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REVIEW: Goth Girl – VENUS GRRRLS

Following the release of their debut EP last April, VENUS GRRRLS release their brand new single, and first of 2021, “Goth Girl” on January 22nd.

PRE-SAVE “GOTH GIRL” HERE

Goth Girl Cover Art – Jamie Kirk

Returning with the first track since their incredible EP, “Wicked Things”, VENUS GRRRLS are clearly out to make a big statement in 2021. The track, released this Friday delves into the “outlandish stereotypes associated with Goth Culture and Witchcraft”, and it’s exactly the kind of song, you’d expect from the five-piece following the year we had in 2020.

“Wicked Things” was an EP that saw VENUS GRRRLS refine their raw sound a touch, and whilst produced beautifully, I missed the pure unbarred sound of “Deranged” and “Freaky Friday” from the previous year. I was delighted then when upon my first listen of “Goth Girl”, it was clear the Leeds based band had taken the best elements of their early tracks and merged that with the experience gained from their debut EP.

Photo by Milly Hewitt

I wish I could say it better than the press release itself, but I’m not sure I can; it’s lazy journalism but the way “Goth Girl” is described is bang on.

Opening with a build of tension between the vocals and drums, the song explodes into a full-frontal, unmerciful chorus that will linger in your head for days.

And for days it did linger. I don’t know whether they did it deliberately, but sending a track of this quality, to a radio host over 6 weeks before release, is just cruel. I wanted to get this straight out on the airwaves as soon as I heard the first few chords. It’s back to the raw emotion and talent shown in “Deranged”, it has the immersive qualities of “No Signs” and it showcases GK’s vocal, much the way “Amy” does.

Lead singer GK, says; ‘Goth Girl is most definitely a story, there is a running order to it. It begins painting a picture of two friends hanging out, who eventually realise their struggles for their choice of clothes and makeup. It’s no surprise to those that know us that it was Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill that glued all of VENUS GRRRLS together when we first met.

Photo by Milly Hewitt

My favourite thing about that song was the upmost appreciation it had for women, the idea of empowering each other and holding each other up high. I was thinking about this when writing the lyrics to Goth Girl, I wanted there to be this figure in it that I could bond with. The idea of borrowing each other’s shoes and listening to music together felt comforting, but I quickly began to think about the strange and unique stereotypes people associate with alt/goth people.

There are still struggles and strange interpretations of counter-culture, e.g. Witches/Goths ‘hexing’ people, but currently Goth has come more into fashion than it used to be, which is fine. Albeit, I imagine it to be difficult for those who were treated unfairly in the past to accept this, just because something was less socially acceptable at the time. The rest of the song went from there, considering all of these different ideas and feelings. It just got us thinking about how fickle society is, and how it’s always ready to point the finger at something new. Goth Girl clings to all of these notions, and most definitely is an ode to our younger selves.’

“Goth Girl” feels like a track that VENUS GRRRLS have had brewing for some time, it feels like the song that will see them become a real force in 2021, it feels like finally, VENUS GRRRLS have arrived and cemented their place as one of the UK’s most exciting acts right now.

Adam Graver

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