New York City-based indie-rock band The Shondes have returned with a new single, “Carrion Crow,” featuring their signature feminist anthems and in-your-face power hooks. The group is refreshingly charming, confident, and powerful.
“Carrion Crow” is the second single from The Shondes’ upcoming fall release of Brighton.
“I’ve written a lot over the years about people who have wronged me in one way or another, but this song came from the perspective of seeing someone you love get badly damaged by another person's narcissism and abuse,” says The Shondes frontwoman Louisa Solomon about “Carrion Crow.” “Songwriting is an amazing outlet when you're overwhelmed by your rage and its futility, and I have to imagine a lot of people can relate to this song.”
Solomon explains that the song is one of the harsher tracks on the album. “It's a great showcase of Courtney Robbins' guitar mastery. We really had fun with the anger of this song, lashing out musically, letting the guitar call on cheesy '80s tropes and just go with it. That intro, that solo! I still laugh when I hear it—it’s so gratifying."
When it comes to Brighton as a whole, however, Solomon says The Shondes have toned it down slightly without sacrificing the band’s signature edge, intensity, and skill. “I think we've hit our pop rock stride. Hopefully without losing any punk spirit, we have written some really honest rock songs with some gentler moments here and there, more musical nuance, more levity, and the vital addition of new, incredible musicianship.”
Brighton is The Shondes’ latest album release since they’re 2013 fan-favorite, The Garden. “I can't wait for Shondes fans—especially the ones who have been through all our many transitions with us—to hear what we've done with Brighton,” says Solomon. “I’m proud, I'm happy, I'm psyched.”
Brighton is set to release on September 16. Until then, check out the The Shondes’ newest single, "Carrion Crow," below: