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Sunday 03 January 2021

Punk & 90s Riot Grrrl Is Alive & Well On Idestroy's Anger Fuelled New Single Petting Zoo

Missing the thrill of great gigs? Idestroy are here to help fill the void. We Are Girls, the band"s debut album is an adrenaline-fuelled joyride that fizzes with the spirit of sweaty live shows. 

Rife with swearing and sarcasm and steeped in camaraderie and attitude, We Are Girls is a party-punk album made for moshpits - or, for now, pogoing at home. 

Dig deeper, however, and there's sharp commentary in its ten spiky songs, from the "hands-off" warning of punchy lead single Petting Zoo to the title track's ire at the obstacles faced by female musicians.

"I wanted the songs to address issues that are important to us," says singer, guitarist and lead songwriter Bec Jevons. 

"The experiences we've had as an all-female band – turning up to play gigs and being asked for our tickets or being given shorter soundchecks than boys on a bill – had been on my mind for a while. 

"It's vital to me that the songs have meaning. Not least because it makes them more fun to perform." 

Petting Zoo was written after Bec was groped twice in a matter of months, first on a hiking trip, next in a nightclub. 

"The club was the final straw," says Bec. 

"A mixture of emotions overcame me - shock, anger, violation. Most startling was the confusion and helplessness I felt. 

"What do you do in that situation? Petting Zoo is for everyone who's had enough, who is tired of being leered at, sexualised and touched without consent."

But the band have produced a tongue-in-cheek video for Petting Zoo, which captures them at their daftest, performing and chasing each other through a forest wearing animal onesies. 

Bec is a zebra, Jenn a tiger and Nic a… badger?

"No, a lemur," says Nic

"Don't laugh. I borrowed it from my boyfriend. We're clearly way too cool to own onesies!"

 Idestroy's  debut album 'We Are Girls' will be released on 12th February 2021. CLICK HERE for more info. 

by: Mike Cobley

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