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Her Picture release debut EP

Glasgow rock-band Her Picture released their debut EP today.

Glasgow rock-band Her Picture released their debut EP today.

The Don’t Try to Comfort Me EP comprises The Nature of It, I’m Still Here, My Way, and the brand-new single Don’t Try to Comfort Me, thus uniting three previously released tracks with the group’s newest composition.

The EP release follows a recent headline show at King Tut’s in Glasgow, where the intensity of the group’s expansive sound, Anny’s stunning vocal range and incisive lyrics led to a rapturous reception.

Her Picture are Anny Tahaney on lead vocals, Cat Reid on bass, and Finlay Smith on drums. The trio, along with former member Lewis Docherty, first met in Glasgow while attending the educational programme Behind the Noise, in 2017. Originally called Fauna, the group played a series of shows in their native Glasgow before evolving into Her Picture in July 2022, releasing their first single The Nature of It on 13th July.

Why Her Picture? Really, the new name was part of a renewed sense of purpose arising from a heightened urgency to create after a period of inactivity – in this case caused by the pandemic. The group’s new name alludes to one of their literary influences, relating to the Virginia Woolf novel To the Lighthouse in which the narrative follows a young artist, Lily, as she struggles through self-doubt, gendered prejudice, and other obstacles before arriving at a place where she can finally accept her craft. This happens when she finishes painting her picture at the end of the book. Her Picture.

Musically, Her Picture’s sound is big, broad, and cinematic; influenced by disparate artists including Kate Bush, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Ben Howard, Wolf Alice and Daughter, the group’s lyrics are sometimes informed by the works of writers including Audrey Lorde, Emily Dickenson and Virginia Woolf.  As befits a group with wide aspirations, Her Picture also take inspiration from film scores, and how “music and visuals can work together in general,” explains Anny. “All of that bleeds into our aesthetic as a band.”