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SOAK Covers Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl” for Amazon

Grim Town Out Now via Rough Trade

Jul 08, 2019 SOAK
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SOAK (Northern Ireland singer/songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson) released a new album, Grim Town, in April via Rough Trade. Now she has shared a cover of Sleater-Kinney‘s “Modern Girl,” recorded for Amazon Music as an Amazon Original (and it’s also part of their PROUD playlist of new music from LGBTQ+ artists). If you have Amazon Music then listen below. Sleater-Kinney’s original was on their 2005 album The Woods.

Monds-Watson had this to say about the cover in a press release: “After reading Carrie Brownstein’s autobiography, I came back to this song on multiple occasions and caught myself smiling at the brilliantly sarcastic nature of its lyrics. I think with time this song only becomes more relevant and its tongue in cheek nature is such a beautiful ‘fuck you’ to consumption and the limitations media puts on women.”

Sleater-Kinney are releasing a new album, The Center Won’t Hold, on August 16 via Mom + Pop. Drummer Janet Weiss recently announced she was leaving the band, making them a duo of Carrie Brownstein (guitar/vocals) and Corin Tucker (guitar/vocals). St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) produced The Center Won’t Hold.

SOAK’s Grim Town includes “Everybody Loves You,” which she shared back in October and was one of our Songs of the Week (she also shared a video for the song), and “Knock Me Off My Feet” (which was also one of our Songs of the Week). Then she shared another song from the album, “Valentine Shmalentine,” which also made our Songs of the Week list. Another new song, “Déjà Vu,” followed in March via a video. Then she shared the non-album track “Country Air,” from the soundtrack to the Finish/British TV kids show Moominvalley. Then she stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform the album’s “Déjà Vu,” in her national TV debut.

Grim Town is SOAK’s second album, the follow-up to 2015’s debut, Before We Forgot How to Dream. Back then she was only 19 years old, now of course she’s older (22) and likely wiser.

In a previous press release, Monds-Watson said that the central premise of Grim Town is “a dystopia that I’ve created in my brain: me on the inside, processed into a pretend location. The way I could wrap my head around a lot of what I was going through was to make it feel like something quite physical and real. Once I had the idea of the album being an actual location, exploring the dynamics of this town and what it would look or sound like felt like the right way to give my mental state a personality.”

Back in December SOAK also shared a cover of Chris Rea’s “Driving Home for Christmas,” via a video of her performing the song.

Read our recent My Firsts interview with SOAK.

Read our review of Grim Town.

Read our 2015 interview with SOAK.

SOAK Tour Dates:

08/02 - Beauly, UK @ Belladrum Festival
08/03 - Oxfordshire, UK @ Wilderness Festival
08/11 - Cornwall, UK @ Boardmasters Festival
08/24 - Northants, UK @ Greenbelt Festival

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July 8th 2019

great news for northants :)

micha smith
July 9th 2019

I love this blog and bookmark it. Thanks for such a great article.