Track Of The Day: Saint Agnes – ‘Repent’

Counting the likes of Nick Cave and The Prodigy amongst their fans, and with acclaim from publications such as The Quietus and Kerrang!, London-based Saint Agnes follow last year’s EP The Family Strange with the announcement of a brand new mini album, set for release this Spring.

Taken from the album, new single ‘Repent’ instantly hits you with its ferocious, angst-driven force. Propelled by a seething drive and the immense, gritty power of front woman Kitty Austen’s vocals, frenzied hooks intertwine with thrashing beats, creating a perfect blast of raging, visceral energy that we need now more than ever. With its dark, relentless passion, it’ll leave you feeling empowered and ready to take on the world, seeking that “justified revenge” on anyone who gets in your way. Of the single, Kitty explains:

‘Repent’ is a song born of rage. It’s the story of a fallen angel hell bent on revenge and retribution, and was inspired by being sick to death of people in positions of power getting away with nasty shit again and again and again. I think most people feel it, you look around and it seems like the ‘bad guy’ is always winning so the song is a blood-thirsty revenge fantasy about righting injustice.

‘Repent’ is out now, and Vampire – the much anticipated upcoming mini album – is set for release 26th March via Death Or Glory Gang Records. Pre-order here.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Rob Blackham

PREMIERE: Potpourri – ‘Modern Girls’

Following lush singles ‘Postcards’ and ‘Eisenhower’, Sheffield band Potpourri are back with a brand new twinkling festive offering.

Pondering the idealism of a perfect Christmas amid the bounty of priceless love, ‘Modern Girls’ flows with soaring celestial vocals amongst shimmering keys and a scuzzy, sweeping energy. Propelled by a swirling, sparkling majesty, it oozes a blissful euphoric aura, whilst maintaining a refreshing sense of realism. A perfect and relatable Christmas accompaniment for any of us ‘Modern Girls’. Of the track, songwriter Lauren Dowling reflects:

I guess I was thinking about the modern phenomenon of gift-giving as a language of love, but also as a point of contention. Whilst we’re more inclined to be charitable at this time of year, we also can’t escape our own expectations for grandeur and luxury, but for ‘Modern Girls’, it’s the former that tends to bring the most joy and warmth.”

As part of this release, the band will be donating all proceeds from the track to Burngreave Foodbank and SAYiT. SAYiT’s aim is to create an environment that supports the emotional and sexual wellbeing of young people and empowers LGBT+ young people to transform their own lives and that of their peers by addressing issues of awareness, developing knowledge and addressing organisational discrimination and inequality. Burngreave Foodbank  provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people in crisis.

Download ‘Modern Girls’ from Bandcamp now.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Premiere: pink suits – ‘Fake Great Britain’

Having first formed back in 2017, Margate based queer punk-rock duo pink suits incorporate politically driven rage, dance and even theatre into their work, exploring issues of sexuality, mental health and a resistance of binary gender. Having just announced their debut album, ‘Political Child’, they have now shared a brand new riotous single.

Propelled by a frenzied, angst-driven power and scuzzy hooks, ‘Fake Great Britain’ hits you with its raw, punk-fuelled lyricism raging against austerity and the fake ‘great’ ideals of a post-Brexit UK. With a seething, ferocious passion, it’s a rallying cry against this government and the intolerance it promotes, its lies and the detrimental effects it’s had on all of our mental health. A totally necessary listen, it’s a perfect riotous catharsis; an immense formidable force calling us to arms in these terrifying times. A queer punk anthem inciting us to get up, make our voices heard and fight fascism with all our might. (It’s also catchy as f**K – an instant earworm that you need in your ears now).

‘Fake Great Britain’ is accompanied by a wonderfully vibrant, poignantly pink-themed video – a perfect depiction of the inclusive Feminist rebellion that pink suits urge us to unite in to bring about radical change.

Watch for the first time now:

Mixed and mastered by Aim4 Recording, Canterbury, ‘Fake Great Britain’ was filmed in Margate with Dogbrain Videos.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Kathryn A Betts

WATCH: Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business – ‘I Am Afraid’

Originally from Canada and now based in East London, Jenny Moore has played in bands such as Charismatic Megafauna and Bas Jan, and has now shared a brand new single from her six-piece choral punk ensemble Jenny Moore’s Mystic Business. Featuring members of Trash Kit, F*Choir and Bamboo, the ensemble released their first album back in 2018.

Reflecting on how being alone as a female identifying person can be both scary and exciting, ‘I Am Afraid’ is propelled by funk-fuelled bass-lines and an empowering, shimmering energy. As it builds with the twinkling power of voices uniting together in harmony and jangling, playful percussion, it’s a poignant, impassioned ode to female strength and resilience. Of the track, Jenny explains:

For anyone with a femme body, wandering home alone at night is not a straightforward situation… It’s super common to be harassed, followed, or just really annoyed by someone demanding my attention, affection or performance for them. It can be terrifying. At the same time, it can be exhilarating to finally be on my own, on my own terms, in my own time, on my own two feet. ‘I Am Afraid’ is a full-of-joy-and-rage anthem for emotion, for not being ashamed of the spectrum, of wanting to be powerful and allow the bigness of life but also be p*ssed off at those people who’ve shut me up, literally or metaphorically. Sometimes I’m craving for revenge.”

Directed by Sophie le Roux, ‘I Am Afraid’ is accompanied by a striking video. Watch now:

‘I Am Afraid’ is out now via Lost Map Records. Listen on Spotify.

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Heather Glazzard