Introducing: Essex band She's In Parties with first single 'Angelic'.
Today, Essex-based four-piece She’s In Parties share their first official single and video ‘Angelic’, a hazy, dream-pop cut which delivers an essential message about consent and self-value out now via Something. The band is led by 20-year-old Irish-born frontperson Katie Dillon (vocals/guitar), alongside her friends Herbie Wiseman (guitar), Matt Carman (drums), and Charlie Johnson (bass). The band have steadily made a name for themselves in the Colchester live scene since playing their first show in 2021.
Katie explains that whilst the foundations of 'Angelic' didn't start with a particular motive in mind, her experiences at the time of writing ended up having an impact on its ultimate meaning.
“I started with a melody, and as I was singing, the lyrics were just sort of coming out. Usually this happens because there is a theme going on in my life or others around me.
I started with the lyric “my soul’s washed away on this planet”, and then “lucky for you, you’re so manly” and it started to become a song about how women can be disrespected and
treated quite badly”
"I had seen a friend of mine getting played around by this guy, and also anytime I would go to this pub, the owner would be specifically weird with me. It is obviously the same for a lot of women in general life, where men think they can just stare at you on a train or touch you uninvited in a club.
The idea for this whole song was to talk to men directly, it’s a message to respect women.
It’s also a message for female-identifying people to really take a look at yourself and see that you are this divine being, and no one can take that away from you, specifically men. We are all angelic, not because a man sees you that way but because you see yourself that way."
Revealed first by their name, which is taken from the title of a Bauhaus song, the band are connected via their shared love of 80s and 90s shoegaze and alternative scenes. Where luminaries like the Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, and The Cranberries are obvious touchpoints - Katie also cites Wolf Alice, Paramore and Hayley Williams newer solo releases as her contemporary songwriting heroes. Dublin-born, Katie emigrated to Essex in her early teens, yet the 20-year-old maintains a clear affinity with Ireland’s burgeoning scene, admiring bands like NewDad and Just Mustard. ‘Angelic’ marks She’s In Parties arrival as a compelling new name to watch on the UK scene, and the band celebrate the release with a hometown headline show at Three Wise Monkeys in Colchester this Friday, April 22nd, tickets here.
Photo credit: Sonny Hammersley
’Angelic’ is out now via Something
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