After a run of festival dates in the UK and Europe this summer including a mainstage appearance at Kendal Calling, Saint Agnes release live Diablo, Take Me Home via Death or Glory Gang Records. Onstage they declare “We are Saint Agnes. We are a rock band.” and in doing so are re-claiming the word ‘rock’ and redefining it for the 21st century.
They are the leather jacket wearing, chain smoking, hard rocking siblings to bands like Starcrawler and Black Honey, seemingly raised on a diet of fuzz guitar riffs and hopeless tales of murder. A chemistry reminiscent of The Kills sets them apart with sparks flying between frontwoman Kitty Arabella Austen and co-lead Jon James Tufnell as they trade riffs and vocals with an intense fury highlighted by the raw, analogue production.
Among their consistent releases the band have been relentlessly touring in the UK and across Europe, spending weeks at a time fearlessly preaching their rock n’ roll gospel and converting all who see them to their own Coven. Kitty’s fearless live performances set a new standard for what it is to be a woman in a rock band in 2018.
New single Diablo, Take Me Home, the band tell us, “is about the conscious decision to escape. Our generation have a (legitimate) sense of hopelessness about the future. The main lyric is a metaphor for giving yourself over to your immediate desires, letting the devil on your shoulder guide you and throwing yourself into the hands of fate. This song is a battlecry for a screwed generation. We recorded live in a room to 2” tape, no computers, no messing around”
The band is hitting the road with new tour starting this September so if you have never seen them live now is the time to do so!
UK & EU Autumn Tour:
1st September – Manchester Psych Festival – Manchester, UK
20th September – Reeperbahn Festival – Hamburg, Germany
21st September – MTC – Cologne, Germany
22nd September – Laut & Leise!, Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany
10th October – The Green Door Store – Brighton, UK
11th October – The Actress & Bishop – Birmingham, UK
12th October – The Key Club – Leeds, UK
13th October – The Think Tank – Newcastle, UK
14th October – Stereo – Glasgow, UK
16th October – Record Junkee – Sheffield, UK
17th October – The Shipping Forecast – Liverpool, UK
18th October – Borderline – London, UK
19th October – The Old England – Bristol, UK
20th October – Firebug – Leicester, UK
27th October – V11 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
28th October – Paardcafé – The Hague, Netherlands
30th October – Cinetol – Amsterdam, Netherlands
31st October – Nachtleben – Frankfurt, Germany
1st November – Cassiopeia – Berlin, Germany
2nd November – Nouvelle Prague Festival, Futurum Music Bar – Prague, Czech Republic
3rd November – Rhiz – Vienna, Austria
4th November – Ostpol – Dresden, Germany
Photography by Edyta K