In this world of recycled pop-punk bullshit and melancholic sulking it’s refreshing when a writer comes along who can take a subject which many will not be familiar with and write an amazing song. That’s exactly what the talented Danielle Whalebone of Animal Hands has done with Roaring Girle, and we here at the flag are excited about it.
I was lucky enough to be amongst the first to hear Animal Hands first EP and it lifted my spirits to hear, what I regard to be, the the best Grunge tracks since the early 90’s. A band who grasped the true sense of what that genre was all about and ran off with it to turn it into an amazing set of tracks, fronted by one of the most talented vocalists and genuine riot grrrl Danielle Whalebone.
Roaring Girle is about Mary Frith, who was a pickpocket in 1600’s London, famed for her outlandish behaviour and preference to wearing men’s clothing, nicknamed Moll Cutpurse she was also often referred to as The Roaring Girl, a reference to her similarity to men who would drink and fight frequently. Mary Frith is considered by many to be the original Riot Grrrl, a movement which can be traced back to the 1970’s but takes it queues from a long History of outspoken women.
The track itself is a complex work of art, opening in exquisite simplicity with Miss Whalebone’s voice etched over the backing track like fine art on glass. It is delivered in true Animal Hands style, in your face without being aggressive, understated but in no way minimalist. The band carries you along through the story, like you’re tripping out and being transported out of your body. The sound of Animal Hands is the sound of real passion for what they love, it’s the dream of a highly intelligent writer coupled with an imagination and raw talent that exceeds all it’s peers, reaching out to all of us, beckoning us to follow them on this journey.
You will love this track when it’s released on 13th September, head on over to the Animal Hands website for all the most up to date news about the band and to get your copy. You can also catch up with the band on FaceBook, Twitter and You Tube. Keep it here at the flag for a catch up with the band soon.