- Genre: 'Punk/New Wave'
- Release Date: '26th March 2021'
It’s about time we owned up to it: men are shit. And let’s have none of the ‘not all men’ defence. Anyone who’s failed to intervene, to call out shjtty sexist or misogynist behaviour or worse is complicit. And I’d wager we’ve all been complicit at some time or another. I have, and on reflection, I’m ashamed. No ifs, no buts, we need to own this and be better.
Anyone who gripes and whinges about ‘the youth of today’ should look at what they actually represent, and the take a good look at themselves. PinkFiz is exemplary, with the guts to get out there and speak out. The 18 year-old punk-pop artist from Cambridgeshire had, according to hr bio, ‘previously performed as part of other bands’ before she ‘started her solo project during lockdown 2.0, as a way to continue writing and creating while stuck in isolation… [she] represents female empowerment and the songwriter’s pride in being an independent female artist and producer.
Yes to all of this, and with ‘Did I Ask?’ she raises the issue of consent, against a backdrop of fuzzy chorus-laden guitars. Citing the riot grrrl scene, and Bikini Kill, Joan Jett and Destroy Boys, this is a blast murky lo-fi post-punk with an instant hook, and with PinkFiz’s pop sensibility keenly evident, its most reminiscent of early Cure – think ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, maybe.
The thing here is that we shouldn’t be judging PinkFiz as a ‘female artist’ as if this is a category of some sort: gender is not a genre, and the bottom line is that this is a cracking single that’s fresh and energetic, despite its retro leanings.