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MODERN FEMALE ROCKSTAR

by The Sonder Bombs

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guitarandi This album empowers me to be myself. I listened to it the most in March 2020 and the lyrics showed me things about myself that I needed to see. I ordered the bubblegum vinyl the day it was released! Forever in love with this album. Love this band with my whole heart! Favorite track: Something I Said.
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joseelhwt My Wife was the one who recommended me to yall! we have really enjoyed playing this album. Cant wait for the Vinyl to get here! Favorite track: Title.
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Jack the best ever...DUH Favorite track: Title.
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Sonserai An album that, on the surface, is quite sweet and catchy in its beats, but lyrically and tonally hits you like a ton of bricks. It seamlessly weaves between the two extremes exceedingly well. Favorite track: Twinkle Lights.
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    Track list:
    1. Atom
    2. U(ke) Ain't Enough
    3. Pot & Kettle
    4. Title
    5. Shoot 2 Kill
    6. Wild
    7. Something I Said
    8. Dimly Lit
    9. Twinkle Lights

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1.
Atom 03:25
Atom Well I’m sure you have a reason for all of your rage But that doesn’t mean I have to like it And I don’t foresee us being friends after all of this ends But hey! You don’t have to like that Cause I can’t afford the friendships you prescribe yourself And I’d like to say I’ll try but I don’t think that I’ll be much help Cause you’re too selfish to be around and I don’t wanna be brought down You’re too selfish to be around and I don’t wanna be brought down Well I don’t know what you want me to say You don’t talk to me anyways. Just on your bad days Just on your bad days And I can’t afford the friendships you prescribe yourself And I’d like to say I’ll try but I don’t think that I’ll be much help You’re too selfish to be around And I don’t wanna be brought down You’re too selfish to be around And I don’t wanna be brought down (I can’t afford Prescribe yourself I’d like to try Wont be much help) You’re too selfish to be around And I don’t want to be brought down You’re too selfish to be around And I don’t wanna be brought down
2.
Uke is not enough U gotta pick up a guitar If U wanna write real stuff or Be a real punk rock star Uke is not enough Uke is not enough U are not enough Funny how I didn’t ask What U thought So U can kiss my ukulele Punk rockin’ ass! Uke is not enough U gotta pick up a guitar If U wanna write real stuff or Be a real punk rock star Uke is not enough Uke is not enough U are not enough (u are not enough!) FUCK!
3.
Pot & Kettle 04:59
It’s not my fault that you still have my number memorized It’s not my fault that when you call, I just don’t have the time And one day I’ll see you on the bus and not feel the need to tell anyone One day when we cross paths the sight of your face wont make me so mad I understand that you’re having trouble letting go But it’s your fault that you’re a person I don’t wanna know anymore And one day you’ll see me on the bus and not feel the need to tell anyone One day when we cross paths The sight of my face won’t make you so sad. I wish jokes didn’t apply to me but now they do I wish I could shut my eyes without seeing you & when I lay my head to rest I’m just another damsel you’ve distressed you’re not the first but by far you’re the worst to take a chunk from my chest I digress I obsess I always knew that shit with you would end in tragedy But ain’t it fuckin hilarious, you still actually blame me & one day I’ll see you at a show & we’ll Both pretend like we don’t know This was the best outcome for something That should’ve been over years ago I wish jokes didn’t apply to me but now they do I wish I could shut my eyes without seeing you & when I lay my head to rest I’m just another damsel you’ve distressed you’re not the first but by far you’re the worst to take a chunk from my chest I digress It’s not that I don’t care I just can’t allow myself to It’s not that I hate I just can’t be around you It’s not that I don’t care I just can’t allow myself to It’s not that I hate I just can’t be around you I wish jokes didn’t apply to me but now they do I wish I could shut my eyes without seeing you I wish jokes didn’t apply to me but now they do I wish jokes didn’t apply to me but now they do
4.
Title 03:30
I don’t wanna be your merch girl I wanna be your goddamn idol And I don’t wanna have to work twice as hard For the same mother fuckin title But I realize That I probably wont Be so lucky What’s more modern than a female rockstar The kind you wanna picture on her knees I don’t plan on being anyone else’s So I’m not a priority But I realize That I probably set My sights too high It’s not enough to buy my merch If you can’t look me in the eyes I don’t want a weaker handshake Than what you gave all the guys It’s not enough to buy my merch If you can’t look me in the eyes I don’t want a weaker handshake Than what you gave all the guys I don’t wanna be your merch girl I wanna be your goddamn idol
5.
Shoot 2 Kill 00:36
I think about profiting from your death More than I probably should It’s a chance I hope I never get Unless of course I realistically could Imagine all the attention we’d get All the people who’d come to our shows And I’d much rather you expire Than have to be the one to expose That you’re not that great at what you do Your passion’s fake And so are you I think about profiting from your death more than I probably should.
6.
Wild 02:53
“You drive me wild” he said As I’m writhing in his bed & I wouldn’t picture myself anywhere else Kiss me again Ignore the clock Kiss me again Oh don’t ever stop Oh shit I might be stuck now Yeah he snuck into my heart somehow & I wouldn’t have it any other way Kiss me again Ignore the clock Kiss me again Oh don’t ever stop
7.
I guess space is good I’m just not quite sure if we really should Or if we could I’ve never seen you look at me like you did Made me feel like a stupid kid who’s Fucked up again I’ll fuck up again I’m fucking up again Was it something I said? It was something I said! I guess this is good Conversation so misunderstood As if I would I’ve never seen you look at me like you did Soggy eyes and tremblin’ lip Did I fuck up again? Oh I fucked up again And I’ll fuck up again and again and again. Was it something I said? It was something I said! I’ll fuck up again I’ll fuck up again I’ll fuck up again I’ll fuck up again I’ll fuck up again I’ll fuck up again I guess space is good I’m just not quite sure if we really should Or if we could
8.
Dimly Lit 03:09
Yeah Yeah You know not what you are But you’re my dimly lit shooting star And you’ll never ever see Cause I’ll never ever ever tell you so Cause I didn’t ever want you to know Just what you do to me Yeah Yeah I tore and I scratched But I can’t seem to detach Well trust me I have tried Well I didn’t want this It’s not how I thought it would be So I’m sorry Yeah Yeah You can look past whatever you like Well me, I could look past your whole life I’d take you in Like one single whole breath of sin And I’d revel in In you You
9.
There’s nothing really wrong with me I’m just choking almost constantly There’s nothing really wrong with me At 14 years old I finally had to say “No” & at 14 years old I finally had to let go & at 14 years old I was basically fully grown I was 14 years old & still the saddest kid I’ll ever fuckin know I don’t really talk about it though So I’ll pretend that I’m fine Then proceed to watch my best friend lose her mind There was nothing I could say or do And there’s no amount of time that would’ve helped you Although I tried too Well there’s nothing really wrong with me I’m just choking almost constantly Oh there’s nothing really wrong with me Well at 19 years old I still had never really been told That at 19 years old I’m fucking allowed to fucking say “no” & at 19 years old There’s only a few ways this could go I was 19 years old But still not stronger than his hands across my throat But that’s the way it goes That’s the way it goes There’s something really wrong with me Cause I’m choking almost constantly Oh there’s something really wrong with me

