Yen Strange Releases ‘Bleeding From My Purple Lips’

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Photo Credit: Yen Strange


Liberation Records are today excited to share ‘Bleeding From My Purple Lips’, the latest single from Sydney-based artist Yen Strange. Following on from singles ‘Clueless in Suburbia’ and ‘Easy Way Out’, the latest single is accompanied by an alluring self-directed visualiser.

‘Bleeding From My Purple Lips’ is quintessentially Yen Strange – Brimming with grunge fuelled rhythms, reverbed guitar and bittersweet lyricism, Yen, alongside co-writer Joel Quartermain (Eskimo Joe, PNAU, Meg Mac, merci,mercy, G Flip), reflect in hindsight on a toxic relationship, crescendoing into an anthemic indie hit.

On the single, Yen details, ‘Stitches are in my mouth sometimes when I really like someone but they do things that are pretty bad for me. Something stops me from standing up for myself and walking away. I was feeling extremely insane over a situation with someone when I wrote this. Like I was not myself at all and I’d do anything for this person to give me attention’.

The vintage, camcorder style visualiser, directed and edited by Yen Strange, further highlights the single’s vulnerable and intimate depiction, mixing up close and personal footage with candid frames from film negatives.

With a string of popular singles to her name including debut ‘Donnie Darko’‘Go Away’ and a cover of Mallrat’s ‘Intro’, the Moruya-born, now Sydney-based singer-songwriter has won press support from the likes of Paper Magazine, Nylon, Ladygunn, The Forty-Five and NME. Her songs have received a huge 20 spins from BBC Radio 1 (with host Jack Saunders a big champion of her work), plus airplay across triple j, triple j Unearthed and community stations like FBi and Radio Adelaide. At DSPs, they’ve appeared on a range of playlists including Spotify’s New Music Friday, Front Left, Indie Pop, SALT and Pop n Fresh, and Apple Music’s New Music Daily, New In Pop, New In Alternative and Pop Chill. When The Horn Blows’ also highlighted Yen Strange on their ‘Ones To Watch’ list for 2022. The past year has seen Yen Strange play to thousands of people, completing support shows with Eliza & The Delusionals, merci,mercy and Hallie and about to embark on a 12-date national tour with ARIA winning pop-punk band, Yours Truly.

Growing up in small towns was a blessing and a curse for Yen. In an attempt to distance herself from cliques at school – where she struggled to fit in – she’d seek solace in the music room on her lunch breaks. She had fostered a serious interest in music from the age of seven, studying piano and honing her vocal skills by singing along to songs on the radio in her dad’s car. (Singing lessons didn’t work out; she didn’t want to sing the ‘proper way’.)

At the age of 16, Yen moved from her hometown of Moruya to the larger Wollongong and started playing in local bands, but found her walls crashing down as the aspirations of her bandmates never quite seemed to sync up to her own.  She began to hit roadblocks and experience spirals and depressive episodes, eventually hitting rock bottom and having a breakdown. Despite the hurdles though, Yen persisted and started to pen tracks that she could be proud of, on her own. She now lives in Sydney.

Yen Strange
‘Bleeding Through My Purple Lips’
Out now through Liberation Records

Listen/watch here

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Fri 25 Nov | Solbar | Maroochydore, QLD | 18+
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