SINGLE REVIEW // ‘White Noise’ – Second Idol


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Sydney-based alternative-rock trio Second Idol (Kate Olivia, Theia Joyeaux and Maxine Gillon) have just revealed their debut single ‘White Noise – mixed and mastered by Nick Franklin (Peking Duk, Polish Club, Clews).

This track is reminiscent of the 1990s or early 2000s, with powerful vocals that I would compare to Linda Perry (4 Non Blondes) or Anastacia. It’s a sound that isn’t often heard nowadays, but it’s refreshing.

With apocalyptic guitars and a steady drum, the track starts strongly sending listeners into a trance.

Lead singer Kate Olivia speaks, “White Noise’ is a contemplation of body politics, women’s bodies and misogyny. It emerged out of my observations of comments often made by cis men on social media regarding the policing of women and gender non-conforming bodies. The lyrics are written in a way that I’m having a conversation with someone in a bar, and I’m calling them out on their misinformed views and telling them that ‘we need to take this conversation outside’, then they just get sledgehammered with a barrage of guitars.”

White Noise is everything the music industry at this point of time has been missing, and it is certain that Second Idol are taking the industry by storm. It’s a strong and powerful song that will get stuck in your head, leaving you in a state of rebellion.


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