about

Blending together the folksy and the fiery can be cartoonish if not executed properly. On paper, adding a ukulele to a pop-punk band’s arsenal seems like a eyebrow-raising proposition, calling to mind the hair-teasing days of MySpace’s stronghold over alternative music rather than today’s heart-rending version of the same genre. Luckily for The Sonder Bombs, the uke enhances the band’s self-assured humor and balance, creating a dynamic, nuanced counterpoint to frontwoman Willow Hawks’ acrobatic vocals and shimmering guitars. On MODERN FEMALE ROCKSTAR, the band’s proper debut for Take This to Heart Records, Hawks assures her listener base that the ukulele isn’t the product of a cutesy bygone era, it’s a weapon in a battle to be taken seriously in a male-dominated scene.

The Sonder Bombs began as a duo in 2016, with Hawks and her writing partner Jimmy Wilkens trading off abrasive and melodic punches against a DIY universe which places gender politics at the bottom of a list of priorities. After enlisting drummer Eric Heald and bassist Kevin Cappy in order to enhance their messages’ sonic weight, the quartet quickly recorded MODERN FEMALE ROCKSTAR with Steve Perrino and Madeline Finn to accomplish a tone that complements Hawks’ soulful tones and her most biting criticism. Opener “Atom” underscores this duality—vocal control soars to aggressive highs, with her melody splitting apart to shout and howl against a selfish convenience friend. Lead single “Title” features the LP’s most acerbic thesis statement, with the arrangement bending behind Hawks’ proclamation: "I don't want to be your merch girl / I wanna be your goddamn idol / And I don't wanna have to work twice as hard / For the same motherfucking title.”

For these Midwestern upstarts, self-confidence starts when it crosses paths with self-analysis. After a brisk eight tracks burning bridges and rebuilding inner strength (including the sub-minute “Shoot 2 Kill,” which plays out like a winking revenge fantasy), the adventure ends with “Twinkle Lights,” Hawks’ open letter to her former selves, with stopovers at fourteen and nineteen. This is where she charts her bumpy ride to understanding herself and her artistic pursuit, but The Sonder Bombs’ first proper outing already barrels full speed ahead, defining a new era of socially conscious, unapologetic pop punk.

MODERN FEMALE ROCKSTAR is out now on CD/Digital via Take This To Heart Records

credits

released October 12, 2018

Band:
Willow Hawks – Vocals, Ukulele, Guitars
Jimmy Wilkens – Guitars
Eric Heald – Drums, Auxiliary Percussion

Additional Musicians:
Jake Stephens – Bass, Auxiliary Percussion
Steve Perrino – Piano on “Twinkle Lights”
Gang Vocals - Madeline Finn, Talor Smith, Kris Schmit, Mercy Hamerly, & Lydia Schulz

Production
All songs written by The Sonder Bombs
All songs recorded & mixed by Steve Perrino of Compass Audio
Mastered by John Naclerio of Nada Mastering
Produced by Steve Perrino & The Sonder Bombs
Vocal Production by Madeline Finn
Drum Tech: Dan Roberts
Guitar tech: Nate Milstein

Artwork by Osi Okoro

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