Track Of The Day: Deux Furiueses – ‘Know The Score’

Violence against women is a topic you wouldn’t typically expect to lend itself to upbeat, catchy rock songs. But duo, vocalist and guitarist Ros Cairney and drummer Vas Antoniadou – aka Deux Furieuses – have done just that with their new track, ‘Know The Score‘.

The song kicks off with strumming guitars throwing out bouncy riffs over upbeat drum lines; promising the kind of classic rock melodies that take root in your head and don’t leave. The lyrics challenge the patriarchy head on from the first couple of lines, quickly referencing a “Another vigil on the streets of our cities tonight” – this alone evokes a painfully recent tragedy that immediately leaves you with no doubt about the seriousness and importance of the subject.

Referencing familiar experiences – keys in a fist, an easily accessible personal alarm, the need for both on a late night walk home – in a way that focuses on how terrifying it is that these things are so normal, these poignant words are platformed by the howling guitars and throbbing drums ramping up to a solo that screams with all the rage and sadness inherent in confronting these elements of society. The universality of it is boiled down into two simple, repeated lines: “Every girl grows into a / woman who knows the score”. The bluntness of it is heartbreaking; causing you to reflect on all the children whose innocence will be cut short by the selfishness of those granted power by the patriarchy.

The song fades to a close with the repeated line “say her name, say her name”. Deux Furieuses don’t have to say whose name for one to come to mind – whether it’s one that was recently in the news, or one from long ago that has stayed with you -, the fact that there are so many lends this refrain its power. The thought that listening to this song again in a year’s time will evoke an entirely new, as yet currently unknown, name is more powerful still. It has a terrifying timelessness to it.

Ultimately, ‘Know The Score’ forces you to confront the darkness that women face and powerfully acknowledges the need for change. It demands not only to be listened to, but for action to follow. Of the track, Deux Furieuses explain:

“We wrote this song about the shadow pandemic of violence against women. The song is a pounding strut of confidence on a big stage. It is bravado on a deserted street as we reach for our personal alarm… This is a song in solidarity with women who all know the score.”

Songs From Planet Earth, the upcoming new album from Deux Furieuses, is due for release on 11th November via Xtra Mile Recordings. Pre-save here.

Kirstie Summers

Track Of The Day: First Frontier – ‘Insist’

If you’ve heard any of the other tracks that Birmingham based duo First Frontier have released so far from their brand new debut EP, you might have an inkling of what to expect from ‘Insist‘; but the relatively gentle opening bars do not prepare you for the depth and power the duo have managed to inject into their latest song.Whether you’re familiar with their work or not, though, you can make the reasonable assumption that this is a track that is going to stay with you.

From the beginning, ‘Insist’ is made of the kind of stuff that seeps into your mind and lingers, though not in a way that is at all unwelcome. The track builds until the rich, wailing guitar and throbbing drum beat uplift the comparatively soft vocals. The song as a whole encapsulates the churning, roiling emotion that both causes and is hidden by the stoic exterior of someone who would never let on, on the outside.

‘Insist’ is a love song – though it’s not like other love songs in many ways you might expect, but it still has a very recognisable emotion. Instead of treating the hypothetical lover in the song as an object of pursuit, First Frontier makes them the inspiration to grow: it depicts love as a driving motivator. 

The lyrics are simple but heart-wrenching. The way the two vocal lines echo around each other create an image of the relationship that exists. One is tempted by the kind of desperate decisions that can destroy a life, while the other is beckoning them towards better, healthier things. Together they evoke an incredibly vivid picture of someone in the depths of despair, but who is starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. This is the kind of love that hurts, but it’s the kind of pain that you can channel into growth and use it to propel you to a better place.

First Frontier use a simple combination of just guitar, drums and vocals to create a unique and moving sound. ‘Insist’ a genuinely beautiful song – it aches to be consoled, but leaves you confident that there is hope very nearby.

Just Matter, the debut EP from First Frontier, is out now! Listen here.

Kirstie Summers

Track Of The Day: REWS – ‘Your Tears’

A racing, energetic slice of pop-rock, London-based duo REWS‘ have shared their latest single ‘Your Tears’. Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, it’s the third single taken from the band’s highly anticipated debut album Pyro, which is set for release via Marshall Records on 3rd November.

“‘Your Tears’ is the adrenaline driven, musical rendition of the boy who cried wolf,” explains drummer Collette Williams about the track, which is laced with pop rock sensibilities, dancing beats and front woman Shauna Tohill’s powerhouse vocals.

Rews will be finishing the year with a 16 date UK headline tour starting in November to celebrate the launch of Pyro, and we can’t wait to see them perform live again at London’s Old Blue Last. Check out which date you can make and listen to ‘Your Tears’ below.

REWS November 2017 UK Tour Dates
Wed 8th – The Wheatsheaf, Oxford
Thu 9th – Epic Studios, Norwich
Fri 10th – The Soundhouse, Leicester
Sat 11th – Esquires, Bedford
Wed 15th  – The Greystones, Sheffield
Thu 16th – Fibbers, York
Fri 17th – The Met, Bury
Sat 18th – Lincoln IMP, Scunthorpe
Wed 22nd – The Horn, St Albans
Thu 23rd – The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
Fri 24th – The Face Bar, Reading
Sat 25th – Actress & Bishop, Birmingham
Wed 29th – Old Blue Last, London
Thu 30th – Gwidhw, Cardiff

Pre-order your copy of Pyro here, and follow REWS on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington