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Shooting Daggers (Hardcore / Punk / Alternative, UK)
You could say that London’s feminist hardcore punk trio Shooting Daggers have been ‘nailing it’ since the release of their first single »Manic Pixie Dream Girl« which dropped in October 2021 on New Heavy Sounds.
Without doubt, they are ‘the real deal’. Fierce and committed in what they believe in, as how they play. This is shit kicking UKHC full of youthful fury and shorn of vacuous posturing, which continues gaining fans with every gig.
Now at last Shooting Daggers are ready to drop their first major brace of songs with their debut EP »Athames«. Guitarist Sal reveals the roots of the title: “The EP is called »Athames« which are a type of daggers used by witches during rituals. Women in history have been perceived with an evil eye and were burnt because they were suspected to be witches merely for being independent and living outside society’s patriarchal rules.”
It’s an apt moniker for what lies within. Six tracks of visceral hardcore punk with a message, full of spit and fury, venom and hooks, and coupled with enough twists and turns to go way beyond a straightforward heads down mosh and thrash.
Add to that an in-your-face Riot Grrl attitude, fat grunge licks, speeding ‘SST band’ riffs, and the artful and political angst of DC hardcore and you have a cracking debut EP. Three women storming the barricades, pointing the way to bigger things ahead.
• »Demo 2019« (2019)
• »Manic Pixie Dream Girl« 7″ (New Heavy Sounds, 2021)
• »Athames« EP (New Heavy Sounds, 2022)
Sal Salgado Pellegrin – Vosals, Guitar
Bea Simion – Bass
Raquel J Alves – Drums
For fans of The Gits, L7, Lunachicks, 7 Year Bitch, Bikini Kill, Babes In Toyland, Hole, Jack Off Jill, The Distillers