YNES – God’s Little Punching Bag – Single Review

‘God’s Little Punching Bag’ is the new, perfectly imperfect, Britpop-inspired tune from Coventry-born artist YNES. And we’re sure it’s her best work yet!

‘God’s Little Punching Bag’ by YNES is available now. Image: Jessica-Rose Lena

This latest release from YNES is her third of the year and, for us, they keep getting better.

Stripping away some of that post-punk persona and replacing it with more Alanis Morissette-esque vibes.God’s Little Punching Bag‘ is as catchy as it is defiant

The singer-songwriter’s vocals are placed more at the centre of this new track than on previous releases ‘Used To Be‘ and ‘Better Job‘ which tended to air more on the angsty side of her projection. 

But that’s not to say there’s no shortage of angst in this track. The fact that it’s called ‘God’s Little Punching Bag’ should tell you everything you need to know about where it ranks on the angst-o-meter. 

In-keeping with that perfectly imperfect message and arrangement, YNES’ performance is superb. Although, we mean superb in a warped kinda way which fits the tune’s narrative astutely. Cracks in some of the choruses and a more poetic approach to the verses aid the song’s development and continue to build endearing character. 

Quintessentially 90s guitar riffs and percussion drag your mind back to those post-Britpop days when the indie-scene was still trying to find the next step forwards.

It’s another rapier-like take on society and how it perceives the alternative community. But in this scenario YNES has had enough and is owning her truth through this stunningly defiant song. 

Talking about the inspiration behind the tune, the Coventry-born artist said: 

The outcasts have always been empowered, I just didn’t know it then. I used to welcome pity for living a life less than perfect, and I embraced my fate as a basketcase. In whatever form the universe throws you a punch to the face, GLPB is the anthemic angst that shrugs “what, you expected me to cry?


God’s Little Punching Bag‘ is available to stream and download now. Check out the video now.

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