Leeds ” queens of riot “ VENUS GRRRLS have released their new single Goth Girl. Renowned for causing a ruckus both on and off the stage, the all-girl goth-pop group isn’t scared about going in at full speed, 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.
Featuring a growling bassline, fuzzy guitar work, pounding drum grooves and exhilarated 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 is standing up for women in the industry and beyond.
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 realize 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 favorite 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.”