Whatever Comes After it is the sophomore album from Bridgend-via-Cambridge indie rock act Heartwork.
In the four years since début album Things I Wish I’d Said, Dan “Heartwork” O’Dell has refined both his song-writing and technical skill, with a slew of EPs and singles as well as handling production duties for The Restless Coast, Roshambo, and Old Man Boom; amongst others.
O’Dell cites the likes of Reuben, Basement, and InMe as influences but – whilst you can hear that coming through – Dan’s sound is definitely his own.
Whatever Comes After it is released on CD and digitally on Friday 6th August 2021, through Aaahh!!! Real Records and O’Dell’s own Boy Took Flight Productions.
Everyone’s favourite Lancaster based psychedelic punk duo The Lovely Eggs release their new single ‘I, Moron’, a collaboration with Iggy Pop today!
You can check out the incredible brain warping Claymation video here:
Iggy Pop has been raving about the band and playing their tracks on his 6music show for a while now…loving the band so much that he’s added vocals to ‘I, Moron’. “The wonderful, wonderful Lovely Eggs,” said Iggy. “I like everything I hear by The Lovely Eggs.”
The B-side, in a further homage to Iggy, features The Lovely Eggs own take on ‘Dum Dum Boys’ from Iggy’s 1977 album ‘The Idiot’.
Here’s some background on the release:
Back in the old world at the start of 2020, our psychedelic punk heroes The Lovely Eggs were primed to release their new album ‘I Am Moron’ – the Lancaster duo’s greatest work yet, over-flowing with political venom and fresh ideas, set to a gloriously independent noise.
Then, of course, the pandemic happened. The Lovely Eggs pushed ahead, and the album came out to critical-acclaim and indie chart-topping status, but their plans to tour it far and wide were clearly scuppered. These tour dates have now been rescheduled a staggering seven times independently by the band and are now, thankfully, set to start later this month (full dates below). The Lovely Eggs do not give up!
But in that time, they’ve made a new fan and friend in Iggy Pop, the Godfather of punk, and without doubt the coolest street walking cheetah to ever stalk the earth. Throughout the pandemic Iggy has been playing The Lovely Eggs on his 6 Music show which led to the new collaboration, out today, called ‘I, Moron’ via the bands on Egg Records label.
“The wonderful, wonderful Lovely Eggs,” said Iggy in that unmistakable drawl. “I like everything I hear by The Lovely Eggs.”
“Being in The Lovely Eggs we’re kind of used to surreal experiences but collaborating with Iggy Pop takes the biscuit,” exclaims Eggs singer/guitarist Holly Ross. “It’s actually unbelievable. For him just to say nothing but “moron” over and over again fitted in with the sentiment of the song perfectly. He just GOT it. We are all morons. In a world of moronic things. In a world of moronic ideas. You are moron. I am Moron. We are Moron.”
The video for the ‘I, Moron’ single is suitably deranged, drawing you into The Lovely Eggs claymation world.
“We’ve made a couple of claymation videos ourselves before,” continues Holly. “But this time we roped in the amazing Sean McAnulty whose work we’ve admired for ages. He takes you on a weird journey into the moronic underworld, populated by monsters, robots, us and Iggy Pop.”
In a further homage to Iggy, the B-side features The Lovely Eggs own take on ‘Dum Dum Boys’ from Iggy’s defining 1977 album ‘The Idiot’.
“For the B side it made real sense to us to cover one of Iggy’s songs off “The Idiot”, says drummer David Blackwell. “There seemed to be a real synchronicity to it. I had this album on cassette, and it was one of the first albums that I got really into. Dum Dum Boys struck a chord with us, kind of missing the old days and the old gang we used to hang out with.”
Once again, the single features artwork (a three headed Iggy/Eggy beast) by the brilliant Casey Raymond on one thousand yellow coloured vinyl 7” singles, recorded by The Lovely Eggs in Lancaster and mixed by Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios, NYC. Physical copies sold out on the band’s website overnight, with shops scrabbling to get their hands on copies, which had sold out on pre-order. The band are now re-pressing a limited-edition red vinyl version for record stores which are available to pre-order now.
I am Moron’ was declared “Album of the Day” by BBC 6 Music and received critical acclaim from the national press. The Sunday Times called it “A Triumph”, ★★★★
“I am Moron is much cleverer than it would have you believe”- The Telegraph,
★★★★ – I Paper,
9/10- Louder than War
“An act of fine calibration of noise and sweetness”- Q, “
Packed with their observations of modern culture and the utter madness of the current world”- Sunday Mirror,
Album of the month- Classic Rock,
“Their Best Record Yet”- Long Live Vinyl,
8/10- Uncut, “Anarcho spirit dominates”- MOJO,
“Excellent”- Brooklyn Vegan.
Catch The Lovely Eggs live at the following dates in 2021/2022
Fri 23 Gorilla, Manchester SOLD OUT
Sat 24, The Brudenell, Leeds NEW SHOW!!
Thur 29 02 Academy, Sheffield
Fri 30 The Garage, London SOLD OUT Sat 31 SWX, Bristol [Venue upgrade. Original tickets still valid]
Sun 1, The Bullingdon, OxfordMon 2, The Joiners Southampton [Venue change. Original tickets still valid] SOLD OUT
Tues 3, Concorde 2, Brighton [Venue upgrade. Original tickets still valid]Wed 4, Metronome, Nottingham
Thur 5, District, Liverpool [Venue change. Original tickets still valid]
Experimental noise rock duo Paper Birch share new single ‘Blue Heartbreak’ .
Debut album morninghairwater is out July 30th via Reckless Yes
With a fuzzy undercurrent running beneath their billowing acoustic guitar and cloudy synth, Paper Birch immediately recall dreampop and slowcore greats, particularly Galaxie 500. Beats Per Minute
“Paper Birch’s sound seems to exist between an array of genres, one moment engulfing the listener in a flurry of angular shoegazing noise, before the next slipping into richly melodic moments of indie-pop.” For The Rabbits
“An intoxicating squall of noise pop framed in a fever dream visual” God Is In The TV
“The balance of the vocals between Lawrie and Sada is something that should have you excited for the release of the LP” Austin Town Hall
Paper Birch is a collaborative experimental noise rock duo formed virtually by Fergus Lawrie (Urusei Yatsura) and Dee Sada (NEUMES / An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump) in May 2020. Despite 10 years of online communication, the pair are yet to meet in the flesh. United by mutual feelings of despair, fragility and hope, they passed ideas and sounds between London and Glasgow whilst the UK was in lockdown. The resulting 9-track debut LP morninghairwater is set to be released on vinyl, CD and digital via independent label Reckless Yes on July 30th 2021.
Standout single ‘Blue Heartbreak’, which premiered today via Under The Radar, reflects on the point at the end of a relationship when your heart is so broken that it starts to feel ok again. Epic 90s guitar solos engulf the listener before fading into a 70s-esque disco drum outro, an amalgamation of 20th century pop through an experimental lens that is distinctively ‘Paper Birch’. “The video is a physical interpretation of colour and movement,” explains Sada, who edited the video. “‘Blue Heartbreak’ is an anthemic break-up song and the dancer conveys the different stages of break up emotions: sadness, frustration and then a new found empowerment where they’re ready to own the world”.
“Written, recorded and produced during the first lockdown, morninghairwater is a collection of thoughts and sounds which represent the emotional space between clinging on to the old pre-pandemic world and hurtling into a strange, unknown, terrifying new world” explains Sada. “It’s a testament to love, hope, beauty, fear, loss, sadness and isolation.” A melting pot of genres, morninghairwater twists and turns through moments of 60’s inspired indie-pop, fuzzed out angular shoegaze and glitchy electronic soundscapes with astonishing ease.
Whilst morninghairwater may be a product of the universally challenging time in which it was recorded, the duo has already started work on their second album and Paper Birch looks set to be an enduring fixture of the UK experimental scene.
Check out the new Descendents track ‘Like The Way I Know’ from their forthcoming album 9th & Walnut, due out July 23 via Epitaph Records. 18 tracks from 1977-1980 re-recorded. ‘Like The Way I Know’ is 56 seconds of pure raw energy…short, fast and loud!
(photo credit Ed Clover)
DESCENDENTS SHARE ‘LIKE THE WAY I KNOW’
A 56 SECOND PUNK ROCK BLAST FEATURING ORIGINAL LINE-UP
9TH & WALNUTALBUM OUT JULY 23 VIA EPITAPH RECORDS Today, legendary punk band Descendents share the 56 second raw energy track “Like The Way I Know” off their forthcoming album 9th & Walnut due out July 23 via Epitaph Records.
“One of the very first Descendents songs, written in 1977, by (founding member) David Nolte, about how living in Hermosa Beach made him feel like a freak,” notes drummer Bill Stevenson.
In 2002, the original four-piece line-up — bassist Tony Lombardo, drummer Bill Stevenson, guitarist Frank Navetta (d. 2008), and vocalist Milo Aukerman — entered the studio to finally record the songs with which they first forged their genre-defining sound. The 18-track result, 9th & Walnut, was named for their Long Beach practice space back in the day. The album features the bands’ earliest material written from 1977 through 1980.
On 9th & Walnut – Descendents are vocalist Milo Aukerman, bassist Tony Lombardo, late guitarist Frank Navetta, and drummer Bill Stevenson.
Death Tour have released a blazing music video for new single ‘D*E*S*T*R*O*Y’, which perfectly matches the track’s hyper-punk energy. In making the clip, the duo set out to get destructive, and that’s just what they did. Millions000Dead recalls the carnage of the shoot: “The drum set was fully engulfed in flames with the help of some saw dust. The car is pretty on fire too, we narrowly got it controlled honestly! But it was a blast. A long day, but a blast.”
‘D*E*S*T*R*O*Y’ is the title track for the pair’s recently released EP, which is out now via 333 Wreckords Crew. The first cut to be revealed from the EP, was the hard anthem ‘Strictly 4 My Divaz’, perfectly demonstrating a collision of sounds and energy that’s unique to them. That sonic fire led to support on BBC Radio 1 Future Artists and Kerrang! Radio Fresh Blood, as well as love from publications from Alt Press to NME.
Death Tour are Millions000dead (the 000’s are silent) – Vocalist / Producer / Guitarist / Engineer / Diva / Speeding, Screeching, Cheetah Print Demon – and Demi Yo’ko – Vocalist / Co-Producer / Engineer / Diva / Super Symbolic, Glistening, Glitter-Laiden Fashion & Sex Icon.
Death Tour played Slipknot’s online festival for new talent ‘Pulse of The Maggots’ last year and they’re set to bring their chaotic energy to stages far and wide as the world continues to open up.
TRΔMPOLEИE New Single ‘Shoot The Lights’ (Available Now)
Three imaginative boyos, TRAMPOLENE, release a new single ‘Shoot The Lights,’ on Thursday 24th June. ‘Shoot The Lights’ was produced by Mike Moore (Baxter Dury/Liam Gallagher)andis available to buy or stream here: https://ffm.to/lovenolessthanaqueen
Jack Joneson ‘Shoot The Lights’ “ for me it’s about when you’re scared and trapped indoors together with someone you love, for what feels like forever, it’s touch you need, life you want, and shoot the lights when you dare.”
The video for ‘Shoot The Lights’ was directed by Roger Sargent (Sleaford Mods/The Libertines/Fat White Family) and filmed on a psychedelic trip around London and Roger’s front room. Roger explains the idea behind the video“ it’s about coming out of lockdown, with all the bright lights being tantalisingly close, both figuratively and literally and the toll it’s taken on everyone’s mental health”.
