Los Angeles electro-pop quartet Transviolet has shared a shuddering new banger with the release of “Love and Power,” you can catch them on tour at The Hollywood Palladium on Nov. 5. Led once more by the rapturous wails of lead singer Sarah McTaggart the track bursts with the kind of vehemently irresistible rancor all their songs are charged with. In “Love and Power,” the lopsided dynamics of a toxic relationship are put under the microscope, soundtracked as they are by concussive blasts of percussion and collapsing sonics.
But the track also importantly serves as McTaggart’s final word on the subject of a previous song, “Girls Your Age,” both of which detail the unhealthy relationship she had with an older man while she was still underage. With “Love and Power” she says the rose-colored glasses have been removed and she no longer views it as a love story without blemishes.
“I needed to retell this story in the most brutally honest way possible for my younger self. Because, there’s still a part of her, of me, that thinks it’s her fault — that she asked for what happened, that she was seductive and precocious, and that this grown man couldn’t have resisted her,” McTaggart said. “In reality, she was alone in the world, scared and manipulated by someone who knew exactly what he was doing. No one talks about the part of grooming where in order to survive the abuse psychologically, the victim often becomes the pursuer. In my mind, he couldn’t cross any lines if I crossed them first. In my mind, I was in control of the situation. I think I needed to believe that in order to survive.”
McTaggart’s need to reconcile finds cathartic release in the track’s stunning final moments, as the thunderous clamor fades out into something ethereal. While the song’s title and chorus perfectly express the need to realize when power is mistaken for love. Like previous singles “Destroy Destroy Destroy” and “Run Towards The Monster,” Transviolet has a signature for creating bombastic rock that bursts with crackling passion and their latest release is no different.
Listen to Transviolet’s new single “Love and Power” below!
Transviolet will be going on tour this fall with a stop at The Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on November 5. Visit Transviolet’s website, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and tour announcements.
09/29/2022 – Revolution Event Center – Boise, ID
09/30/2022 – The Complex (Rockwell) – Salt Lake City, UT
10/01/2022 – Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
10/03/2022 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
10/04/2022 – The Fillmore – Minneapolis, MN
10/06/2022 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
10/07/2022 – Radius – Chicago, IL
10/08/2022 – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
10/10/2022 – Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center – New York, NY
10/12/2022 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
10/13/2022 – Roxian Theatre – McKees Rocks, PA
10/14/2022 – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA
10/15/2022 – Buffalo Riverworks – Buffalo, NY
10/17/2022 – Glow at Echostage – Washington, DC
10/18/2022 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
10/19/2022 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
10/21/2022 – The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater – Miami Beach, FL
10/22/2022 – Jannus Live – St. Petersburg, FL
10/23/2022 – House of Blues Orlando – Lake Buena Vista, FL
10/25/2022 – Fillmore New Orleans – New Orleans, LA
10/26/2022 – Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX
10/28/2022 – Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX
10/29/2022 – South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX
10/30/2022 – El Rey Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
11/01/2022 – Arizona Federal Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
11/02/2022 – SOMA – San Diego, CA
11/04/2022 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
11/06/2022 – The Masonic – San Francisco, CA
11/08/2022 – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/09/2022 – The Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA
Words by Steven Ward