Leeds-based trio, Dead Naked Hippies are today sharing their vehement new single, ‘Young Male Rage’ – released digitally and physically (split 7” single as part of the CPWM singles club, backed with No Fixed Identity’s ‘123 Come Play With Me’) via Come Play With Me – you can listen to the new track here. Produced and recorded by Matt Peel (Menace Beach, Eagulls) at The Nave, Leeds, the new single follows previous efforts including the 6 Music-supported ‘I Wanna Know Ya’. Following a busy run of festivals that took in stops at Tramlines and Twisterella, the band will be supporting ‘Young Male Rage’ with dates throughout October and November, including shows in London at The Victoria (October 24) and The Old Blue Last (November 23) – full dates below.
Whilst making an assertive step forward in the band’s sound and dynamic, ‘Young Male Rage’ once again echoes the band’s penchant for insightful lyricism – this time, front woman and lyricist, Lucy Jowett, turns attention to gender norms and conditioning. Speaking about the track, Jowett says: “This is about gender norms – the conditioning we subject our children to from a young age in the values we instill and in particular the idea of male dominance and the toxic effect it can have. Earlier this year this topic was constantly cropping up between us, and ‘Young Male Rage’ was the result of these conversations – from the perspective of a mixed gender band. We wanted to flip this on its head and project it from the female voice.”
Dead Naked Hippies, comprising of Jowett, guitarist Joe Clarke and drummer, Jacob Marston, emerged back in 2016 with a post-punk/alt-rock sound likened to the Smashing Pumpkins, Blood Red Shoes and Savages. Since their inception, the band have received support from 6 Music, BBC Introducing, KCRW, PRS and the Metro, as well as earning spots at Leeds and Reading Festival and sharing stages with the likes of IDLES, Dream Wife and Honeyblood.