Margaret Sohn created Miss Grit in her NYU dorm room in January of 2018. Breaking with the traditions of family gatherings and time away from school grounds, she found herself yelling through her guitar pedal board and pumping the resulting sounds out through her amp. Talking her biggest influences from musicians St. Vincent and Nels Cline (also her two favorite artists), she developed a wiry indie rock sound which felt lived-in and oddly familiar but also vivid in its own eccentricities.
She is set to release “Talk Talk,” her debut EP under the Miss Grit moniker, on Jan. 11. Born from that lonely dorm room environment, and brought to life by Sohn and a collection of friends and like-minded musicians, the record tackles issues relating to balancing emotions within relationships, social anxiety and the unrealistic views of romance which have been perpetuated through modern pop culture.
On her latest single, “The Bride,” she takes inspiration from Quentin Tarantino’s film “Kill Bill” and Uma Thurman’s character of The Bride. Opening with some airy vocals and spindly guitar lines before digging in and letting the roar of the amplifiers take over, the track relishes in whiplash riffs and jagged melodies that stick in your head for days. She takes aim at the untenable properties of love that movies and pop culture have created and attempts to break down the impractical images of women which they so carelessly propagate. It’s a roaring testament to both Sohn’s remarkable abilities as a musician and to her determination in shedding light on ongoing social inequities.