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Stella Donnelly Announces Debut LP 'Beware Of The Dogs', Shares New Song Old Man

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 Written by Helen Payne

Photo: Pooneh Ghana

Stella Donnelly has confirmed details of her debut album.

The Australian singer-songwriter’s first LP, ‘Beware Of The Dogs’ is due for release on March 8 via Secretly Canadian, ahead of her tour dates across the UK and Europe.

To coincide with the announcement, Donnelly has revealed the record’s first cut, Old Man, a full band number evoking summer day vibes. Although sonically upbeat, the track still holds true to the sarcastic and witty lyricism that permeated her 2018 EP 'Thrush Metal', in this case heralding the power in sticking up for what’s right. She said:

“I came up with the chords and chorus to this song in 2017 around the time when Woody Allen called the #metoo movement a witch hunt.  It was a very strange feeling for me watching the world change right before my eyes and to see that these men who had exploited their power for so long were actually being held accountable for their actions. It made me look back on my experiences as a young woman doing music and certain powerful men who tried to manipulate me and exploit other young women. I needed to write this song for myself because if I hadn’t I would still feel quite angry about things that I probably let slide in my younger, more naive days. I have no intentions of publicly calling out these people but it’s a nice feeling to me knowing that they may hear this song one day and feel perhaps an inch of the humiliation and powerlessness that they inflicted on me back then.”

The track's video, directed by Fiona Jane Burgess, depicts footage of Donnelly and her friends, with subtitled quotes taken from Every Woman’s Guide To Self Defence, a book featured in the video.

'Beware Of The Dogs' tracklist:

1. Old Man
2. Mosquito
3. Season's Greetings
4. Allergies
5. Tricks
6. Boys Will Be Boys
7. Lunch
8. Bistro
9. Die
10. Beware of the Dogs
11. U Owe Me
12. Watching Telly
13. Face It

Donnelly appears in Stereoboard's Ones To Watch in 2019 list. Check it out here.

Stella Donnelly Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue April 23 2019 - CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
Wed April 24 2019 - BRISTOL Thekla
Thu April 25 2019 - SOUTHAMPTON Joiners
Sat April 27 2019 - BRIGHTON Haunt
Sun April 28 2019 - MANCHESTER YES
Mon April 29 2019 - DUBLIN Grand Social
Wed May 01 2019 - GLASGOW Blue Arrow Jazz Club
Thu May 02 2019 - LEEDS Brudenell Community Room
Sat May 04 2019 - LIVERPOOL Sound City
Sun May 05 2019 - NOTTINGHAM Bodega Social Club
Tue May 07 2019 - LONDON Scala

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