Today seems to be MeMe Detroit day over on my twitter (@grrrlswithguita) with many fans tweeting me that she is their favourite guitarist. It’s a question I ask my followers a lot. Their responses are often unexpected or inspired and today’s yield is no different. This single ‘How She Runs’ is officially out tomorrow (28th July 2017) and you can tell that MeMe and her band are excited about the launch.
The song itself is a refreshing retelling of some key ingredients and influences, most notably Blondie and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but with a Millennial whoop thrown in for good measure. This is not derivative music by any stretch of the imagination. It reminds me of some past favourite track of mine that’s on the tip of my tongue… wish I could remember it for you. The bassline is BØRNS and the guitar is Pixies. Oh yeah, it reminds me a little of Cold War Kids as well. But I’m that’s not the track that’s rattling around at the back of my mind refusing to make it’s way into my conscious awareness right now.
I contacted MeMe via her facebook music page to ask her who inspired her to pick up a guitar in the first place:
I’d probably have to say, growing up hearing Jonny Greenwood’s guitar playing is what inspired me the most.
‘How She Runs’ by MeMe Detroit is out 28th July 2017 and is released by SoulRock Central.
Hannah Golightly founded GrrrlsWithGuitars in 2016. She is a riot grrrl musician, singer, guitarist and drummer from the UK. She has been a music critic and rock writer for over eight years and has previously written for collapseboard.com for six years, godisinthetvzine.co.uk, mother's pride zine and vulturehound.com. She has a passion for guitars and amps and owns a lot of them! She is passionate about promoting and helping grrrls and women play guitar and form bands. She loves female rock musicians' music and he favourite band is Skating Polly. She believes that a grrrl with a guitar can change the world!
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