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"I Hate My Mom" - GRLwood (Tiny House Session) [YouTube Video]

A punk rock anthem for the rebel in all of us
Kacey Campbell

by Kacey Campbell

Published September 27, 2019

Self-declared "scream pop" duo GRLwood rage against parental expectations and heteronormativity on their single, "I Hate My Mom," initially released on June 28, 2019 just in time for LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Watch their live performance above for their hometown radio station, 91.9 WFPK Independent Louisville.

Reminiscent of Bratmobile's snarky, schoolyard chant style of feminist punk rock, guitarist Rej Forester and drummer Karen Ledford balance childlike playfulness with a raw expression of anger towards the establishment keeping them down. In an interview for Billboard, the band describes "I Hate My Mom" as a commentary on "all the trivial shit you have to go through as a young person... being a teenager (especially a queer one) is like one big fat existential crisis on repeat."

"I Hate My Mom" is a demand for autonomy, a disavowal of societal norms, and a celebration of unhindered self-expression. GRLwood speaks to the pressure to conform felt by girls and queer youth, while simultaneously rebelling against the limits placed on queer identity in contemporary America among sanitized, corporate-sponsored Pride parades. To these confines, Forester and Ledford raise a big middle finger with the rousing refrain, "I hate my mom!"

The song appears on GRLwood's recently released album, I Sold My Soul to the Devil When I Was 12, available on Amazon and major streaming services.

Visit GRLwood's Zumic artist page for tour dates and more.

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