Demob Happy announce debut EP ‘Young & Numb’ for Record Store Day 2015 via Milk Parlour / So Recordings

March 11, 2015

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Announce debut EP Young & Numb for Record Store Day 2015 (April 18th) via Milk Parlour Records / So Recordings

UK & EU tour dates announced for March & April

Watch the gruesome new music video ‘Young & Numb’

Brighton’s finest new purveyors of raucous, off-kilter garage rock, Demob Happyfollow their triumphant 2014 debut single ‘Succubus’ with the Young & Numb EP, due for release on Record Store Day, April 18th via Milk Parlour Records / So Recordings.

Born out of a manic and inspired blur of several days and nights locked away in a makeshift studio out in the desolate Welsh countryside, the Young & Numb EP sees the quartet emerge from a haze of hypnotic and relentless jam sessions with four hard-hitting tracks. Each recorded live, face to face, encompassing the raw electric chemistry of a ferocious rock n’ roll band kicking against convention. “There’s a moment when you first play a song, where everyone is psyched and it flies. You hear it on demos but you lose it in studios” singer Matt Marcantonio explains of the recording process. “We had to beg, borrow and steal all the recording gear so we could capture that in the middle of nowhere.”

Lyrically, the title track is less the nihilistic stoner manifesto that its namesake could allude to, and more a vicious rumination on the dazed efforts made to drag knowledge and meaning from the bedlam of youth. “It’s frustration at our artificially pacified chemically neutered natures. We’ve all had our opinions guilt tripped out of us on purpose” the frontman explains.

Elsewhere, the discontented rattle of ‘Fizz’ outlines the narcotic ebb and flow of tensions between the sexes, before the Guardian SOTW approved ‘Succubus’ takes “a joyride through rock’s sleazier back alleys”. Purring EP closer ‘Milk Parlour’ completes the package, charting contempt for the inescapable bondage of the daily grind. Co-produced with long-time friend of the band Christoph Skirl, the Young & Numb EP was then taken to Pink Floyd’s engineer, Andy Jackson, for mastering duties.

Declaring themselves devoid of institution from the get go, 2013 saw Demob Happy define Brighton’s The Great Escape festival before they were even asked to play it, careering their van into the centre of the festivities to play a now infamous gig straight out the back of it. While a near-miss gig at a house party in the interim months saw them just dodge a £40,000 bill for caving in the ceiling. ““It was like watching people abuse a trampoline. There was about a foot of give!” Marcantonio adds.

Their live show is heralded as a whirlwind of energy and chaos, handsomely toeing the line between dexterity and disarray. Catch the four-piece on tour through March and April, which marks their first venture into Europe before they descend upon the UK.

Headline tour dates –

23rd – Video Cafe, Gent
24th – Posten, Odense
25th – Musikcaféen Huset, Copenhagen
26th – Grüner Jäger, Hamburg
27th – Comet Club, Berlin
29th – The Louisiana, Bristol
30th – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
31st – Art Club, Liverpool

1st – Bar Bloc, Glasgow
3rd – Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
4th – Stockton Calling (daytime performance)
4th – Independent, Sunderland (evening performance)
8th – Think Tank, Newcastle
9th – Brudenell Games Room, Leeds
10th – Rocking Chair, Sheffield
11th – Chameleon, Nottingham
13th – The Basement, York
14th – The New Adelphi, Hull
15th – The Cookie , Leicester
17th – The Jericho Tavern, Oxford
18th – The Oakford Social, Reading (Festival)
22nd – The Boileroom, Guildford
23rd – The Lexington, London
24th – The Haunt, Brighton

EP Tracklisting

1. Young & Numb
2. Fizz
3. Succubus
4. Milk Parlour

Demob Happy are: Matt Marcantonio (lead vocals, bass), Mathew ‘Rennie’ Renforth (guitar, backing vocals), Adam ‘Barry’ Godfrey (guitar, backing vocals) and Thomas Armstrong (drums and vocals).

Praise for ‘Young & Numb’:

If Demob Happy invite you into a cottage for a “quiet” relaxed countryside weekend, you might as well be shaking hands with the grim reaper.” – DIY

“…raw, intense and irresistible. Sleep on Demob Happy at your peril.” – NME 

Praise for ‘Succubus’:

“A joyride through rock’s sleazier back alleys” – The Guardian

“Tongue firmly in cheek, but the music is deadly serious!” – Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1

“The gutter, the gulley, THE GIRTH!” –  Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1 | |


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