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Barnsley’s ferocious four piece HANDS OFF GRETEL have released the video for SHE THINKS SHE’S PUNK ROCK N ROLL, one of the three tracks on THE ANGRY EP released on their own Puke Pop Records. Watch the video

Singer Lauren Tate said: This song for me is about standing up and speaking out as a woman in music. In my frilly dress, I’m as punk rock as anyone else; what I dress like and look like doesn’t change that. Punk for me is a feeling of self-freedom and challenging societies norms and, as a woman, I feel right now women have a lot to be angry about in regards to standing up against being sexually assaulted and groped at shows. We are their voice. I wanted the track to just sound raw and punk as hell, proving that I can do it like the rest of them in my frilly dress and that women shouldn’t be seen as different to men when it comes to music. We shouldn’t be put in different genres because of gender”. 

The three tracks – SHE THINKS SHE’S PUNK ROCK N ROLL, DON’T TOUCH and BIGGER THAN ME – are all live favourites that fans have repeatedly asked the band to release, and were recorded with Jim Pinder at Tree House Studio in Chesterfield. The EP is available on CD and limited edition 10” white vinyl from www.handsoffgretel.co.uk and from all major download and streaming platforms.

Hands Off Gretel - The Angry EP - CD

Talking about the EP, Lauren, who also designed the artwork, said: “It was great to get into the studio and record some tracks that didn’t make it onto the album. The Angry EP captures the energy and aggression of our live shows, which is something we totally wanted to do after releasing our latest album, which has a more polished sound. The EP is honest and raw, just how punk rock tracks should be, and we know these are favourites with our fans so it’s great to finally release them”.

Hands Off Gretel - The Angry EP - Digitial

The release coincides with the band’s huge headline DON’T TOUCH tour of the UK and Ireland in early 2020. Remaining dates as follows:



Thu         12           LONDON                               Camden Assembly

Fri           13           BRIGHTON                             Green Door Store

Sat          14           BRISTOL                                 Thekla

Thu         26           NOTTINGHAM                      Rough Trade

Fri           27           MANCHESTER                       Deaf Institute

Sat          28           SHEFFIELD                             Leadmill 2




Wed       08           BRIDGWATER                        Cobblestones

Thu         09           EXETER                                   Phoenix

Fri           10           SOUTHAMPTON                 The 1865

Sat          11           BEDFORD                               Esquires

Wed       22           ABERDEEN                             Krakatoa

Thu         23           GLASGOW                             Nice N Sleazy

Fri           24           EDINBURGH                          Bannermans

Sat          25           LINCOLN                               Showground [with Skindred]




Wed       06           CAMBRIDGE                          Portland Arms

Thu         07           BIRMINGHAM                      Academy 3

Fri           08           CARDIFF                                 Clwb Ifor Bach

Sat          09           BUCKLEY                                Tivoli

Wed       20           OXFORD                                 Bullingdon

Thu         21           YORK                                      Crescent

Fri           22           BLACKPOOL                          Waterloo

Sat          23           NEWCASTLE                          Cluny 2

Tickets available from: www.handsoffgretel.co.uk

Speaking about the tour, Lauren added: “We are looking forward so much to getting back out on tour and kicking off in Ireland, which will be our first time playing there. Our tour in 2019 was fantastic; we had so many sold out gigs and we’re hoping we can do the same in 2020. The crowds have definitely grown and it’s nice to see the hard work finally paying off; playing to a full room is what any band works towards. There are some new venues on the tour as well, which we’re really looking forward to.”

HANDS OFF GRETEL revive the white-hot rage of riot grrrl and grunge mixed with bubblegum pop. Following an incredibly busy and successful 2019 which included the release of their highly acclaimed second album, I WANT THE WORLD, a largely sold out 38 date UK and EU tour, and appearances at major festivals including Isle of Wight, Kendal Calling and Y Not, the DON’T TOUCH tour in February, March, April and May is their biggest yet.

22-year-old Lauren Tate fronts HANDS OFF GRETEL. She has written both of the band’s albums as well as releasing and touring a solo album in 2019 on her own record label. She also designs all the band’s artwork and merchandise and is the creative force behind their DIY videos which have amassed over two million views on YouTube alone.

Speaking about the second album I WANT THE WORLD, Lauren says: “It feels like I wrote this album six years ago in a school toilet whilst skipping class and hiding from the world. I felt so ostracised and alone, like I didn’t fit in anywhere. It became my mission to sing for the outcasts, the weird kids, the ones that feel misrepresented in society and left behind like I do. I made it my obligation at 15 to make as much noise as possible as a young woman, to challenge everything.”

HANDS OFF GRETEL are completed by drummer SAM HOBBINS from Brigg; guitarist SEAN BON from Ireland; and bassist BECKY BALDWIN from Bristol.


WEBSITE                                https://www.handsoffgretel.co.uk/

FACEBOOK                            https://www.facebook.com/handsoffgretel/

INSTAGRAM                          https://www.instagram.com/handsoffgretel/?hl=en

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