What about the Kids, Lauren?
You might be familiar with Lauren Tate as the riotous lead vocalist of the grunge rock band Hands Off Gretel, but she has also been busy working on her solo material for some time. After previously releasing ‘Miss American Perfect Body’ in June, ‘What About The Kids’ tackles the subject of gun-violence, a subject Lauren has said is close to her heart. It is the second single from her debut album ‘Songs For Sad Girls‘ which is due for release on 20th September!
Musically, the track begins softly as Lauren’s dulcet yet raspy vocals flow across soft guitar strums, introducing the child-like narrative which is continued throughout the song’s lyrics. ‘Daddy watch me fly my aeroplane’ later becomes ‘Daddy I’ve been shot by a real gun’ providing a stark contrast between childhood and gun-violence whilst conveying an emotional yet hard-hitting reminder of all the school children who have lost their lives.
The track quickly morphs into a passionate political piece as Lauren raps about people ‘tryna pin blame on video games, pin blame on rock and rap’ challenging this with ‘but maybe having a gun at your fingertips might make you react’. This track is unapologetically emotional, passionate, and political as Lauren’s mix of singing and rapping comes directly from the heart.
You can immediately sense the pure creativity that flows within this track with this being very much a solo project – written, recorded and produced with all instruments played by the talented one-woman band – it was created exclusively by Lauren herself and accompanied by an equally emotional self-direct video.
Overall, this track is a strong, well-produced and exciting piece from Lauren Tate which continues to set high hopes for her debut solo album. Ultimately, ‘What About the Kids’ is a channelling track written for all the children who lost out on their future and Lauren sings it because they can’t.
Lauren Tate’s debut album ‘Songs For Sad Girls’ is out on Friday 20th September!
You can also catch riotous grunge rockers Hands Off Gretel as they support Ferocious Dog on their upcoming UK shows –
The Picturedrome, Holmfirth –13th September
Gateway Theatre, Seaton – 14th September
Thekla, Bristol– 15th September