Anger is an energy: How queer punks Shooting Daggers are turning rage at music’s boy’s club into a strong community

That mission first took flight in 2019 when Bea and Sal found each other through a musician’s app and connected over social media before becoming best friends, only for the band to be swiftly blunted by the pandemic like everything else. They did emerge with a demo EP, however, bringing in Raquel shortly after and recording the six-tracks of Athames (a kind of blade used by witches during rituals) last summer, which caught the underground’s attention thanks to its G.L.O.S.S.-via-Turnstile fusion of riot grrrl and hardcore. Shows with Amyl & The Sniffers, Scowl, ZULU and a clutch of festivals in the UK and Europe followed as the trio wrote and recorded their debut album Love & Rage with Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Studio in London.

Fresh from launching it into the world, spirits are understandably buoyed, but the pair are at pains to point out how those titular touchstones don’t merely operate as contrasts or polar opposites, it’s about turning negativity into a force for good.

“It’s draining to always feel angry,” Bea explains. “Having negative energies that come from feeling underrepresented and injustices, we wanted to put a spin on that; to do something with that anger by building a community.

“Instead of being angry at our oppressors, which can be cis men, the patriarchy… everything really, we wanted to focus on our community, to love each other and be together positively, doing something great. We’re talking to our sisters and the queer people in our scene who need that positive message; take that rage and turn it into love.”

“We’re still angry, but we’re expressing that through a different lens,” adds Sal. “This album is about unity, despite us feeling enraged. It’s an uplifting message.”