DIY duo Femignome have made a name for themselves by churning out lo-fi punk and indie rock that’s gloriously messy, loose, and immediate. The band originally appeared on the scene as a collaboration between sisters Anna (guitars/vocals) and Kate Jacobson (drums), but after the release of the group’s last effort, 2014’s Anxt EP, Kate left the band and was subsequently replaced by Heavy Eyes guitarist Roderick Davis. Fortunately, this latest incarnation maintains Femignome’s ramshackle energy and primal spirit while also infusing their songwriting with a greater sense of structure and clarity.
If you need proof, just give a listen to “Allergic to You,” the lead single from the duo’s upcoming full length, Anxt. Opening with fuzzy-swirl guitars and a steady backbeat, the song seems tailor-made to highlight Jacobson’s increasing confidence as a vocalist. Like Kim Deal before her, there’s some bite and snarl in her enigmatic singing, and she does it all while exuding an aura of effortless cool. “I think I’m allergic to you / I always break out in hives” she momentarily laments on the song’s eerily infectious chorus before laying the blame at the feet of her lover: “I think I’m allergic to you / You never hold me tight.” On the surface, the song is beguiling and warm, but it’s the scrappy intimacy lurking in it’s core that makes you want to hit repeat. Check it out below.
Anxt is out March 24 on CD and vinyl via Irrelevant Recordings. Pre-orders are available now.
In support of the new record, Femignome is heading out on a regional tour later this month with Heavy Eyes. The ten-date tour kicks off with a release show celebration at WonderRoot on March 24 before moving through parts of Georgia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, and Florida. The band will also open for Baltimore rockers Wildhoney this Sunday night, March 13, at the Masquerade. Check out the full list of dates below.
Femignome Spring Tour Dates
Mar 13 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Purgatory)
Mar 24 – Atlanta, GA – WonderRoot
Mar 25 – Nashville, TN – Cafe Coco
Mar 26 – Boone, NC – The Clinic
Mar 27 – Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
Mar 29 – Columbia, SC – House Show
Mar 30 – Charleston, SC – Local 616
Mar 31 – Savannah, GA – The Erasery
Apr 02 – Gainesville, FL – Civic Media Center
Apr 03 – Tampa, FL – The Bunker
Apr 04 – Tallahassee, FL – Shark Tank
Femignome will celebrate the release of Anxt on Thursday, March 24 at WonderRoot. Supporting them will be Sea Ghost. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.