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SARAH JOHNSONE - ‘Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl’

Sarah Johnsone augments her sound with a full band on ‘Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl’.

Building on the success of her acoustic debut single ‘Tonight’, Johnsone saw fit to expand her sound on ‘Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl’. The band make themselves known without overshadowing the North-East native, allowing her smooth vocals and lyrics about an unhealthy love to shine.


Shifting frequently between calm and energetic, Johnsone keeps the track interesting, never lingering in one place too long. Gentle singing over electric guitar picking suddenly becomes up-tempo, propelled forward by drums and a driving bassline. Johnsone’s singing grows in intensity alongside the guitars, supported by her own distant, reverbed backing vocals, before morphing into peacefulness. A well-placed guitar solo towards the back end of the track before repeating the cycle again brings this well-crafted concoction of a song to a close.


Providing some insight into the creation of her second single, Johnsone explains: “I’ve found that my lyrics always tend towards the sombre side, so for this single I wanted to juxtapose it with energetic riffs and guitar solos. It’s the first recording I made with my band, which gave me way more scope and depth musically. The song is about falling for someone who you know is no good, but it isn’t a downcast tune at all.”


‘Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl’ is available to stream from 25th of February. Sarah and her band will be performing several shows around the North-East in the coming months, and ‘Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl’ is sure to be a highlight that you can’t get out of your mind.


Live dates:


Friday 25th February - The Georgian Theatre, Stockton with She Drew The Gun & Annabel Allum

Saturday 9th April - Bobiks, Newcastle (Headline)

Saturday 16th April - Stockton Calling Festival

Saturday 21st May – Butterfly Effect Festival


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