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MODERN FEMALE ROCKSTAR

by The Sonder Bombs

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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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*****This is a Pre-Order. All orders will ship on/or around October 12th****
****All physical orders come w/ Custom band pins****
****All purchases come w/ instant download of "Title"****
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 October 12th on CD/Digital via Take This To Heart Records

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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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Track Name: Atom
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
Track Name: U(ke) Ain't Enough
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!
Track Name: Pot & Kettle
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
Track Name: Title
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
Track Name: Shoot 2 Kill
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.
Track Name: Wild
“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
Track Name: Something I Said
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
Track Name: Dimly Lit
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
Track Name: Twinkle Lights
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

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