"I wanted to write a banger," says Peterborough electro-pop producer Kelly McMichael who records as RENDERS. On "Running Through The Night," the first track to debut from her forthcoming self-titled EP, she finds the spot where poppy and badass meet. "That 'euro dance, punchy, melodic, sensitive and fierce at the same time' vibe."
The singer (previously of Gentleman Reg and Rouge) calls the track her own Take Back the Night anthem, "inspired by SlutWalk, dedicated to empowering those of us who feel vulnerable walking at night, and to protest victim-blaming." It's gritty, darkened disco meant to fortify.
McMichael told us more about the song's inspiration.
Chart Attack: You mention that it's a "Take Back the Night" anthem; why was that an anthem you wanted to write?
We need to talk more about why women are made into targets, why men are growing into predators, and shift that responsibility of dealing with rape culture.
It's not encouraging women to go walking alone at night in dangerous neighbourhoods, but often we have no choice, or we just want to live our damn lives and we enjoy walking. The first thing people tell women is to "be careful," like we are supposed to stay inside when there is a sexual assault threat, and sometimes I just feel so powerless, like it's our responsibility to stay safe. We need to talk more about why women are made into targets, why men are growing into predators, and shift that responsibility of dealing with rape culture.
And tell me about treating that subject with dance music. There seems to be a connection.
I had a feminist dance band before this called Rouge, and I am very familiar with how empowering feminism and synths and beats together can feel to groups of women and queer people. I think it is a better platform to embrace femininity than rock music sometimes, though I love to rock out as well. It's also just geared toward people who like dancing, which tends to be more women in this culture, unfortunately (how I wish North American men would get over themselves and get on the dance floor more). I wanted it to be the kind of song you can go running or workout to, so the heavy beat is good for that. And I'm a synth/ '80s/New Wave fanatic, so its pretty natural for me to incorporate those influences. I could make beats and sweet synth parts all day every day...
RENDERS' self-titled EP is out July 8. You can pre-order here.