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.


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

VIDEO PREMIERE: The Pearl Harts – ‘Suck It Up’ (Live At Anchorbaby Studios)

A classic rock and roll anthem full of pounding drums, commanding vocals and raucous guitar licks, London-based duo The Pearl Harts have shared an exclusive live video of their track ‘Suck It Up’. Recorded in the summer of 2020 and filmed at Anchor Baby Studios in Kent, the band teamed up with producer Dan Lucas and videographer Sean Hardy to make the slick new visuals, which reflect the power and charisma of the duo’s live performance.

The Pearl Harts – like many bands – were hit hard when the covid-19 pandemic put a stop to touring in March 2020. The duo used their time in the subsequent lockdowns to remotely write & record material for a new album, and once restrictions were lifted they began performing a series of socially distanced gigs, including a drive-in show with VC London, the UK’s only all-female motorcycle crew.

Now, the pair are busy preparing for an interactive online gig with Blacksanta at The Fiddlers Elbow on Thursday 20th May. Whilst audiences are still not permitted inside, they’ll be able to experience the band’s set live from their own home, with the ability to be seen and heard by them in the venue. Fans can also join friends in groups, video chat in the virtual bar and continue to text chat whilst the performance unfolds. Tickets are available here.

Watch the video for ‘Suck It Up’ below for a taste of what to expect from The Pearl Harts on the night.

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Kate Crudgington

GIHE Illustrated: Celebrating Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Following on from our International Women’s Day feature about PJ Harvey, illustrator Sally-Anne Hickman has continued her focus on ‘sheroes’ by looking at the ‘black queer mother of rock ‘n’ roll’, Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Listen to some of her pivotal performances, and find out more about just how innovative an artist she was through Sally-Anne’s wonderful illustrations.

Sally-Anne Hickman