Track Of The Day: BERRIES – ‘The Expert’

Bursting into your eardrums with a spiky guitar riff dancing around commanding vocals, the new single from London trio BERRIES tackles imposter syndrome with uncompromising grunge-fuelled power. Following latest single ‘Copy’ and the release of their recent EP Live From Big Smith Studios,The Expert‘ showcases the band’s the ferocious energy and sparkling charisma once again.

A firecracker of a track, ‘The Expert’ balances jagged punk heaviness with evocative harmonies while the lyrics take down patronising know-it-alls in the process. The mid-track instrumental is nothing short of rock perfection with its immediate call to mosh-pit inciters, pairing super fuzzy bass with a climbing guitar solo and head-bang worthy drums. BERRIES’ urgency is infectious, and – as the last note rings out – you’re left inspired to stomp around and take back control from your own so-called ‘experts’.

Of the track, the band explain:

Lyrically, ‘The Expert’ is based broadly around ‘imposter syndrome’ and the condescending controlling people who encourage this and internal struggles often felt… Instrumentally we wanted this song to build into itself, adding layers as we journey through the track. Starting off fairly minimal and finishing with layers of effects, fuzzy bass and drums, and the repetitive guitar riff which symbolises the loud and often unwanted voices heard all around.

Leonie Bellini
@teenpeachmovie

LIVE (Photos): Berries @ The Grace, London, 12.08.21

It’s been a long eighteen months, but gigs as we know and love them are slowly starting to return… Our photographer Jon Mo ventured out to his first live event in a long while last Thursday to catch GIHE faves Berries at North London venue The Grace; and what better way to dive back into things?!

Kicking off the night was the gritty, swirling energy and frenzied electro-rock sounds of Wyse.

Next up was friends of GIHE, Tiger Mimic. Blasting out thrashing beats, racing riffs and the soaring sleek vocals of front woman Jess, they never fail to energise the crowd.

Celebrating the release of their dazzling new single, ‘The Expert’, headliners Berries consistently deliver a fun-filled energy and sparkling charisma with each of their performances. With front woman Holly’s distinctive spiky vocals and an all-encompassing life-affirming sense of unity, the trio don’t disappoint, with their admirable raw passion and uplifting spirit.

Photo Credit: Jon Mo / @jonmophoto

LISTEN: Venus Grrrls – ‘Hate Me’

After much critical acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, and Radio X for their previous releases including ‘Goth Girl‘, Leeds band Venus Grrrls are back with another angry bop that’ll help you release some pent-up rage. 

The song explores the consequences of unvoiced emotions and lack of communication, delving into “the internal complexities this can cause, and explores the desire to have clarity and closure.” A very relatable situation which makes the question demanded in the chorus “Why do you hate me honey?” very cathartic to scream along to.

‘Hate Me’ is a danceable, angry song that makes you want to sway in the verses and pogo during the chorus. These two ends are held together by the consistency of lead singer Grace Kelly’s powerful, smooth vocals. The drums and rhythm section bring a frenzied energy when needed and the transitions between this and the more swayable verses are seamless. The gorgeous creeping bassline, perfectly matched with the vocals, grips listeners from the get-go and manages to be both punchy and melodious. The synths bring the song to another level sonically without being distracting or gimmicky. Perfect for this riot grrrl-inspired number.

So, do yourself a favour and listen to ‘Hate Me’ by Venus Grrrls. In fact, put it on repeat.

‘Hate Me’ is out now via Monomyth Records.

Red
@redthewarrior86

Track Of The Day: IDestroy – ‘G.O.D’

Having received acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music and Radio X for their debut album We Are The Girls, Bristol trio IDestroy are back to blast into our ears with an immense new single.

Reflecting on the complications of social media, ‘G.O.D’ is propelled by a seething energy and fierce raucous power as frenzied beats and swirling, riotous riffs race alongside the gritty, raging vocals. An empowering rock anthem that fizzes with a ferocious, angst-driven majesty, it’s a totally infectious offering that demands multiple listens. Of the track, the band explain:

G.O.D was inspired by the disconnect between people’s online status versus reality. It represents the conflict of exaggerated or elaborated attitudes and behaviours through social media, which is a juxtaposition against their lived experiences.

Watch the new video for ‘G.O.D’ here:

G.O.D‘ is out now.

Mari Lane
@marimindles