Fremantle, Western Australian-based Stella Donnelly made quite an impression with her irreverent EP Thrush Metal back in 2017, catching the attention of Secretly Canadian who signed her and re-released it worldwide last year. Now she's powering onwards with the announcement of her debut album Beware of the Dogs, due out on March 8th.

The first song to be shared from the album is its opening track 'Old Man', which shows that Donnelly has only grown in confidence and impudence in the last couple of years. Although a breezy-sounding guitar gives the song a character of lightheartedness, the story she's telling is quite different: unwanted attentions from the titular 'Old Man' lead her to speak her mind in no uncertain terms: "your personality traits don't count if you put your dick in someone's face." It's her effortless coolness in the face of clear inappropriate and entitled behaviour that really sells Donnelly as a strong and magnetic character. When she asks "are you scared of me old man? Or are you scared of what I'll do?" the confidence in her delivery is enough to let you know that this is her world, soon to be rightfully taken from the anachronistic 'Old Man'.

Stella Donnelly has also released a video with 'Old Man', directed by Fiona Burgess of the band Woman’s Hour. Watch and listen below, and check out an insightful quote from Donnelly about the inspirations for 'Old Man' beneath.

Speaking on the genesis of 'Old Man', Donnelly says: “I came up with the chords and chorus to this song in 2017 around the time when Woody Allen called the #metoo movement a witch hunt. It was a very strange feeling for me watching the world change right before my eyes and to see that these men who had exploited their power for so long were actually being held accountable for their actions. It made me look back on my experiences as a young woman doing music and certain powerful men who tried to manipulate me and exploit other young women. I needed to write this song for myself because if I hadn’t I would still feel quite angry about things that I probably let slide in my younger, more naive days. I have no intentions of publicly calling out these people but it’s a nice feeling to me knowing that they may hear this song one day and feel perhaps an inch of the humiliation and powerlessness that they inflicted on me back then.”

Stella Donnelly's debut album Beware of the Dogs comes out through Secretly Canadian on March 8th. She's touring Europe and the UK through April and May:

Thu. April 11 – Berlin, DE @ Badehaus
Fri. April 12 – Hamburg, DE @ Skybar
Sat. April 13 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown
Mon. April 15 – Cologne, DE @ Yuca
Tue. April 16 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Wed. April 17 – Amiens, FR @ La Lune Des Pirates
Thu. April 18 - Paris, FR @ Le Pop Up Du Label
Tue. April 23 - Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
Wed. April 24 - Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Thu. April 25 - Southampton, UK @ Joiners
Sat. April 27 - Brighton, UK @ Haunt
Sun. April 28 - Manchester, UK @ Yes
Mon. April 29 - Dublin, IE @ Grand Social
Wed. May 1 - Glasgow, UK The Blue Arrow
Thu. May 2 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Community Room
Sat. May 4 - Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Sound City
Sun. May 5 - Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
Tue. May 7 - London, UK @ Scala

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