If you’re trying to commodify the leftover shame from the weekend’s drunken antics, you need to listen to ESTRONS’ new EP, Whoever She Was. The Welsh rockers are back with four spanking new tracks which will knock the remnants of a hangover right out of your vital organs, and have you strutting about like a proud peacock.
If you’re partial to a bit of Sleater Kinney, Tacocat, or Bikini Kill, you’re going to love opening track ‘Make a Man’. Rhodri Daniel’s manic, thrashing guitar will accelerate your lust levels at an alarming rate, but it’s the clear vocals of Taliesyn Källström which dominate the track. Her lyrics champion healthy girls who have a ravenous appetite for flesh, and she explosively celebrates female desire.
Second track ‘Aliens’ is a moody, slow-building belter. “You say I am too much, I say you’re not enough” sings Källström, with an energy that will throw most satellites out of orbit. ‘Ysbrydoli’ is sung entirely in Welsh, but you don’t have to be fluent in the language to get behind the poppy rhythm. ‘I (Don’t) Want You’ – emphasis on the parenthesis – is a cure for the shame left behind by useless ex-lovers who take up too much of your time. The song is filled with honest, borderline spiteful vocals – “I don’t want you, but I don’t want you to get what you want, and do what I do” – and will help anyone who needs relief from romance gone wrong.
Estrons may translate as ‘aliens’ or ‘strangers’ in Welsh, but their mixture of aggressive guitar and impressive linguistics won’t leave you feeling alienated after hearing Whoever She Was. It’s a modern day Riot Grrrl’s (and boy’s) dream, and an aural antidote to shame.
Whoever She Was is out now via Gofod Records Ltd.