SW032 // Pynch // Disco Lights
The new release on Speedy Wunderground and the 32nd in the label’s single series will be:
SW032 // Pynch // Disco Lights
Pynch are Spencer Enock (vox / guitar / synth), James Rees (guitar), Julianna Hopkins (drums) and Jimmy Folan (bass).
Based in London – the band who hail from various places including Birmingham, France and Ireland, met Enock (who comes from Ramsgate) in London while all studying music. Pynch originally started life as a set of demos written and recorded by Enock in his parents Ramsgate basement taking inspiration from indie stalwarts like LCD Soundsystem, The War On Drugs, The Strokes and Beach Fossils to name a few.
Speedy label boss Dan Carey came across the band when they sent an email containing three demos over to Speedy HQ – the first of which was ‘Disco Lights’. ‘I try and listen to everything we get sent,’ says Carey, ‘which is hard because we get sent a LOT. This came through as I woke up early one morning in a hotel in Berlin where I’d been recording with an artist. ‘Disco Lights’ stood out immediately – and seemed so different to anything we’d done before. I called Pierre (Hall, Speedy co-runner) and emailed the band straight away. I loved it’s pop sensibility – but the demo was really lo-fi. I kept imagining this bigger, more widescreen version of it. In my head I wanted it to be almost like TOY covering ‘Everywhere’ by Fleetwood Mac.’
The resulting cut puts Carey’s vision into fruition. An immediate sun-drenched pop song with nods to Tame Impala and MGMT whilst maintaining that lo-fi Captured Tracks-esque feel, the production gets bigger and bigger as the track progresses culminating in dreamy synth layers being added and a killer solo to boot.
Of the recording process the band says – ‘Hands down the best recording experience we’ve ever had. It was so much fun working with Dan. He was genuinely excited about the song and had so many creative ideas on how to bring it to life. Everything took shape really quickly and we were blown away by how everything was sounding.’
The B-side ‘Orla Carey’s Pynch Your Lights Out Dub’ is a dub remix done by none other than the producers 14-year old daughter (having previously mixed tracks for Scottibrains, Goat Girl and Girl Ray) proving the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
The band have also acquired an unexpected fan – in that of Libertines frontman Pete Doherty who invited them to play a few dates with The Libertines. Of the unlikely relationship Enock says, ‘It’s quite funny really. My parents live near Margate and about two years ago my dad bought an ice cream van to use during the summer and struck up a friendship with Pete. He then played him a few of our songs and Pete quite liked them and let us open for him at the Kentish Town Forum. It was super cool of him.’
Another essential Speedy disco-very. Pynch yourself. It’s real.
Speedy Wunderground have recently announced details of their fourth singles compilation – ‘Speedy Wunderground – Year 4’ – featuring: Scottibrains, black midi, Squid, Black Country, New Road, All We Are, Alex Kapranos, Tiña, Treeboy & Arc and Sinead O’Brien – out 6th December on LP + digital.
Pynch Live Dates:
Camden Assembly – Sunday 24th November
Cardiff The Big Top – Friday 29th November
Glasgow Barrowlands – Sunday 8th December
Nottingham Rock City – Thursday 12th December
Margate Winter Gardens – Sunday 22nd December