listen > ‘Rat Race’ by Gin Wife

"This track takes aim at sycophantic behavior, particularly the art of kissing up to the rich and relevant while belittling those who abstain from societal games"
14 October 2023

Step into the enchanting world of Gin Wife, Sierra Torres‘ brainchild that steals the spotlight in the realm of indie rock. The allure of her debut track, Rat Race, unfolds as a hypnotic dark wave gem, promising to captivate listeners for an extended spell. Get ready for a sonic journey that lingers long after the music fades.

Live performances are elevated by the collaborative prowess of Eli Slaughter (bass), Macy Santa Maria (drums), and Patrick Gleeson (guitar), collectively known as The Tonics. Together, they concoct the intoxicating live experience that is Gin Wifeand The Tonics.

Sierra Torres ​r​eveals “I birthed my solo project after a stint with the band Geez Louise in Nashville, Tennessee​. This track is a dig at sycophantic behavior and feeling the need to put innocent people down to feel more significant. I was excited to get to channel my angst over being the recipient of this behavior into a little project that became something I’m now stoked to let others who can relate listen to​. The single was crafted in the creative crucible of The Salt Rock, under the guidance of producer Parker Forbes and his studio comrade BK.​”

Torres delves into the ethos, sharing, “This track takes aim at sycophantic behavior, particularly the art of kissing up to the rich and relevant while belittling those who abstain from societal games.”

Drawing inspiration from the likes of The Cranberries, Momma, Sorry, Cherry Glazerr, DIIV, Lucy Dacus, Stella Donnelly, Lala Lala, and Garbage, Gin Wife​’s sound navigates through a rich tapestry of genres.​ Gin Wife initiated ​h​er sonic journey with a trial show at The East Room in East Nashville—a testament to their affinity for intimate venues.

Amidst the recording chaos, Torres penned the lyrics on a receipt paper during a shift, fueled by workplace grievances. The rush to complete the lyrics before recording adds a touch of serendipity to the ​s​ong’s creation​: 

She shares ​“Honestly, I wrote this track after feeling slighted by a co-worker for not being “important enough” in the local scene. It was kinda funny, when my co worker pissed me off, I was on a shift that allowed for earbuds, but I didn’t allow myself to play any music or podcasts until I wrote the lyrics to the whole song on a piece of receipt paper then and there. Part of the reason for that was also the fact that we were due to record the song that evening and I realized I had completely forgotten to actually write any of the real lyrics and was only going in with the melody and repetitive place-holder lyrics…oops.​”

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