Deanna Petcoff shares new single “If You Were Me”

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Deanna Petcoff has today shared “If You Were Me“, the latest single from her upcoming debut album To Hell With You, which is due out on April 1st via Royal Mountain Records. Pre-order here.

On “If You Were Me” Petcoff lets all her vulnerabilities go and simply asks to understand why anyone would want to hurt someone the way she was. The way she faces her trauma is what brings the true depth in valiance to this track. There’s a swing that flows like Olivia Rodrigo’s biggest hits and enough dirt infuse that 90’s grunge aesthetic. “And I would not feel responsible for turning you into somebody whose terrified to lose me / no matter what i do” she sings with an aching heart, simply trying to understand why she was treated in such a way.

About the single, Deanna shares:

“This is the oldest song on the record. I started writing this in high school about my partner at the time who was emotionally abusive. I wasn’t able to finish the song once I started it because I didn’t feel safe saying all of these things when I knew he would hear them. My good friend and collaborator Callum Maudsley helped me navigate those waters and come to a message that was clear and relatable to lots of other people; if I were you I would treat me better.”

Listen to the new single below!

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Cuffed Up announce new EP ‘Asymmetry’, share new single

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Today, LA-based post-punk quartet Cuffed Up are sharing their driving and propulsive new single “Bonnie,” as well as well as announcing their new EP Asymmetry, out on October 22nd via Royal Mountain Records. Pre-order here.

The band explains new single Bonnie:

“Bonnie” is an anti-love anthem about the grief and pitfalls of a serious relationship crumbling due to lies and deceit. This is explored through the eyes of Bonnie (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), in an alternative universe where Clyde selfishly leaves Bonnie for dead. Bonnie is arrested and she decides to give Clyde up to the cops out of pure spite. Not because he left her in a dangerous situation — purely because of the end of their romantic, albeit toxic relationship.” With a video directed by Torrefranca (an award-winning filmmaker outside of Cuffed Up), it stars himself and Jewell in a role-reversal swapping the roles of Bonnie and Clyde.

For Asymmetry, Cuffed Up paired up with producer Brad Wood (Touché AmoréSmashing PumpkinsLiz Phair) spending a week honing the songs through experimentation with sounds and ideas and the result is a collaborative effort that tackles one’s own mortality, abandonment in relationships and reckoning with shame. 

Cohesive yet expansive, soaring yet direct, Asymmetry draws lines across the globe to the burgeoning post-punk scene in the UK, while also leaning into ‘90s indie rock and grunge, a loud and rhythmic rainbow of post-punk that is fluid and versatile. Whether it’s the aforementioned “Bonnie”, Torrefranca’s brutal reckoning with his own health struggles on “Terminal”, the inventive freeform of Jewell’s guitars in “Canaries” or Ordonez and Liptock’s fidgeting and dexterous rhythms in “One By One”, Asymmetry is a line in the sand for Cuffed Up, a declaration of intent from the young band who are poised to breakout from their West Coast home.

Tracklist:

  1. Bonnie
  2. Canaries
  3. Terminal
  4. One By One

Kills Birds announce new album ‘Married’, share new single

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Kills Birds have announced new album Married, set to be released on November 12th via Royal Mountain Records and KRO Records. Pre-order here. The band have also shared new single “Rabbit” along with an accompanying music video.

“Rabbit” may only be under 2 minutes but packs a punch so killer that it’ll be lucky if you make it out unscarred of any pit that this track soundtracks. It’s an expression of desperation felt through emotional abuse and asks the question of why you let yourself be in that situation. Lead singer Nina Ljeti’s visceral vocals drive this track to feel like a spin-kick to any emotional jaw whilst simultaneously acting as a platform for empowerment.

On the track, vocalist Nina Ljeti explains,

Lyrically, “Rabbit” is about the experience of being in an abusive relationship with a powerful person. To be with someone who was praised by the public, but hurt you (and others) in private really eviscerates your self worth. There’s nowhere to turn for help. Like many people who share this experience, this particular relationship defined the majority of my young adulthood, and I’m still dealing with the emotional consequences of it.

Listen to the new single below!

Tracklist:

1. Rabbit
2. Cough Up Cherries
3. Natalie
4. Glisten
5. Reasoning
6. Offside
7. Woman
8. PTL
9. Good Planning
10. Wallowing
11. Married

Dizzy release new single “The Bird Behind The Drapes”, announce new collaborative EP

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Dizzy have today shared new single “The Bird Behind The Drapes” and announced a new collaborative EP Separate Places, set to be released on 11th of June via Royal Mountain Records and Communion Records. This follows on from last year’s The Sun and Her Scorch which saw the band recently win the Juno award for Alternative Album Of The Year.

The Separate Places EP sees the Oshawa, ON four-piece reimagine some of the standout tracks from The Sun and Her Scorch. Each track features a different guest artist on vocals: Luna Li, Toronto’s own harp-playing multi-instrumentalist, appears on “The Bird Behind The Drapes”, which is a reworking of “The Magician”. Dizzy will be announcing the featured artist for each track in the build up to EP release.

Speaking on the new EP lead singer Katie Munshaw explained 

“The Separate Places EP has allowed songs from The Sun and Her Scorch to go on tour without us. Following some of our favourite artists around the globe from Birmingham, London, New York and back to Toronto, each song has been reimagined. “Primrose Hill’” is now fiery and tough. “The Magician” and “Ten” returned to a state of naive, solemn bliss. “Beatrice” gains solace with felt piano and harmony and “Sunflower” sounds like something out of a Super Mario Brothers video game. It’s kind of a ride.”

Each track draws inspiration from Dizzy’s chosen collaborators, breathing new life into an already stellar collection of music, enriched by the excitement of artistic synergy in a time when collaboration hasn’t always seemed possible. It’s a celebration of the new ways we have found to be together, even though we’re all in separate places.

Listen to the new single below!

Tracklist

1. The Bird Behind The Drapes (feat. Luna Li)
2. Sunflower, Are You There?
3. Beatrice St. E
4. Primrose Hill At Midnight
5. 10PM