Alt-punk outfit I am HER kick start 2020 with a punch as they release their angst-driven new single Big Monster, out now.
Opening with a simple yet driven force, front woman Julie Riley’s grit-fuelled vocals are able to soar. As the chorus arrives, so does the sparkling punk energy as fuzz-filled guitars are played with a seething passion reminiscent of the likes of The Kills or Hole. This is the first time I am HER have used an electric guitar and pedal on their record, giving a fresh take on the band’s distinctively raw sound. Talking about the single, Julie explains, “this song was triggered by someone telling me their experience of an anxiety attack. It got me thinking how anxiety/stress is like a beast separate to us that stalks us and preys on us.”
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