Tagaq and Weaves frontwoman Jasmyn Burke have been friends for a while, but this is the first time they've collaborated on a release.
"I almost don’t think of 'Scream' as a song, it’s like a sculpture in the middle of the album, sticking out poking people like a 3D installation," explains Burke. "The initial demo was just one guitar riff and me hitting my pant leg really hard and the loop just stirred up some sort of emotional whirlwind in my mind. I think everyone is having a hard time processing what’s happening right now and I started thinking about how some people hate or want to harm me because of my physical appearance, and that made me want to write something about loving yourself."
"On tour we meet so many people, and often I meet young girls and women of colour who say they’ve never seen someone that looks like them represented in a rock band," Burke continues. "I just wanted to say, 'hey, we’re here, we’re strong and we deserve to see ourselves reflected more often in the world.' Female identifying people regardless of race are not just one person - we have different ideals, passions, friends etc. and yet we get pigeonholed or are systemically dismissed and treated as less. This song came out of my heart. The band and Tanya elevated it in a way that’s just real and raw. It’s definitely an experience."
Burke has also announced a new lineup of lipstick - named Wide Open - as a response to the struggle she faced finding makeup that works for her skin tone and personal style. It's designed for "the tom-boys, shy weirdos, non-binary people, and people of colour who sometimes feel invisible in the mainstream," and it'll be available at Weaves shows, as part of an album pre-order package, and online after the record's released.
Weaves will be playing lots of North American and European shows, beginning next month in Nebraska and ending in November with UK stretch featuring shows in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, and more. Find out full details.