If you have been reading enough of my articles in the past four months of being on the Mind Equals Blown staff, you’d have realized that I have an enormous soft spot for two things. South African bands and female fronted bands that give the finger to the sexist norm of females having to be pop artists. So it is more than logical to assume that I love Holly and the Woods.
Nothing says “fuck the norm” more than gutsy rock ‘n roll. Throw in a female front woman and you have an incredibly proactive combination. Holly and the Woods lay down a viscous layer of edgy hard rock topped off by the sultry vocals of Melissa Conradie. She commands the same amount of strength in her voice, if not more, than some male vocalists in modern rock music today. (Not looking at you Kellin Quinn or maybe I may.)
The song feels like a blistering return to the angst filled grunge that Nirvarna used to create while putting a modern hard rock twist. The song is filled with absolutely filthy bass line, snarling guitar riffs and crashing drums. Conradie proves her mettle as a songwriter by laying down brilliant lyrics like “No-one sees the strength in me, I’m fighting back, I’m fighting back again.”
It is a gutsy, action packed song that represents a band fighting back against a torrid of terrible pop songs. In the scope of the local scene, and international scene, I am incredibly excited to see what this band does. They truly are a band that could rival the likes of Halestorm and Flyleaf.