Photo by Milly Hewitt

Starting 2021 as they mean to go on, Leeds alt-rockers VENUS GRRRLS are about to unveil a big statement of intent. The 5-piece real-talk “queens of riot” haven’t taken their foot off the gas lately, and they’re continuing their release onslaught with a brand-new single. ‘Goth Girl’ which XS Noize is pleased to exclusively premiere the video for today!

Renowned for causing a ruckus both on and off the stage, the all-girl goth-pop group aren’t scared about going in at full pelt, and their new single is no exception. Delving deep into destroying stereotype boundaries associated with goth culture and witchcraft, this is no-nonsense, raw and empowering work from the band that often shares stages alongside industry heavyweights All Time Low, Anteros, Bloxx and many more.

Featuring a growling bassline, fuzzy guitar work, pounding drum grooves and euphoric synth stabs, the foundations are laid for Grace ‘GK’ Kelly’s ear-piercing vocal delivery. Alongside Jess Ayres (Lead Guitar), Hannah Barraclough (Bass), Grace Stubbings (Synth) and Gabby Cooke (Drums), an inimitable, inexplicable sound is created from a fearless group that are standing up for women in the industry and beyond.

With arena-sized choruses and controlled chaos from the get-go, ‘Goth Girl’ and Venus is the only way to start the new year. On the deeper meaning of the single, GK added:

“Goth Girl’ is most definitely a story, there is a running order to it. It begins painting a picture of two friends hanging out, who eventually realise their struggles for their choice of clothes and makeup. It’s no surprise to those that know us that it was Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill that glued all of VENUS GRRRLS together when we first met. My favourite thing about that song was the upmost appreciation it had for women, the idea of empowering each other and holding each other up high. I was thinking about this when writing the lyrics to Goth Girl, I wanted there to be this figure in it that I could bond with.

The idea of borrowing each other’s shoes and listening to music together felt comforting, but I quickly began to think about the strange and unique stereotypes people associate with alt/goth people. There are still struggles and strange interpretations of counter-culture, e.g. Witches/Goths ‘hexing’ people, but currently Goth has come more into fashion than it used to be, which is fine. Albeit, I imagine it to be difficult for those who were treated unfairly in the past to accept this, just because something was less socially acceptable at the time. The rest of the song went from there, considering all of these different ideas and feelings. It just got us thinking about how fickle society is, and how it’s always ready to point the finger at something new. ‘Goth Girl’ clings to all of these notions, and most definitely is an ode to our younger selves.”

Watch ‘Goth Girl’  – BELOW:

Grace ‘GK’ Kelly (Lead Vocals)
Jess Ayres (Lead Guitar)
Hannah Barraclough (Bass)
Grace Stubbings (Synth)
Gabby Cooke (Drums)

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

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