PLAYLIST: Galentine’s Day 2022

It’s one of the best days of the year, GALENTINE’S DAY! Coined by Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) back in 2010, Galentine’s has since been recognised by girls across the globe and used as a light-hearted platform to celebrate the girls and women who enrich our lives.

To celebrate, we’ve chosen tracks from some of the many female-identifying artists who inspire us and we’ve put them into one eclectic playlist. We’re all about self-love and sisterly – not just cis-terly – love today, so scroll down, press play and share the Galentine’s joy!

Bikini Kill – ‘Rebel Girl’
This one goes out to my GIHE gals, Tash and Kate! A song about having the coolest best friend by ultimate heroes Bikini Kill, you should listen to it at full volume and celebrate all the “queens” of your world this Galentine’s Day. (Mari Lane)

Problem Patterns – ‘Gal Pals’
Having been fans of Northern Irish band Problem Patterns for some time now, my love of them has skyrocketed since they headlined our gig at The Shacklewell Arms in December. Oozing a swirling energy and fierce, infectious passion, they united the crowd in solidarity with both their righteous anger and vibrant, joyous sense of fun. ‘Gal Pals’ offers a perfect sentiment for this Galentine’s – celebrating female friendship and the mix of feelings that comes with it. (ML)

Petty Phase – ‘Different For Girls’
Southend’s Petty Phase aka Jen, Rosie & Alyx were guests on our radio show a few years ago and they played a GIHE gig at The Finsbury back in 2018 too. We loved their riot grrrl inspired sounds and rumour has it they’re set to play some more shows this summer. Bassist Alyx has also been busy co-hosting the excellent We Wear Black podcast alongside Sophie K and Yasmine, talking about all things in the rock & alternative scenes. Definitely check it out. (Kate Crudgington)

Big Joanie – ‘Used To Be Friends’
The GIHE team are huge fans of Big Joanie who work tirelessly to make the punk scene a more inclusive and diverse space. Not only that, they’ve got a debut album full of lo-fi punk bangers that we’ve listened to many times. Check out Sistahs today and keep up to date with all the amazing work they do on and off stage by following them on Twitter. (KC)

Charmpit – ‘Bridges Go Burn’
Charmpit’s ‘Bridges Go Burn’ is not so much a celebration of friendship as an empowering ode to moving on from toxic relationships and standing up for yourself. But I think this sentiment is super important when celebrating the ones you love. As I’ve got older, I’ve realised the necessity in cutting ties with damaging people, however many fond memories you might share with them; life really is too short to surround yourself with people who don’t lift you up and make you feel good. In the words of the band: “It can take time to burn a bridge, especially when it’s guarded by a troll. You can forgive yourself for taking the time you needed to exit that toxic relationship. And when you exit it, you can write a pop banger so it ain’t so dang depressing!” (ML)

WILLOW – ‘transparent soul’
How many times am I going to say “I am living for the pop punk revival!” on a GIHE Playlist? (at least once more.) WILLOW’s debut album Lately I Feel Everything is full of emo bangers and this track featuring Travis Barker on drums is no exception. (KC)

Brimheim – ‘hey amanda’
An ode to friendship in all its bittersweet glory, I love this track by Danish alt-pop artist Brimheim. Taken from her sublime debut album, can’t hate myself into a different shape, it’s a celebration of platonic love, brimming with nostalgic lyrics, warm guitar sounds and tender vocals. (KC)

VERO – ‘Beg!’
Fuelled by the anger left behind by a flawed relationship, VERO’s debut single ‘Beg!’ is saturated with brooding bass lines, swirling riffs and stinging lyrics. I LOVE it and can’t wait to hear more from the Stockholm-based trio this year. (KC)

Softcult – ‘Gloomy Girl’
I’m a big fan of Canadian twin siblings Phoenix and Mercedes Arn Horn aka Softcult, who create swirling, grunge-infused songs about inequality & sexism within the music industry. This track ‘Gloomy Girl’ is a more introspective offering, giving listeners a glimpse behind the veil of depression. It’s a tentative musing on the ominous feeling that you’re “wasting away” whilst going through a period of poor mental health. Their recent EP Year Of The Snake is also well worth a listen. (KC)

Aye Nako – ‘Nightcrawler’
This melodic tune from Brooklyn-based queer punks Aye Nako popped into my head the other day and it’s been on a loop ever since. The song is about unpacking difficult memories, but Aye Nako deliver it in their quirky, upbeat style. (KC)