TRAMPOLENE release their third album ‘Love No Less Than A Queen,’ on Friday 20th August through the Strap Originals label. The album features 12 new TRAMPOLENE songs and was produced by Mike Moore, Richard Jackson (Super Furry Animals) & Jason Stafford (Albion Rooms) and mixed by Dave Emery (Arcade Fire/Elbow).
The new singleis the fifth track to be lifted from ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ along with ‘Gotta Do More Gotta Be More,’ ‘Oh Lover,’ ‘Come Join Me In Life’ and ‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir.’All five tracks can be streamed and downloaded immediately when you preorder ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ https://ffm.to/lovenolessthanaqueen
‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ will be available on CD, cassette, digital download and 12” vinyl, including beautiful limited marble and Red variants, as well as exclusive formats and signed items. The album also features ‘Born Again’ which is included in the soundtrack to the hugely successful digital Basketball game NBA2K.
TRAMPOLENE and Jack Jones (solo) play the following shows this year with support from: Dead Freights + El Rey (Manchester), The Rotanas + Megan Wyn (Cardiff) and The Estevans + Fitzroy Holt (London).
JULY24th Saturday London Powerhaus Jack solo supporting Peter Doherty SOLD OUT
25th Sunday London Powerhaus Jack solo supporting Peter Doherty
AUGUST18th Wednesday Manchester Deaf Institute
19th Thursday Cardiff The Globe 20th Friday London Moth Club
SEPTEMBER2nd Thursday Margate The Albion Rooms Jack solo acoustic
3rd Friday Margate The Albion Rooms Jack solo acoustic SOLD OUT
Jack Jones, lead singer/guitarist of TRAMPOLENE is a spoken word poet, singer and songwriter. He moonlights as lead guitarist in Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres. BBC Radio produced a documentary portrait of Jack Jones & TRAMPOLENE, entitled ’Another Swansea Poet’ in 2019. Jack writes about everyday life, his upbringing, and offers his own social commentary on the world, all delivered with a gentle Swansea lilt.
TRAMPOLENE have released two albums – ‘Swansea To Hornsey’ (2017) which entered the UK indie chart at no. 10 and ‘Pick A Pocket or Two’ (2018).
TRAMPOLENE personnel: Jack Jones – vocals/guitar, Wayne Thomas – bass/vocals and Jay Bone – drums/vocals. LINK TO PHOTOS & https://www.trampolene.co.uk
‘BOI’ debut album ‘Coron O Chwinc’ out this Friday 25th June via Recordiau Crwn
“So good….that sleazy, glitter band groove is somthin’ else and is very moreish” ✭✭✭✭ Adam Walton – BBC Radio Wales
“…..uncompromising and bold guitar and drums with no frills or excess padding.” ✭✭✭✭ God Is In The TV
“….heavy octane guitar-driven wall of sound, that is served with a uber-confident delivery.” ✭✭✭✭ Music Blog Wales
“No mess, no fuss, ‘BOI’ start as it mean to go on, like a hand grenade with no timer: pull the pin, instant explosion!” ✭✭✭✭ Joyzine
Welsh Alt-Rock band ‘BOI’ are all set to release their brand new debut album entitled ‘Coron O Chwinc’ via new Welsh independent label ‘Recordiau Crwn’ on Friday 25th June 2021.
‘BOI’ have been playlisted several times on BBC Radio Cymru since releasing their first single back in April, and have had heavy radio support from Adam Walton, Rhys Mwyn, Lisa Gwilym, Huw Stephens, Sian Eleri on BBC Radio, Artrocker Radio, WFMU, KX FM, Bombshell Radio and CISM FM Montreal.
‘BOI’ create a big, melodic, unapologetically drum and guitar driven sound, with lyrics and melodies that explore the big issues of our times and the human state. The 10 songs off “Coron O Chwinc” were recorded in various spaces around Wales, and were then mixed in the capable hands of Dafydd Ieuan (Super Furry Animals).
