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Riot Grrrl Revisited: ViperSnatch – 16

Central Queensland-hailing punk-rock powerhouse Vipersnatch has unleashed their self-titled debut EP, featuring the standout single, 16. Instrumentally, there’s the bouncing Frenetic energy of The Distillers; vocally, ViperSnatch ensnares with Juliette Lewis and the Licks-Esque vocal hooks. But that’s not to say that reminiscence is all there is to this feisty punk track. 16 shines a light on the pitfalls young women can fall into in our predatory world, along with the incredible freedom we felt that we had before life started feeling like an inescapable late-capitalism trap.

16 is now available to stream on Spotify along with their debut 5-track EP.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Set aside your anger and find the possibility of positivity with Farris’ sonically ensnaring single ‘Rocket Blaster’

2020 may seem like an opportune time to release a new angsty protest song, but Alt-Rock luminaries, Farris, proved why it isn’t with their matured and mindfully explosive latest single ‘Rocket Blaster’.

Undoubtedly, everyone needs adrenalizing tracks on their playlists to find catharsis in, to vent through, to find mood-matching resonance within. The Netherlands-based artist sweetened their galvanising sound with a message of positivity. One which we all need to be reminded of from time to time. Anger may be a more prominent part of the human condition recently, but that doesn’t mean that should be the default emotion we turn to when we’re faced with the reality of our increasingly absurd socio-political climate. Subversively, Rocket Blaster asks the listener to find the positivity within the negative through tattoo-worthy catchy lines such as “Put away your guns and your rocket blasters, anger only kills us faster”.

The overdriven sonically ensnaring sound in Rocket Blaster is just as visceral as the message written by Texan singer-songwriter Kathleen Farris who exudes magnetically ferocious energy that any fans of Joan Jett, Juliette Lewis and the Licks, The Runaways and L7 would definitely appreciate.

Rocket Blaster is the first track to be released from the upcoming EP of the same title which is set to drop in 2021. We’re already stoked to hear what kind of conscious ingenuity the forthcoming release contains. Until then, we’ll be left with the rhythmically infectious earworm which is Rocket Blaster.

You can check out Rocket Blaster which was released on October 20th for yourselves by heading over to Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast