TRACK OF THE DAY: Didi – “Back Off”

TRACK OF THE DAY: Didi - "Back Off"

Back Off follows hot on the heels of Awkward, which gained two plays on BBC 6 Music thanks to Chris Hawkins in April and June, as well as a feature in DIVA Magazine and plenty of blog love. ‘Sorry’ was the track which kicked off the whole DIDI project, written spontaneously and somewhat unexpectedly in March, DIDI proceeded to self-produce and self-release her first slice of ‘kick ass’ pop punk at the end of the same month. So now DIDI juggles her blossoming solo career and equally successful production activities, as well as being an active member of the MPG (Music Producers Guild) and on the Beats board for the FAC (Featured Artists Coalition). A nomination for Best Solo Female Artist Award for the NMG Awards and Best Indie Act in the Radio Wigwam awards have been icing on the cake.

‘DIDI (Lauren Deakin Davies) continues her ascension to greatness with new single ‘Back Off’, a guitar driven, empowering post/punk anthem that tackles mansplaining and the subjection of women with her usual spiky grace… punchy riffs, soaring backing vocals and killer drums… The song should be adopted as a mantra by young women worldwide’. Music Match UK.

Listen to ‘Back Off’ BELOW:

There is no doubt that DIDI does not hold back when writing lyrics. Her free self-expression and an undeniable way with words has generated considerable support in the blogging and playlisting community, with DIVA Magazine hailing Awkward as a ‘new anthem for LGBTQ+’. So what’s this new song about?

‘This track was written when I had just got off the train after this guy was shouting as this drunk girl on the way home from London, and he starting dissing her education and race and it really pissed me off. so yeah :’) Really pleased to have some additional vocal contribution from Minnie Birch, Lewis Bootle, Penny Churchill and Rhiannon Mair.

Barely concealed anger continues to rage through DIDI’s lyrics, stemming from outrage at patronising ignorance. Awkward touched on this theme and Back Off takes it one step further, with slightly altered uncensored lyrics ensuring that live audiences get a chance to express their pent up frustration! The recorded version was produced by Rhiannon Mair, who also provided the most excellent drums and mastered by Katie Tavini.

Back Off is released as a single on 28th August and proves that the three-minute pop song is an alive and kicking with its most excellent guitar playing (Franz Ferdinand would be proud).

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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