Music Blog Wales recently described latest single ‘Tragwyddoldeb’ as “a blissful ballad that is filled with emotion and shows the diversity in the musicianship of the band, and really emphasises the close writing partnership between Sion & Gwynedd. Piano is effectively used as the main instrument and creates a beautiful 60′s pop melody and the song that would not be out of place on a Mccartney/Lennon writing session.”
‘BOI’ albym gynta newydd ‘Coron O Chwinc’ allan drwy Recordiau Crwn ar dydd Gwener 25ain o Fehefin 2021.Mae ‘BOI’ yn creu sain mawr, melodaidd, wedi ei yrru’n ddi-drugaredd gan ddryms a gitars, gyda geiriau ac alawon sy’n archwilio themau mawr ein hoes a’n cyflwr dynol.
Recordiwyd y 10 trac oddi ar “Coron O Chwinc” mewn amryw o leoliadau gwahanol o amgylch Cymru, a’i gymysgu’n dwylo galluog Dafydd Ieuan (Super Furry Animals) Bu Osian Gwynedd a Rhodri Siôn yn aelodau o Beganifs/Big Leaves am 15 mlynedd a mwy, gan recordio sawl albwm ac ‘EP’ o dan labeli amrywiol, gyda chaneuon poblogaidd yn cynnwys Seithenyn, Meillionen, Cwcwll a llawer mwy. Bu’r grwp yn llwydiannus ar lefel lleol, drwy Gymru gyfan a phrofi peth llwyddiant yn teithio o gwmpas y DU a thu hwnt gyda bandiau megis Catatonia a Super Furry Animals.
Artist: ‘BOI’ Album Title: ‘Coron O Chwinc’ Album Release Date: 25.06.21 Album Format: Digital / CD Label: Recordiau Crwn Location: Wales, Europe Socials Tags: @BOIblahblah @recordiaucrwn @Beastpruk For Fans Of: Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Dandy Warhols, Badfinger, BRMC
Debut release from Electro-Grunge Step duo Star Pixel, including long term R*E*P*E*A*T ally Gavin Chapell-Bates
‘The Circle’ is the debut single from Star Pixel, an Electro-GrungeStep duo from Cambridgeshire, England.
Written as a direct response to the divisive times we live in, the track focuses on our shared humanity, what unites us rather than separates us.
The song starts with Siamese Dream era Pumpkins’ esque guitars, before exploding into heavy EDM beats. Of the track, Star Pixel say: “We wanted to write something positive, uplifting and hopeful, which talked about our shared humanity, and would be something that could bring us together. Because underneath we are all the same, regardless of whether we are children, teachers,musicians or Presidents.”
‘The Circle’ will be available for free from Friday 18th June to the first 200 people that download the track from their Bandcamp page, before it goes on general release on Friday 25th June.
‘Star Pixel’ formed in early 2020. They will be releasing their debut album in autumn 2021. Together, the duo have taken their mutual love for 90’s grunge and brought it up to date with a fresh modern sound and big dance beats.
The duo comprises, Charlie Howell, otherwise known as the producer of electronic music psyclonic, and singer-songwriter Gavin Chappell-Bates, who reached number 48 in the UK downloads chart and whose music has appeared on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2.
Charlie devised the concept of Star Pixel, with a clear vision for a musical project which would blend various genres, most specifically grunge and EDM. Working remotely from one another at a time when they were unable to meet up or perform, they feverishly wrote, recorded and demoed separately, bouncing ideas of one another, in a perfect collaboration and fusion of ideas and styles. The songs cover a wide range of themes including mental health, obsession, escape, the environment and the rise of technology.
