Share new single “Lotta Continua”
Debut album, Quale Futuro? due 4th June on
Maple Death Records
Headlining London’s Moth Club on 4th June
+ playing The Great Escape Festival
With debut LP Quale Futuro? due 4th June on Maple Death Records/ Feel It Records (North America), now London-based twee punks Qlowski share their new single, “Lotta Continua“.
Translating as ‘continuous struggle’, “Lotta Continua” was inspired and is dedicated to the women fighting for the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units) in Rojava, Kurdistan. The YPJ is an all-female socialist and feminist militia fighting in the Syrian civil war, against ISIS, for women’s emancipation and for the liberation of the Syrian people.
The band explain, “Rojava is an example of Libertarian Socialism. Strict gender roles have been demolished, people of different faith live and fight together in solidarity, and women had and still have a pivotal role in the creation of this society. This is so inspiring for us, to see that is possible to create a different, more equal and fair way of living.”
Qlowski have delivered this robust release. That well-known hypnotic attribute that Qlowski has perfected within their music, this is the dominant influence within their latest single release. This whirling instrumentation gathers momentum when the dynamic shift in intensity alters with ease. This vibrant and fierce guitar tone becomes the ardent addition, as the harsh strings are strummed against the controlling drums capturing a rhythmic swaying influence, the lyrics add this complex depth overall.
They’ve utilized this intense instrumentation that utterly compels the audience through the powerful play but this time the outfit has emerged this key feature into their vision, by adding in such a raw them, lashes of emotion immerses into the energy and becomes this bold focal point for this release.
Qlowski once again showcases their captivating composition that will leave it’s remarkable impression.
Qlowski entered the studio in late January 2020, basically before everything. Crammed in a small studio room in Tottenham Hale with producer Lindsay A. Corstorphine (Sauna Youth, Cold Pumas, Middex) they created a striking, full blown manifesto, where their early post-punk nuances are heightened by an extremely poetic and compelling vision that encapsulates words, imagery and noise.
Propulsive rhythms, a modern spin on kiwi-pop and a weird combination of dark punk, noise rock and flower pop are still the foundation of their sound but it’s the combination of bandleaders Mickey and Cecilia’s voices that creates an eerie effortless sense of familiarity. It’s no wonder they’ve known each other since they were young kids.
‘A Woman’ shines bright with Cecilia’s intimate and prismatic approach that unites Poly Styrene’s fierce delivery with the ethereal vocal melodramas produced by Joe Meek in the 60s. Mikey’s howl is confrontational and direct, moving from the motto-induced style of Italian new wave art-punks CCCP on ‘Lentil Soup’ to a deep commanding calm steadiness on ‘Lotta Continua’ and frenetic frenzy on ‘To Be True’.
Ferocity, heart, art and conviction travel together on Quale Futuro?, placing Qlowski in that beautiful lineage of bands trying to escape the masculine showmanship of borderline rock’n’roll and outsider punk. Martin Newell, Television Personalities, Half Japanese, The Raincoats, The Clean, Killing Joke, Aussie Punk. Music narrating life through all the artistic forms. If concrete-punk was just a fun label thrown around to define Qlowski in the early days, now it has become a calling, a statement defining their future.
Qlowski is Michele Tellarini (Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals), Cecilia Corapi (Keyboards, Vocals), Danny Smartt (bass, clarinet) and Christian Billard (drums, percussions).
Quale Futuro? is also a 28 page zine, in which more than 20 artists and friends contributed with images, poems and short essays. ‘What Future?’ is an attempt to answer to the album’s main question, and ultimately to generate new narratives through different perspectives.
1. Ikea Youth Pt. 2
2. Folk Song
3. A Woman
4. Lentil Soup
5. To Be True
6. All Good
7. Interlude (02-11-1975)
8. Lotta Continua
9. Larry’s Hair Everywhere
10. The Wanderer
11. In a Cab to Work (ft. Les Miserable)