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South Yorkshire’s Lauren Tate – aka lead singer for hard-rock/grunge-punk band Hands Off Gretel – has announced her first solo album in five years. Songs For Sad Girls sees the genre-hopping artist strip back to a softer, raw Americana, sad-pop sound, with the second single from the debut album, ‘What About The Kids’ out now.

”The song is from a child’s point of view speaking to her father addressing gun violence in America,” explains Tate, who also directed the music video. “I wanted the song to highlight issues around gun control and the importance of children’s future in a world where nobody is listening to them. I wrote this song to sing for those that won’t ever get the chance to do so.”

”I wanted the song to highlight issues around gun control and the importance of children’s future in a world where nobody is listening to them. I wrote this song to sing for those that won’t ever get the chance to do so.”

Pisces baby born 1997, Tate was a secondary school dropout, writing and self-producing music from her bedroom from the age of 15. She’s now set to release Songs For Sad Girls on her own label, Trash Queen Records (UK), having recorded and self-produced 11 of the 14 tracks in her home studio.

“I planned to get my album produced by someone when I could afford it, but there was a certain magic and honesty captured in my recordings that I knew would really move people. My lyrics are honest and brutal with songs about domestic abuse, body image, feminism and fear of dying. I wanted it to sound like a girl writing in her diary, unapologetic and imperfect like real girls are.”

Described by BBC Introducing presenter Christian Carlisle as a ‘One Woman Record label’, Tate not only self-produced and recorded all instruments on her debut album she designed all the album artwork and merchandise too.

Songs For Sad Girls is out on 20 September via Trash Queen Records (UK).

‘What About The Kids’ is out now.

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