The wait is over! The Preatures are finally back and they’re sounding better than ever. This morning the outfit debuted the first single from their forthcoming second album. Details on the new record are still scarce, but the new single, ‘Girlhood’, and a one-off album preview show on the 1st of June will hopefully get us through.

‘Girlhood’ takes the catchy pop tracks from 2014’s Blue Planet Eyes while adding a much-welcomed dose of punchy rock. It’s clear that the almost solid year and a half of touring following the massive success of their debut LP proved invaluable in tightening The Preatures‘ already solid sound.

The track addresses the strength of womanhood and femininity in a genuine yet playful way, much along the lines of Ali Barter‘s Girlie Bits. Taking notes from Sleater-Kinney‘s Carrie Brownstein, the track is said to be inspired in part by her memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, while also telling of frontwoman Izzi Manfredi‘s own experiences.

“I can only speak of my own experiences, I’m not trying to speak for other women. This song is about exploring the contradictions of my own identity.”

Sydney fans are in for a treat, as alongside the debut of Girlhood, The Preatures announced that they’ll be performing a special album preview show as part of Sydney’s Vivid LIVE festival. You can grab tickets to the Thursday the 1st of June performance here (tickets on sale this Friday at midday) and listen to the new track below.

Band image by Mclean Stephenson