London’s influential electro-rockers Sohodolls are back! After being out of the limelight for more than a decade, the lockdown revived one of their classics ‘Bang Bang Bang Bang’ into an unexpected viral TikTok hit among the Gen Z glitterati, which has inspired the band to reform and release some stunning new music. Musically, ‘Letter To My Ex (Thank You, Goodbye)’ may take its cues from ‘Bang Bang Bang Bang’, however, Maya von Doll’s return can only be described as a perfect pop anthem for any breakup. Blending old school beats and new wave synths with that sauciest of Britpop wit, alongside hook laden singalong parts, it is a poignant single to capture her, and some of her band members’ actual real life present divorce situations as only they can.
Maya never holds back with her favoured kinky BDSM language to express her breaking free from an unhappy situation, “‘So, if I could press rewind, untie the ribbons from my eyes, unkiss the kiss that led to this, no swallowing of the lies you spit’.
No stranger to cult following and success, Sohodolls debut album in the noughties ‘Ribbed Music for the Numb Generation’ has always gone down well with a young crowd, having been the sound of one of ‘Gossip Girl’s’ most famous striptease scenes from Leighton Meester to writing pop bangers with the likes of Charli XCX and then this unexpected viral revival in 2021.
Maya von Doll recalls,
“One morning I received a flurry of frantic texts from friends, saying Madonna has just shared and tagged your song, I was in the middle of a house move, no internet so I had no idea, but it was crazy.”
It so happens that Madonna had posted a recording she made of her daughter Estere Ciccone performing her own original choreography to the Sohodolls classic ‘Bang Bang Bang Bang’ and as part of the ensuing TikTok trend the track rocketed up the Billboard Top 50 and is now sitting on 100m Spotify streams. From a song Maya wrote as a teenage misfit, about the urge to find your tribe it shows how the Covid Gen Z’s try to find theirs.
Letter to My Ex was released on 23 September on Filthy Pretty / A&G Records.
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