Stella Donnelly is a proud, self-proclaimed shit-stirrer. On lead single "Old Man," the biting opener of her electrifying debut album, Beware of the Dogs, she targets the song's titular creep, "Oh are you scared of me old man or are you scared of what I'll do? You grabbed me with an open hand. The world is grabbing back at you." When something needs to be said, whether it's to an abusive man, a terrible boss, or a clueless significant other, the 26-year old Fremantle, Western Australia-based musician is fearless in telling it like it is. Delivered entirely with a sarcastic wink and a full heart, Beware of the Dogs proves across 13 life-affirming songs the power in sticking up for yourself, your friends, and what's right.
The album showcases an artist totally in command of her voice, able to wield her inviting charm and razor-sharp wit into authentically raw songs. It's a resounding statement of purpose in recent memory and most importantly, it's a portrait of Donnelly taking charge. She says, "this album made me feel like I was back in the driver's seat. It was really liberating and grounding to realize that no one can fuck with this except me."
Stella Donnelly is a young songwriter with a knack for wrapping unapologetic, brutally honest lyrics with a soaring lullaby to mesmeric effect. With just one EP release to boot, last year's lauded Thrush Metal, she has already garnered worldwide critical acclaim and has an undeniably bright future ahead.
Full of sharp lyrical punchlines, Stella's standout songwriting on Thrush Metal is an empowering and relatable guidebook to life as a young woman in our age of Trump, Tinder and Third-Wave feminism. First single, "Boys Will Be Boys" has been described by New York Times as "A delicate waltz [that] carries a bitter reproach to blaming the victims of sexual assault. 'Why was she all alone/Wearing her shirt that low? she sings, and then her voice rises and roughens." Written in late 2016, the track tackles society's tendency to blame the victims of sexual assault and rape and making excuses for the perpetrators.
Yet this insightful account isn’t limited to "Boys Will Be Boys". Take new bonus track, "Talking", which explores the ever-so-common feeling that you're in a one-sided relationship from a distinctly millennial perspective and new single, "Mechanical Bull", a pithy but potent track that addresses the male tendency to persist unwanted sexual advances.
Secretly Canadian is proud to release Thrush Metal on vinyl for the first time on June 22, 2018. The first pressing will be limited white color vinyl and includes new bonus track "Talking".