Album Review: Venus Grrrls – Potions EP

Milly Hewitt

The Breakdown

Four tracks of the bands unique blend of electronic punk that stands them out as one of the best bands in the UK.

Venus Grrrls have released their new EP, ‘Potions’ on November 5th 2021 via Monomyth Records. The EP is a collection of songs that digress into integral parts of human emotion and consciousness. Exploring themes such as friendship, body image, and love, the band showcase their most intimate body of work yet. The band are also heading off on their debut headline UK tour in support of the EP release, beginning on November 2nd.

Lead singer GK, says;

“Writing this EP has been a product of a vast range of experiences which intertwined with the pandemic. We really were able to spend time focusing on the writing, even when remote, while the live industry was on hold. The lyrics are much more confrontational, we really haven’t held back on this one. Anyone that has listened to us in the past knows that we like to be as open as we can when it comes to our own experiences, in an attempt to share them with others in the hope they might provide comfort or solace. I think the difference with POTIONS is the exploration of body image and insecurity in Sudocream Queen, as well as Glisten being our first love song. It feels incredibly intimate to be sharing, but ultimately we’re incredibly proud of the songs and feel that they really showcase who we want to become as people and as a band.”

The grabbing vocals and dirty bass of ‘Hate Me’ where GK shines once again as her voice sits all quiet on the first verse but explodes on the chorus. A voice that can spit venom as much as seduce especially on the chorus with some tasty lead playing from Jess.

With a hint of the 80s on tracks ‘Sudocream Queen’ and ‘Goth Girl’ the EP stands out and could only be from this band and their unique sound. ‘Sudocream Queen’ has synths taking the lead as the guitars jangle in the background. Goth Girl with its big statement chorus is also heavy with the synths.

The dreamy ‘Glisten’ see Gk’s best vocal performance and Jess gets to shine on the fretboard as she rips out a short yet magnificent guitar solo. It’s when the whole band are together the magic really gets going and they sound awesome on the chorus.

This band can do no wrong and their brand of female power punk just gets better with each EP. The EP flows from the hard punk hit of ‘Hate Me’ to the softer Glisten with the synth driven tracks between. The four tracks describe the bands style perfectly, rooted in the punk rock sensibility they cross it with electronic elements and intelligent lyrics that feature mental health and feminist positivity.

Check out the bands track Goth Girl, below:

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1 Comment

  1. […] Exploding out of Leeds Venus Grrrls are back with a snarling new track ‘Violet State Of Mind’. This is the band’s first release since their 2021 EP ‘Potions‘. […]

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