It’s the first weekend of summer! How about some brand new music to add to your summer play list? The Portland, Oregon-based band HERS drops their debut new album Youth Revisited on June 3, but we’ve got the single “Hell” right here for your listening pleasure.
While the band HERS’ -- comprised of Melissa L. Amstutz, Rachel Tomlinson Dick, Cody Peterson, and Ellen Wilde -- sound stands on its own as a feral force, the album is especially meaningful to a queer audience as it “charts the queer awakening of songwriter and vocalist Amstutz.”
A child of a religious, military family Amstutz was a musical theater kid before she grabbed a guitar and started a band at the age of 16, according to a release. She credits that bond with music and her band with keeping her grounded.
“It was the best part of my high school experience. I think it saved my life,” Amstutz says about forming that band.
While at college at the University of Nebraska in Omaha Amstutz came out as a lesbian and divorced her husband. Later, she and Rachel Tomlinson Dick formed a feminist punk band called The Wayward Little Satan Daughters, according to a release. The band later became what it is today -- HERS.
Youth Revisited was written in Omaha before the band’s return to Portland.
Here’s a little taste of Youth Revisited – “Hell.” And expect to hear a lot more from this killer group with the kinetic sound!