Track Of The Day: Venus Grrrls – ‘Violet State Of Mind’

Having received acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders for their 2021 EP Potions, Leeds rockers Venus Grrrls have now blasted into our ears with the perfect “hot-girl-summer anthem”.

Coming in at just 2.20 minutes long, ‘Violet State Of Mind‘ is an explosive track that deserves full head-banging energy from start to finish. Opening with a fuzzy bassline and thick distorted guitars, Venus Grrrls blend ’90s riot grrrl energy with ’80s synths creating a colossal wall of sound. It’s no surprise they are inspired by bands like L7, Veruca Salt and Bikini Kill.

The formidable vocals sit clean and crisp against the gritty, raw musicality and are really the centre-piece of the track. Lead singer GK’s vocals are seriously impressive; the climactic power note at 1 minute 36 totally blew me away.

The chorus is catchy and the group vocals offer a sense of fun and unity. With lyrics like “our egos are losing, the bar is closing”, it seems that Venus Grrrls aren’t trying to be profound – it’s simply a song about the chase and playing hard to get on a night out. And, as the band explain: “we want this song to be on your get ready playlists and allow you to reach into those inner deities that we know you are.”

‘Violet State Of Mind’ keeps us captivated with moments of quiet between the loud, and the chaotic feedback-swamped guitar panning left to right in the outro was a nice touch for the song’s climax.

You can check out Venus Grrrls this weekend at Truck Festival or on 28th July if you are at Kendal Calling. Otherwise, keep an eye out for gigs from this dynamic and energetic 5-piece!

Ella Patenall
@ellapatenall


Photo Credit: Tash Koziarska

Track Of The Day: Bad Idea – ‘Crash’

A hazy, melodic musing on the familiar feeling of burning out, Leeds-based band Bad Idea have shared their latest single ‘Crash’. Released via Leeds label Come Play With Me, the track meshes the band’s shoegaze and dream pop sensibilities with relatable lyrics to create a swirling distraction from the overwhelming desire to crash out of your many commitments.

Formed in 2016 on a drunken night out dancing to Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’, Bad Idea’s Sarah Sefton and Daniel Johnson chose the band’s name after entering into a new creative project and a new romantic relationship together simultaneously. They put aside their concerns about how this might affect their musical dynamics and enlisted the help of new bandmates Charlie Peacock and Liam Lambert in 2019 to flesh out their sounds. On new single ‘Crash’, the band embrace the idea of “putting yourself in front of a slow moving car, or acquiring a minor injury of some sort to get out of your commitments, because you’re too tired and want to go home” with atmospheric flair.

“It’s a sad song about exhaustion and anxiety, but also camaraderie,” vocalist Sarah explains further. “It describes an anxiety that I share with most of my colleagues and friends..the song mirrors this feeling in the music with slow, drifting and overlapping vocals and sudden hard choruses.”

Listen to ‘Crash’ below.

 

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: Venus Grrrls – ‘Hate Me’

After much critical acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, and Radio X for their previous releases including ‘Goth Girl‘, Leeds band Venus Grrrls are back with another angry bop that’ll help you release some pent-up rage. 

The song explores the consequences of unvoiced emotions and lack of communication, delving into “the internal complexities this can cause, and explores the desire to have clarity and closure.” A very relatable situation which makes the question demanded in the chorus “Why do you hate me honey?” very cathartic to scream along to.

‘Hate Me’ is a danceable, angry song that makes you want to sway in the verses and pogo during the chorus. These two ends are held together by the consistency of lead singer Grace Kelly’s powerful, smooth vocals. The drums and rhythm section bring a frenzied energy when needed and the transitions between this and the more swayable verses are seamless. The gorgeous creeping bassline, perfectly matched with the vocals, grips listeners from the get-go and manages to be both punchy and melodious. The synths bring the song to another level sonically without being distracting or gimmicky. Perfect for this riot grrrl-inspired number.

So, do yourself a favour and listen to ‘Hate Me’ by Venus Grrrls. In fact, put it on repeat.

‘Hate Me’ is out now via Monomyth Records.

Red
@redthewarrior86

LISTEN: Bad Idea – ‘Happy’

An atmospheric, dizzy guitar tune about the unexpected relief a change of emotions can bring, Leeds four-piece Bad Idea have shared their latest single ‘Happy’. Released in partnership with RoseColoured Records, the track is a lush, woozy extrapolation on how refreshing your positive thoughts can be after you’ve been caught in the grasp of a low mood for too long.

Formed in 2016 on a drunken night out dancing to Madonna’s ‘Like A Prayer’, Bad Idea’s Sarah Sefton and Daniel Johnson chose the band’s name after entering into a new creative project and a new romantic relationship together at the same time. They put aside their concerns about how this might affect their musical dynamics and enlisted the help of new bandmates Charlie Peacock and Liam Lambert in 2019 to flesh out their lo-fi sounds.

In 2020, the band released their debut EP, the ironically titled I Just Want To Go Home, after recording the tracks intermittently between lockdowns in a friend’s basement. The result of their efforts is a joyful, fuzzy exploration of love, loss, nostalgia and moving on to new experiences. New single ‘Happy’ follows on from previous release ‘Winter’ and showcases the band’s ability to take simple concepts like a shift in mood and transform them into swirling, melodic aural head rushes.

Listen to ‘Happy’ below.

 

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut