‘The Pixies do Britpop…kinda.. and the results are pretty magnificent’ Louder Than War.
“Brash and uncompromising alt-punk for the greyest of skies and the toughest of times…” God Is In The TV Zine
‘Informed by the likes of Bikini Kill or Veruca Salt… with their percussive chassis recalling Fugazi’s righteous fury.’ Clash Magazine.
Fuzzy, alt-punk Mancs The Empty Page areKel – Vox/bass, Giz – Guitars and Jim – Drums/Vox. After making some rough demos in a draughty warehouse in Ancoats, Manchester in 2016 they were invited to Vancouver by Gggarth Richardson (RATM, Biffy Clyro, Melvins) to make their debut album, ‘Unfolding’ in his home studio in the woods.
This February, the band released a new single produced by Sugar House in the less romantic location of St Helens, Lancs. ‘When The Cloud Explodes’ was immediately playlisted by Spotify on The Punk List (alongside Idles, Fontaines DC and Big Joanie) and played on BBC 6 Music by Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe. Praise from bloggers and press drove the song straight into the Hype Machine’s top tracks
Their new release ‘He’s Very Good At Swimming’ is a change of pace that illustrates the band’s broad palette. Recorded with Simon Ding Archer (PJ Harvey, Pixies, The Fall) in Manchester, it chokes the listener with equal parts haunting melancholy and seething rage. Its unnerving and discordant sound has already received comparisons to Radiohead, Bjork, Kate Bush, Amanda Palmer and Patti Smith, the jarring melodies and explosion of rage midway through reflect its dark subject matter of rape, and more specifically the drag-through-the-mud victim blaming which is so standard it’s ludicrous, as well as the media’s habit of foregrounding the academic and sporting achievements of the rapist. An uncomfortable listen, and possibly the only song ever to include the word ‘speculum’.
He’s Very Good At Swimming is released digitally worldwide on June 28th.