Lauren Tate is angry, and she’s finally ready for the world to know. Having been making music in various capacities since she was just 12 – first starting out as a cover artist on YouTube, before fronting UK punks Hands Off Gretel from 2015 onwards – it’s taken the self-proclaimed ‘brat-punk’ many years of hard work to reach this point. Now, under the name Delilah Bon, her vision has been fully realised.
With her latest genre-destroying guise, which fuses everything from punk and rap to nu-metal and pop, Delilah not only caught the attention of TikTok in a big way during the pandemic, but quickly built an organic audience of women, and non-binary and trans people, via her unflinchingly honest lyrics. And, having raged at Glastonbury in the summer (leading Kerrang! to proclaim that she “is one of the boldest voices in the rise of beautifully bratty heavy music”), her momentum is only going one way: up.
Today, Delilah Bon joins forces with sisters Nyrobi and Chaya Beckett-Messam – aka ALT BLK ERA – for new single WITCH, a track that sees the trio reflecting on historic events hundreds of years ago, while also applying them to today’s times. Here, she tells K! all about the song, her journey as a lyricist and artist, and her recent support slot with fellow fearless trailblazer Scene Queen…
You’ve said that WITCH is about the ‘forgotten women in history that were killed on suspicion of witchcraft during the 14 – 17th century witch trials’. What inspired you to tackle that subject?
“I knew around Halloween I wanted to release something Halloween-themed. And I had been watching a [YouTuber] Bailey Sarian episode on witches, and reading about them. I never knew it was across the UK and America – I had heard of the Salem witch trials, and that was it. I started going down this rabbit hole, reading everything I could, and thinking, ‘Why have I never learned about this huge crime that happened to so many women?’ People seem to think a witch is just on a broomstick, so I wanted to channel the anger that you would feel, because it really happened. I put myself in the position of if that were happening to me, or to people I knew, and put the rage behind the words if I were a witch.”