POST WAR GLAMOUR GIRLS – SWAN SONGS
Released 21st April (Hide & Seek Records)
Leeds’ much loved post-punk quartet Post War Glamour Girls have announced details of their third album ‘Swan Songs’ which will be released on Hide & Seek Records on the 17th of April. ‘Swan Songs’, the follow up to 2015’s acclaimed ‘Feeling Strange’ and their outstanding debut album, 2014’s ‘Pink Fur’ is musically reminiscent of The Pixies and Wild Beasts with the dual vocals of James and Alice evocative of Mark E. Smith trading off against Kim Gordon.
The four-piece have spent the last few years building up an impressive body of work, showcasing an innate knack for creating intricately layered and intelligent compositions with an almost theatrical Bad Seeds-like build up.
While the mainstream has noticed, with the band already receiving heavy support from Clash, The 405, The Line Of Best Fit, and being invited to perform on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals, it’s the incredible amount of underground fan-driven support that has marked Post War Glamour Girls out as a major band to watch.
Tackling themes of stress, anxiety, depression, the class system, religion, war and government, the band decamped to the remote village of Skerray on the North Coast of Scotland with producers Jamie Lockhart and Lee Smith of Greenmount Studios (Pulled Apart By Horses, I Like Trains, Frank Turner, The Vaccines) to disconnect from the world and place themselves entirely in the album recording process for ‘Swan Songs’
Frontman and lyricist James Smith explains “We decided with this album that we wanted to get lost during the recording process. To let it consume us entirely throughout. No distractions from our day to day lives. No dashing mid-take to get to work on time. No phone calls from our landlords. No other commitments. Just two solid weeks of living it.”
With no phone signal, no Wifi and not a lot of anything else to do, the band spent their days playing music for hours on end and their nights sitting round a table cooking for each other, drinking local whiskey and setting the world to rights. This closeness and bond can be felt throughout the album, as James says “This record is the product of the band’s dependence on each other in isolation. It is a record of peace, love and understanding”
The band will be holding their album launch at their beloved Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and will then head out on tour in May to support ‘Swan Songs’ The band will also be performing at Outlines Festival in Sheffield on 4th March.
Swan Songs is available to pre-order now.
UK Tour Dates
11/ 2 – Trades Club – Hebden Bridge (COME PLAY WITH ME ALL DAYER)
4/ 3 – The Harley – Sheffield w/ The Wytches (OUTLINES FESTIVAL)
21/ 4- Brudenell Social Club – Leeds (ALBUM LAUNCH) 4/ 5 – Maguire’s Pizza Bar – Liverpool
6/ 5 – Crux – Wakefield
9/ 5 – The Polar Bear – Hull
10/ 5 – Pop Records – Sunderland
11/ 5 – Bar Bloc – Glasgow
12/ 5 – The Cluny – Newcastle
13/ 5 – The Fulford Arms – York
16/ 5 – The Portland Arms – Cambridge
17/ 5 – The Waiting Rooms – London
18/ 5 – The Owl Sanctuary – Norwich
19/ 5 – Sunflower Lounge – Birmingham
20/ 5 – Gullivers – Manchester
“One of those rare albums that gets better with every listen. At this rate of development Post War Glamour Girls are set to be a band of rare distinction indeed” – Drowned In Sound
“Post War Glamour Girls have an energy, an intelligence which marks them out.” Clash Magazine
“PWGG have sculpted not just a great record, but an important one” – The 405
“A cinematic, macabre and theatrical twist on stygian post-punk” – The Line Of Best Fit