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Eora/Sydney-based alternative rock band Second Idol have just unveiled their dynamic single Boxing Ring – produced by Clayton Segelov (Shady Nasty, sleepmakeswavesDear Seattle) at The Brain Studios.

Boxing Ring surges with an unyielding rhythm and relentless spirit, carried aloft by the impassioned vocals of Kate Olivia. As the melody radiates defiance, insisting on an unapologetic presence, the arrangement coalesces into a boundless fusion of authenticity, vulnerability and grit.

Second Idol talks about the inspiration behind Boxing Ring: “Boxing Ring is a reflection on being a woman in the music industry. It can be a circus. It’s informed by the barriers women face in the music industry. It’s about our aspirations, dreams and struggles. The title refers to the continual fight that we face in the industry. That women, non-binary and trans musicians are often treated as diversity trophies, novelised, and not taken seriously. We’re constantly pitted against each other and cut down. It feels as though we’re thrown into a boxing ring with each other, fighting for scraps, where often the more femme-presenting individual wins and men leer from every corner. Join us in the ring to fight our way out.”

Accompanying the release is music video directed by Cameron Davies, shot across Brighton Le Sands and Eora / Sydney’s Inner West. Commencing with enigmatic glimpses of graffiti art, the band perform against a hazy beach backdrop, evoking a mysterious atmosphere further heightened by the rapid cuts of the instruments. The video seamlessly embraces VHS-style framing and colouring, injecting a timeless aesthetic that enhances the emotional resonance of Kate Farquharson‘s commanding expressions.

In the live scene, the band have previously shared the stage with acts such as The Buoys, dust, Teenage Joans, SCABZ, Baxter Dury and Jen Cloher. Previous releases have been widely embraced by Apple Musictriple j, triple j Unearthed and blogs such as NMEThe MusicBackseat MafiaMusic Feeds and Australian Music Scene. Previous music videos have also been added to ABC‘s rage and MTV Upload.

Boxing Ring is the first taste of a larger release to be announced in the coming months.


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