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Janice vs. The Monarchy – Poking Fun at Colonialists

Saint Peter’s Thursday’s Bold New Release

New Zealand grunge band Saint Peter’s Thursday is set to release their electrifying new single, “Janice vs. The Monarchy,” on August 23rd. Echoing the sounds of bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, and Clutch, this versatile track is a satirical commentary on colonialism and its lingering effects in modern society.

Blending elements of rock, grunge, and metal, the song’s first draft took shape during the creation of the band’s 2022 release “bodies.” The track’s dynamic sound perfectly encapsulates the essence of Saint Peter’s Thursday, as they take new creative risks while portraying a fun caricature of the extortive and arrogant nature of colonialists. 

Written and produced by Saint Peter’s Thursday, “Janice vs. The Monarchy” was recorded in 2023 at LOHO Studios in their hometown of Ōtautahi (Christchurch), with the assistance of Adam Hogan. The song was also mixed and mastered by Nico Koufakis and features the spoken vocal collaboration of Stassi Naylor and Courtenay Soper.

Saint Peter’s Thursday, formed in 2014, has been a relentless force in the New Zealand rock scene. With Anand Yoganathan’s powerful vocals and guitar, Aaron Wildermoth’s raw bass tones, and Sam Lane’s explosive drumming, the band has created a unique sound.

Following the release of their debut album “death SALT” in 2023, Saint Peter’s Thursday signed with Rexius Records, aiming to share more of their music with the world. Don’t miss the release of “Janice vs. The Monarchy” on August 23rd, a bold musical statement.

Artwork: Ed Roche

Photo: Sarah Cook

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