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The boisterous new single follows M(h)aol's 2021 debut EP Gender Studies. Photography: Grayce Leonard.
Irish intersectional feminist punk outfit M(h)aol have shared their brand new single 'Bored of Men', following last year's raw debut EP Gender Studies.
The song features a captivating drum beat from Constance Keane (aka Fears) and their trademark punchy lyricism while industrial noise-rock guitar riffs propels the track forwards. Brimming with edgy melodies, their music veers from ugliness to elegance, catharsis to euphoria.
Róisín Nic Ghearailt, Connie Keane, Jamie Hyland, Zoe Greenway and Sean Nolan make up the exciting quintet who blazed a trail with previous singles 'Laundries', 'Asking For It' and 'Gender Studies'. The EP's narrative traced how gender influences how one moves through the world, and how it doesn’t just impact your physical landscape but your emotional one too.
Let's be real, switching on the news is a draining daily occurrence when it comes to a certain facet of society having all the power, and abusing it. 'Bored of Men' tackles that head on, with Nic Ghearailt using repetition and a monotonous vocal sound to drive the point home.
"We can make all the effort and do all the change but I don't know what to do with this masculine rage / I'm so bored," she tells the listener.
Gender Studies was recorded in just three days due to the band members' different locations, and covers topics such as violence against women, the misogynistic music scene in Ireland and the UK, and trying to navigate life outside of cis straight white male bubble. M(h)aol are based between Dublin, Cork, London, and Bristol.
As we await their '90s Riot Grrl/Bikini Kill-influenced debut album, M(h)aol support US noise-rockers Shellac, fronted by the legendary Steve Albini, on tour. They recently dropped the Zoe Greenway-directed video for 'Desperation', partially inspired by Megan Nolan's novel Acts of Desperation.
Listen to 'Bored of Men' on Bandcamp below.
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