ZAND drops “harrowing” new single Battery Acid

ZAND's self-released single comes ahead of the singer’s highly anticipated sophomore EP.

ZAND drops “harrowing” new single Battery Acid
Zoya Raza-Sheikh

ZAND has shared their latest track, Battery Acid, which unpacks their personal experience with abuse as a bisexual person. The stripped-back track sees the singer delicately unravel their trauma to a backdrop of deep hypnotic chants.

Speaking on the track, the fast-rising singer emotionally reflects on how they navigated the “harrowing” experience.

“Battery Acid is inspired by a pretty harrowing abusive situation I was in a long, long time ago. I was still openly queer and non-binary at the time, but I was not allowed to be myself. He was particularly threatened by my bisexuality; constantly accusing me of cheating or about to leave him for someone of any gender, when I was actually still loyal despite the abuse I was enduring. Eventually, I escaped the relationship, but this song is more of a 'what if I did?' spin on that chapter of my life, because this person absolutely did not deserve my loyalty after what he put me through. In the song’s narrative, I leave for a woman."

ZAND further explains how the LGBTQ+ community are likely to face greater levels of violence and abuse as a marginalised demographic. “Bisexual people are actually more prone to intimate partner violence due to the stigma around our identities,” they share. “With that being said, no matter your sexuality – what is considering ‘cheating’ can happen reactively due to abuse in an effort to escape, or an action of desperation, whatever – not because one is ‘greedy’ or ‘untrustworthy’, and although I’ve not done it myself, that’s the dynamic I’m exploring here.”

ZAND released their single Confessions earlier this year and is working towards their second EP, which is expected to be released later this year.

Check out the powerful video for Battery Acid below.

Alongside new music, ZAND is gearing up to a handful of live shows. The Boys Like U artist will be performing in Manchester and a selection of festival dates including Rise Festival and Drown U Out festival.

You can catch ZAND live at the dates below.

ZAND UK tour 2022


29 Double Dare Ya @ Night & Day, Manchester


10 Rise Festival, Newcastle


12 Drown U Out, Leeds

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