Friday, February 24, 2012

Favorite Music Friday: Neon Hitch

Neon Hitch, where do I even start. This girl is too cool for words. Neon Hitch, her given name, is a British singer, songwriter. She grew up in a caravan with her parents in the English countryside where she and her parents traveled performing and making and selling clothing/jewelry. She was also a trapeze artist in a circus until her late teens (at the age of 4!). She traveled the world with the circus, but finally settled down in London to begin her music career.

Neon has been performing on her own for years writing her own songs and also doing covers of famous pop songs (for example Gucci Gucci and Cooler than Me). Currently she is writing her debut album Beg, Borrow, and Steal. I am dying to get my paws on this one! Her voice is so unique, her style is so eccentric, her entire aurora is nothing I've ever experienced before. She is absolutely amazing.

You may have heard her on the now widely popular 'Ass Back Home' by Gym Class Heroes. But today Im going to feature my favorite song of hers. The song sings loud and clear breaking free from a culture of abuse. If I understand correctly she is speaking about her gypsy/traveler community in the UK. The traveler culture is very patriarchal; women must stay pure until marriage where their men can do practically anything they like. The men engage in fights and much drinking, where the women stay home and clean and take care of their husbands. Violence, alcoholism, and abuse tend to go hand-in-hand with those circumstances.

I hope you find a new favorite. Here is Neon Hitch's 'Black and Blue.'

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