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Fresh Announce New Album “Raise Hell” Out 1st July via Specialist Subject Records

April 17, 2022

Fresh Announce New Album ‘Raise Hell’

Out 1st July 
via Specialist Subject Records

London DIY punks Fresh have announced their forthcoming new album, ‘Raise Hell’, out 1st July on Specialist Subject. Alongside the announcement, they share lead single ‘Babyface’, a song written in early lockdown, “hence the ‘boredom’ refrain” says lead singer and songwriter Kathryn Woods (cheerbleederz, ME REX). “It’s a song about having a mind that’s both overstimulated and under-stimulated at the same time. The light, airy synths make it a cry for help masquerading as a pop song.”

This is a sentiment that runs through much of ‘Raise Hell’ – the push and pull of conflicting emotions, wrestling with opposing personality traits, the tension between learning to self-love and yet wanting more. 

specialistsubject · FRESH – Babyface

The vibrant keys commence the exploration, synth notes join, and the jaunty tone builds the expressive release. The single flourishes when the raw lyrics and delicate vocal notes provide this enchanting movement, insightful and honest words create this clear visualization of the affection which has gone into creating this composition. That renowned FRESH energy is captured within every angular direction, every bold percussive hit, immersive vocal harmony, and lead rhythm.

Fresh have been an unwavering fixture within the UK punk scene since their first record in 2017. A joy to behold live, lead singer Kathryn Woods honed her craft not only fronting Fresh but as a member of several heralded indie and punk bands, including cheerbleederz and ME REX alongside Fresh bandmate Myles McCabe. 

Their new album radiates with their signature mischievous British charm and flourishes of brilliant pop punk flair – though underestimate Fresh at your peril. ‘Raise Hell’ dares to dive deeper than most, delivering Woods’ darker moments and contemplative thought processes through the sharply focussed lens of upbeat indie punk. 

Having shared another single from the album towards the end of last year, Fresh have shown no sign of slowing down; ‘Morgan and Joanne’ references the story of a blind date that went viral in 2019. “It’s about queer joy and queer visibility” says Woods. “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 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.”

Tour Dates
w/ Jeff Rosenstock & All Away Lou:

Mon 18 Apr 2022 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham 
Tue 19 Apr 2022 – Electric Ballroom, London 
Wed 20 Apr 2022 – The Fleece, Bristol 
Thu 21 Apr 2022 – The Joiners, Southampton 
Fri 8th July 2022 – 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
Fri 2 Sept – Sun 4 Sept – Washed Out Festival


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