‘ and ‘Sick’, GIHE faves (and past guests on our radio show) Aussie duo Elly and Dan – aka Mannequin Death Squad – have now shared a riotous new single to coincide with their Summer UK tour (we can’t wait for them to play for us next week!).

Propelled by a gritty, angst-fuelled drive as fierce swirling riffs and relentless thrashing beats rage with intensity, ‘Super Mental Psycho‘ reflects on feelings of instability and fluctuating emotions. Blasting into the ears with a raw, frenzied energy, it’s a perfectly ferocious blast of infectious grunge-tinged rock with shades of legends such as The Distillers or Hole, showcasing the unique colossal power of our favourite Aussie duo.

Watch the new video for ‘Super Mental Psycho’ here:

You DO NOT WANT TO MISS seeing Mannequin Death Squad live next Saturday 20th August at The Cavendish Arms, with support from Maya Lakhani and Dogviolet – get your tickets now! And, if you’re not in London, they’re playing a number of other UK dates – details here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

ALBUM: Soccer Mommy – ‘Sometimes, Forever’

Inspired by the concept that neither sorrow nor happiness are permanent, Sophie Allison aka Soccer Mommy cleverly nods to synth sub-genres on Sometimes, Forever. From new wave to goth, the album broadens Allison’s repertoire without abandoning the compelling melodies she’s known for.

Throughout, Sometimes, Forever is informed by historic musical movements. It’s entirely plausible that the album has been described as “a moodboard of vintage touchstones”. ‘Unholy Affliction’ and ‘Following Eyes’ both echo the 1990s grunge scene, with the use of guitars in the latter particularly drawing inspiration from Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’. Likewise, opening track, ‘Bones’ wouldn’t feel out of place on Alvvays’ eponymous 2014 album.

Thankfully, Sometimes, Forever falls short of simply recycling old sound as the album transcends its influences. Later track ‘With U’ and lead single ‘Shotgun’ both incorporate heavier synth notes. The juxtaposition between this sound and the previously mentioned tracks separates Soccer Mommy from a sea of grunge and indie-pop imitators. The synth notes should come as no surprise though – Sometimes, Forever was produced by Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never, most notable for the score of ‘Uncut Gems’ and The Weeknd’s chart-topping, ‘Dawn FM’. Lopatin has an unbounded synth vocabulary, which particularly shines through on ‘With U’.

Radiating an overwhelming theme of blueness, Soccer Mommy’s album is partially galvanised by the push and pull between Allison’s yearning to produce meaningful art and her scepticism about artless careerism. The echoey vocals on ‘Fire In The Driveway’ accompanied by nothing but acoustics certainly represents this disposition. Interestingly, the downcast lyrics depicting elitism on Sometimes, Forever follow Soccer Mommy’s past successes. Strikingly, her studio debut, Clean, is one of the most beloved albums of the 2010s lo-fi bedroom-pop scene. Similarly, her sophomore effort, color theory, was GRAMMY nominated. As explorations of artistic integrity go, Sometimes, Forever is a brave effort.

Sometimes, Forever will be released on June 24th via Loma Vista. Pre-order here

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Photo Credit: Sophie Hur

Sarah Bennett
@sarah_benn3tt (Twitter)
@zasbennett (Instagram)