Sink your teeth in.
Saint Agnes are set to release their new mini-album 'Vampire' on March 26, and they've just shared the title track.
It's a bit special.
A decadent and delirious slice of harsh rock and roll, the track feels like a perfect encapsulation of the band. It's dark, deadly and impossible not to be get dragged in by.
Vocalist Kitty A. Austen had this to say about the track:
“Vampire is a hate-letter to the addictive, exciting, poisonous trap of social media.
We grasp for immortality through our digital avatars; we present our beautiful, godlike, sanguine virtual selves whilst our imperfect shells shrink and cringe in the shadows. Self-loathing on repeat. Vampire is alluring and bewitching pop music with a rotten soul. What better way to get the heretical Vampire in the front door than to dress her up in the right clothes? A sugar-coated pill. Welcome to the Live Forever club, but do you really want to live forever?””
Check out the video below:
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We spoke to Kitty recently all about the album. This is what she had to say about what it represents for her:
"I’m trying to learn to be more honest and vulnerable as a songwriter and though the songs are in the overblown, histrionic Saint Agnes tradition, I think they are more personal, lyrically than anything we’ve done before. The stories the characters are telling all across Vampire are personal to Jon James and I. In regard to the music, for obvious reasons, we had to write the mini-album differently to how we usually write and record. The songs had no rehearsal room time or trying them out live, Jon and I created them locked in our tiny home-studio in East London during the first lockdown. It was a claustrophobic, almost desperate time, we really turned inward to deal with the catastrophe that was happening outside. And I think that claustrophobic intensity can be felt all over the record.
"When we recorded the songs, it was the first time we were playing them as a band and I think the energy of getting to play together for the first time in months really comes across. In 2019 the longest amount of time we spent apart as a band was like 2 weeks as we were touring all year. To go from that to not seeing each other for months was bizarre, I missed them so much and I missed feeling like part of something. We felt delirious in the studio as it was the first time we’d been around each other (and other people) and I think that innocent joy of being in each others’ company comes through. The other thing I think really comes across is a feeling of defiance. The arts has been treated appallingly badly during the pandemic, highly skilled people being told to retrain etc and it’s hard to keep your chin up when your government is telling you very loudly and clearly that you’re not viable or a valued part of society - I think we all felt shitty and so getting to be together again gave us a defiant feeling of, oh yeah, I'm a fucking musician in a fucking rock band and it’s viable and it’s legitimate, and I like to think the whole record is us giving the finger to the idea that the arts aren’t worthy."