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Fresh Share New Single “Morgan & Joanne” Out Now via Specialist Subject Records

December 8, 2021

Fresh share new single Morgan & Joanne

Out Now
via Specialist Subject Records

London DIY punks Fresh have shared a brand new single, hinting at new music coming in 2022. The track ‘Morgan and Joanne’ references the story of a blind date that went viral in 2019. Talking about the new track, lead singer Kathryn Woods (Me Rex, cheerbleederz) said:

I wrote Morgan & Joanne because I was so struck by the charm of Morgan and Joanne and how they turned what had the potential to be a really typical first date into an adventure. The song is about the magic of meeting someone who you really fancy for the first time and kind of escaping into a different realm with them. I think popular media and historical narratives tend to make queer relationships tragic instead of focusing on all the joy and possibilities that they hold, so I wanted to put a song out there that’s sweet and funny and empowering to counter that a little bit.”

FRESH fiercely sweep the audience into the centre of their fast-paced and moving ensemble. That renowned FRESH energy captured within every angular direction, every bold percussive stop-start, vocal harmony, and lead rhythm, instantly recognoised from the first note of their new release.

This raw and melodic arrangement quickly becomes nothing short of intoxicating. It’s brash, punk, raw and deeply expressive. The energy and the angst go hand in hand throughout, with the lead notes adding this hypnotizing layer to the instrumentation whilst showcasing this array of complex tones. The track allows these passages of elevation to take over, from the splash of fun emitting from the dual-vocal harmonies to the punchy drum beat and controlled cymbal crashes. The high soprano vocal melodies and intimate lyrics soar above the bold leading guitar and piercing rhthmic riff that pushes the flow.

FRESH continue to dazzle with their innovative compositions and unpredicatable explorations.

The band have worked tirelessly since their inception – touring with the likes of The Beths, PUP, Adult Mom and more, releasing two albums and amassing a devoted fanbase following appearances at Fest, Manchester Punk Festival and The Fiest in Madrid amongst others. For a band that have existed for a relatively short period of time, the four-piece have already released a hefty catalogue of work – prolific, ever evolving and always fresh (in every sense of the word).

Since the pandemic, the band have been working hard behind the scenes writing and recording. They released their EP The Summer I Got Good At Guitar (produced by Rich Mandell at Resident Studios and Marketstall Studios in London) in Spring 2021, to praise from Upset, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and more.

Fresh have been an unwavering fixture within the UK punk scene since their first record in 2017. A joy to behold live, the band includes musical peer Myles McCabe of ME REX, while lead singer Kathryn Woods is a member of several heralded indie and punk bands, including cheerbleederz and ME REX alongside McCabe.
Tour Dates
FRI 7TH JAN – Colours, London
SAT 8TH JAN – Gulliver’s, Manchester
SUN 9TH JAN – Exchange, Bristol

UK & IRELAND TOUR with Jeff Rosenstock & All Away Lou
MON 11TH APR – Whelans, Dublin
THU 14TH APR – Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
FRI 15TH APR – Slay, Glasgow
SAT 16TH APR – Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle
SUN 17TH APR – Manchester Punk Festival
MON 18TH APR – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
TUE 19TH APR – Electric Ballroom, London
WED 20TH APR – The Fleece, Bristol
THU 21ST APR – The Joiners, Southampton

18-19TH JUN – Booze Cruise, Bristol

FRI 8TH JUL – 2000 Trees Festival


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