Calling all strong, independent, badass women, and more importantly, those who’ve not yet realised that I’m talking to you when I say that. Glasgow quartet Lemon Drink have turned to music to address the challenges women in their twenties face, in a witty, sassy, and rebellious way, and their debut EP, Better Run (released on 13th March via Last Night From Glasgow), is so worth a listen.
We’ve all been there. Stuck in the rut of love and giving up all hope that decent people really exist. Believing that life is nothing without boys so relentlessly riding the emotional rollercoaster that is romance in our twenties. Old enough to be thinking that the here and now is forever, yet too young to even have ourselves all figured out, never mind men. I hear you sisters! And so do Lemon Drink. I wish Better Run had been about earlier in my life.
The four tracks harness badass indie rock instrumentation, and catchy, light and airy vocals in the creation of songs that tell a story. I felt there was a liking to The Cranberries when I had a listen. It must be a fruit thing.
The first track, Pull Your House Down, sends a definite “don’t mess with me” message. Someone needs to hear this. I wouldn’t advise to literally go pulling anyone’s house down; I think it’s metaphorical. Still, this song will definitely help you channel those twenty-something frustrations, without the criminal damage charge.
The second track, Manic, is witty. The lyric “manic pixie girl dream, won’t be me” made me chuckle. Is anyone out there thinking you have to act a certain way to be recognised and valued? Give this a listen. You’ll soon change your mind, and rightly so. Be who you are. Proudly. Women are so bloody amazing in so many ways. Embrace all that is you. This song will get your fired up to do exactly that.
A Song For You is next up, and it’s catchy. “You” seems to refer to a rather unsavoury character who’s got some growing up to do. “I’m not here to have you waste my time”. This lyric got well and truly stuck in my head. Had this track been around about four years ago, I’d have harnessed these “fuck you” vibes and put them to good use.
Now in the last year of my twenties (cry), Better Run had me looking back and wanting to give my younger self a hug, a good slap full of feminist perspective and the reassurance that it would all work out for the better. Girls, you owe it to yourselves to have a listen. Guys, you’ll enjoy it too.