Today Ōtepoti emo-noise-rock quartet Dale Kerrigan have released their debut album, noise bitch, via trace / untrace records. Take a listen:
Dale Kerrigan is the newest songwriting project of Shlee Nicholls (Mary Berry, Flesh Bug), accompanied by Joel Field (Porpoise) on guitar, Connor Blackie (Fazed on a Pony, Koizilla) on bass, and brother Josh Nicholls (Space Bats Attack!, Fazed on a Pony, Bathysphere, Asta Rangu, Koizilla, etc.) on drums. Inspired by free noise and sound artists such as Kim Gordon and Gabby Strong, noise bitch is a feminist ode to women.
For Shlee, the album is a redefinition of her adolescent ideas of womanhood, exploring themes of anxiety, friendship, and the patriarchy. This comes across in the melding of the lyrical content with punchy-as-fuck riffs – mostly it sounds like the kind of songs that a teenage girl would write if she were empowered to.