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Meet Me @ The Altar’s first new song of 2021 is definitely a special one. In celebration of Women’s History Month, the pop-punk trio have released their anthemic new single “Hit Like A Girl.” For the new track, Meet Me @ The Altar partnered up with Facebook’s Women x Women series.

Through the collaboration, Meet Me @ The Altar asked fans to send posts, comments and direct messages about what being a woman means to them. Then, the trio used those uplifting stories on Facebook and Instagram as inspiration for the powerful lyrics featured in “Hit Like A Girl.”

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Collectively, Meet Me @ The Altar knew they wanted to create a song that stands as a reminder that women can do anything they set their minds to. As vocalist Edith Johnson shares on Facebook’s Women x Women post, they also wanted to convey the message that female empowerment only gets stronger when everyone supports each other.

“If you’re a woman, you can do anything you set your mind to no matter what anyone says,” Johnson says on Facebook. “So we really wanted to put that in this song and let our female fans know that they rock! The lyrics speak about support and being there for each other. Women need to really stick together because it’s us against the world!”

For drummer Ada Juarez, “Hit Like A Girl” is another way Meet Me @ The Altar are continuing to empower and represent women and people of color in rock music.

“I feel like the best way we empower women is just being that band for them and being that representation that we have been looking for for so many years,” Juarez says on Facebook’s Women x Women post.

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As part of Facebook’s Women x Women series, Meet Me @ The Altar released a video that shows just a few of the social media messages that inspired “Hit Like A Girl.” As well, the powerful visual features the all-female trio rocking out to the new song while talking about the stereotypes women often face in society.

“There’s this stereotype that women tear each other down, but it’s the opposite,” guitarist Téa Campbell says in the Facebook video. “We build each other up. We needed an anthem for female empowerment.”

Meet Me @ The Altar’s Women x Women Facebook video and “Hit Like A Girl” are available to watch below. The single can also be streamed here.

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It’s definitely been a whirlwind past year for Meet Me @ The Altar. After signing to Fueled By Ramen in October, the pop-punk trio re-released their popular single “Garden” following its original premiere in June. Since its debut, the song has earned over 750,000 streams on Spotify and its video has been viewed over 250,000 times on YouTube.

Back in November, Meet Me @ The Altar exclusively told Alternative Press for their digital cover story why they decided to re-release “Garden” after signing to Fueled By Ramen. For Campbell, the message behind the single is more prevalent than ever amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was out before and was really popular when we released it,” Campbell told Alternative Press. “The Fueled By Ramen team felt very connected to it, as well. We love it, and we feel like it’s an important song for people to hear, especially right now with COVID and other emotional things happening. We want people to know there are people that are going to be there for you and to support you emotionally. We’ve all felt like people need to hear that we’re going to be there for you. There are people in your life who are there for you. And it’s OK to not be OK but know you have support around you.”

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Last month, Meet Me @ The Altar revisited “Garden” for a moving acoustic rendition that paid tribute to their fans. For the new version, the trio asked listeners to submit clips of them to be included in a montage video. As a result, the “Garden (Acoustic)” visual is filled with wholesome footage that shows the strong connections Meet Me @ The Altar’s music has made around the world.

The “Garden (Acoustic)” video is available to watch below.

Meet Me @ The Altar also revealed in their November Alternative Press digital cover story that they are writing new music. For Johnson, this new material they are creating is Meet Me @ The Altar’s most mature work yet.

“We are writing new stuff right now,” Johnson told Alternative Press. “It’s still very Meet Me @ The Altar, but it’s also very mature and still very energetic. It’s still very positive-sounding and very happy and maybe more melodic.”

Meanwhile, Campbell added that listeners will enjoy their upcoming album regardless of if they are pop-punk fans.

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“I know a lot of people will like it, whether or not they like pop-punk,” Campbell told Alternative Press. “It just sounds like good music. That’s because our earlier songs were written when we were like 16 and 17 years old. Now we are a little older with more experience, and it shows.”

Back in December, Meet Me @ The Altar took to social media to further tease their upcoming music. They posted a brief video of them working on their next release in the studio.

Meet Me @ The Altar are among the empowering new generation of artists featured in Alternative Press’ premiere Power Issue: Women Rising. Along with cover star Phoebe Bridgers, Issue #392 features numerous female musicians that are redefining the alternative landscape including Maggie LindemannSiiickbrain and Cher Strauberry among others.

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