Vocalist and guitarist Jenna Moynihan was at a DIY show in her hometown of Nashville when she saw the phrase “daddy issues” scrawled on the bathroom wall. Intrigued by the mere scribble, Moynihan was sure that “daddy issues” had to be the band name of a female punk supergroup, but she was mistaken. And so, she felt she needed to make this a reality and Daddy Issues was born.
Originally, Moynihan, alongside friends Jenna Mitchell and Emily Maxwell, created Daddy Issues, the band, as a parody Twitter account, but quickly decided to take on the task of becoming self-taught musicians and turning tweets into song lyrics. The trio first gained attention when Nashville’s Infinity Cat Recordings shared their song “Ugly When I Cry” on Soundcloud. The grungy track quickly got 200K hits as many women can easily relate to the track’s opening line: “I hate girls on TV, they’re much prettier than me.” Listen to this little web sensation below.
After the success of this track, Infinity Cat Recordings included Daddy Issues’ Can We Still Hang on an annual cassette series in 2015 and signed the ferocious, all-female group to their label. Can We Still Hang is a collection of sad girl rock songs bluntly calling out the patriarchy with stark, powerful lines like “I am full of sh*t not unicorns and rainbows.” Listen to Can We Still Hang in full here.
Now, Daddy Issues has announced that they will be releasing their first full-length debut LP since signing with Infinity Cat. And, they have shared two singles off the record, Deep Dream, which will officially be out May 19. Listen to “In Your Head” and “I’m Not” below.
Both tracks are a continuation of Daddy Issues’ signature ’90s grunge appeal and witchy glam, but they also show an already elevated mastery of the elements of a pop song, a huge feat for a group who only taught themselves how to play instruments a few years ago. These girls are a force to be reckoned with and their upcoming album is surely going to be a breakout moment for them.