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Albums Of The Week: Shit Present | What Still Gets Me

Battling back from mental-health issues & years-long writer's block, singer-guitarist Iona Cairns digs deep and unleashes a striking debut album of cathartic indie-rock.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “For almost three years, Shit Present frontperson Iona Cairns struggled to write a song. It was the result of a hospitalisation and coming to terms with mental health issues — and while Cairns was in a much healthier place, she felt as if she couldn’t return to the person she was before.

Then, without any epiphany or grand catalyst, Cairns picked up the guitar again and began writing what would become their first full-length album, What Still Gets Me. The album deals with weighty emotions, but it’s not about helplessness or intimidation. Through Cairns’ exorcising vocal delivery and the band’s relentless sonic arrangements, there’s a kind of rebirth that announces she is not a victim of herself nor anyone else. It’s a surrender to the feelings that make us uncomfortable, pushing them to the forefront instead of hiding them behind a curtain. By owning the messy, ever-changing landscape of our interior worlds, Shit Present offers up a collection where we can find solace in even our darkest, scariest moments.

Shit Present are an emo / pop / rock / punk / indie guitar-based music project or whatever from the South West of England.”