Unapologetic & off the back of some shows with Amyl, Shooting Daggers return with a rager of a release laced with Sals signature ‘bleh’ & a fuck tonne more attitude. The band have truly found their confidence the last year, adding backing vocals, sound effects & tasty little sound bites to their repertoire.
Fast & unforgiving, & a call to watch them burn, ‘No Exit’ gives form to the perfect nod to entrapment under the patriarchy & the inability to manoeuvre around overinflated male dominance. Expressing fury at the pressure put on woman & non-binary people to ‘please mens eyes’ & use every waking minute to humour the whims of the patriarchy, Sal succinctly outlines the anguish faced by many, citing that we’re all ‘just fighting to exist’. With powerful breaks & sk8 worthy thrash sequences, this is one heck of an opener for what becomes a very forceful release.
Whilst ‘No Exit’ centres on the imposition of male dominance, the bands latest single release ‘Liar’ focuses more on the survivors response. Examining the crevices of internal victim blaming that we all find ourselves in & the external silencing of those who have been in receipt of abuse – the song brings to the forefront the full survivor story that is often lacking in abuse rhetorics.
With an innate decry ‘I will write your name across the walls of the city, abusers like you shouldn’t be in communities (. . . ) I will not remain silent, I will not shut it out’ the song illuminates that too often we end up carving out our own spaces on the sidelines, talking in & amongst each other rather than finding the centre stage where we belong. Shooting Daggers are here to enforce that that’s not the case anymore. & we don’t need your fucking scene.
The band headlined KNMs first ever show Not Your Galentine’s Day where we held an art gallery examining the ways that survivors of abuse have been treated once they have spoken out about their experience. With an undoubted reclamation ‘Liar’ is an ode to self re-creation. We WILL build our scene. & we will not stop believing in ourselves or the power of our community.
The jewel in the top of the band’s highly abrasive crown always has & always will be ‘Manic Pixie Dream Girl’. Complete with Daria style breaks & echoes of the roles we are led to play – fantasy, sexy doll, fool & all the while a free therapist, the song denotes how women & non-binary folk are often depicted as everything & nothing all at once.
‘Carnage’ is a deep, heavy, & intrusive track – almost along the lines of Blom meets a b movie, while ‘We Will Live’ brings an entire pace change with a super slow entry. Maybe when the band say ‘slow your growth’ this is what they mean. ‘We Will Live’ expands with every second & every listen & is the living embodiment of catharsis & fury.
‘You Can’t Kill Us’ takes us back up a notch with a huge sense of urgency. Without a doubt an ear filling anthem that sounds like it was recorded in a cave. The sister song to ‘We Will Live’ is full, anthemic, a fucking war story & a call to arms. This track is 100% over before you are ready (this song could go on for 9000 years & it still would not be enough) & does everything it needs to do & more.
The EP closes with a re-record of ‘Missandra’ – heavy AF & the bands name sake – ‘I shoot daggers out of my eyes. I am someone, I am someone, I am someone’. If Shooting Daggers are remembered for anything it should be this track. ‘& you dare call me missandra’ – is the world’s most prevalent ultimatum to men’s rights activists & red pill rioters. A powerful & important close to a fucking masterpiece.
Mixed with some old favourites, the rest of the EP does not disappoint. This release is Cool. Calm. Collected & Furious. With far more 00s metal influences than we’re used to with this band but god damn that shit is welcome. Shooting Daggers are set to go far, miss this band & you’ll be eating dirt.
The EP is about anger, ownership & collective rage. & as each of us allows this 7 track wonder to seep into our souls, we’ll feel reignited to take our rightful space in the world. As we navigate the hostile misogynistic tightrope of our daily lives, we’ll be backed by the knowledgeable echo of Missandra ‘It’s my way to survive. Don’t you DARE tell us we can’t react’. 🔥🍾
Shooting Daggers play a release show on the 20th at the Shacklewell Arms with secret guests!
Pre-orders for the EP can be found here.
For more on Shooting Daggers go read our interview with them baby!
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