Katie Ellen – “Sad Girls Club”

Last month, Katie Ellen — the band that Chumped’s Anika Pyle and Dan Frelly started after their old band’s demise — announced their debut album, Cowgirl Blues, and shared the lovely and weary “Lucy Stone.” Today, they’re sharing another track from the album, “Sad Girls Club,” and you can really hear the project’s country influence on this one. Pyle shared a short manifesto about emotional vulnerability related to the track and you can read that and listen to the song below.

Anika Pyle

The Sad Girls Club is for anyone who is emotional and not sorry for it. It is for anyone who expresses their feelings openly and honestly and refuses to be shamed for it. The Sad Girls Club is for anyone who values empathy, kindness, and vulnerability over oppression, suppression, and aggression. It is especially for those of us raised as girls, expected to sacrifice our needs and desires for the good of the family, the business, the status quo, patronized or deemed hysterical for expressing our emotions, taught from birth that the exhibition of our feelings would hinder our success. It is also for those of us raised as boys, imprisoned by a notion of masculinity that requires us to abandon our feelings, to run from our most vulnerable spaces, to detach from our sensitive selves. It is for those of us raised as boys or girls who feel no connection or allegiance to either, searching for meaning in an archaic system that has historically provided little room for redefinition or revolution. The Sad Girls Club is a space to imagine a world where our capacity to emote or succeed is not directly correlated to our sex assigned at birth, to find courage in vulnerability, to embrace the radical potential of feelings and to invoke the qualities of the feminine in all people so that we might create a kinder, fairer, gentler world where we are not afraid to feel.

Cowgirl Blues is out 7/14 via Lauren Records. Pre-order it here.