London queercore punk band Shooting Daggers share new video for ‘Smug’18th January 2024 0 By John Deaux
Sal, Bea and Raquel aka Shooting Daggers, are without a doubt burning it up at the moment. Since releasing their EP ‘Athames’ last year and most recently a split single with Ukrainian punk band Death Pill, the whispers are getting louder.
Since then things have been pretty much upwards, non – stop, and Daggers are fast becoming a fiery beacon at the beating heart of the burgeoning UK hardcore scene. Plus, their full on live shows have made them a must see proposition. Whether it’s Desertfest, supporting Amyl & The Sniffers, a plethora of underground gigs and festivals across the UK and Europe including Fluff and Burn It Down.
Or sharing the stage with the cream of up and coming American hardcore, Scowl, Gel, Zulu, Spaced, and being personally asked to play the ‘Cult Of Luna’ curated ‘Beyond The Red Shift’.
There’s no doubt that Shooting Daggers are most certainly in demand. It’s a wonder they have the time to do anything else.
Thankfully, they had a week spare to go in with Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studio in London to record their debut album.
Titled ‘Love and Rage’ it’s a huge leap forward from their EP, in fact New Heavy Sounds believe Daggers have recorded something of a corker in terms of modern hardcore in fact … a potential minor classic debut maybe.
Classic you say? As in ‘The Ramones’ or ‘Damned Damned Damned’, as in ‘Los Angeles’ or ‘Bad Brains’, as in ‘Repeater’ or ‘Pussy Whipped’, or as in (because they wouldn’t forgive us if we left them out) ‘Non-stop Feeling’, by the genre-deviating, mainstream breakers Turnstile. And yeah, we’ve noticed how male that list is!
Whatever way you spin it, there is no doubt that ’Love and Rage’ is an album of jaw dropping depth and melody as well as blinding energy and angst. The band say …
“We want to spread a positive message, we are challenging rage into a good force, seeking for justice and unity. Anger serves us as a bodyguard for our personal pain and suffering. But when you recognise rage within you, if you handle it with attention, love, and compassion, it can be a powerful mobilizing factor to take action in solidarity and commitment to enacting social change.
This is a time to focus on ourselves and our community. Protect our rights to be in this world and stop caring about men’s validations. It’s time for women and queer people to channel all our power together.
In this album we touch subjects such as Unity, sorority, self love, taking the power back, queer love and skateboarding.”
And the album sums this up completely over 9 storming numbers. There are kick ass buzzsaw punk bangers of course, blistering shards of pent up fury, like ‘Dare’, ‘Wipeout’ and ‘Bad Seeds’. Daggers ‘as you might expect, but here, more catchy, more direct, more focussed than before. The influences never overwhelm, it’s always unmistakably ‘Shooting Daggers’.
New single ’Smug’ is, according to the band “about the hierarchy of the music scene and how important it is to go back to your roots and never forget where you came from/started. For this reason in the video we wanted to highlight our little community and our favourite spots in SE London.”It’s true to say that with ‘Love and Rage’ Shooting Daggers could quite possibly become your favorite band.
Shooting Daggers are set to launch their album at Rough Trade East in London on 22nd February with support from The Menstrual Cramps and Out Of Love. Tickets are available here.
The band will also support U.S hardcore outfit Spaced as part of their ‘Trippin Thru the UK Tour 2024’:
29.3 Manchester @ Manchester Punk Fest
30.3 Bristol @ The Exchange
31.3 Southampton @ The Hobbit
01.4 Brighton @ The Hope and Ruin
02.4 London @ New Cross Inn
Tickets are on sale now – https://lnk.to/TRIPPINTHRUTHEUK-2024
‘Love and Rage’ is released on the 16th of February 2024. Produced by Wayne Adam’s at Bear Bites Horse Studio, with an eye-popping sleeve by Greta Bungle. ‘Love and Rage’ is available on limited edition clear and sky blue galaxy vinyl, plus a ltd edition CD.
Pre-orders are now open on Bandcamp and Cargo mail order, plus all digital platforms.
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