Daddy Issues Share New Single, “I’m Not”


Nashville, TN three-piece indie grunge band Daddy Issues are bravely tackling the trauma of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse in their new single, “I’m Not“. The track is from their debut LP, Deep Dream, which will arrive May 19th, 2017 via Infinity Cat.

Drawing on their own experiences, Daddy Issues wrote “I’m Not” in an effort to connect with young women who have dealt with sexual abuse and assault. It’s the song the band’s members wish they had when growing up, in order to start a discussion around living through the experiences and the alienation they felt as a result.

Drummer Emily Maxwell says of “I’m Not”, “Sexual assault and abuse are extremely difficult and complex things to process, and in trying to process them – especially if you’ve been silenced by your family, friends or community in favor of protecting your abuser, which is an indescribably painful thing to experience – you sometimes end up making excuses for your abuser like your loved ones do and start inventing a lot of alternate reasons for why you ended up in the situation you did. That can take the form of blaming your own sexuality (i.e. ‘maybe because I kissed this person I gave them the wrong idea,’ which is completely untrue) or blaming the media for teaching you falsehoods about how women are supposed to cave to a man’s will, among a million other things. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I spent a long time going through every reason why it had to have been my fault until I finally started to come to grips with the fact that it wasn’t, which wasn’t until very recently. This song is about that confusion and how much it can be spurned on by the people around you telling you that your trauma doesn’t matter because outside of the fact that your abuser nearly destroyed your life, they’re a good and kind person and should be allowed to continue on with their pleasant and perfect world.

Listen to “I’m Not” below:

Daddy Issues are currently on tour with Diet Cig. Check out all tour dates below:

4/5 – New Haven, CT @ Bar^
4/6 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle^
4/7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (Early Show)^
4/8 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall^
4/10 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz^
4/11 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel^
4/12 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar^
4/13 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel^
4/14 – Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5^
4/15 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle^
4/18 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub^
4/19 – Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery^
4/20 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder^
4/21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade^
4/22 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor^

^w/Diet Cig

Photo Credit: Kelsey Hall
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