Charlie PS Does A Slow Burn

The Vancouver rocker comes out swinging at the music biz on her latest release.

Charlie PS fumes over the state of the music industry with her searing new single Slow Burn — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

The Vancouver-based, England-born singer-songwriter comes out swinging in her latest release, fusing contemporary hard rock with vintage ’70s glam — and topping the whole shebang with lyrics that don’t mince words about her frustrations with the modern music biz:

“Too many half-written songs never feeling right,
Too many bottles late, late late, into the night,
Too many times that they tell me I don’t get it right
You better notice, you better know..
Too many shots in the dark when it’s thundering
Too many cracks like a whip left me wondering
Too many times that they tell me that I’m nothing
You better notice, you better know..
And this slow burn’s killing me, but I digress…”

Slow Burn is my retort back towards an industry that is forever changing with expectations that are unrealistically high, especially for independent artists,” she said. “We live in an incredibly bittersweet age that allows us to bypass the need for record labels by being able to self-promote and self-record our music, but that also results in being more easily lost in the crowd of those also pushing for the same goals.

“Sometimes, it feels less about the quality of my music and more about how many times a week I post to my TikTok, and that thought is one of the matches that ignited the fire into writing Slow Burn.”

Slow Burn is the fifth of five tracks on her latest EP Even If It Kills Me, which arrived last week. The artist dug deep into her psyche to bring together a project with plenty of personal meaning. “Each song is a bit of a snippet from certain periods of my life over the past three years, recognizing things I need to work on — in the songs Raw and Down To The Devil — and celebrating moments of personal growth in Revival and Even If It Kills Me,” she said.

Charlie PS burst onto the scene in 2018 with her debut EP Little Miss Dysfunctional, which included a track that went on to be win Best Pop Song at the 2019 Kootenay Music Awards, along with earning her nominations for Best Music Video and Artist of the Year.

Her sound can be described as a sonic melting pot, which makes sense given her upbringing. Charlie PS was born in Bristol, England, but transplanted across the world at a young age to grow up in Nelson, B.C. She has since moved to Vancouver, where she continues to draw inspiration from a wide variety of rock and blues, naming Stevie Nicks, Ann Wilson, Grace Potter and ZZ Ward. “I borrow elements of strong vocals and energetic riffs and use them to create my own blended sound rooted in modern-rock,” she says.

Check out Slow Burn above, sample more from Even If It Kills Me below, and keep up with Charlie PS on her website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.