Banshee left metal because of abuse, she’s now back with Fairy Metal
Banshee is a trap metal-meets-hyperpop artist with a quarter million followers on TikTok. For 2022, she claims a new claim in metal after initially leaving the stage due to the abuse she suffered.
If you’re on TikTok or other social apps, you might have come across Banshee, the creative nickname for Rachel Knight. She grew up playing guitar and singing in various local bands, but now tells a painful story of cruelty and exclusion. The mistreatment escalated into abuse before she left metal to start over.
“Setting boundaries shouldn’t kill the vibe, so I romance it,” Knight says of his latest single from Banshee, “CHAMBER,” released Thursday, Jan. 13. She adds, “No matter what you wear or how you act, your body belongs to you.” (Listen to the track below.)
The song, an example of what she calls “fairy metal”, came to Knight after she recently took inspiration from black metal again. Banshee had already released the first album FUCK WITH A BANSHEE, but “CHAMBER” – complete with thoaty metal screams – points to an upcoming second effort, aptly titled Metal Fairy.
Speaking to Loudwire this week, Knight explains: “Metal became so closely associated with abuse for me that it became a trigger. I couldn’t listen to it without having flashbacks and panic attacks. At the same time, I was really getting into various styles of hip hop, classic house music, and modern EDM. Electronic production became the most interesting thing in the world for me, and the music felt safe and welcoming.
She continues, “When Banshee started to take off, I started associating metal with Banshee, no bad memories. Dealing with trauma through music gave me the agency to love the things I love. loved. Setting limits can be difficult. But your body belongs to you unconditionally, and your limits are your choice.”
As for where she thinks Banshee fits into music today, Knight says, “The worlds of metal and electronic music are coming together right now, and I think that’s cute. Some people people will say it’s metal and others will say it’s not – I think it’s a good conversation to have, but I’m just doing what I want to hear I never knew what to call my music; I think it’s harder than ever to define genres.
Listen to “CHAMBER” and discover Banshee on TikTok, Spotify and Instagram.