Hands Off Gretel Release ‘I Want The World’ Video

Photo by Helen Tate

The birth of the feminist riot girl movement may have been over forty years ago, and the early 1990s may have solidified it as a punk subculture with bands such as Bikini Kill and Hole but 2019 may just be the rebirth of the genre in the form of South Yorkshire based band Hands Off Gretel

When front woman Lauren Tate dropped out of school in 2015, the 16-year-old self-confessed misfit wasted no time in finding an outlet to channel every bit of the alienation and despair experienced within those concrete walls into something cathartic and creative. Hands Off Gretel quickly set about creating the perfect soundtrack of sugar-coated grunge-punk for Lauren to vent and rail against the issues of body image, mental health, celebrity, childhood and loneliness she felt enraged by, all of which were addressed from a fiercely female, unapologetic, feminist perspective. 

The band posted the pre-order for their new album via Pledge Music, and had their goal fully pledged in less than 24 hours (what an achievement!). 

Currently they are sat well over 200% pledged and if that isn’t enough to make you check them out, here is all you need to know about Hands Off Gretel’s second studio album:

01. The new album is called ‘I Want The World’

‘With the new album we wanted to incorporate more of a pop production to our sound, capturing the wildness and brashness of the fuzz guitars and heavy drums mixed with a flirtatious pop fruitiness,” describes Lauren.

“I worked hard at crafting catchy melodies and layering my harmonies throughout the whole album,” she continues. “All the while keeping the grit and angst people love in our live shows. It was the most natural progression for us being able to express ourselves in different ways without losing what we have at our core.”

02. It’s being released March 29, 2019 through the band’s own label, Puke Pop Records. The album art looks a little something like this:

03. The track-listing looks like this:

1) Kiss Me Girl

2) S.A.S.S

3) Big Boy

4) It’s My Fault

5) I Want The World

6) Blame Myself

7) Alien

8) Freaks Like Us

9) Milk

10) Fingers

11) My Friend Said

12) Rot (All The Good Things)

04. The new single ‘I Want The World’ is live now, and you can watch the official video below:

“‘I Want The World’ is about how I’ve felt since I was a little girl,” she adds. “I’ve always felt shushed and muted. Everyone’s always told me to stop showing off or stop being unrealistic and so I’m constantly thinking of ways to give everyone who doubted I could do this or ridiculed me the middle finger. The album is about feeling rejected and acting out, wanting acceptance from a society you don’t even want to be part of. I’m channeling my childhood throughout it all, always being alone and fighting my own battles. The only track that doesn’t fit this theme is Kiss Me Girl, that’s just my lesbian anthem because I felt the world lacked them and I wanted to piss off homophobes.”

“It feels like I wrote this album 6 years ago in a school toilet whilst skipping class and hiding from the world,” continues Lauren. “The way 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 mis-represented 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.”

Catch the band live at the following dates:

Thurs 28th March – London Album Launch – Nambucca London

Fri 29th March – Home Town album Launch – Old School House Venue Barnsley, South Yorkshire

April tour – ‘This Feeling’ Tour

Sat 6th April – Brighton – Hope & Ruin

Sat 20th April – Sheffield Café Totem

26th April – Glasgow – Broadcast

27th April – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s

Find Hands Off Gretel at:





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