‘One-woman record label’ Lauren Tate has taken a break from her grunge-punk band Hands Off Gretel to release her first solo album in five years.
And now she’s taking Songs For Sad Girls out on the road, with a prestigious support slot with rock legend Ginger Wildheart and one of his side projects, The Sinners.
Tate, who’s still just 22, grew up in South Yorkshire, and was a secondary school dropout, writing and self-producing music from her bedroom from the age of 15.
Delving into many musical genres, she recently stripped back to a softer, raw Americana sad-pop sound for Songs For Sad Girls. She recorded and self-produced 11 of its 14 tracks in her home studio, and it’s available now through her own Trash Queen Records label.
“It was important for me to keep the album unapologetic and blunt, with lyrics addressing hard-to-swallow subjects such as self-harm, gun violence and abusive relationships in a real way like something I’d write in a diary,” she said.
“I was inspired a lot by 1950s-era love songs, especially those that mostly painted an image of sad lonely women in a patriarchal society. Can’t Keep My Hands Off You and He Loves Me are songs written about mental and physical abuse within a relationship where the woman is unaware that she is being mistreated.
“Most lyrics I write are from my own experiences, but not all of them. The ones that aren’t my own experiences are experiences of my friends and fans who’ve wrote to me about mental health and relationships, with kids in my generation feeling voiceless in a world that is too busy and chaotic to listen to them.”
Lauren self-produced and recorded all instruments on the album, and designed all the artwork and merchandise too which led to BBC Introducing presenter Christian Carlisle dubbing her a ‘one-woman record label’.
You can hear the songs for yourself when Lauren heads out on a UK tour in November with Wildhearts legend Ginger and his band The Sinners, allowing her the chance to present her solo songs in a live setting, accompanied by Hands Off Gretel’s Seán Bon on guitar.
Lauren Tate will join Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners on the following dates:
Thu 7 November: London, 229 Club (Tickets)
Fri 8 November: Cardiff, St Johns Church (Tickets)
Sun 10 November: Leicester, Y Theatre (Tickets)
Thu 14 November: Glasgow, Cottiers (Tickets)
Fri 15 November: Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree (Tickets)
Sat 16 November: Newcastle, Assembly Rooms (Tickets)
Sun 17 November: Manchester, Dance House (Tickets)
All venues are seated.