New Jersey-based Hit Like a Girl have released a new single, “Monsters”, featuring Bartees Strange, from their upcoming album Heart Racer, out April 2 via Refresh Records.
Inspired by a life-changing panic attack frontperson Nicolle Maroulis (they/them) went through, “Monsters” looks at the experience as a moment of clarity, realizing that things around them are changing––and the only person that can save them from falling is themselves.
Heart Racer, the band’s third album and first for new label home Refresh Records, takes the form of a revelatory message, shaking off feelings of headache and anxiety, with Maroulis concluding that in the battle between self-doubt and self-actualization, the latter wins.
As well as creating heartfelt and inspirational music, Maroulis also runs a non-profit organization, No More Dysphoria, supporting and assisting those going through various gender-related transitions. Since its inception in 2016, the organization has provided financial aid and emotional support to over 100 individuals, including but not limited to hormone therapies, gender-affirming clothing, binders, therapy sessions, and various gender reassignment surgeries.
Images courtesy of Hit Like a Girl. Featured image credit: Emily Berger.