SASAMI – ‘Say It’
This industrial-tinged “rage dance anthem” from SASAMI is 100% a bit of me. Taken from her upcoming album Squeeze, which is set for release on 25th February via Domino, SASAMI explains: “I feel like when I hear this song I see a hot femme with a mystical flamethrower engulfed in emotional blue flames throwing elbows alone in an industrial dance club in outer space.” Mate, same. (KC)

M(h)aol – ‘No One Ever Talks To Us’
I was blown away by M(h)aol’s powerful post punk sounds when I saw them live at The Shacklewell Arms last year, and this track was a real highlight. Taken from their debut EP Gender Studies, it’s a brooding, much needed antidote to toxic patriarchal standards. (KC)

Self Esteem – ‘How Can I Help You’
I don’t know why chanting along to “I don’t know shit!” throughout this Self Esteem song is so cathartic, but I fully recommend doing the same. Rebecca Lucy Taylor has proved she’s an alt-pop icon twice over with her album Prioritize Pleasure, and this track in particular is my favourite. (KC)

Wet Leg – ‘Too Late Now’
Best friends Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers aka Wet Leg look like they’re having a blast touring their tongue-in-cheek indie bangers across the country. The GIHE caught their debut headline show at Omeara last year and knew they’d be icons from the moment they walked on to the stage to ‘Concerning Hobbits’ from The Fellowship Of The Ring soundtrack. I really, really enjoy the lyrics in this track, especially the line: “I don’t need no dating app to tell me if I look like crap / to tell me if I’m thin or fat / to tell me should I shave my rat.” Their self-titled debut album is set for release on 8th April and I can’t wait to hear it. (KC)

ARXX – ‘The Cat Song’
I couldn’t not include a song from total faves ARXX in this playlist celebrating friendship and love, as Hanni and Clara are two of the loveliest folks in the world – and their love of each other is evident in everything they do. ‘The Cat Song’ – as well as paying homage to our feline friends – is also about the love we have for our friends. As Hanni sings “I’m going to hold you up like this”, I think of how my friends hold me up throughout the bad times and good. And there’s added actual cat sounds – what’s not to love?! (ML)

Robyn – ‘Dancing On My Own’
‘Dancing On My Own’, and what’s wrong with that!? Often I prefer to dance on my own. More space. Robyn is also an outspoken ally for LGBTQ+ rights and we all know romance isn’t just for the heterosexuals out there! So whether you honour Galentine’s, Valentine’s, or even Palentine’s Day; make sure you have a good old dance. (TW)

Chromatics – ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’
A great cover of a great track, need I say more? (TW)

Elodie Gervaise – ‘Free Babe’
One of my favourite discoveries of 2021: mixed beats, intricate synths and electronics from French-Australian artist Elodie Gervaise. When I first played this song I described it as some kind of audible light show. Elodie Gervaise’s EP, Syzygy (undoubtedly my word sound of the year) is great – go listen if you haven’t heard it yet! (TW)

ML Buch – ‘I’m a Girl You can Hold IRL’
This song is taken from Danish electro-pop musician ML Buch’s album Skinned which came out in 2020, but I spent a lot of the winter break listening to it so thought I’d share it with you all in 2022. I love its futuristic techno electro tones and all the FEELINGS. (TW)

Lizzo – ‘Like A Girl’
Turning the common derogatory phrase ‘Like A Girl’ on its head to create something wonderfully empowering, this is another ferociously fun offering from GIHE fave, Lizzo. With references to other powerful women of colour, including Lauryn Hill and Serena Williams, it’s the perfect ode to the power of being female and the power felt when women unite. So, this Galentine’s Day, I’ll leave you with the Lizzo’s words of wisdom: “If you fight like a girl, cry like a girl, do your thing, run the whole damn world”. An ultimate feel-good anthem for women everywhere. (ML)

Aretha Franklin & Annie Lennox – ‘Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves’
It it even a Galentine’s playlist if this absolute classic isn’t on it? These two talented women coming together to sing about equality and independence never fails to make me feel good. It may have been released in 1985, but the lyrics are just as relevant today. (KC)

