This Feeling

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Track Of The Day :: Ali Barter - Girlie Bits




Words: Sam Geary

Released last week on Inertia Recordings, the new single from Melbourne songwriter Ali Barter is not just a sure-fire 90s blast, but equally, if not better, than 'Far Away' from earlier this year.

'Girlie Bits' - no, not those bits - fuses pop with punk, and while soft and fluffy on the outside, lyrically it casts an eye on perceptions of female identity (“Give us a smile, princess / it’s better for business / None of this angriness / show us your girlie bits”) and is Barter's Oz take on girl power.

Says Barter: “'Girlie Bits' has nothing to do with body parts, it’s about the cage of what we expect of women: girlie guitar parts, girlie singing, hair; this idea of ‘femininity’ and how to fit within it. But women are not some gentle, watered down version of men. We do it our own way. We work really hard to write good songs and play great gigs – only to have people critique our clothes and the look on our faces, instead of the music.”

Catch her on dates in Australia with City Calm Down and The Jezabels in the coming weeks.

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