It's a scary thing seeing yourself as a stranger, but also equally as powerful when you're in the right headspace. What does it mean to know someone? Can we ever truly know anyone? Can we ever truly know ourselves? Stranger, the new single from Bec Sandridge, explores these questions and sees Bec examine her relationship with herself. Seeing herself from the inside out, and from the outside in.
Stranger rolls effortlessly as a pop banger, with menacing leads and high pitched chants bound for festival stages and is complemented by a powerful and emotional video clip directed by Tanzer.
"Stranger is the proudest I've been of any song to date. It's the most honest I've been with myself and others. At the time I was struggling with image dysmorphia and unable to manage the anxiety that came along with that. I was lucky enough to marry the track with the visuals of diva/director/drag king Tanzer which helped me make sense of a lot of things. I felt it was the first time someone has been able to capture who I am holistically - the ugly, the unhinged, the raucous. I was forced to be comfortable in vulnerability - having a leaf blower on my face certainly helped!" Recounts Sandridge of the clip.
With today's release of new track Stranger comes the news that Sandridge's long awaited debut album, Try + Save Me, is set for independent release on October 4th. Her signature vocals, so bold and striking permeate the record, darting in and out of manic synthesisers and glitchy electronic and live drums. It seems Sandridge almost wants to push listeners over the edge, dangling us over the precipice of a panic attack, but drawing us back at just the right moment.
"Two years in the making, I can finally announce my debut album TRY + SAVE ME!! I was never sure I'd create an album. But here I am! I worked with the incredible Gab Strum (Japanese Wallpaper)and Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy) on this bad gal and I think she's a body of my fiercest, most manic work to date. The album documents two break-ups, coming out to my family and friends and my mental health journey in trying to make sense of those things. One foot in the therapist's office, one hand around my exes waist. What a ride! This time round I tried to be as particular as possible. I wanted bass and synths to hit hard. I wanted everything to feel it had place and purpose with no apology." Sandridge reflects on her debut album.
Bec Sandridge Try + Save Me Tour
With support from very special guest Eaglemont
Friday 4th October - The Foundry, Brisbane
Saturday 5th October - The Northern, Byron Bay (FREE ENTRY)
Saturday 12th October - Hobart Brewing Company, Hobart
Friday 18th October - Cats @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Saturday 19th October - Howler, Melbourne
Friday 25th October - Lansdowne, Sydney
Saturday 26th October - UC Hub, Canberra
Friday 8th November - UniBar, Wollongong
Tickets on sale now www.becsandridge.com