ALBUM REVIEW: Delilah Bon – Delilah Bon

Release Date: May 21st 2021
Label: Unsigned


Not content with her role as the vocalist for punk rock band Hands Off Gretel or her already fruitful solo act, Lauren Tate has another new musical project on the table. Delilah Bon is the side of Tate that is unabashed and unafraid to give everyone a piece of her mind, and what is usually on her mind is an unrelenting feminist campaign.

Every song on her self-titled debut album under this moniker delves headfirst into the rampant misogyny in our society, with a fury that is suitable for the problem with a string of irresistible ear worms that’ll probably be on your playlists within the week. Opener ‘Freak Of The Week’ is an ode to the creepy guys in the club who would only respond to broken fingers on the hand they use to grope. The electronic dance beat intermingled with grimy rock hooks does well to capture the frustrations of women who frequently have a good night ruined by such interruptions.

‘Bad Attitude’ is one of the few tracks that pop up full of self-assertions: successful women often attract doubts in the validity of their own success, and this one acts as a middle finger to anyone who’s accused a winning woman of having a leg up to get to their heights.

Delilah Bon does have a habit of putting all the hard lyrical work into rapped verses, leaving the choruses to be basic repetition of the title (both alone or in a slightly longer phrase), which can make a song feel like a bit of a drag. This is perhaps most evident in ‘Homework’ – not a song about school, because those experiences are helpfully covered in ‘School’ – but a song about men who don’t do their research when it comes to women. Aside from the gruelling bass line and synth accents, there’s little else we haven’t already heard on this record to it.

If there’s just one track from this debut Delilah Bon record that deserves to be blasted for public consumption, it’s ‘Chop Dicks’. Far from the overtly aggressive sentiment that the title suggests, this song is the most comprehensive breakdown of rape culture set to music that has ever been. The women listening to this album know damn well how much our society sucks and the need for feminism, and Delilah Bon writes almost exclusively for this audience. ‘Chop Dicks’, however, spells out exactly what the problems women face on the reg are, and does it all to a funk-fusion rap track that is difficult to ignore and impossible to misinterpret.

It’s 2021 and we shouldn’t still need such explicit messages, but if we’re going to have to endlessly repeat ourselves, we may as well make the process enjoyable.