Standout Track: ‚ÄúHit and Run,‚ÄĚ a postpunk song about automotive anxiety that evolves from a slow, haunting opening to a scrappy wall-of-sound climax, thanks to guitarists Thomas Redmond and Ross Kerr. ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt disguise the thoughts that lie behind those eyes,‚ÄĚ sings Redmond in a slippery and slightly out-of-tune voice.
Musical Motivation: Redmond and Kerr‚ÄĒboth 23-year-old Bethesda natives‚ÄĒstumbled onto the song‚Äôs central riff while in a previous band, Portable Shark, and jammed an ending into existence earlier this year, when bassist Melissa Beattie and drummer Noam Elsner joined True Womanhood. The lyrics, however, are still a work in progress. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs about the anxiety of driving a car and then possibly hitting somebody,‚ÄĚ Redmond says. ‚ÄúBut, I mean, I‚Äôve never hit anybody or been hit by a car. It‚Äôs really more of a metaphor for relationships.‚ÄĚ
Captive Audience: True Womanhood‚Äôs recent show in Baltimore, its first out-of-town gig, didn‚Äôt exactly go as planned. ‚ÄúThe stage was in front of these clear glass doors, so you could see what was going on in the street,‚ÄĚ says Redmond. From there, he could see a man get mugged and shot. ‚ÄúThe guy who got shot ran up the street. He was pouring blood all over my van, all over the wheels,‚ÄĚ he says. ‚ÄúI called 911. Then the police showed up and they made us close all of the doors and go inside.‚ÄĚ Depite the drama, the show had to go on. ‚ÄúWe didn‚Äôt want to play, but the club owners were like, ‚ÄėThere are all of these people here and they can‚Äôt leave.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
True Womanhood plays Dahlak Friday, July 18.