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Sarah Johnsone sick of men pushing her around

Rising north-east artist Sarah Johnsone returns with her new single ‘Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl’ via TLR on Friday 25th February. With a full band behind her, the smooth, sultry intro explodes into the anthemic indie-rock territory, earning comparisons to such luminaries as Wolf Alice, Wet Leg and Biig Piig in the process.

Sarah about her single: 

I’ve found that my lyrics always tend towards the sombre side, so for this single I wanted to juxtapose it with energetic riffs and guitar solos. It’s the first recording I made with my band, which gave me way more scope and depth musically. The song is about falling for someone who you know is no good, but it isn’t a downcast tune at all. 

Having inherited her music taste from her dad, Sarah grew up listening to an eclectic range of genres, including rock, blues, jazz, R&B and reggae. In particular, she was influenced by the likes of The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse and Paolo Nutini. From this upbringing, Sarah has gone on to develop her own sound and introspective songwriting style, merging those timeless influences with more modern musical inspirations and lyrics that are indicative of life for a young woman in the northeast.