Photography - Grace Sanders
Ribs has once again demonstrated their ability in crafting raw and emotionally charged music with their latest release, 'Claws'. Renowned for their commitment to tackling difficult subjects like mental health, social power dynamics, and healing from trauma, Ribs has unfurled a poignant and cathartic anthem that delves into the journal of recovery from an intimate partner's violence.
Originally envisioned as a stripped down, lyrical piano project created by the talented Georgia Cramond, Ribs initially gained widespread acclaim and struck emotional chords with audiences through her solo music and storytelling performance, ‘Interrupting a Crises.’ Driven by a desire for artistic camaraderie, Cramond found kindred spirits to join her venture, culminating in the formation of the dynamic four member band that stands today. The collective effort of each member converges in Ribs’ authentic songwriting, enriched by immersive and vibrant soundscapes.
‘Claws’ emerges as Ribs’ most potent release to date, both in terms of thematic weight and sonic intensity. The song serves an anthem for those who have experienced abuse and are navigating the path to healing from it. This deep and painful topic is intoxicatingly well produced in this song, showcasing powerful emotion of grief, sadness and anger. Drawing from personal experience, Crammond's evocative songwriting navigates the complex themes of pain, anger and personal growth. The song has a very unique sound that’s both dreamy and energetic while also tackling a powerful message. The lyrics are catchy and easy to sing along to while also holding an immersive meaning that the audience can connect to on a deeper level.
Cramond conveys, “Growing claws is about learning to set boundaries, harnessing the force of anger for protection and progress, and reclaiming authority over the fractured fragments of one’s history.” Her restrained vocals in the verses juxtapose strikingly against the commanding and unyielding chorus, where she fervently declares, “I grew claws,” symbolizing a triumphant reclaiming of power and autonomy. The composition of this song helps to mirror the song’s emotional depth, with gritty guitars intertwining with mellow acoustic counterparts and ethereal keyboard layers. These really help to promote the drive and power in this song and it’s meaning. The driving percussion and robust basslines propel the track.
As 'Claws' unfurls it’s empowering notes, Ribs beckons listeners to embrace their inner strength and resilience. The song is truly a showstopper and has this anger drawing effect that just makes you want to scream out at the ones who have done you wrong, retaking your power. With this compelling release, Ribs once again reinforced their status as a forceful and influential presence in this industry.