Lauren Tate, the singer with one of the UK’s most hotly-tipped up-and-coming alternative bands, Hands Off Gretel, is set to release a new solo album.
Songs For Sad Girls will be released on 20 September via her own Trash Queen Records, and it promises to be a very different sound to her main band.
Tate, 22, is a singer-songwriter, producer, director and artist from Barnsley, South Yorkshire. The eldest of three siblings, she was a secondary school dropout, writing and self-producing music from her bedroom from the age of 15.
Delving into many musical genres, singing hard-rock and grunge-punk in Hands Off Gretel, she has stripped back to a softer, raw Americana sad-pop sound with Songs For Sad Girls, her first solo effort in five years.
She recorded and self-produced 11 of the 14 tracks in her home studio, and designed the artwork and merchandise, which led BBC Introducing presenter Christian Carlisle to call her a “one-woman record label”.
“I planned to get my album produced by someone when I could afford it, but there was a certain magic and honesty captured in my recordings that I knew would really move people,” she said.
“My lyrics are honest and brutal, with songs about domestic abuse, body image, feminism and fear of dying. I wanted it to sound like a girl writing in her diary, unapologetic and imperfect like real girls are.”
Two singles have already been released from the album, with the latest being What About the Kids, which has its own music video, which you can watch HERE.
”The song is from a child’s point of view speaking to her father addressing gun violence in America,” she says.
“I wanted the song to highlight issues around gun control and the importance of children’s future in a world where nobody is listening to them. I wrote this song to sing for those that won’t ever get the chance to do so.”
The album has a softer sound than Hands Off Gretel’s grunge-rock, and should appeal to fans of artists as varied as Pink, Sia, Lana Del Rey and Amanda Palmer.
You can pre-order the album at Lauren Tate’s website HERE.