It’s been well over a decade since Avril Lavigne showed off her acting chops as both the punk and preppy girl in her “Girlfriend” music video. And this 2007 release still remains one of mainstream emo’s biggest hits.
The punk princess has since emerged into a well-rounded music queen who has branched out into mellow rock. She’s worked alongside the likes of Travis Clark of We The Kings with “Head Above Water,” among other projects. Though she’s continuing to grow her sound, we can still rock out to “Girlfriend” every day of the week, especially when you’re feeling particularly ready to prove yourself right to your crush.
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Looking back, her musical hero wasn’t ever a typical “girly pop star.” Avril Lavigne made Baron-Gracie feel like she could openly be a tomboy, put down the Barbies and ride a skateboard with messy hair and a runny nose.
So as the vocalist now embarks on her band’s new era—one met with just as much tragedy as triumph—she’s watching that same feeling translate to her young fans. She’s more open with her sexuality than ever on the Manchester group’s upcoming February record, Who Am I?, and it’s inspiring a new generation of young women looking for a nonconformist to make them feel heard again.
The road to Who Am I? has been hectic, to say the least. Baron-Gracie’s bandmates—drummer Ciara Doran, guitarist Hugo Silvani and bassist Charlie Wood—were involved in a serious bus crash several months back. They then worked to complete a record with members and producers all across the globe during the pandemic. And, more than anything, they’ve changed.
Baron-Gracie opened up about the year that’s come to define her band’s ever-changing journey. Who Am I? is set to release Feb. 12 via Dirty Hit, and it’s just what Baron-Gracie wanted it to be. Check out the full interview here.