bloody/bathtub: Idle Hands / Sunder (KookyToo)
7″ vinyl / DL
Unveiled 23 Sept 2022 (electronic) 30 Sept 2022 (vinyl)
To begin with a Northampton singer-songwriter and bed room producer, Kailan Rate, but now a absolutely-fledged 5-piece band, bloody/bath have produced remarkable progress. Championed by Lauren Laverne, a large following on Spotify with in excess of 1.8 million streams and over 36,000 month-to-month listeners, incendiary reside sets and a LTW job interview that decreases folks to tears… a bodily, tactile, vinyl release is precisely what this band need to cement their standing.
Lesser publications will shortly be striving to persuade you that there is some type of revival of the Gothic style: what with Autofiction by Suede currently being total of darkness, romance and fireplace and a wide range of new bands taking part in a modern-day consider on music exorcising the darkish with an exhilaration and verve. bloody/tub are 1 such band.
I launched you to them before and am delighted that fifteen months on they are now a entire band who have designed massive development, with no getting rid of the essence of mainman Kailans vision.
The label explain the one in purple prose: Sonically a bout of sleep paralysis, emotionally a midnight text from your favourite ex, bloody/tub are feverish, and bewitching using a post-punk passage that seems distinctly their possess. Catchy melodies dance through the tracks, disguising a heaviness, a desperation, drowning somewhere beneath the surface area.
The video clip for Idle Arms manages to counterbalance the bleakness with some ‘found’ imagery from B-videos showing that bloody/bath can now snicker at the depressing bunch of fuckers they are currently being portrayed as.
Killer bass, fantastic guitar-sounds, a monastic vibe, tension and a kinetic vitality turned into musical launch.
The one is released on a incredibly cool new label, with an impressive again catalogue on its dad or mum corporation.
KookyToo is an offshoot of Kooky Data est. 1996, earlier output including the acclaimed Durutti Column album ‘A Paean To Wilson’, Maps, Pram, Seafood, and Misty’s Big Experience. This is the debut label launch.
It’s a peach – a gloomy neu wave banger for our gloomy fin de siècle loss of life-spiralling age. And it’s significantly relatable
The Sunder video clip is lower-funds but inventive, monochrome psychedelia and a fever aspiration in black and white. It sets off the music to fantastic influence.
Neu Gothic, Fashionable Gloom, Dark Strength? Attempting to pigeonhole or uncover a identify for a style is silly. Take each and every band as you obtain them. Take pleasure in.
Permit bloody/bath soundtrack your unhappiness and stress but come out stronger on the other side. They are acquiring into a dim and intense rock band that you-can-dance-to primarily based on these music. They’re gearing up for the disco at the Stop of The Planet perhaps…
In the meantime…
Black Prince, Northampton 30/9/22
The Sebright Arms, London E2 23/10/22 with Deafdeafdeaf
The Boileroom, Guildford 15/11/22 supporting bdrmm
The Firebug, Leicester 16/11/22 supporting bdrmm
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