Bristol’s IDESTROY invoke punk & 90s Riot Grrrl on new single ‘PETTING ZOO’ (out today) – debut album ‘We Are Girls’ out February 2021

(c) Dan Jevons 2020




“An explosion of riotous energy that makes you want to get up and throw something, or possibly yourself, across the room” (Kerrang!)

Bristol alternative trio ​IDESTROY release their new single​ ‘Petting Zoo’ today (4th December​ 2020), with distribution via​ CD Baby.

A blast of catchy punk rock which carries a serious message, ‘Petting Zoo’ is accompanied by a suitably energetic video which sees the band performing in a forest in animal onesies.

‘Petting Zoo’ is the first single to be taken from IDESTROY’s debut album, ‘We Are Girls’, set for release on 12th February 2021.

IDESTROY​ – Bec Jevons (vocals, guitar), Nicola Wilton-Baker (bass, backing vocals), and Jenn Hills (drums) – fuse equal parts NYC proto punk, 90s Riot Grrrl, the sloganeering of The Clash, The Manics and The Sex Pistols, with an injection of fresh contemporary energy. Rife with swearing and sarcasm and steeped in camaraderie and attitude, ‘We Are Girls’ is a party-punk album made for moshpits – or, for now, pogoing at home. Dig deeper, however, and there’s sharp commentary in its ten spiky songs, from the ‘hands-off’ warning of ‘Petting Zoo’ to the title track’s ire at the obstacles faced by female musicians.

“I wanted the songs to address issues that are important to us,” says Bec. “The experiences we’ve had as an all-female band – turning up to play gigs and being asked for our tickets or being given shorter soundchecks than boys on a bill – had been on my mind for a while. It’s vital to me that the songs have meaning. Not least because it makes them more fun to perform.”

‘Petting Zoo’ was written after Bec was groped twice in a matter of months, first on a hiking trip, next in a nightclub. “The club was the final straw,” says Bec. “A mixture of emotions overcame me – shock, anger, violation. Most startling was the confusion and helplessness I felt. What do you do in that situation? Petting Zoo is for everyone who’s had enough, who is tired of being leered at, sexualised and touched without consent.”

Since forming IDESTROY in 2015, the trio (who met as students at Bristol’s BIMM) have played more than 300 gigs across the UK, Europe and Asia, selling out shows in South Korea and multiple tours in Germany. Two acclaimed EPs arrived along the way – 2016’s ‘Vanity Loves Me’ and 2018’s ‘Pure Joy of Life’ – but ‘We Are Girls’ marks a significant step up. For the first time on record, their scorching singalongs sizzle with as much energy as the band on stage.

IDESTROY’s debut album ‘We Are Girls’ will be released on 12th February 2021 (via CD Baby)


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