by Thomas Bedward September 18, 2021
Traversing her own wave of indie luxe-pop, Melbourne’s SANNIA returns with new single ‘Sad Rich Girls’. The track is the follow up to Triple j favourites ‘Go and Get Over’, ‘Better’ and ‘Love You Like’.
A cheeky diss track that pulls no punches, ‘Sad Rich Girls’ is a statement on that one girl we all know who always brings the drama. The kind of girl that instead of lifting her sisters up will drag them down to get to the top – forgetting that women are stronger when we stand together.
Sharing her feelings about ‘Sad Rich Girls’, SANNIA says “As such a strong feminist, I’m the most nervous I’ve ever been to release a song. I’m a firm believer that women have a duty to lift other women up, but I’ve had this recurring lived experience that there’s always one girl determined to win some sort of contest - pitting girls against each other - and I think it hinders the cause of women’s true equality. The sooner we stop bitching about what other women say and do and wear the better. Maybe then we can devote our energy towards something more important like fundamental rights for all or climate change.”
The song kicks off with samples of old paparazzi footage for that early-2000s TMZ energy, and the huge live drums - tracked on a vintage 60s Ludwig kit - sends the chorus into anthem territory. Bringing his textured and lush expansive sound to ‘Sad Rich Girls’ is Holy Holy’s Oscar Dawson who mixed and produced the track with SANNIA as co-producer, and mastering by Leon Zevros at Studios 301, Sydney.
“I started by pulling some samples from early 2000s Paparazzi and fan-filmed celebrity interactions and stitched together the intro and ending of my homemade demo. I really wanted to capture that Paris Hilton-era cat-fight energy. I then took the demo to Holy’s Oscar Dawson where we tracked guitar, bass, vocals and live drums on a vintage 60s Ludwig Kit for that huge anthemic drum sound. ‘Sad Rich Girls’ is pure catfight energy, it’s Paris v. Lindsay, it’s Mariah v. Nicki, Kourtney v. Khloé, it’s every episode of The Bachelor – all while ignoring the real issues facing our world today.”
SANNIA’s profile has grown significantly since winning the nationwide Triple j Unearthed competition to tour with The Rubens and supporting the likes of Tia Gostelow, Kira Puru, Eliott and Thando. She was also a finalist in Nashville’s International songwriting competition out of 26,000 entries last year.
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