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RENDERS >> “Running Through the Night”

by  |  June 16, 2016

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Renders’ Kelly McMichael says that “Running Through the Night” takes inspiration from Slutwalk and is her own personal ‘take back the night’ anthem. “Almost all of my songs are soul soothers, either for myself or for others…. This one was for slut-shaming, victim-blaming, rape culture, and the idea that sometimes women need to go places at night and a cab isn’t an option, so maybe we could sing this anthem to ourselves while we are walking, channel an energy that leaves us untouchable, or find another female (or feminine/vulnerable individual), team up and take over the streets. Claim the space and refuse to be refined to your clothing/femaleness. Refuse to feel like prey.”

McMichael, a Peterborough based musician and producer, refuses to let anyone one genre, sound or style define her. “Running Through the Night” takes on serious subject matter with some serious pop chops. She recently shared with Chart Attack one of her previous projects, a “feminist dance band” called Rouge, taught her “…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.”

As much as McMichael wants “Running Through the Night” to convey its messages to listeners, she also hopes it inspires people to get up and move. “I wanted it to be the kind of song you can go running or workout to,” she explained in the Chart Attack interview, adding “I’m a synth/ ’80s/New Wave fanatic, so it’s pretty natural for me to incorporate those influences. I could make beats and sweet synth parts all day every day.”

“Running Through the NIght” is from Renders’ self-titled EP, arriving on July 8.

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