She Drew The Gun have unveiled the video for ‘Resister’, the powerful lead single from their sophomore album ‘Revolution Of Mind’, out October 5th on Skeleton Key Records on CD, LP and Digital Download. ‘Resister’ was premiered by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6Music and is available to stream now. The song’s video was directed and produced by James Slater (The Coral, Blossoms, Jamie T).
“Resister is a song for people who find themselves on the edges of society, its about not giving up, not becoming cold, keeping your heart open and resisting the powers that be in whatever way you can,” says Louisa Roach, She Drew The Gun’s frontwoman, guitarist and songwriter. “For the video we carried on the theme we used with the album artwork, taking inspiration from feminist artists such as Judy Chicago, Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger, we played around with the lyrics using text art, the female body is so entangled in pop music and art so we used this as something to work from.”
Produced by James Skelly (The Coral) at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios. ‘Revolution Of Mind’ is the follow-up to She Drew The Gun’s acclaimed 2016 debut ‘Memories Of Another Future’ (“Junkyard Scouse soul, built ingeniously on a Wirral council budget” ???? Uncut), which contained the BBC 6Music playlisted singles ‘Poem’, ‘Pit Pony’, ‘Since You Were Not Mine’ and ‘No Hole In My Head.’
If there’s a central theme to ‘Revolution Of Mind’, it’s liberation, in various guises: “Empowerment; resisting; arming yourself with knowledge; questioning the status quo, questioning your own state of mind and how its affected by the systems we live in,” explains Roach.
Wirral-born Roach draws inspiration from the likes of underground folk legend Malvina Reynolds, Manchester poet Toria Garbutt, and contemporary voices like Kate Tempest, Nadine Shah and Courtney Barnett. “I crave music that says something,” she says, “music that goes beyond simple love songs.”
Roach started playing guitar at 13 and was soon performing covers at friends’ parties. However, making music was a passion that fell by the wayside as teenage life and, a little later, motherhood took over. “Having my son meant I had to try and get my shit together,” she says.“Before that I’d spent time out of work and in low-paid shit jobs that I hated.”
Roach moved across the Mersey to Liverpool to study for a degree in Psychology as a mature student. It was during this period that she picked up the guitar again, performing at open mic nights. Her career began to take off after a mutual friend introduced her to James Skelly, who promptly signed her to his Skeleton Key label. 2016 was She Drew The Gun’s breakthrough year, as well as releasing ‘Memories Of The Future’, they won Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent competition. Last March, they were invited to perform at SXSW Festival on the BBC 6Music Stage, subsequently embarking on their biggest UK headline tour to date.
She Drew The Gun return to the live scene following the release of ‘Revolution Of Mind’, supporting The Coral on all dates of their UK tour. See below for details.
SHE DREW THE GUN ‘REVOLUTION OF MIND’ TRACKLIST: 1. Resister
2. Something For The Pain
3. Arm Yourself
4. Between Stars
5. Wolf & Bird
7. Ocean Song
8. Revolution Of Mind
10. Resistor Reprise
SUPPORTING THE CORAL, OCTOBER 2018 WEDS 3 NEWCASTLE, Riverside
FRI 5 BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute
SAT 6 LEEDS, Beckett Students’ Union
SUN 7 SHEFFIELD, Leadmill
TUE 9 BRISTOL, SWX
THURS 11 LONDON, KOKO
FRI 12 LIVERPOOL, University The Mountford Hall
SAT 13 MANCHESTER, Albert Hall