Track Of The Day: Kermes – ‘Peeling Off The Rind’

Their first release since 2018’s album We Choose Pretty Names, Leicester queercore outfit Kermes has now shared a brand new double A-side to offer some much needed musical comfort in these trying times.

Propelled by scuzzy, swirling hooks and a shimmering, angst-driven energy, ‘Peeling Off The Rind’ reflects on feelings of unity and togetherness, and their importance in resistance. With front person Emily’s raw, seething vocals driving the track’s poignant, impassioned power, it’s a much needed slice of uplifting catharsis, with musical shades of the likes of ’90s emo-indie like My Vitriol. A totally necessary, inspiring, listen to start 2021, at a time when we must use our collective rage to come together to overcome the confines of capitalist society.

Having been due to play for us at The Finsbury in August last year, Kermes are fast becoming one of our most favourite bands, and we dream of the day when we can finally witness their live set, and dance together in a sweaty safe space, in joyous solidarity.

 

‘Peeling Off The Rind’ is out now, along with equally powerful double A-side track ‘Terms’, released exclusively on bandcamp as a digital release and limited edition cassette via Amateur Pop Incorporated.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Byenary – ‘Princess Give A Fuck’

Set to release their self-titled debut album later this month, Byenary – Chuck SJ and Jodi Freer – are set on bringing trans experiences to the forefront.

Taken from the album, new single ‘Princess Give A Fuck’ races with a seething energy, as it rages against society’s preoccupation with gender norms and stereotypes. A formidable slice of queercore punk driven by an unrelenting angst-fuelled power and the fierce, visceral refrain “I’m not your fucking princess”. An absolutely essential listen right now, smashing through the confines of heteropatriarchal binaries and pushing for trans liberation, at a time when voices like these need to be heard more than ever.

Of the upcoming album, Chuck SJ asserts: I wanted to write a record that makes trans people feel empowered. When we talk about trans issues, we tend to talk about the violence that we experience. We spend more energy educating cis people than we do creating spaces to lift each other up. We’re an incredible community capable of extraordinary things, we need more spaces where we can celebrate each other.

 

Byenary, the new album, is out 28th August via Hell Hath No Fury. 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Video Premiere: Guttfull – ‘The Power’

Ahead of the launch of their debut album Tits And Nails next month, queercore sax punks Guttfull have shared another fantastically riotous new single.

Inspired by the Naomi Alderman novel of the same name, ‘The Power’ looks to a dystopian near future where women rise up and create a matriarchy, asserting their power over men by using an electrical force through their bodies (or, as songwriter Cassie Fox puts it, “zapping the bad men to death – pew pew!”). Oozing all the gutsy energy we’ve come to know and love, it’s another unapologetically angry, hugely catchy offering from the band.

Combining the politics of punk with a sparkling pop-fused colour, Guttfull have once again created a resolute feminist anthem, an uplifting call to get up, celebrate your womanhood, and dance the patriarchy away. As Guttfull reassure us, we all have the power in our hands.

Watch the vibrant, 70s-inspired video for ‘The Power’ here:

Guttfull’s debut album Tits and Nails is out 10th November on Loud Women records. Catch Guttfull live:

13th October – The Loud Women 3rd Birthday Party, N7
27th October – The Railway, Southend-on-Sea with T-Bitch
9th November – DIY Space for London with Fuzzhoneys and Stef Fi
10th November – Tits and Nails album launch, Hope & Anchor, N1, with Jemma Freeman and the Cosmic Something and more.

Mari Lane
@marimindles