Words / Erica Russell
photos / Leyla Lacheri
Nola Wren—learn the name, because the New York City-based artist is going to be your new go-to for upbeat, punky electro-pop. The raven-haired singer-songwriter, who crafts delectably catchy pop grooves in her bedroom, is premiering the quirky video for her new single “Venom” today on LADYGUNN.
“I wrote Venom last year shortly after I moved to my current place in Brooklyn from Washington Heights,” Nola says of the sugary track. “At the time, I felt as if I’d just gone to hell and back. Writing became my therapy, a way to take back the power from someone who thought they had broken me. I remember recording the first rough demo of Venom in my bedroom, surrounded by a fortress of unpacked Home Depot boxes. The track was co-written and co-produced by myself, Harper James, and Gian Stone in Brooklyn, NY.”
The video, while not quite as poisonous as is title suggests, is certainly infectious in its ability to get you dancing—all bright colors, balloons, and… ill-fated gummy bears. “The music video (which was directed by my good friend and fellow New Yorker, Abner James) celebrates the contradictory impulses—pleasure, anger, frustration—of sweet vindication,” the singer explains, before adding coyly, “What remains of the enormous red gummy bear in the video is currently chilling in the back of my freezer.”
You’ve been warned, bear-shaped candies of the world—do not cross Nola Wren.
“Venom” will be available on iTunes Friday July 24.