ShitKid – Fish
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Fish track by track commentary on Drowned In Sound
As premiered at Bandcamp
“Sit back, buckle up, and let Shitkid take you for a hell of a ride.” – Drowned In Sound
“Her music is still a blended puree of punk rock, alt-country, and pissed-off pop, set to caffeinated drum machines. Its songs are overwhelmingly fun—liberating, and confident in their own strangeness. There is also an innocence to her music, a sense of self-discovery emanating from the songs that make Fish an irresistible listen.” – Bandcamp
“The murky production across ‘Fish’ is a world away from the shimmer and gloss that usually emerges from the Gothenburg indie scene, with nods to Iggy Pop and Suicide amongst the rockier moments.” – Loud And Quiet
The Swedish lo-fi pop act ShitKid, aka 24-year-old Stockholm based Åsa Söderqvist, have finally released her debut LP Fish, which is out now via PNKSLM Recordings on vinyl, cd and digital. ShitKid has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting new acts from Scandinavia, offering up a distinct lo-fi sound and DIY aesthetic that starkly contrasts with the regular image of Scandinavian music, and the LP arrives following praise from ex Drowned In Sound, Bandcamp, NPR, The FADER and i-D.
ShitKid is the project of 24-year- old Åsa Söderqvist who made her debut last spring with a self-titled debut EP, which quickly propelled her into being one of the most talked about new acts in Sweden. Originally from the north of Sweden, Åsa moved to Gothenburg after high school, starting a feminist punk band and acting amongst other things, before turning inward and recording what would become her debut EP on a broken computer at home, while learning to use GarageBand. The end result was a distinct sound, mixing lo-fi sensibilities and catchy songwriting with Åsa’s unmistakeable vocals.
The three-track ShitKid EP was released via the Stockholm based label PNKSLM Recordings in the spring of 2016 to great acclaim, reaching far beyond its lo-fi confines to find fans at the likes of The FADER, Pigeons & Planes and SPIN internationally, while her debut single “Oh Please Be A Cocky Cool Kid” appeared on national TV in Sweden the morning after it was released. An expanded version of the debut EP was released in the summer of 2016, which saw ShitKid playing several Swedish festivals before making her debut international appearances in the fall, alternating between playing to full houses in London and monthly shows in her new hometown Stockholm.
Close to a year after first appearing, ShitKid released her self-describing second EP EP2 on March 2 via PNKSLM recordings, a 4-track lo-fi statement of intent, inviting the listener into ShitKid’s world and showcasing Åsa strength as a songwriter, with live favourite “Sugar Town” leading the charge. Soundwise it’s slightly clearer than before, but still very much the opposite to the slick pop dominating the musical landscape today.
ShitKid follows up her previous EPs with her eagerly anticipated debut album Fish on June 2, and will be spending the spring and summer on the road with appearances at Roskilde Festival confirmed, with more UK and EU tour dates TBA.
Fish is written, recorded, performed and produced by Åsa Söderqvist.
Press for ShitKid
“the musical equivalent of matte black nail polish and thick wing-tipped eyeliner” – The FADER
“It’s a little less fuzzy and just a touch more polished than some of her previous work, but that just lets her knack for a good hook shine through. But ShitKid hasn’t lost any of her don’t-give-a-fuck-attitude despite the slight added sleekness; prepare to give many fucks about her music though.” – DIY
“a collection of three eerily incandescent blasts that lands somewhere between the eternal static-pop cool of Jesus and Mary Chain, the ear-splitting cheer-punk of Sleigh Bells, and the lyrical, pre-apocalyptic doom of early Bauhaus. It’s as intoxicating and chilling as the feeling of wearing a leather jacket and sunglasses for the first time.” – SPIN
“It’s a wonderfully messy song packed with DIY charm, and we can’t wait to hear more” – Pigeons & Planes
“outrageously fun and filthy, taking on the acid-infused output of Kyuss or Deap Vally with a real sense of fun – ShitKid gets better and better with every outing, and her next steps demand your undivided attention” – The Line of Best Fit
“designed to provoke; a deadly, twisted introduction that’ll degrade your brain” – DIY
Photo by Arvid Sjöö
June 14 – Stockholm, Sweden – Obaren
June 16 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Yaki-Da
June 17 – Malmö, Sweden – Babel
June 23 – Berlin, Germany – Berlin Midsommar festival
June 27 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde festival
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