The Maggie Pills Tackle 'Global Dispossession' On New Single 'The Freedom Club'

5 May 2023 | 11:59 am | Mary Varvaris
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“The Freedom Club is anti-establishment; it is a good old romantic and juvenile anti-system rant."

(Pic by Triana Hernandez)

Ahead of their debut album, Hope Is A Risk, arriving on Friday, 16 June, The Maggie Pills have released another heavy – musically and thematically – new track, The Freedom Club.

The Argentine-Australian punk rockers are inspired by history's almost forgotten hero, Amelio Robles, an Aboriginal transgender soldier who fought alongside Zapata during the Mexican Revolution.

The Freedom Club addresses global dispossession, western imperialism, and the yearning for freedom from a society that imprisons minorities, the band says.

The Freedom Club is anti-establishment; it is a good old romantic and juvenile anti-system rant. It is timeless, just like injustice,” singer-songwriter Delfi Sorondo tells Kill Your Stereo about the new single.

She adds, “We are addressing all the misfits. Their opinion matters and some things need to be said - if not by us, then by whom?

“The song takes its name from the letters of 70s US Anarchist Ted Kaczynski, and even though we’re nonviolent, we did feel isolated at that point in time: alone and secluded at a cabin in the woods, the bombs at the time were our words,” she continues, addressing the band's initial arrival in Melbourne as immigrants.

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“At first, we didn't want to publish the song - it was too angry and we’re optimistic people, but everyone who heard the song felt that its message was urgent, so we decided to record it, and here we are now. It speaks about taking action, claiming your freedom, choosing without following conventional rules.” Check out The Freedom Club below.

The band have shared another music video directed by Triana Hernandez. I love the way The Maggie Pills combine heavy and unhinged with pop and playfulness - it's a very subversive fusion within a music scene that's dominantly "tough" for no reason beyond the scene's aesthetic,” Hernandez notes.

“We workshopped a concept that celebrated the energy of hefty punk music but through the lens of viewing everything as 'purely energies', and collaborated with Angel - one of the most inspiring members of the local Ballroom / non-binary community.”

Pre-order Hope Is A Risk here.