EP STREAM: TABS – ‘Love Like This’

“It’s so powerful for butch women to take that feeling of hate and being ‘incorrect’, and turn it into something amazing.”
(‘Why I Love My Butch Lesbian IdentityCosmopolitan)

TABS (previously writing and releasing under the name Detour City) tells her story of being a butch lesbian in an increasingly hostile world in new EP Love Like This.

A singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer based in East London, TABS has written, recorded and produced the EP herself. Inspired by the soundscapes of Massive Attack and Bjork, as well as the storytelling songs of Joni Mitchell and k.d lang, it’s a poignant and powerful collection.

Whilst signed to major labels (Polydor, BMG) TABS felt misunderstood. As a club promoter of Butch, Please! – an amazing lesbian club night which we love – she connected with butch lesbians all over the world and began the journey of making the EP. Seeking authenticity, she self-releases this EP with the support of her queer community.

Speaking about the EP, TABS explains:

“My story. My way. As a woman and a butch lesbian trying to write music I found the industry difficult and I found it hard to be heard. It took guts to walk away and choose a different path. I can’t help but write music. I’ve done it since I was two years old and singing has saved me over and over again. So, in these turbulent and unsettling times, I want this music to tell my story.” 

Dealing with themes of family rejection, the struggle to be herself and the violence she has suffered – Love Like This is a deeply personal exploration of hopes and fears in these turbulent times. Go listen, we love it!

 

Love Like This is out now. Buy a digital or hard copy over on TABS’ Bandcamp. To hear more from TABS check out her Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Get In Her Ears w/ Tabs 05.09.19

With the full team behind the mics, Tash, Kate and Mari were back in the studio for another dose of new music for your ears. Highlights came from Lu.Re, The Txlips, She Drew The Gun, Blushing and Esmé.

They were joined for the second half of the show by guest Tabs, who played some special acoustic versions of her songs, as well as telling us about her upcoming EP Love Like This and Butch, Please!, her regular night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

Listen back:

Tracklist

M.I.A. – Paper Planes
GHOST CAR – Awkward
Keren Illan – Take Her down
ESYA – Nothing
The Txlips – The Lost Ones
Annie Taylor – 17 Days
Junk Whale – Chestburster
Emzae – As This Day Fades To Another
Lola – Care
Freja Frances – Catching Fire
False Idols – Hurricane
Shamir – Straight Boy
Errunhrd – Easier
Daniele Andrade – Wet Dreams
BABEHEAVEN – Seabird
*Tabs live acoustic session & interview*
Campbell L. Sangster – Lil’ Sis’
Esmé – Ella
Blushing – Control
She Drew The Gun – Trouble Every Day
Lu.Re – Night Soul
Mexican Radio – Night of the Nihilist
Common Holly – Joshua Snakes
HAWXX – You’re No God
Tape Runs Out – Knife
Queen Latifah – UNITY