“In some mangled petri dish called The Queen’s Head on Stockwell Road, Shame were born“- explains Larry Love. “Named at birth by Rev D Wayne Love, Shame have returned the favour to Alabama 3 and have collaborated on a remix of ‘Whacked’. So bear witness to this cross pollinated opus, where Alabama 3 get beaten up by Charlie Steen, front man of Shame, in some stairwell on the Stockwell Estate. Everybody comes out smiling.
Alabama 3, midwives to feral offspring such as Shame, are proud to present the missing link between the legendary Brixton based acid folk collective The Seven Kevin’s. Written by Pete Dunne, the drummer for the Seven Kevin’s, with Alabama 3 in mind, we sent the groove over to Charlie. Here’s the soupçon.”
Whacked is the first single to be released from their forthcoming album, Step 13scheduled for release on August 20th. It’s the first offering of new material since the tragic passing of their beloved and unconventional The Very Reverend D. Wayne Love, in May of 2019.
Then, with the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown upon the world, the band got creative and submerged themselves in their music, teaming up with producer Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, Jack Savoretti, Tom Walker, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes…) to focus their minds on something vital, new and fresh. This can clearly be heard in ‘Whacked’, a song which pays respect to the late co-writer of the song, Pete Dunne.
Whacked will loop around your brain like a recurring dream you can’t wake from in these hedonistic conscious unconscious times. Watch the video for Whacked here.
See Alabama 3 live at the following dates in March/April 2022:
Thursday 17 March 2022 Cambridge, The Junction Friday 18 March 2022 Birmingham, Institute 2 Saturday 19 March 2022 Liverpool, O2 Academy Friday 25 March 2022 Dublin, Academy Saturday 26 March 2022 Belfast, Limelight Thursday 31 March 2022 Brighton, Concorde 2 Friday 1 April 2022 Southampton, Engine Rooms Saturday 2 April 2022 Exeter, Phoenix Sunday 3 April 2022 Bournemouth, Old Fire Station Thursday 7 April 2022 Newcastle, Boiler Shop Friday 8 April 2022 Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms Saturday 9 April 2022 Glasgow, SWG3 Sunday 10 April 2022 Kendal, Brewery Art Centre Thursday 14 April 2022 Cardiff, Tramshed Friday 15 April 2022 Holmfirth, Picturedrome Saturday 16 April 2022 Manchester, O2 Ritz Sunday 17 April 2022 Leeds, Warehouse Wednesday 27 April 2022 Reading, Sub89 Thursday 28 April 2022 Oxford O2 Academy Friday 29 April 2022 Bristol, O2 Academy Saturday 30 April 2022 London, SBE
Pre-order the ‘Step 13’ album and 2022 tour tickets etc HERE:
Alabama 3 are:
Rob Spragg a.k.a. Larry Love: vocals Orlando Harrison a.k.a. The Spirit: keyboards Mark Sams a.k.a. Rock Freebase: guitar, Steve Finnerty a.k.a. LOVEPIPE: guitar Nick Reynolds a.k.a. Harpo Strangelove: harmonica
BROKEN FIRES REVEAL BREEZY SUMMER SINGLE:“NEW FRIENDS” THE TITLE TRACK OF A NEW EP OUT 2 JULY 2021VIA PHWOAR & PEACE RECORDSLISTEN TO “NEW FRIENDS”STREAM HERE || SOUNDCLOUD
“Armed with giant sounding guitars and even bigger hooks, Broken Fires aim for the sweet spot between energetic rock and roll and catchy pop tunes”FAR OUT MAGAZINE BROKEN FIRES make their eagerly awaited return with news of a new EP ‘New Friends’. Set for release on 2nd July via Phwoar & Peace records, it will be the band’s first extended-length release in over 5 years. The EP is preceded by the new single and title-track “New Friends”, which you can listen to here and now: STREAM HERE || SOUNDCLOUD
A song about putting yourself out of your comfort zone and the challenges that come with trying to find a new life and purpose, “New Friends” was initially written after Tom from Broken Fires first made the move from Wales to London.
