19-year-old Aucklander Bene has released her latest single ‘Evil Spider’.
“‘Evil Spider’ is about wanting someone that’s already taken. When writing the song, I didn’t wanna make the lyrics too obviously evil, so I thought I’d turn myself into the spider, making it a lil lighter and making the song revolve around me weaving webs to lure the person, catch ‘em like a spider then reel them in. I remember humming ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ in the studio, which inspired the playful vibe of the song.”
‘Evil Spider’ has a certain 90’s likeability to it, remimisicent of pop acts at the time that weren’t necessarily having to stick to a rigid template. It has these Dance/R&B undertones, with Bene’s vocal adding the sweetness to the laid back funk of the accompaniments.
Bene has emerged as New Zealand’s artist to watch with her chart-topping hit ‘Soaked ‘which quickly climbed Spotify’s Viral Charts, accumulated over 17 million streams to date, charted on Australia’s Triple J radio’s Hottest 100 of 2018 and held the number one spot on New Zealand’s Shazam Top 100 for two months, not to mention achieved Gold Certification in New Zealand and Australia. With endorsements from Zane Lowe and Apple’s Beats1 radio, Bene went from playing her first small club gig to her first arena show—opening for longtime role model Lily Allen—in a matter of months.
BENE UK LIVE DATES
5 June – The Waiting Room
13 June – Switch at Omeara
15 June – Bushstock Festival