AZ’s The Venomous Pinks Explores The Effects Of Domestic Abuse and Childhood Trauma In Powerful New Video “Hold On” featuring Jason Cruz of Strung Out / Jason Cruz and Howl
Latest LP ‘Vita Mors’ Out Now
The Venomous Pinks’ newest release, “Hold On”, hits deep by targeting childhood traumas, broken families, and suicidal ideations. This marks their fifth release off of the trio’s full-length album, Vita Mors on SBAM Records.
Stream the video here: https://youtu.be/f_mWltbA5ro?si=uQ9Og4VD6f9n4dnx
Set both in the past and intertwined into the present, video themes were driven from personal experiences. The storyline follows vocalist and guitarist Drea Doll, unlocking a core childhood memory of an argument between parents (the father is played by Jason Cruz of Strung Out). Reliving her younger self experiencing domestic trauma and contemplating suicide, she pleads to “stop” and “hold on.”
Ultimately, the song’s positive message saves her younger self from harm. Doll reflects full circle between her songwriting process and filming experience on set. “Hold On” was always a personal reminder that no matter what you go through, things can get better. The message of the video hits close to home for us. I experienced a similar situation growing up so going through the filming process was very therapeutic and healing for me. To everyone who struggles with suicidal thoughts or has a broken home, you are strong and brave and things will get better.”
“This video really cuts deep. Growing up and witnessing my parents go through a similar experience, and seeing my mom crying you can only do so much as a child. I hope this video can relate to others who come from broken homes. Just know that you are not broken. Always give a hug because you never know what someone is going through behind closed doors,” bassist Gaby Kaos adds.
Directors ‘Eternals’ also had the following to say regarding the music video: “Childhood can be such a traumatic experience, and a subject that is oftentimes not discussed. As adults we find ourselves recounting the turmoil of youth and finding positive outlets to channel it (such as this music video) to express that there is always hope and a brighter tomorrow.
“Having both struggled with a tumultuous childhood along with suicidal thoughts and attempts, we wanted to create something to send a clear message of ‘you’re not alone’. “Hold On” is an inherently life affirming song with a positive message. We wanted to create something that matched not only the themes of the song, but the overall energy as well as being a relatable message.”
The music video’s arrival coincides with SBAM Records’ involvement in the Band Fussball Cup, a band-celebrity soccer cup where donations are collected for women’s shelters. The event, taking place this Sunday, September 17 in Vienna, Austria, also helps raise awareness about preventing violence against women and children. For more information: https://www.bandfussballcup.at
Important information about the video:
“The video, “Hold On”, was filmed on March 19, 2023 before The Venomous Pinks’ tour with the Bouncing Souls and Anti Flag. During filming, I wore an Anti Flag shirt that was printed by my best friend and bandmates’ printing company, Kaos Merch. The decision to wear this particular shirt was to give a shout out to her business, while also promoting a band whose morals I believed at the time aligned with my own. As a woman, I stand and believe the survivors that were impacted by Justin Sane’s horrific acts.
“While we were on tour with Anti Flag we did not witness any sexual wrongdoing whatsoever, but as a fellow SA survivor, I will not support anyone who has victimized another person. We didn’t know what we know now. We could have requested to edit the video so the shirt is no longer visible. However, we felt it would be dishonest and disloyal to those who were impacted. That does not align to who we are as individuals and collectively as a band.
“The foundation of the Venomous Pinks has and will always be built on honesty, transparency, and validity. In that spirit, we present the video as it was originally filmed. We apologize if any of our actions have hurt anyone in the process. Our hearts go out to all survivors. As a band we are so proud of those who have come forward to speak their truth.” – Drea Doll
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault please contact the National Sexual Assult Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or visit www.rainn.org
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‘Vita Mors’ is out now via SBÄM Records. Stream ‘Vita Mors’ here: https://bfan.link/vita-mors
If members of Bikini Kill and TSOL musically collided in a Russ Myer movie, the soundtrack scoring the scene would be orchestrated by The Venomous Pinks. Hailing from Mesa, Arizona the three-piece trio creates an unapologetically, uniquely addictive, in-your-face punk sound, that instantly makes the soul hurt so good, you can’t help but yearn for more.
Signed to SBÄM Records, music is the religion they worship, and their church is the road. Having formed in 2012, they have blasted their way from the garage and into the spotlight, shredding the stage with some of punk rock’s finest bands, such as: Bad Religion, Iggy Pop, Anti-Flag, The Bouncing Souls, just to name a few. Even though they have been touring all over the country, they have street cred to back them since their loyalty to their local roots runs deep.
‘Vita Mors’ is out now on SBÄM Records. It was recorded, engineered and produced by Grammy winner Cameron Webb, who also worked with iconic bands like Motorhead, Social Distortion, Pennywise, NOFX, Alkaline Trio and many more. The Venomous Pinks set out to be the next big thing on that list.
The Venomous Pinks are Drea Doll (Guitar, Vocals), Gaby Kaos (Bass, Vocals) and Cassie Jalilie (Drums).
What others have said about The Venomous Pinks:
“The Venomous Pinks should be required as a prerequisite before earning your associate’s degree in street cred.” – Up To Hear
“…might singlehandedly make you believe in the power of feminism, whoa-oh gang vocals, and punk pride to change the world. The songs can wax as melodic as the GoGo’s or roar as persuasively polemical as Bad Religion.”- Offshelf
“A sound that reminds of the ’90s heyday of Lookout! Records with its sugary hooks and punky tempos.”- No Echo
“Mesa, AZ’s own The Venomous Pinks have more than earned their place amid punk’s most weird and riotous acts. This bare-bones punk jam blends heft, heart, and pop-punk vibes into a bona fide earworm.”- Phoenix New Times
“We’re once again inspired to throw a fist in the air and drop a boot in the gutter with The Venomous Pinks’ latest garage punk rager, a sparkplug of a new single “No Rules.””- Vanyaland
“Arizona-based punk band The Venomous Pinks are here to broadcast a message of unity in these strange times.”- Riot Fest
“If you haven’t seen them touring with famous bands around the country or listened to their previous EPs, then you are in for a ride. The Venomous Pinks write songs, make music, create merch, host podcasts, the list goes on. They are hustlers that have earned their way to the top of this musical food chain.”- Punk Rock Anthropology
“The Venomous Pinks are a punk band. Not a “girl” band or a “chick” band, but a punk band.”- New Times
“…in-your-face, unapologetic, punk…”- Vanyaland
“If people think the punk scene has lost its passion, wait till you hear THE VENOMOUS PINKS.”- *Infrared Mag*
“…hits hard and fast, and doesn’t let up.”- Punknews
“…unadulterated punk rock”- New Noise
“…good old-fashioned kick your teeth in punk rock and roll.”- ReadJunk