A handful of Sundays ago, designer and musician Jen Awad joined Emma Cole onstage at the Moroccan for a few tracks at Wolf Bay’s single release party. As recorded in our review of the show, Awad hijacked the band for a show-stopping number of her own. That infectious song was “Basic Bitch,” and we are honored to feature its debut for all to hear; listen below.
Awad is fed up with toxic apathy. The half-Peruvian, half-Egyptian songwriter never gives anything less than a powerhouse performance, with lyrics that pack their own figurative punch. The vitriol in “Basic Bitch” is palpable, due in part to its personal relevance; Awad told Grimy Goods, “This song is based on a true story.” She is the hero we need, delivering absolution to fellow victims of grave basicness via her own testimony. Awad describes the song further: