Mallrat has today (October 1) released her first single of 2020, ‘Rockstar’.
Having announced the new single earlier this week, ‘Rockstar’ marks a bit of a darker-sounding turn for Mallrat – real name Grace Shaw. She packs it with lo-fi and distorted guitars alongside her signature airy vocals, and delivers an experimental and crunchy ending.
‘Rockstar’ was recorded in Los Angeles, and co-written by Tommy English whose credits include Kacey Musgraves‘ 2018 hit ‘High Horse’.
Listen to ‘Rockstar’ below:
Referencing Violent Soho’s 2010 self-titled album and their seminal 2013 album ‘Hungry Ghost’, she said, “I’ve listened to [the two albums] a lot and I think that’s seeped its way into the track. A lot of the songs I’ve been writing lately have been me realising my power.”
In addition to the single’s release, Mallrat has also created a zine, which includes an interview with Cub Sport vocalist Tim Nelson.
‘Rockstar’ is the first single Mallrat has released since she dropped her ‘Driving Music’ EP last September. The EP featured the single ‘Charlie’, which came in at #3 on triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2019.
When Mallrat spoke to NME earlier this year, she explained the meaning behind the song and how it changed.
“When I wrote the chorus originally, I was really heartbroken and it was kind of sarcastic, like: ‘Even when all that stuff happens I’ll still probably miss you’,” she told NME.
“But then the other week, when I finished it, it was like, ‘When I’ve done all these things – which I’m gonna fuckin’ do – I won’t care anymore’. The perspective had changed from what I originally meant.”