(Photo by Adam Sandor Nagy)
Los Angeles feminist art-punk band French Vanilla are set to release their full-length self-titled album, on March 24 via Danger Collective Records. The nine vigorous tracks regulate the dance floor with socially sensitive lyrics, vocal freneticism, punchy basslines, and catchy sax. Delivering performances filled with infectious energy and enthusiasm, the band has shared stages with Girlpool, Screaming Females, Tacocat, Genesis P-Orridge and Cherry Glazerr.
French Vanilla is made up of Max Albeck (drums), Ali Day (guitar/bass), Sally Spitz (vocals), and Daniel Trautfield (bass/sax). Half-driven by a desire to challenge the established SoCal music scene, dominated by a few influential (male) tastemakers, and half by a desire to hang out with friends, FV started in LA’s queer punk underground and it is in these spaces that they feel the most at home.
Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of sharing “Social Trappings” (below). This is what guitarist/bassist Day had to say about it:
“We wrote ‘Social Trappings’ in a tiny hallway when we didn’t have a place to practice. It’s about having a toxic attraction to someone and then later realizing that person is nothing like you imagined. It’s about being liberated from that pull and not letting someone else determine your value.”