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Artio – Wallflower

Hailing from Leeds, self-produced Gen-Z quartet Artio forge ferocious and incendiary electronica-infused alt-rock anthems that are deeply rooted in queer rage and the trans experience. Taking clear inspiration from fellow genre-defying trailblazers Enter Shikari, PVRIS and WARGASM to craft their innovative sound, the band zealously adhere to a DIY ethos – self-producing all their material, directing their own music videos, and creating custom stage outfits.ย  Signed to Slam Dunk Records in 2021, their catharticย โ€˜Pyrokidโ€™ย EP garnered praise from BBC Radio 1, Kerrang, Rock Sound and Upset for its modern and nuanced take on a coming-of-age record and saw the band explode in popularity on TikTok after lead singleย ‘Product Of My Own Design’ย deeply resonated with the platform’s queer and trans communities.

After weeks of wading through song submissions, I’m so excited to be writing about this group’s latest release. When I first heard their submission, I knew I’d be counting down to when they made it to the top of the pile. This September 19, 2023 release from UK queer quartet Artio delivers an electronic sonic onslaught mixed with classic elements of alt-rock and punk. The singer’s vocal prowess really delivers with lyrics like “My existence makes you angry, that’s not my problem anymore”, a sentiment that’s all too relatable for those of us in the queer and trans community.

“Babyface will return . . . Again.”

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