Grace Petrie EP

[Title] "There's no such thing as a 'Protest Singer.' [Body] by our music editor. "I don't believe that aliens have ever come to earth and are buried in the desert by the feds. I know that there is no tooth fairy flying around at night, just loving parents putting money in those beds, and as for homeopathy well it's not my cup of tea but on your right to believe I will insist because who's to say what's really real, still I can't help but feel I wish the Guardian believed that I exist. There's no such thing as a protest singer. We don't have none of those. No there's no such thing as a protest singer we lost them when the mines all closed. I know you miss the good old days of picket lines and flags. When The Specials and The Jam all ruled the charts but if you're looking for this generation's Billy Braggs. We are all here with a fire in our hearts. But we are not on the radio because they don't want to know and by this point it's really pretty clear that the mainstream music press they couldn't care less but it's The Guardian that keeps shouting we're not here. There's no such thing as a protest singer. We don't have none of those. No there's no such thing as a protest singer we lost them when the mines all closed. I know you like to think that no one does it like you did and in 1989 the needles just got stuck but just because the system is changed it doesn't mean you've got the monopoly on giving a fuck. Because we're all unemployed that housing market you've enjoyed is suspended by the renting of the youth. We've had our wages squeezed nine grand a year tuition fees so let me let you in on the unspoken truth. That there's no such thing as a protest singer, no it's a made up thing. There's no such thing as a protest singer because there's politics in everything we sing. Oh there is no such thing as a protest singer cos I kind find them in the NME.

I love how prolific Grace Petrie is. She seems to have a new song more or less every month, which she bundles up into regular EP and album releases. It’s really a pleasure to see such a work ethic. Even with the release of this EP she’s apologising on her blog and promising to have a full album in the Spring. Bless. She definitely needs more fans so she can slow down a bit *hint hint*.

Anyway, this EP has everything you’d expect from Grace. There’s the general theme of being an insecure musician, lesbian love affairs that didn’t work out, a gay pride solidarity song (this one’s about the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando this summer), a couple quibs at the Conservative Party government at Westminster, and a lot of great one-liners.

Favourite track: ‘I’ve Had Worse’
Favourite lyric:  “and it was tale as old as time/ beauty and the best laid plans of mine that I laid to rest/ yeah it happens all the time/ honey I’d suggest/ you just liked me better when you knew me less”

Words: Ana Hine

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