girlcrush – Dysphoria! at the psych ward

girlcrush have a interesting and to-the-point description of the band on facebook: ‘Copenhagen based queer feminist pop-punk band, specializing in songs about queer love, toxic masculinity and mental health issues‘. girlcrush are drummer and vocalist Andrea (all pronouns), bass player and vocalist Marie (she/her) and guitarist and vocalist Nat (they/them and he/him).

And the song title is a reference to the Emo-band Panic! At The Disco – so there is much stuff going on around the musical part.

‘Dysphoria! at the psych ward’ is the third single from the upcoming album ‘I don’t feel so good’ of the band and it is musically a well-produced great pop-punk song in a classic tradition that evolves into a sing-along-chorus. Textwise it deals indeed with the feelings and situations around being a non-binary person. ‘I was born a boy – except no one knew‘ sings the band and goes into more detail with ‘in and out of the the psychiatry is trans-gender fate‘. That is tough and is a little a counterpart to the almost happy pop-punk chords they play aside this.

“Being in a mentally vulnerable place while being met by a lack of understanding of gender diversity by medical personnel is an incredibly difficult position to navigate in. A simple thing like asking for help can be hard to do. While trauma and mental illness can affect anyone, trans people are at a higher risk of developing depression, anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD and of committing suicide. We wanted to write a song addressing this theme,” Nat says and so they are contributing their part on a relevant topic.

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