Track Of The Day: Scarlet – ‘Bring Me Down’

Having received acclaim from the likes of 6Music and Radio 1, Scarlet have previously captured our ears’ attention with their last single ‘Friends’, which was accompanied by a heartwarming, lockdown-made video featuring friends of the band. Now, they’re back with a frenzied new offering.

Propelled by a fierce unrelenting energy as impassioned vocals and catchy punk-pop hooks race throughout, ‘Bring Me Down’ offers a vibrant burst of life with a raging spirit. Of the track, front woman Jessie Robinson explains:

It’s about constantly being treated like a mug. Being underestimated and held back by people that should be working with you. It’s about not being taken seriously, realising it, and setting yourself free.

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Asupremeshot

WATCH: DOLLS – ‘Bubble Bath’

London duo DOLLS’ latest single ‘Bubble Bath’ is as pleasingly frothy as its name suggests. A sugary slice of garage rock, delivered with bucketloads of attitude, it rallies against impossible beauty standards and “toxic nice guys” who feel they are owed a relationship after spending precious time getting to know you as a friend.

With their badass, bubblegum vocals and shout-a-long harmonies, the band, made up of Jade and Bel, turn their anger at these injustices into an empowering, inspiring anthem. Backed by scuzzy guitars, they cry, “we are sisters, mothers, daughters, teachers. Anything. Anything. Anything.” It’s power pop in every sense of the word.

As the band sing “We are either goddesses or whores, beautiful or sluts”, they tackle society’s stupid expectations and contradictions so skilfully – and show everyone that you can have a brilliant time while you do it. Who says you can’t start a revolution on the dance-floor?!

Watch the uplifting, fan-filled, DIY video for ‘Bubble Bath’ now:

‘Bubble Bath’ is taken from DOLLS’ Eggshells EP. It was released as part of the Love Record Store Day event on a beautiful limited edition multi-coloured and etched vinyl LP via iconic soundtrack labels Mondo/Death Waltz, and will be released digitally on 28th August.

Vic Conway

Photo Credit: Keira-Anee Photography

Re-Covered: Sally-Anne’s Illustrated Favourite Albums

If you’re anything like us, throughout Lockdown you may have been seeking refuge in some of your favourite records, perhaps rediscovering some old classics along the way. So, for this new feature, illustrator Sally-Anne Hickman re-imagines her favourite ten albums of all time by painting their covers in her own unique style, using watercolours.

Check out the seventh of Sally-Anne’s choices below, and keep your eyes peeled for the last few over the next couple of weeks…

Lunachicks- Pretty Ugly
This fearsome group of all female punk rockers hail from New York City where they began blasting riffs in the late 1980s. I discovered this album as a teenager and was immediately hooked by the pop culture references, obscenities and choppy punk guitars. It’s another band I wanted to be in, they seemed such a tight knit bunch of musicians that promoted feminism through having fun and being bold, all whilst being in a kick-ass punk rock band covered in glitter.

Sally-Anne Hickman
@sallyshinystars

Re-Covered: Sally-Anne’s Illustrated Favourite Albums

If you’re anything like us, throughout Lockdown you may have been seeking refuge in some of your favourite records, perhaps rediscovering some old classics along the way. So, for this new feature, illustrator Sally-Anne Hickman re-imagines her favourite ten albums of all time by painting their covers in her own unique style, using watercolours.

Check out the sixth of Sally-Anne’s choices below, and keep your eyes peeled for the rest over the next few weeks…

The Muffs- Hamburger
This compilation album features songs, outtakes and demos recorded between 1991 and 1999. It really captures the punk-pop-rock sounds that this band is renowned for. It’s garage-pop at its finest with most songs coming in at three minutes, each with a tip of the hat to 1960s girl bands. Its choppy, distorted guitars, layered with the sweet vocal harmonies and rasping growl of Kim Shattuck, all add up a bumper album of songs. Complete classic.

 

Sally-Anne Hickman
@sallyshinystars