Savages frontwoman Jehnny Beth is back with her latest solo single, Heroine, taken from the forthcoming new album.
‘Heroine’ is the most recent number released by Beth and follows the previously shared ‘Innocence’, ‘Flower’ and ‘I’m the Man’ all of which will be featured on the To Love Is to Live record.
Beth’s solo debut, which has been produced by Flood, features collaborations with the likes of Romy Madley Croft from The xx, IDLES frontman Joe Talbot and Cillian Murphy.
“When I think of this song, I think of Romy from the xx strangling my neck with her hands in the studio,” Beth said in a statement when discussing the new release. “She was trying to get me out of my shell lyrically, and there was so much resistance in me she lost her patience.
“The song was originally called ‘Heroism,’ but I wasn’t happy because it was too generic. Flood was the first one to suggest to say ‘Heroine’ instead of ‘Heroism.’ Then I remember Johnny Hostile late at night in my hotel room in London saying, ‘I don’t understand who you are singing about. Who is the Heroine? You are the Heroine.’
“The next morning, I arrived early in the studio and recorded my vocals adding ‘to be’ to the chorus line: ‘All I want is to be a heroine,’” she added. “Flood entered the studio at that moment and jumped in the air giving me the thumbs-up through the window. I guess I’m telling this story because sometimes we look around for role models and examples to follow, without realising that the answer can be hidden inside of us. I was afraid to be the heroine of the song, but it took all the people around me to get me there.”