“Thinking back to that time when I moved to this crazy city. I met some people who talked a lot of s**t and it took me a while to figure that out, and to figure out where I fit into things.” says Tom.
Vividly recalling the people, place and feelings of that time; the track has become synonymous in Tom’s mind with a cartoon by celebrated Glaswegian cartoonist David Shrigley that graced the wall of his then apartment. “It’s an illustration of a group of cartoon characters with tiny legs and big circular faces.” remembers Tom. “All apart from this one who has a square face. The circular shaped guys pick him up, hold his corners up to an angle grinder and shape him into a circle just like them. Sometimes you meet new people you homogenise… or something profound like that. ” Written and recorded by Broken Fires at sessions that culminated at Mwnci Studios, “New Friends” was produced by Broken Fires’ own Justin Hendy (guitarist), with additional mixing by Matt Lederman (!!!, Rural Alberta Advantage) and mastering by Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire / Suuns). Giving the track a true DIY finish, the vocals were originally laid down in the front room of Justin’s flat in Swansea.
Formed in Swansea, South Wales in 2014, Broken Fires have earned a reputation for massive alternative indie songs about love, life and death. Self-releasing their debut album ‘Silhouettes’ back in 2015 to a warm reception, the band earned plays on BBC Radio 1, extensive support from BBC Introducing and US public radio; Whereas singles including ‘Elephants’, ‘Flesh and Blood’ and ‘Brand New Start’ gained them global recognition from placements in TV Shows across MTV, the BBC and beyond.
After a five year gap, Broken Fires utilised the lockdown of 2020 to their advantage and initiated work on new music. The result comes in the form of ‘New Friends’, a four-track EP release jam-packed with the best of the band’s beloved alternative signatures, while also venturing into new depths sonically. The results make for that of a band with a refreshed outlook on life and an updated sound ready to hit the ground running as the world unlocks this Summer.
Comprising new tracks “New Friends”, “The Writer”, “Boundaries”, plus the previous Steve Lamacq / BBC6 Music championed single “Dreamer”; the EP as a whole was recorded over a few months at an array of venues and studios, with various collaborators from across the music scene also pitching-in. EP highlight “The Writer” was a track the group had wanted to finish for a long while. Surrounding the liberation and despair that comes with being on your own; the track has found a new meaning and profound resonance given the events of the last year. The finishing touches were perfected in a flat in London during lockdown, including a splash sound created by hitting a large broken ride cymbal with a whisk. Elsewhere, and in stark contrast to the former’s claustrophobic intimacy, EP closer “Boundaries” offers a more genteel and expansive offering. With the lead vocals and violins added at an old chapel in Monmouth; Welsh folk talent Angharad Jenkins recorded its moving string sections while the band entertained her daughter next to her feet, being careful not to make a squeak. Reflecting on the ‘New Friends’ EP, Tom says: “We think the EP shows our full range as a band. Full of dreamy folk, epic endings with layered strings and harmonies and probably one of the most stripped back tracks we’ve ever written”
Allowing their indie foundations to morph into new genres and elements, the varied recording process also seeps its way into every aspect of the EP and puts the group’s dynamism on full display. From three-minute pop earworms as-heard on the title track “New Friends” or the effervescent alt/rock of previous single: “Dreamer”, to the emotional folk-tinged balladry of “The Writer” or the stirring closer “Boundaries”; it’s a release that shows the full range of Broken Fires’ talent in shining example. With plans for their sophomore release ‘HYMNS‘, later this Autumn, the ‘New Friends’ EP provides a more than worthy stop-gap while we wait for their long awaited follow-up to ‘Silhouettes’; while offering a tantalising taster of what’s to come…
Exclusive news- Broken Fires play the R*E*P*E*A*T Stage of Swansea Fringe at The Bunkhouse on October 23rd!
BROKEN FIRES – NEW FRIENDS EP- OUT 2nd JULY, VIA PHWOAR & PEACE RECORDS