Femme-Punk Rockers DOWNGIRL Unleash Cathartic Single ‘Manic’

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“The 90s references work, but DOWNGIRL work harder. They make this one sizzle.”
4 / 5 (Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J) [About ‘Beauty Queen’] 

“Massive riffs and destroy-everything vocals make for grungy goodness. I really like how this explodes after 2 min mark. Keen to hear more.”
4 / 5 (Ryan Egan, Triple J) [About ‘Beauty Queen’]

‘Beauty Queen’ music video played on MTV

“‘Twas the night before Mardi Gras and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… until the first notes of Downgirl, when every living thing within earshot woke the fuck up and wondered, reasonably, whether the world was ending. A fearsome set, where everything is inside out, an impossible puzzle of things that don’t make sense but just do. It’s like enjoying getting a hammer to back of the head. What utter fun.”
(The Underground Stage)

“Downgirl tore it up like a wrecking machine made of the Runaways and Bikini Kill”
(Brian Giffin – Loud Mag)

Explosive and energetic femme nu punk / grunge-rockers DOWNGIRL have doused stages around their hometown in Gadigal land in their highly flammable sonic kerosene and are kicking things up a notch with the release of their track, ‘Manic’, out on September 30.

Born out of the ashes of punk outfit BOYSCLUBDOWNGIRL formed online during the 2021 lockdown and are gaining plenty of momentum. Within the space of a year, they’ve supported FANGZ and Battlesnake, cutting their teeth on lineups for Doomed FridayBonez Queer PartyWinter Magic Revival Festival headlined by HermitudeHaiku Hands and Urthboy, and are set to tear it up at Chopped Festival with Amyl And The Sniffers later this year. The four-piece also just played with one half of The Veronicas for Jessie333’s new music video for ‘Seeing Stars’.

Bursting onto the scene with the dynamite ‘Beauty Queen’, this epic second track, ‘Manic’, off the group’s upcoming EP is 4 and a half minutes of powerful punk goodness.

The gradual build of gritty riffs and fury-driven drums match the energy of the lyrical confessions that escalate with a fight or flight intensity. By the time it gets there, it fervently begs for relief with a euphoric, wall-to-wall noise-filled chorus and its refrain, ‘Manic’. The song hits like shots of cinnamon whisky – hard, fast and to dizzying effect, with a sweet but spicy aftertaste. Each member gives it their all, and collectively let go like an unrelenting force of nature.

The enthralling track begs your worst enemy, ‘Do I have to keep reminding you I’m not too much for you?’.

DOWNGIRL on the track’s origin:

“‘Manic’ was written during Sydney’s last pandemic lockdown as a back and forth via the WWW. It explores mental health issues and the responsibility we must take for them during a time which is insular and introspective.”

Filmed and directed by Stackhat, the music video for ‘Manic’ reflects a distorted reality with scenes of the band members at home, but flipped upside down. Things progressively get weirder. One band member draws a widening circle of smudged pink lipstick in repeated motions while forcing an unconvincing smile. Another beats drumsticks against a box of Froot Loops, while a third screams into the bathroom toilet.

It’s disorienting and uncomfortable to watch, much like experiencing the timewarp of lockdown and getting caught in the mental battlefield of too much time spent alone. The mania-fuelled chorus is emphasised with DOWNGIRL piling into the car for a head-banging / scream-along drive down a tree-lined road.

DOWNGIRL have gained fans at Hysteria MagHeavy Mag, LOUD Mag, Triple J and The Underground Stage, 2SER, FBi Radio, and are taking their femme-punk grunge glory to the top with a single tour kicking off in October.

Get caught up in the addictive headbanging goodness of ‘Manic’ by DOWNGIRL when it’s unleashed – single & music video out on September 30. Witness it in the flesh on these dates:

‘Manic’ Tour
October 16 –
 Soda Factory, Sydney
November 12 – The Lass, Newcastle
November 19 – Cherry Bar, Melbourne



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