Track Of The Day: Suzie Stapleton – ‘Blood On The Windscreen’

The city of Brighton has played host to a number of DIY creatives over the years with Australian artist Suzie Stapleton being no exception to this tradition, as she returns with self-produced single ‘Blood On The Windscreen’.

Razor sharp riffs plunge us head-first into the track as Stapleton’s husky vocals demand our fullest attention. It seems dramatically prophetic that the single is lifted from her upcoming album We Are the Plague which is due for release this June. Stapleton confesses:

I had a meeting with a photographer early January to discuss the artwork for We Are the Plague. I joked ‘I hope a pandemic doesn’t sweep across the world before the album release… About a week later Coronavirus started to hit the headlines.

Whether it’s due to self-isolation or the single’s own darker undertones of the blues, ‘Blood On The Windscreen’ succeeds in fully immersing us into our own headspace while simultaneously serving a stark reminder of the wider world. Although currently it is difficult to predict our lives from one day to the next, one saving grace is that Suzie Stapleton has promised us that, as long as she has WiFi, we will have an album.

Watch the video for ‘Blood On The Windscreen’ here:

‘Blood On The Windscreen’ is out now. Listen on Spotify and Soundcloud.

Nicky Lee-Delisle
@Nicky___Lee

LISTEN: Suzie Stapleton re-releases ‘Thylacine’ to raise money for Australian Wildlife

Previous headliner of ours at The Finsbury, Suzie Stapleton, has announced a special digital release to raise funds to help injured and displaced wildlife affected by the Australian fires. This digital release of Stapleton’s latest single ‘Thylacine’ comes with an exclusive, previously unreleased track called ‘Song of Murray’s Brigade’.

A musical adaptation of a 1940 poem by Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson, ‘Song Of Murray’s Brigade’ is a heartfelt acoustic offering. Whereas ‘Thylacine’ features Rolling drums and adventurous riffs painting a sonic landscape complete with Stapleton’s captivating gritty vocals and a majestic, haunting depth.

The thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian Tiger, was a dog like mammal that inhabited Australia. Intensive hunting encouraged by bounties is generally blamed for its extinction. The last known thylacine died in captivity in 1936. Many of the species that have been affected by these fires were already threatened or endangered due to factors such as habitat loss from land clearing for agriculture and urban development, invasive species, and pressures from extreme heat caused by climate change and ongoing drought. These fires pose a huge threat for their ongoing survival, but we still have a chance to help and ensure that they don’t end up in the history books next to the thylacine.

This digital release is available for £5, though you can pay what you want and there is no upper limit. 100% of proceeds will go to Wildlife Victoria. Please give generously to help Australia’s unique wildlife.

Available via http://www.suziestapleton.com and Bandcamp until January 31st.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Pitcher Photography

 

Track Of The Day: Suzie Stapleton – ‘Thylacine’

With creeping tip toes of its human predator, the Thylacine was hunted slowly and
strategically leading to the animal’s ultimate distinction. In Brighton based artist Suzie Stapleton’s new single of the same name, listeners are taken into an eerie world where the vulnerability of being prey is floating in the air.

Rolling drums and adventurous riffs paint a sonic landscape where one can nearly picture the “ancient footprints in the snow.” The disposition of the track has a certain hollowness, conjuring a gloomy winter landscape where Stapleton’s captivating gritty vocals can echo on eternally.

The eye of the storm hits in a dark manner across every chorus, allowing for one
word to hold a majestic, haunting depth all on its own. The weight and turmoil of ‘Thylacine’ feels huge.

The single begs the nervous question “who is the next Thylacine?”,  proposing a political reflection through the fear and confusion expressed lyrically and instrumentally. In our surrounding world, are we the predators or prey?

 

‘Thylacine’ is out now. It’s taken from Suzie Stapleton’s upcoming debut album We Are The Plague, set for release next Spring.

Jillian Goyeau
@jillybxxn

Photo Credit: Jeff Pitcher

 

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ Suzie Stapleton, 11.05.18

Following a host of super amazing bands playing for us recently – including LIINES, Witch Fever, The Magnettes, H.Grimace, Ghum and Dream Nails  – we were back at The Finsbury on Friday night for another jam-packed night of the best new music.

Noise Noir kick off the night in style with their sultry desert-rock and racing, blues-ridden hooks. With their snarling energy and stomping sounds, expect big things from this exciting new band…

Next up, awesome electro-pop artist Gaptooth wows us with her immense keytar skills and insightful social commentary; topping off the set with an ‘End Of Patriarchy Disco’ that we all so badly need.

Penultimate band of the night Fightmilk deliver an immense, energy-fuelled set, despite front-woman Lily being almost voiceless. After blasting out the wonderfully catchy power punk-pop of ‘Pity Party’, they enlist a range of willing volunteers to help sing the remaining songs. Despite feeling bad for Lily’s throat, it’s an unforgettable and joy-filled half hour, showcasing the unity of the DIY spirit and impressive improvisation skills of this band.

Bringing the night to a close, Australian artist Suzie Stapleton captivates us all with the raw power of her deep vocals and haunting, other-worldly splendour. With impressive musicianship and dark majesty, she casts us all under her spell.

HUGE thanks to all the amazing artists who played for us last night. And we’re very excited to be hosting another gig this month, this time at  Brixton Windmill, with Heavy Heart, Tokyo Taboo, Hanya and Scrounge.

Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles
Photo Credit: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto