September Girls have been through a lot together.
Less a band and more of a gang, the Dublin group have travelled the world, spreading their indie pop gospel in the process.
Returning to the studio last year, September Girls began assembling the follow up to their rightly lauded debut album.
'Age Of Indignation' is that follow up. Recorded at Orphan Studios in their native Dublin, it finds September Girls operating with confidence renewed.
Referencing everything from modern feminism to the Easter Rising, W.B. Yeats to social media, it's an ambitious but ultimately accessible return.
Out this Friday (April 8th) via Fortuna POP! it's an intriguing record, one to wrestle with. Clash has obtained the full stream, alongside a track-by-track guide penned by September Girls.
Tune in now.
‘Ghost’ is about feeling marginalized or ignored in an environment where you should be treated equally, and struggling with whether to accept the situation for an ‘easier life’ despite experiencing its flaws. – Lauren
'Jaw On The Floor'
Inspired by feminists, the 1916 Rising in Ireland (incidentally 2016 being the centenary year) as well as equal rights activists all over the world. It is frustrating to see that while we’ve come a long way in terms of equality, we have a long way to go. There are forces who continue to push agendas to uphold privilege and the status quo, as well as the spread of misinformation about the meaning of words such as “feminism”. To continue to enact change we must continue to fight against apathy. - Jessie
This song deals with anger towards the Catholic Church, particularly from the viewpoint of being a woman. The Catholic Church in Ireland still exerts a patriarchal force over women’s bodily autonomy, (evident from our draconian abortion laws) something which would be unthinkable in most other progressive countries. This force is exerted by the same Catholic Church who covered up years of child sexual abuse by its members.
The song references 'Trasna na dTonnta' a traditional Irish song that children learn in school as well as 'September 1913' the W.B. Yeats poem (of which one of the themes is the poet's distaste for the Catholic bourgeoisie). – Paula
'Blue Eyes' focuses on issues such as victim blaming and domestic abuse, framed within a fast-paced under two minutes song. Too often we focus on what a victim should have done differently, rather than addressing the overall societal issues that are often the root cause. - Jessie
'Age Of Indignation'
'Age Of Indignation' is about the very ugly side of how many people communicate with the world these days through social media/the Internet. I wrote it after watching a documentary about revenge porn and how it ruins people's lives. Unacceptable behaviour has a platform through this medium, bringing bullying and body shaming to new terrifying levels. - Caoimhe
'Love No One'
Commenting on the vacuousness of modern-day society and social media, 'Love No One' tells the story of a person so blinded by their own self-belief and vanity that they don’t realise they are the cause of their own misfortune. It mourns a narcissist's inability to see true beauty when they are blinded by their own issues and self-importance. - Jessie
'Salvation' deals with the idea that we block ourselves from the truth or numb ourselves to it because the reality of certain situations is just too horrific to face. There is no future, and no salvation if people don't live more conscientiously. - Caoimhe
'John Of Gods'
This is an anti-war, anti religion song. When Irish voters were duped into voting in favour of the Lisbon Treaty in 2008, after rejecting it first time around, we put our long standing military neutrality in a compromised position. This song centres on the idea that, if Ireland goes to war, our “God” won’t save us. – Paula
‘Quicksand’ is about trying to pick yourself up when life keeps delivering blow after blow. How do you keep your head above water when you feel you’re caught in the undertow, and how much can you take before succumbing to negativity and pain? - Lauren
'Wolves' This song is about falling in with the wrong people or habits. Being warned about something you’re also being blinded by. Then you when you come to your senses it’s too late and you’d rather the worst type of punishment than be betrayed by what you’d been warned about. - Sarah
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'Age Of Indignation' will be released on April 8th.
Catch September Girls at the following shows:
15 Dublin Grand Social
16 Cork Cyprus Avenue
29 Belfast Laverys
14 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
15 Liverpool Arts Club Loft
16 Glasgow O2 ABC2
17 Birmingham O2 Academy 3
18 Oxford O2 Academy 2
19 Islington, London O2 Academy 2
20 Cardiff Full Moon