Tender Trap have released a new single from their forthcoming LP for free online! You can download “Girls with Guns” free from the Fortuna Pop website right here.
Tender Trap consists of former members of Heavenly, Marine Research, and Police Cats as well as Elizabeth Darling from Allo Darlin’. The e-mail I received from Fortuna Pop indicted that the single might soon be available from Slumberland as well, though I’m not sure if they meant it will be available as a download or a physical release (I’m leaning towards download as right now neither label’s site has a physical release available.) ANYWAY, for those of you in the US, Slumberland will be handling US distribution of Tender Trap’s upcoming 3rd LP, Dansette, Dansette. (Speaking of Slumberland, I just dropped $40 on their website this morning, so maybe I’ll be doing a mailorder roundup edition of “What I Bought.”)
So, to actually talk about the song for a second, “Girls with Guns” is a girl gang anthem in which Heavenly vows revenge, saying, “We are ready to get mean/We are watching out/For all the girls around this town/And you will be found out/If you try to bring one of those girls down.” I love the way this song is driven — the guitars are relentless, but without losing any of Tender Trap’s delightful pop sensibilities. There are also a few little guitar/bass flourishes that make me think of old western soundtracks, which is in amazing touch.
Fortuna Pop says:
It’s a riot-grrrl-esque tale of sisterhood and revenge that wouldn’t be out of place among the punkest moments of Amelia Fletcher’s previous outfits. While guitars and drums rush by in a blur, Amelia and her new girl crew swear a cold-hearted vengeance on the unreliable and untrustworthy menfolk of the town.
Tender Trap will be playing in the US on May 21st as a part of the New York Popfest (fellow Fortuna Poppers Allo Darlin’ will also play a gig there — I wish I could go!)
Tender Trap has made a video for “Girls with Guns” & I’ve embedded it below: