Every weekday, DIY’s new music know-it-all Neu brings you one essential new release to get obsessed with. Today’s Neu Pick comes from itoldyouiwouldeatyou.
itoldyouiwouldeatyou made quite an impression with their recent EP ‘I Am Not Your Fault’, a dazzling trip through math and emo.
Follow-up single ‘Divine Violence’ shifts the band’s lyrical focus towards gender identity and national politics, and it’s new video is today’s Neu Pick.
Speaking about the single, singer Joey Ashworth says: “‘I Am Not Your Fault was about forgiveness and kindness towards those who hurt me but meant no wrong. Divine Violence is about the exact opposite. I now feel the need to move on and say “ok, I forgave everyone, now why aren’t I happy? What can I change about that?” I feel that what I am angry about is that in many situations I feel unsafe because of who I sleep with, or how I prefer to view my gender.
“The original idea for the lyrics on this track came as in the space of a week, the Pulse shooting happened and a friend and I were yelled at on the street for holding hands and dressing effeminately. I suddenly felt unsafe in London of all places, a city I love and have always felt was, to some extent, my own. Of course this was naive of me - mentioning this feeling to any of my friends who are people of colour has elicited a ‘oh, so you only just noticed?’ sort of reaction, which I entirely deserve.
“I didn’t feel like hiding though, and I didn’t feel like talking. I felt, to be honest, like I wanted to put some stranger in hospital for daring to look at me for too long. But that is, of course, not a great idea. So this song uses that anger. I like to think of it as a warning from the queer community to people who think we are weak. When I say I won’t stand for this shit any longer, it’s not self-absorption, it’s self-defence’.”
Watch the video for ‘Divine Violence’ and view the band’s tour dates below.
14 London, The Waiting Room (single release show, with Orchards)
15 Brighton, Hope and Ruin (with Orchards)
16 Cardiff, Buffalo Bar (with Orchards)
18 ArcTanGent Festival
24 Canterbury - The Ballroom (with Delta Sleep)
26 Guildford, Boileroom
10 Always The Sun Festival