Ferocious four-piece Saint Agnes have unveiled the video for “Animal” from the forthcoming album Bloodsuckers, out July 21 via Spinefarm. Stream the single and pre-save the album here.
Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kitty A. Austen comments that “‘Animal’ is about waving your freak flag high. It’s about being who you authentically are inside and revelling in it. It’s a song for the misfits who boldly walk a different path with pride.”
Following their triumphant sold-out London headline show, Saint Agnes will next join Monster Magnet on their spring and summer European run, before returning to the UK to perform at 2000trees festival.
Saint Agnes are also making big waves in the gaming world, with the release of Dead Island 2 last week. The game, which features the Saint Agnes song “And They All Fall Down,” has already sold over a million copies.
Hailing from the UK, Saint Agnes are all about honest lyrics, intense vocal performances, plus rage-fuelled music intended to give a voice to those closer to the fringe than the center.
As much gang as band, Saint Agnes seek to empower those who’ve been battered and bruised yet refuse to lie down, and it’s a thread that runs deep within Bloodsuckers — SA’s first album for Spinefarm and the follow-up to 2019’s Welcome To Silvertown, issued on the band’s own label.
In addition to … Silvertown, Saint Agnes have released a number of singles, videos, and EPs, embarked on headline tours in both the UK and Europe, and appeared at a host of festivals, including Download, 2000trees, Isle of Wight, and Kendal Calling.
One thing’s for sure, it’s got nothing to do with rule-books or playing it safe…
From the title track onwards, Bloodsuckers is a genre-jumping body of work, taking in elements of metal, punk, industrial, and grunge, without being bound by any specific style; the 11 tracks here come straight from the source, largely self-produced and mixed (NIN collaborator Sean Bevan lends his mixing and production skills to “Follow You”), and this self-contained approach provides an extra emotional weight throughout, with doom trap provocateur and Kerrang! cover artist Mimi Barks further fuelling the chaos on the short, sharp shock that is “Body Bag.”
Created in the months following the unexpected and untimely death of Kitty’s mother, Bloodsuckers explores a number of themes, including mental illness, pent-up rage, undying love and, of course, grief; from the trash-metal howl into the night that is “Bloodsuckers” right through to broken ballad, “This Is Not The End,” a poignant reflection of Kitty’s still-raw emotions, this is a call to outsiders everywhere…
Concludes Kitty, “Creating this album gave me a reason to get to my feet at a time when I really wasn’t sure if I could. I’ve tried to put everything I’ve been feeling into it, all the pain, the rage, the grief, even the unexpected moments of beauty and belief. I hope it makes you feel less alone. I hope it makes you feel bigger, badder, and stronger. We might be damaged but that doesn’t mean we’re worthless. This is a record for the defeated, the crushed. We might be broken but that doesn’t mean we’re not whole. Bloodsuckers forever, Saint Agnes forever.”