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The Lounge Society Share New Single “Burn The Heather”- Out via Speedy Wunderground

November 25, 2020
Photo credit: Piran Aston
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Released via Speedy Wunderground

When latest Speedy Wunderground signings The Lounge Society released their debut single Generation Game back in March, it instantly heralded the arrival of a special new band. Generation Game became the revered label’s fastest-selling 7” ever, and indeed their only repress since Black Midi. BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne went as far as to call it one of her Songs of The Year. It is with some anticipation then that The Lounge Society – still all in their mid-teens – release follow-up single Burn The Heather.

It receives its debut from Lauren Laverne who praised a band “still in their teens but making such compelling music… so many big ideas in there… really really brilliant.”

One of the most addictive grooves kicks off this track and instantly- you are hooked!

This slight disco-beat feeling sways into the dynamic soundscape of flirty upbeat riffs and rhythms, experimental elements, and this tantalizing vocal attribute delivering a lyrical exploration throughout the track. “Burn The Heather” is a bold instrumentation that captures The Lounge Society’s standout explosive energy. They craft consuming compositions that delve into their addictive tendencies and vast atmosphere.

Hailing from in and around the Pennine towns of Hebden Bridge and Todmorden in the Calder Valley of West Yorkshire, The Lounge Society recorded Burn The Heather with producer Dan Carey (Kae Tempest, Bat For Lashes, Fontaines D.C.), and it carries with it an insistent, brittle punk-funk strut. With the band drawing rich influence from their surroundings – the area being well-known for its abundance of magic mushrooms and as the UFO-sighting capital of Britain – theirs is a sound shot-through with adrenalized and undeniable youthful surges, with The Velvet Underground, Talking Heads and Fat White Family cited as shared influences.

The single takes its title from the annual local ritual burning of the moor-top heather by the rich rural landowners for their lucrative grouse-shoots (and which those down in the valley blame on causing frequent flooding). The band also flex their literary muscles in lifting a line from the Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem, “The World Is A Beautiful Place”, repurposing it in order to refer to the song’s protagonist as “the smiling mortician”.

Burn The Heather‘s strikingly macabre lyrics (“I hear the tales of both cities / Of light pockets and heavy hearts / Where flesh meets lead / And unchained souls are torn apart”) signal a very personal single. The band comments: “Burn the Heather is a song deeply rooted in where we come from. The lyrics are our interpretation of some of the darker aspects of where we live, and our personal reaction to them. Musically, Burn the Heather is intended to be an adrenaline shot to the brain. We wanted this to be the second single all along. We don’t want to be just another post-punk band, and we knew Heather would keep people on their toes. Unlike a lot of our tracks, the guitars are quite minimal and the rhythm really carries it, and we think it works really well. We want to make people move.”

The video’s director Nick Farrimond offers his thoughts on the visual: 

“Born from the sense of injustice surrounding irresponsible land owners who clear heather from the moorland for grouse hunting, (resulting in increased flood risks below in the valley where we all live) we decided to portray caricatured versions of grouse hunters, dressed head to toe in tweed and showing total disregard for the landscape and devoid of any values, morals or ethics. The band play the parts of grouse, making their way across the moors, dressed in fetching red boiler suits and unaware of the impending danger they face. What ensues is general carnage as the grouse are hunted one by one, each meeting a grizzly, untimely end…or do they? You’ll have to watch the video to find out.”

Make no mistake, this is the sound of young England: articulate, enraged and energised. And – perhaps crucially – highly danceable too. It should give hope to anyone who has lost faith in the future. The Lounge Society make a strong case for ones to watch through 2021.

The Lounge Society are: Cameron Davey (vocals/bass), Herbie May (guitar/bass), Hani Paskin-Hussain (guitar/bass) and Archie Dewis (drums).

The Lounge Society – UK tour dates 2021

Sat April 3 – Fair Play Festival, Manchester 
Fri April 30 – Newcastle University SU, (supp. The Orielles)
Sat May 1st – Stag & Dagger, Edinburgh, UK
Wed May 12 – The Windmill, London, UK
Sat May 15 – Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate
Sun May 16 – Heartbreakers, Southampton
Mon May 17 – Hare & Hounds 2, Birmingham (supp. bdrmm) 
Wed May 19 – Crofters Rights, Bristol 
Thu May 20 – Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield
Fri May 21 – Castle Hotel, Manchester
Sat May 22 – A Slow Education Festival @The Crescent, York 
Fri July 2 – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge


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