ASHNIKKO UNVEILS LATEST SINGLE “CHEERLEADER”
HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM WEEDKILLEROUT AUGUST 25
“Ashnikko is creating a magical, post-apocalyptic world”
– Rolling Stone
Today sees pop disruptor Ashnikko unveil new single “Cheerleader,” the latest off her highly anticipated debut album WEEDKILLER, out August 25th. Listen to it HERE
“Cheerleader” is a siren song about modern beauty standards, undercutting imagery of a poised, pom-pom waving poster-girl with blades, blood stains and broken faces. Like a funhouse mirror it warps the infamous cheer from the opening scene of the early 2000’s movie Bring It On into a critique of our cultural obsession with perfection.
About the track, Ashnikko explains, “It’s twisting this perfect cheerleader into a monstrosity. It’s commentary on the need to be fuckable to be commercially viable, and I really do feel that pressure. It’s so tiring and played out. No matter how much logic I’ve built up in my head, there’s still some carnal part of my brain that says ‘you have to be fuckable to sell this music, bitch!’ It’s draining on my spirit and makes me feel like I have literal car exhaust in my brain.”
Ashnikko’s debut album WEEDKILLER is a collection of irresistible songs that perfect the bold, genre-blending sound that has defined her work to date. The WEEDKILLER universe that Ashnikko has created is a dystopian fantasy that tells the story of a fae civilization occupied and destroyed by machines that feed on organic matter where the faerie protagonist seeks revenge by becoming part machine – a poetic commentary on environmental disaster and the rapid evolution of technology. Full of equal parts naked vulnerability and joyful rebellion, WEEDKILLER gives a thundering voice to the oppressed. Pre-order WEEDKILLER here, and see details about the exclusive box set here.
The WEEDKILLER tour will hit the US, Europe and UK including headline shows at London’s Alexandra Palace, Brooklyn Mirage in NYC and Élysée Montmartre in Paris. Their live performances are notoriously riotous – with Ashnikko writhing, jumping and thrashing around the stage whilst the crowd follow suit – and in previous years they’ve packed out tents and stages across the world. Ashnikko will also host a number of fan pop-ups and in-store events leading up to the WEEDKILLER release – see details here.
Tickets to the WEEDKILLER World Tour are available at ashnikko.com. EU & UK routing below.
- World Eater
- You Make Me Sick!
- Super Soaker (feat. Daniela Lalita)
- Don’t Look At It
- Moonlight Magic
- Miss Nectarine
- Chokehold Cherry Python
- Want It All
- Possession of a Weapon
- Dying Star (feat. Ethel Cain)
WEEDKILLER WORLD TOUR 2023 – EU & UK LEG
November 19, 2023 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
November 21, 2023 – Warsaw, Poland – Progresja
November 22, 2023 – Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
November 24, 2023 – Paris, France – Elysee Montmartre
November 25, 2023 – Cologne, Germany – Carlswerk Victoria
November 26, 2023 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
November 30, 2023 – London, UK – Alexandra Palace
December 01, 2023 – Manchester, UK – O2 Victoria Warehouse
December 03, 2023 – Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute
December 05, 2023 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
December 06, 2023 – Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
December 08, 2023 – Leeds, UK – O2 Academy
December 09, 2023 – Bristol, UK – Marble Factory
December 11, 2023 – Dublin, Ireland – 3Olympia Theatre