Sheryl Crow – ‘All I Wanna Do’
Having just celebrated her 60th birthday, Sheryl Crow has been a hero of mine from a young age. With her perfectly catchy anthems, she’s been my go-to uplifting soundtrack over the years. This song reminds me of dancing around the kitchen with my oldest friend during carefree times, and it still makes me wiggle and sing-a-long on each listen, over 20 years later. (ML)

Girl Ray – ‘Friend Like That’
An ode to friendship, ‘Friend Like That’ flows with the trio’s colourful energy, creating a dreamily uplifting offering. Of the track, the band explain: “This is a friendship anthem. Reminds us of a really smashing high five with great contact. In music, friend love is often overshadowed by romantic love and IT’S JUST WRONG. This one goes out to the mates of the world.” (ML)

Fightmilk – ‘Overbite’
As the raw emotion and distinctive smooth-yet-husky charm of front-person Lily’s vocals deliver a heartwarming sentiment (“You don’t have to smile if you don’t want to darling, you’re perfect as you are”) alongside scuzzed-out riffs and an infectious, shimmering energy, Fightmilk have created the perfect, alternative fuzzy love-song. A totally joyous ode to your best pal or lover, or both, it offers another slice of blissful power-pop from one of my favourite bands. Fightmilk headline for us at The Shacklewell Arms on 25th March and we can’t wait! Tickets on DICE. (ML)

BAXTR – ‘Grace On Fire’
Reflecting on the feelings of helplessness that come with seeing someone you love suffer, ‘Grace On Fire’ is a sweeping slice of alt-pop. Propelled by an uplifting energy, it’s a wonderfully anthemic ode to looking out for your friends – as singer Floss expands: “These days, I try not to overlook those simple yet precious 3 words that did so much to help douse my own flames… ‘are you ok?’” BAXTR were due to play their first ever gig for us on 24th February, but have sadly had to pull out as one of them is currently recovering from surgery – we’re sending them all loads of love and Galentine’s wishes, and look forward to them playing for us later in the year! (ML)

Carole King – ‘You’ve Got A Friend’
Carole King’s Tapestry continues to be one of my most favourite albums. It’s my mum’s favourite too, and I have many memories of singing along with this uplifting message of unity and platonic love with her over the years, both reaching for the tissues when we saw it live in the musical, Beautiful. So, this heartfelt anthem goes out to her, my all time favourite gal, who inspires me every day. (ML)

Jackie Shane – ‘Any Other Way’
I know I’m guilty of adding this tune to multiple GIHE Playlists, but it’s so good I can’t help it! Jackie Shane’s wonderfully smooth vocals, sophisticated style and defiance in the face of transphobia in the early ’60s make her a true GIHE icon. Whenever I hear this song, I think of using it as an opening track to many a GIHE radio show, sitting next to Tash & Mari in the studio, chatting about our favourite music on air (and laughing at my penchant for sad girl bangerz off air too.) This tune is dedicated to them both and to all of our followers who keep GIHE going. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Big love. xxx (KC)


South London-based multi-instrumentalist, producer and professional sound engineer HUSSY aka Sophie Nicole Ellison is gearing up to release her debut self-titled EP on 23rd of July. Adopting her musical moniker from a T-shirt slogan, HUSSY is a totally self-sufficient artist with full creative control, something which shines through on her upcoming collection of polished, swirling, grungy guitar tunes.

We caught up with HUSSY to talk about her new record, her anticipations for her gig at The Waiting Room on 7th October, air guitar-ing to Sheryl Crow as a kid and the balancing act that occurs when you’re “DIY with high ambitions”…


Hello Sophie, let’s start from the beginning…who or what first inspired you to start making your own music?

I’ve always been a creative person and needing to make things and have a channel in that way for self expression, whether it be art or fashion when I was younger as well as music. Music was this super exciting world beyond me which combines all those things. I think a big part of it was my upbringing being so extremely isolated and not having any siblings or friends around, so I just buried myself into creating things. I would take my parent’s record collection and then dig deeper into those artists. One sticking out I remember is hearing Sheryl Crow’s ‘If It Makes You Happy’ on the stereo and playing air guitar on a tennis racket. I also had a cassette recorder and a Casio organ keyboard which I would make songs on. It took me a while to have the confidence to actually do it on my own in a public way though and it wasn’t until I studied Sound Engineering in University, I found people and started playing in bands.

You’re releasing your debut EP on 23rd July via your own label, Rock Hag (love the name). You wrote, played, recorded and produced the entire thing yourself which is incredibly impressive. What are the pros and cons of taking everything on yourself? You have full creative control, but it must be a demanding job too?

