W H Lung new single Pearl In The Palm and albums news!

Photo credit: Adrian Davies. W H Lung are fresh out of lockdown with a new sound that spells a MkII reinvention of their original Krautrock electronica from the stables of Everything Everything, Working Mens Club and the Manchester dance and house scene. LTW have had them on their radar since writer William Metcalfe mentioned them […] The post W H Lung new single Pearl In The Palm and albums news! appeared first on Louder Than War.

W H Lung new single Pearl In The Palm and albums news!

Photo credit: Adrian Davies.

W H Lung are fresh out of lockdown with a new sound that spells a MkII reinvention of their original Krautrock electronica from the stables of Everything Everything, Working Mens Club and the Manchester dance and house scene. LTW have had them on their radar since writer William Metcalfe mentioned them here back in 2019 as an up and coming talent. I’ve since listened to their debut Incidental Music and was amazed they didn’t hit our Top fifty albums that year. I may have missed out but they’ve dragged me in with the excellent new tune Pearl In The Palm. Read on and listen…

We were raring to go,” says the W H Lung vocalist Tom Sharkett of the band’s desire to keep the momentum going after the huge success of their debut album 2019’s Incidental Music, a vivacious concoction of krautrock, synth pop and infectious grooves, which topped end of year lists with the likes of Piccadilly Records and Resident. However, it quickly became apparent that a repeat performance was of no interest to the band. “We were 100% sure on it not being Incidental Music part 2.”

The resultant Vanities is a bold electronic leap forward into the dance music they love. A record that is direct, punchy and potent – an ode to the dance floor that they had missed over the last year or so. Singer Joe Evans explains. “We wanted to move away from easing people in and grab them by the heart straight away. I reflected on how we played live shows and romanticised about launching onto the stage in a bundle of energy and starting the party, no messing. The directness comes from making music more intuitively, and more from a place of fun. We were writing music that affirmed how much we missed dancing in sweaty rooms, enjoying the company of a collection of beautiful friendly strangers.”

Pearl in the Palm is the first single. “A transition from the old W. H. Lung to new,” says Tom. It marries pulsing synths, galloping drums and a vocal take that is both caramel smooth but also fervently intense. Directed by Joe himself, the video was shot in January across the beauty of the Irish midlands in Co. Offaly and Co. Laois. “Another source of inspiration for the album was getting out into nature,” he reveals. The core songwriting duo had moved from Manchester to Todmorden before lockdown and enjoyed the Calder Valley scenery. “Sitting with and walking in the abundance of the natural world has fed into some of the playfulness and light spirit of the album.”

The story of the video speaks to that connection with nature so everything was shot outside, in the rain, in the cold, in the quiet of the early morning. There’s water, there’s forest, there’s bog, there’s a donkey. We wanted to say something about creative expressiveness too, which comes through in the amazing outfits. I think there’s also something in the video about spontaneous living and flowing with the unexpected. Like, a balloon? I’ll have a day out with it!”

Perhaps most remarkable thing about Vanities – aside from the unflinching new sonic leaps it takes – is that the band have taken a dormant year void of live experiences, sweaty clubs, or anything resembling fun times, and have made an album that makes that world feel palpable – that you can crawl inside it. Lockdown gave me the time to pour work into myself and out came this wonderful album,” reflects Joe. It was strange at first and I missed seeing my mates and having a laugh and dancing but this album is a direct reflection of creative flow brought on by the space given to us.”

Vanities is a very rare beast of a record: an album created in solitude that feels bursting with vitality and the love, promise and transcendence of shared dance floor experiences. Just in time for when we crave those the most…

New album released 3rd September 2021 on Melodic

Live dates:

31 Jul – Deershed Basecamp, Yorkshire
8 Aug – Get Together, Sheffield
2-5 Sep – End Of The Road Festival
16 Nov – Scala – London

13 Dec – Brighton – Concorde 2

14 Dec – Birmingham – Hare + Hounds 2

15 Dec – Leeds – Brudenell Community Room
16 Dec – Glasgow – The Hug + Pint
17 Dec – Manchester – Gorilla
18 Dec – Bristol – Rough Trade

Pre order album here.

Forewords by Wayne Carey, Reviews Editor for Louder Than War. His author profile is here

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Next Wave #1025: Social Haul
In Association With Vero True Social

Sprawling alt-rock outfit Social Haul’s debut album is out now. Fronted by TRAAMS bassist Leigh Padley, the band’s record is a collection of heavy, raucous, and snarling tracks covering all manners of musings and perceiving negative aspects of character from the POV of an unnamed protagonist. Clash went deep on their record, and talked to the band about what inspired their sound.

“We haven’t played with TRAAMS since about 2017,” begins the frontman. “We hit it a bit hard on the touring side after supporting IDLES and Car Seat Headrest, so we wanted a break. After a while, I kept thinking I wanted to keep making music and ended up forming a band with some mates just to do it. There was no particular plan, it was just something to do. Suddenly, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to record an album.”

The idea for Social Haul came to Padley in summer 2018 during the World Cup. “It’s strange because I feel like this project is bookended by two big footy tournaments. It began during the last world cup watching England in the pub, and now the release is the same week the Euros start. Initially, we were looking for a vocalist to front the band, but it didn’t quite work out, so we decided to stay as a trio and I gave the frontman thing a go. When writing, I’d think of melodies in my head and then work them out on guitar. We’d then practice them with the band once a week, and after practice I’d go down the pub and listen to the demos. I’d listen to them, then take time to just hear other people’s conversations in the pub and they’d inspire the lyrics. There wasn’t much quality control, but I feel like that worked out well.

“We finally managed to get it recorded in January 2020 over in Dublin,” Padley continues, “and after it was done the world fell apart. If we didn’t manage to get it recorded at that time, I’m not sure this project would’ve even happened. Now we’ve sat on the record for over a year, we’ve had the time to build our confidence about it.”

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Musically, Social Haul’s roaring and electrifying sound seems like an amalgamation of post-punk, pop-punk, and garage rock. Think Joy Division meets early Weezer. “The punk rock stuff sort of came naturally to us since we’re all used to playing loud and fast. We didn’t try to overthink our sound, but in our heads, we were leaning towards a more power-pop sort of style. We listened to a lot of 80s stuff too, that kind of inspired the conversational type of song writing. Ultimately though, we went for something that just came naturally to us.”

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'Social Haul' is out now on Fat Cat Records.

Words: Kieran Macadie
Photo Credit: James Kendall

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