Every so often you come across a band you just know are going to blow up and make it huge, Hands Off Gretel are, without question, one of those bands.

Since day one they have had a style and sound all their own and clearly knew where they were going and with each new release, each new music video the Hands Off Gretel get one step closer to superstardom.

Friday saw the release of the music video for latest single ‘Kiss Me Girl’ and it was ah-may-zing! The catchy riot grrrl track showed off the new full line-up perfectly (Becky Baldwin recently joined on bass) and frontwoman Lauren Tate’s fierce rasp is hella sexy. This girl can sing!

In the two days since it’s release the video has already sparked debates social media, some obviously loving the content and others complaining, suggesting the girls in the video are no more than “sexy props” used to provoke a reaction.

Lauren had this to say:

“It was so empowering on location of the ‘Kiss Me Girl’ video shoot. It was something i’d been trying to write about for a while, coming to terms with my own sexuality. The feeling of love and encouragement in that room was so strong, something I feel is really captured in the music video that i hoped for when writing the script. ‘Kiss Me Girl’ was inspired by my late nights in the clubs with my girlfriends, when at about 1am you’re snogging your best friends face off and you get this rush of naughty excitement, I really wanted to bottle that feeling and make a song about it. I was nervous to release the video incase people said it was overly sexualised. I’ve come to realise growing up that as a woman it’s important I own my sexuality and embrace it, that I make my own decisions rather than let someone else dictate them.”

Watch the video below:

By Rai Jayne Hearse

A hermit from Up North, Rai spends her time scribbling words, buried under a pile of magazines and cassette tapes. Whenever she does finally emerge from her tiny office she tries to achieve world domination as the bassist of kick-ass punk band Pink Hearse.