Feral Five – ‘Man Cat Doll Machine’

   Post Brexit Britain is a place with racial tension and xenophobia brought to the surface of our society like never before in my lifetime. Kat Five sent me the track ‘Man Cat Doll Machine’ from her band Electro punk duo Feral Five. She says: “The amazing Saffiyah in the news photo who stood up to the EDL, really made me think about the ‘new heroines’ lyric again over the past few days! She’s definitely one!” For those who don’t know, the EDL is a far-right racist organisation in the UK (English Defence League) who protest. And Saffiyah Khan is an amazing woman who captured the nation’s heart by standing up to a member of the EDL disarming him with a defiant smile.
MAN CAT DOLL MACHINE – Lyrics

 

Man Cat Doll Machine

Man Cat Doll Machine

Machine for suffering

that’s not me

Machine for suffering

that’s not me

 

21st Century

You’re my machine

21st Century

Time to change the regime

21st Century

Look at the state we’re in

21st Century

Time for new heroines

 

Man Cat Doll Machine

Man Cat Doll Machine

Machine for suffering

that’s not me

Machine for suffering

that’s not me

 

21st Century

Time for a new machine

21st century

Time to stand and be seen

21st Century

Time to begin again

21st Century

Time to tell me you’re IN

 

Man Cat Doll Machine

Man Cat Doll Machine

Man Cat Doll Machine

 The song was originally inspired by the Picasso quote “Women are machines for suffering,” but it became a song that looked at the 21st century. In Kat’s words:

” When we premiered it at the National Portrait Gallery the night before the Women’s March, (and when we play it live) we start with a soundscape of female voices saying “Women Are Machines for Suffering” and then we dispute it in the song. It’s quite powerful. We recorded women of different ages and nationalities for this, and it includes the amazing deux furieuses band too!”

 ‘Man Cat Doll Machine’ debates the idea that as Picasso said, women are machines for suffering. It’s pure Riot Grrrl sentiment, delivered with a post punk electro soundscape and Debbie Harry influenced vocals.

 

 The single ‘Man Cat Doll Machine’ is taken from Feral Five’s EP also called Man Cat Doll Machine. Out now via Amazon.

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