To celebrate Pride, we’ll be highlighting a different Irish artist from the LGBTQIA+ community each day in June as part of our Pride Profiles series.
By Hannah Quearney
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Who They Are
A darling of both Irish Twitter and the fledgling live music scene in Dublin City, it goes without saying that Rebecca Locke’s brand of frenzied confessional pop deserves equal credence to their online shitposts. Best known as the curator of Indigo Sessions at The Workman’s Club, their music rapidly oscillates between moody atmospherics and infectious danceability. Their brand of organised chaos is consolidated through gang vocals about going to Aldi and wanting to die, reclaiming the ukulele as a symbol of Gen Z ingenuity and detaching it from any of its millennial twee connotations while they’re at it.
The second best thing they’ve done this year (first of which is becoming Lidl’s Next Top Model and subsequently ending up on First Dates) is releasing their third single “manic energy.” An unfiltered stream-of-consciousness capturing the experience of being mentally ill in your early twenties, the erratic track quickly became a fan favourite at shows, evolving each time it’s played live with increasingly more ridiculous ad libs from their backing band. A detour from their previous lo-fi indie pop releases, the mangled glitchcore aesthetics look like they mark a new era for Locke and we cannot wait to see what comes next.
While Indigo Sessions is currently on pause, “manic energy” transports the catharsis of a crowded venue to your home speakers. Listen to it below.