Ellen Siberian Tiger returns with the powerful anthem “When Men Explain Things To Me”

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The latest from Ellen Siberian Tiger starts with a measured observation, builds into a rage-filled feminist battle cry, and goes out on a whisper. That dynamic, which captures the variety of influences and styles bandleader Ellen Tiberio-Shultz pours into her music, makes the new track all the more impactful.

“When Men Explain Things to Me” is the latest single from the Philly rock trio; it’s a powerful anthem with an important message — the kind we wish we didn’t still need in the year 2017. But since we do, I’m glad we have Ellen Siberian Tiger right there with us for commiseration and encouragement. “Back up, don’t touch me,” Tiberio-Shultz belts in the middle of the song, the title of which is a reference to feminist writer Rebecca Solnit’s essay that shares the same name (and is reminiscent of Tacocat‘s “Men Explain Things to Me”).

The track takes an even more serious turn toward the end, with the resigned but determined line “Tell me again it’s not about violence, your hand on my neck your hands on my knee,” and the sardonic “I love when men explain things to me.” Listen to the song below via The Grey Estates, and revisit Ellen Siberian Tiger’s Key Studio Session here.



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