I got very excited when I saw Deux Furieuses among the new submissions for reviews on Joyzine, that I had to claim it for myself right away. You see, I have a little history with these two amazing women. Years back, I had a little online radio show ‘Pigtails and Army Boots’ that only featured female artists or female fronted bands. I did love to highlight upcoming and little known bands in addition to playing the obvious choices. I first saw Deux Furieuses play at a festival in Cambridge over ten years ago now, and completely fell in love with them. I asked for music to play on my show, and they happily obliged. I interviewed them on the show, and I invited them to play a charity gig I organised. Then I gave up radio and my interest in music went on the back burner for a while. It’s only this year really that I have returned to my passion for music. Not doing radio but through writing, and also gigs.
Anyway, I digress. So of course, I remember Deux Furieuses well, not only for all they kindly did for me and my show, but mostly for how much I loved their feminist infused rock. ‘Know the Score’ is no exception. In fact, it’s a belter of a track. They still have the rock foundation that I have always loved, but it’s developed even more over all these years since I discovered them. ‘Know the Score’ sounds upbeat with it’s catchy hook, but delivers a serious message about the impact of violence against women. The lyrics speak of the universal truth that so many women feel unsafe walking through the streets alone “Every girl grows into a woman who knows the score, we know we’re not safe until we’re through the door”
The song also has a feeling of empowerment behind it, in the music video Ros and Vas, our two feminist rock heroines walk through empty streets with their ‘shoulders back and heads held high’ (another lyric in the song). I feel like the video is like them putting their fingers up to society and reclaiming their power as women.
‘Know the Score’ ends with the refrain ‘say her name, say her name, say her name’ invoking the spirit of protest. According to Counting Dead Women, 53 women have been killed in the UK since January in cases where a man is the main suspect so this is such an important and serious issue, Deux Furieuses are using their platform to highlight.
About the song, Deux Furieuses say:
“We wrote this song about the shadow pandemic of violence against women. The song is a pounding strut of confidence on a big stage. It is bravado on a deserted street as we reach for our personal alarm… This is a song in solidarity with women who all know the score.”
Deux Furieuses release their third full length album ‘Songs from Planet Earth’ November 11th, and if this single is anything to go by, I for one, can’t wait to hear what else these ‘two furious women’ have to say on it.
Know the Score is out now on Extra Mile Recordings. You can buy the single here
or catch Deux Furieuses on tour:
18 – Sheffield Corporation*
19 – Hull Polar Bear*
20 – Manchester Factory 251*
21 – Glasgow Garage Attic*
23 – Northwich Salty Dog*
24 – Worcester Paradiddle*
26 – Newport Le Pub*
2/3 – Loud Women Festival, London
23 – Bournemouth Old Fire Station +
24 – MIlton Keynes Craufurd Arms +
25 – Huddersfield The Parish +
26 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms +
*supporting War On Women // +supporting Skinny Lister
Review by Hayley Foster da Silva
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