Boston-based singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield joins in the art of dissent with a new album inspired by post-election distress. Pussycat – out April 28th on American Laundromat Records – is a protest LP for the here and now, its name no doubt plucked from the feminist appropriation of Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” remark (i.e. pussy hats, “pussy grabs back” etc.) Pussycat will be released on a number of formats including CD, cassette, and our favorite, vinyl, the latter in both pink and peach-colored options.
“Impossible Song,” Hatfield’s leading single off of Pussycat, is an optimistic highpoint on an otherwise rebellious record. It’s admirable of Hatfield to let our first listen be so diplomatic. Pussycat, which is understandably filled with anti-Trump rhetoric, finds a voice of reason and compassion in “Impossible Song.” Within the grunge-tinged sing-along, Hatfield imagines a compromise between people of opposing viewpoints, something needed more than ever right now.
“You think you’re right” she intones. “I think you’re wrong/Can we find some little thing in common/To agree on?“
This remark may initially seem like a blindly optimistic suggestion, but reveals itself to be a simple and necessary mode of progress. Hatfield continues:
“Maybe we could try harder/Maybe it would be smarter/To recognize our shared humanity/What if we tried to get along?/Sing an impossible song/Figure it out later on.“
One of the most inspiring aspects of Hatfield’s new release is that it came from a dire place – a place of pure necessity.
“I wasn’t planning on a making a record,” Hatfield said of Pussycat in a press release. In fact, she wasn’t really planning on making one ever again. But then Donald Trump was elected to office, and everything changed. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me,” she continued. “I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.”
Hatfield was so moved to create that she laid down the entire record, start to finish, in merely twelve and a half days, playing every instrument herself, save for the drums.
“It was a blur. It was cathartic,” said Hatfield. “I almost don’t even understand what happened in there, or how it came together so smoothly, so quickly. I was there, directing it all, managing it, getting it all done, but I was being swept along by some force that was driving and controlling me. The songs had a will, they forced themselves on me, or out of me, and I did what they told me to do.”
Listen to “Impossible Song” and check out Juliana Hatfield’s upcoming tour dates below:
3/18-The Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA
4/23-The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
4/24-Boot & Saddle, Philadelphia, PA
4/25-Jammin’ Java, E Vienna, VA
4/26-The Mercury Lounge, NYC
4/27-The Mercury Lounge, NYC