M (h) aol announces debut gender studies EP with powerful film noir video
M (h) aol’s debut EP ‘Gender Studies’ will be released on October 29 via TULLE.
Intersectional feminist post-punk group M (h) aol are back in full force today announcing their upcoming EP Gender Studies – accompanied by a film noir clip for the title track.
Currently based between Dublin, London and Bristol; M (h) aol is made up of Róisín Nic Ghearailt, Constance Keane aka Fears, Jamie Hyland (AKA Girl Band’s ‘Holding Hands With Jamie’), Zoe Greenway and Sean Nolan.
Together, the group aims to shake up the male-dominated post-punk scene with their urgent, dark sounds.
The Irish group’s first EP Gender studies will land digitally on October 29th with a limited edition Dinked vinyl which will arrive on January 14th via Tulle.
The brilliant title song of the EP is a response to how the genre changes throughout our lifetimes and how some people wish to impose the binary genre on others. It’s about taking a feminist journey where you become less acceptable to society at large, but more acceptable to yourself.
Earlier this year, M (h) aol released a new single “Asking For It” in an effort to dismantle the external and internal narratives that perpetuate the behaviors behind gender-based violence and blame victims. It was shared earlier than expected in light of Sarah Everard’s murder, and all proceeds were donated to Women’s Aid Ireland, a charity that aims to end domestic violence against women and children.
The track followed on from previous offerings ‘Clementine’ (featuring guest voice of Dara Kiely) and ‘Laundries’ of 2020 – which concerned the historic systematic oppression of women in Ireland.
The power and economy of saying precisely what to say, when to say it, is what has seen the quartet labeled as the most vital voice in Irish punk – and post-punk, for that matter – pushing the pitch with songs as sharp as their message.
Gender studies was recorded in just three days due to the different locations of the band members, and covers topics such as violence against women, the misogynist music scene in Ireland and the UK, and trying to navigate life in outside the white male bubble.
On the EP, singer Róisín says: “Gender studies weaves past and present into an exploration of how gender construction shapes our lives. From feeling like you’re playing your genre incorrectly to how it shapes the way we move in the physical, sexual, and romantic realms, it pairs urgent lyrics with threatening but (virgin) sound. “
The video “Gender Studies” uses images to suggest the constraints of gender roles and the expectations that arise from them. This contrasts with the song’s internal frustration and anger, and the faceless characters serve as a framework for understanding and recognizing the power of the individual’s voice and action to continue to resist systems of oppression.
Watch the video below for ‘Gender Studies’, directed by Zoe Greenway:
M (h) aol will play a small number of UK dates in November, with tickets on sale now here.
November 1 – Rough Trade, Bristol
November 2 – The Hug And Pint, Glasgow
November 3 – Le Talleyrand, Manchester
November 4 – The Shacklewell Arms, London
Photo credit: Susan Appleby