Feminist punk witches Dream Nails are tackling the issues that affect them and the LGBT+ community head-on with their latest single.
Kiss My Fist is the latest track released from their debut album, whose release on Alcopop! Records has been put back from April 3 until September 4 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The song pulls no punches in its rage against homophobia, as guitarist Anya Pearson explains: “As a queer woman, I live in fear of violence every day because of my sexuality and the way I look.
“We were all shocked by that image of queer couple Melania Geymonat and Christine Hannigan, who were left bloodied and bruised by a group of teenagers for refusing to kiss on a London bus.
“In the UK, anti-LGBT hate crime has surged in the past five years. On the one-year anniversary of that attack, we are releasing Kiss My Fist in honour of all the queer people of this world trying to get from A to B without getting beaten up.
“Our message to homophobes and transphobes is clear: ask us to kiss again, and we will eat your brain.”
The powerful track was written in a whirlwind, just days after the violent attack, and a fortnight before the band went into the studio to record the album with Tarek Musa of Spring King.
It follows the release of Payback, another anger-fuelled composition aimed squarely at the lack of justice for survivors of sexual violence.
The first single to be revealed from the album, Corporate Realness, was released by Tom Morello from Rage Against The Machine’s very own Firebrand Records in North America.
Another song which features on the record, recent single Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns), was named Best New Track in The Guardian and received plays on BBC Radio 1, 6Music, Radio X and Kerrang! Radio.
Dream Nails, who were formed in London in 20xx, consist of Janey Starling (vocals), Anya Pearson (guitar/backing vocals), Mimi Jasson (guitar/backing vocals) and Lucy Katz (drums/backing vocals).
Their self-titled debut album is a queer feminist party which is likely to appeal to fans of bands like Bikini Kill, The Julie Ruin, Dream Wife, The Regrettes and The Ramones.
Their headline tour, also originally scheduled for April, has now been rescheduled for September/Oct ober, with all previously purchased tickets remaining valid. They hope to be appearing at various festivals.