In 1992 a little band from New York released their first single off their debut album which included the line “I hope you heard this song and it pissed you off.”
Thirty years later it feels that sentiment is only gaining steam. For Boise, Idaho-based McKenna Esteb, that concept is exhibited in her latest one-and-a-half-minute single “Mad Gxrls,” albeit for much different reasons.
Deviating the sun-soaked crooning R&B influenced sound of her 2021 EP, Esteb is full-bore gloves off power in “Mad Gxrls.” Rightfully so, the shredding punk protest song packs the left hook of emotion most sane people are feeling at the moment. Without directly calling it out, the concept of the single is quite obvious. The execution is powerful, the hooks deep, and that guitar, well, you’ll hear.
Not lost in the short yet effective protest that is “Mad Gxrls” is a strong message that is equally executed. All proceeds from the track will be going to Northwest Abortion Access Fund. Let’s face it, there are two types of people, those who are fueled by “Mad Gxrls” and those McKenna Esteb hopes it pisses off. Which one are you?