EP Review

EP Review: S.O.B. Story // Medusa

Described as “nonbinary revenge pop”, Medusa connects with their inner Gorgan in their genre-bending music. Drawing influence from nu-mental, hyper-pop, alt-rock and hip-hop, they are a band to not be pigeon-holed. Sparking a change in the underground queer scene, Medusa has is an engaging, enthusiastic and exciting act. Featured on blogs across the globe, their coming-of-gender LP, Boy of the Year has been well-received by The Daily Public, RAW, YMX Radio, The Independent, The Q Review and several podcasts. The latest addition to their critically acclaimed discography is the EP S.O.B. Story.

According to their interview on Rising Artists Blog, Medusa explained that they “can more easily describe my art in emotional terms. It’s got rage and defiance, but it’s also cheeky and playful. It’s brutal and spiteful, but also reflective” – this is all evident in the latest EP. From the hyper ‘Piggyback’ to the nu-metal meets punk rock ‘King of Prom Queens’, Medusa showcases versatility and eclecticism as an artist. Yet, while there are several expletives filled with aggression and angst, the EP shows immense depth in both melody and themes.

A collaboration with LGBTQ+ artists Way2wavybaby and Overflow, S.O.B. Story is the perfect end-kick to 2021’s Pride Month. Using their unique skills, the artists explore controversial and somewhat provocative concepts in the various tracks. Medusa and Way2wavybaby expose elements of rainbow capitalism dissecting it under a microscope and bringing truth to the “fades” of existential rebellion. A high-powered and “in your face” track only to be followed by another attention-grabbing song – ‘King of Prom Queens’.

Adopting an electro-punk approach, think of Bikini Kill with an angsty electronic-pop Katie Perry design, Medusa “reinterprets horror classic Carrie from a queer perspective”. With several kicks and riffs in the synth-laden song, Medusa places her signature mark on an evolving sound. The final single ‘When Terfs Cry’ kicks in featuring Overflow with Medusa. Slightly disjointed in the synths, but with a simplistic harmony throughout the hard-hitting track, ‘When Terfs Cry’ is a perfect climax to the unusual EP.

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