Rock Hag is my name for myself when I’m an old lady still playing guitar and rocking out, and also my view on how we need more female Mick Jaggers in the world! Pros of taking everything on yourself are: it’s incredibly rewarding and being in the studio recording, wearing many hats is my favourite thing in the world to do. Individuality is really important to me in art and I know that everything I create is unique to me and it’s genuine, otherwise there’s no point for me. I love challenging myself and digging deep that way. Cons are: I guess it’s more emotionally taxing to deal with things on your own and you’re entirely responsible for everything that surfaces under your name and output. But to be honest, I couldn’t imagine it not being that way after having done it like this for so long. Another con is it takes longer to do things that cost money on your own, you can’t split those costs so it just takes a little longer to work to afford things.

Aside from producing everything yourself – what would you say you are you most proud of when it comes to this EP?

Just having played everything myself and stuck to my ethos in that way and feeling proud of how because I did that, I achieved what I wanted to with the songs. The ultimate thing for me with doing that is achieving a songs’ intention and what I’m trying to communicate, so I feel like this process is my extension of the songs being so personal. I may completely change this method in the future and would like to collaborate a bit with friends, but so far this is what I’ve done. Me knowing the technical stuff just makes my job easier when I’m shutting my brain off to do the creative stuff. The song-writing to me is the ultimate most important thing. I’m also proud of how cohesive but varied they are and how they carry a thread between them as a whole record. It’s the first time I’ve actually felt proud of something I’ve done as a whole and I think that’s down to the fact I could show a few different sides across a long EP.

Do you have a favourite track on the EP? If so, why?

I love them all! But I really like ‘Messing’ a lot and the outro on ‘Moths’. I feel like ‘Messing’ really hits a mood, that one was one where I wrote and recorded the demo vocals at once so it’s kind of stream of consciousness created which I love. I love the outro in ‘Moths’ as I had a vague idea in my head of how I wanted that part on the drums to go but didn’t plan it beforehand. I think I did 3 takes of that and chose the best ‘jam’. I love that element of spontaneity. I feel like that outro is my nod to having listened to Helium and Pavement so much growing up, weeding its way in there.

You describe yourself as “DIY with high ambitions”. Can you elaborate on that a little more? What goals/ambitions are you trying to achieve with your music?

DIY with high ambitions is me saying even though I’m doing this all myself I don’t want it to sound like I necessarily am. It’s made DIY but I have ambition with the project. For me it’s what you make out of what you have. I want it to sound as good as possible and I work really hard to make everything considered and high fi sounding whilst my personality is in it. I just want to feel like people are connecting to and getting something out of the music, like I get so much out of connecting to others music myself.

We all know Covid-19 has had a huge impact on musicians and their livelihoods over the last year and a half. Is there something or someone who helped you get through the lockdown periods?

Working on music during that time definitely helped and I’m super grateful to have an outlet to focus on and something I’m doing that feels greater than myself during that time. Being with my partner and keeping in touch with friends, doing lots of Zoom Catan and Focaccia baking sessions, cycling and doing lots of walking whilst listening to music. I also basically finished Zelda Ocarina of Time on Nintendo 64.

What are your anticipations for your gig at The Waiting Room on 7th October? Have you missed playing live over the last year?

I hope it can go ahead safely most importantly! The last gig I played was part of The New Colossus festival in New York which was right when everything was shutting down in March 2020. I’m super excited to play again with my friends. I really missed it but have just been trying to focus on writing and finishing music in its absence. Imagine it might feel pretty surreal after it being so long.

Is there anyone who you’re looking forward to catching live again? If so, why?

There’s lots of guilty pleasure artists I didn’t see before lockdown that I would love to see given the chance now…maybe some big cheesy rock shows. There’s also been lots of artists put albums out I’ve been loving over the last year so would love to finally see those albums played live. I have tickets to see Caroline Polacheck which I know will be amazing.

Finally, any bands or artists that you recommend we listen to?

I’ve really been enjoying 70s rock at the minute which has been super uplifting to listen to. Me and Alex and Chris in the live band all went down a Steely Dan rabbithole over the last lockdown so that has been a fun journey to go down at the same time. It’s really uplifting and also exciting to see and appreciate that era of extravagance and bigness in music.

Thanks to HUSSY for answering our qustions!

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Kate Crudgington