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Miriam Clancy Breaks The Chains Of Abuse On Cathartic New Single "Velveteen"

NYC-based, New Zealand-bred rocker Miriam Clancy lays bare her heart in deeply personal new single “Velveteen,” breaking the chains of childhood abuse. The track is featured on her upcoming new album, Black Heart, due out January 20 via Desert Road Records.

Regarding the video, Miriam added. "Armed with a huge recently-acquired file from the Wellington Police headquarters - after plummeting a hundred times over I decided to use this triggering trail of tears as an IRL art piece to pull the thorn out of my heart and to lean into the rage which all my life I had been conditioned to believe is undesirable and inappropriate. So 50+ pages of evidence, reports and statements are on a wall, in a railway yard where old train parts are stored and where the wild things are. And on the wall is a hand drawn map of a house which I drew many years ago for my OG statement to the cops when they asked me to show where some of the assault happened. At odds with the stark industrial Pennsylvanian landscape - the beautiful pink piano is my safe space, my waka - the vessel that carried me, for music has indeed saved me. It gave me a portal of hope, a door to walk through when it all hurt too much. The words on the wall hang large and invade my view of life with its bollocks 'logic', gendered victim-shaming, and overall big man bias. So with my trusty sledgehammer I do what needs to be done for myself, for those after me. Because I am a woman and this is the crossing. Closing out this heavy write with words written by my lawyer at Shine Aus/NZ to the Independent Police Complaints Authority: 'it is unclear how a minors complaint of such a serious nature could get so botched... the Police owe it to the children who are brave enough to come forward with sexual assault claims to investigate them to the best of their ability'."

Live Dates:

12/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Pete’s Candy Store

01/06 – Bethlehem, PA @ Godfrey Daniels


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