Rachel Maria Cox has announced an EP Launch show at The Lass O’Gowrie on Thursday July 28 to celebrate the release of their 2nd EP I Just Have A Lot Of Feelings. The new EP from the Western Sydney-via-Newcastle singer/songwriter will be released through their own record label Sad Grrrls Club Records.
The EP itself explores Cox’s struggles in the last year with mental illness, specifically Borderline Personality Disorder, Social Anxiety and Anorexia and Bulimia, which Cox was hospitalised for at the end of last year. In a statement on their Facebook page last year, Cox came clean about their eating disorder and admitted “I know I need to stop so that I can get on with my life, but I simply can’t”.
The track ‘Weighty’ was written during their inpatient treatment, and ‘Zips, Netflix and Dinner For Six’ deals with the aftermath of treatment. “After treatment I got stuck in a really bad period of not wanting to leave the house, not wanting people to see me after I gained some weight back” Cox explains, “so I just stayed in and binge watched true crime documentaries and awful romantic comedies, and my bulimia got worse rather than better”.
It’s otherwise been a massive year and a half for Cox. Since the release of their debut EP, Home, in February of last year, they founded Sad Grrrls Club; a music collective that aims to showcase and promote non-male voices in the wider Australian music scene.
The launch show at The Lass O’Gowrie will feature fellow labelmate Antonia Susan, who was signed to the label after Cox saw the singer/songwriter play in Sydney. The night will also feature a solo set by Joab Eastley from RAAVE TAPES, and a performance by Aitah.
I Just Have A Lot Of Feelings was recorded at Sawtooth Studios in Newcastle by Oliver Young, with additional recording being done by Rachel Maria Cox in their garage. On the EP Cox is joined by fellow Novocastrians Jack Lundie, Brayden “Boots Porter, and Oliver Young. The EP will be available for digital download from sadgrrrlsclub.bandcamp.com on Thursday July 28th with a limited run of cassettes also available.
Who: Rachel Maria Cox
With: Antonia Susan, Joab Eastley, Aitah
What: ‘I Just Have A Lot Of Feelings’ EP Launch
Where: The Lass O’Gowrie
When: Thursday, July 28
How Much: Free Entry
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