On their critically acclaimed debut 2016 EP SAD, Leeds-based duo Kamikaze Girls wanted people to know that it was okay to be struggling. Front woman Lucinda Livingstone’s lyrics spoke honestly and openly about her experiences with everything from anxiety and depression to addiction – it was the way in which her truth bravely shone through the songs so strikingly that made the band stand apart.
For vocalist and guitarist Livingstone and drummer Conor Dawson, 2017 finds the pair of friends in a more positive state of equilibrium, and a little more at ease with the ups and downs of life, riding high on their early success as they sign to Big Scary Monsters Records for the release of their debut album Seafoam.
Welcomed with open arms into the UK’s burgeoning and ever-developing DIY/punk scene and counting the likes of Petrol Girls, Personal Best, Great Cynics and The Winter Passing as not just contemporaries, but comrades, with Seafoam they’re firmly placed to deliver a record that both underpins their roots on SAD, and takes giant leaps forward in the quality and substance of their output.
Since 2014 the Riot Grrrl duo, have used music as a means to challenge attitudes and taboos surrounding mental health. Their aim has always been to show their strength and solidarity to other young people in the same position, and to work alongside other bands in the scene to help stamp out gender stereotypes in music for good. It feels like with Seafoam, they’re reaching ever further out to the dispossessed in the darkness and offering a deeper friendship and consolation which, sometimes, only music can provide.
“For us, we just want to make sure that everyone is safe and happy at the shows we play,” the duo finish up “We can't control what happens outside of a venue but we can inside. We only play safe spaces, and it's important to us that they're inclusive and people feel comfortable.”