Skinny Girl Diet: Heavy Flow  LP   (HHBTM Records)

Release date: November 4, 2016





Bio: “At last, real girls, young and believable, singing in their own voices. The music is raw, direct and unpretentious – these girls are timeless. They haven’t been squashed and moulded. They’re still fighting, still full of energy and self-belief. Go and see them – you’ll be inspired to get up there and do it too.”
- Slits legend Viv Albertine

One of the most eagerly anticipated albums in years, Skinny Girl Diet’s Heavy Flow is already getting regular play on BBC Radio 6 (by Iggy Pop, no less) and the London band’s been featured in just about every music blog/magazine you can imagine.

The band won’t even be old enough to drink during their upcoming US tour, and yet Delilah Holiday, Ursula Holiday, and Amelia Cutler have been doing this for almost six years now.. SGD is raw, bleeding, and beautiful, a perfect convergence of Angela Carter and Angela Davis and The Powerpuff Girls. Inspired by punk and grunge and being alive & awake in the 21st century, their debut album—self-released in the UK so they can control the product, released in the US on HHBTM Records b/c it’s the only label you can trust—is as cathartic & angry & moving as anything we’ve heard in a long time. ‘OK’ may be the best song ever written about watching a loved one struggle through depression. And then there’s lead single ‘Yeti,’ a song about how society demonises female sexuality that—in its shifting tempos, its volatility—sounds like no punk song ever made by men.

Anyway, they don’t need us to speak for them when they speak so beautifully for themselves. The rest of this one-sheet is culled from recent SKD interviews.

On the album title ‘Periods are such a natural phenomena that are regarded with such disgust. Women are expected to hide and suppress completely natural things. Women are bleeding all over the world and we wanted to contrast that imagery against the ultra glamorous image the media sells. And it’s funny as hell because that’s what we call our genre Heavy Flow. The album is a body of 6 years of work, with Delilah writing all the songs, it’s basically us as a band in its entirety.’

‘We don’t play three chord songs, really fast drum beats, and scream. We play from our emotions rather than conforming to a musical genre.’

‘I hate labels. We want to completely defy everything.’

‘We want to make music for girls to feel powerful and liberated. Fair enough to people writing songs about heartbreak, but when I’m sad I want to listen to music that’s about more than just love affairs. We want to make music for girls like us.

’We think the lack of meaningful lyrics and politics in current music is shocking, everyone is too afraid to speak out and would rather sit on the fence. But when little girls feel unequal to boys but can’t process why, a teenage girl sees a diet billboard and feels inadequate or the police stop an innocent black boy because of the colour of his skin; what then? We’re just gonna welcome these forms of oppression with open arms? We think not.’

‘We think the fight has made us stronger as no male band has ever experienced what we have. Obviously our society sucks dry anything that is valuable and likes to keep you weak because they can exploit you at your lowest. Self confidence is a way of fighting back against the media and the society shaped people who are insecure that want to drag you down with them...the only way you can is to defy all of this and be you.’

‘I don’t know any girl our age that doesn’t simultaneously listen to 90s R&B. if someone says they don’t like Destiny’s Child you have to question them as a person.’

‘We’re really proud that we’ve got to the point where we are now completely unsigned. We’ve funded our new album ourselves, completely through money we’ve earned as a band. We want to show that it is possible.’

‘The punk scene right now doesn’t feel very punk. It’s very white and male, and even the nostalgic look back hasn’t given women in punk the recognition they deserve. The message of punk has been lost and punk as a movement has been commodified by rich, white capitalism. The so-called scene doesn’t feel very genuine.’

‘I don’t really want to be called 'Riot Grrrl' or 'punk.' Riot Grrrl was accused of not including people of color—if you did your research, you’d know we wouldn’t be a part of Riot Grrrl at that time. they describe their sound as ‘Three girls playing scratchy, fuzzy, loud, screamy music.’ people should focus less on reviving something from the past and focus more on creating a new movement for the future - one which makes history instead of being some gimmicky fad that fades away.’

‘Because imagine hearing a track and being like, ‘ooh I really like this’, and then you realise it actually says something to you, says something about the world around you, makes you actually think about life. Maybe through people coming to our gigs we can become friends and do something together, and try and save humanity!’