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Tuesday 10 September 2019

Break The Silence: Alt-Pop Songsmiths Sophie & The Giants Unshackle The Individual Ahead Of Live Date In Brighton

"I've learned a lot from making big mistakes," says Sophie & The Giants' singer Sophie Scott. "When you're younger you think you know how the world works .. but you fucking don't." 

Alt-pop songsmiths, Sophie and the Giants return with brand new single Break the Silence, before stopping off to play a live date in Brighton.

"Break the Silence is about using your voice as your most powerful tool, even if it's scary," adds Sophie. 

"When you're someone who's never felt like you've had a voice, listen and empower yourself to let go of that fear. 

"It could make the biggest difference and it might help us all learn to be honest without fearing rejection or judgment. 

"It's about shouting out and making yourself heard."


Welcome to the world of Sophie & The Giants, practitioners of forward-looking, left-leaning emotional pop: a fresh, raw fusion of the band's collective influences — which range from Siouxsie and Debbie Harry to Radiohead and Jamie T. 

And at the heart of it all is their frontperson, whose teenage life was chronicled with unflinching honesty on Sophie & The Giants" debut EP Adolescence. 

It's a collection whose candid songs include Waste My Air, which Sophie wrote about the end of a toxic relationship. 


"I was blinded by love for a long time, and put up with shit for a long time, and I realised I'd wasted a lot of my own time," she explains. 

To make matters more complicated her boyfriend at the time had also been Sophie & The Giants' first guitarist, as well as Sophie's flatmate. 

"I had an epiphany, packed my stuff and was out the same day," Sophie recalls. 

"I knew I needed to stop people walking over me and making me feel like shit. 

"In that moment, I was the strongest I'd ever felt .. "

Sophie's frank lyrics may well strike a note with anyone experiencing difficulties in their own lives, but they're also Sophie singing to her younger self. 

She describes herself as having been an anxious child, with confidence issues not helped by persistent bullying she received at school for the crime of having red hair. It went on for years. 

Looking back, it's easy to see exactly how and why that unhappiness at school impacted on Sophie's life at home, where she'd continuously pick fights with her parents, but back then Sophie was just cast as difficult, or stubborn. 

It had been songwriting in the privacy of her bedroom, and in an occasionally deserted school music  room, that proved to be Sophie's salvation. 

"I can't remember a time when there weren't melodies in my head," she notes. 

"When I started writing lyrics and playing the guitar, suddenly it wasn't all in my head any more." 

Listen to Sophie & The Giants' new single 'Break The Silence' and catch them at The Green Door Store, Brighton, on Tuesday 16th October 2019. CLICK HERE for tickets. 

by: Mike Cobley




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