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BERRIES Return With New Single “Control” – Out Now via Xtra Mile Recordings

March 31, 2023


Return With New Single “Control” Out Now via Xtra Mile Recordings

Returning with their first release since their debut album last year – BERRIES – have unveiled the assured new single: “Control”. 

A rampant rock cut that seesaws between rhythmic garage rock and agitated punk, the new release also arrives as the band gear up for a UK headline tour this month. 

A quintessential BERRIES track, filled with jagged guitar lines and noise-driven choruses that see layers of instrumentals wriggle and writhe amongst melodic vocals, the band explain:

”Control” is about channelling inner strength to survive the inevitable dark moments of life. To take control and push on with meaning, or to spiral into nothingness.”

Accompanied by a fitting official video, BERRIES add:

“For the video we wanted to keep things quite honest and simplistic. As the subject matter is quite dark and about finding the ‘light’, we came up with the idea to film by torch light and we ran with it.” 

BERRIES bolt into their brash landscape with the fierce guitar tones reinforced with that chugging bass bringing the complexity to the low-end and emphasizing the rhythms. The drum kit crashes through the landscape, and the vocal notes and guitar harmonics add this challenging touch to the atmosphere. The lyrics and softer harmonies align tenderness with the ferocity of the ensemble and provide this connection to the listener. Through the gritty atmosphere, flashes of intimacy rise.

Landing as the first bit of new music from BERRIES since their punchy debut album ‘How We Function’, “Control” continues the same craggy and contagious energy the trio have become best known for. 

Released last year to glowing reviews, ‘How We Function’ blends distinctive garage rock melodies interwoven with uplifting messages about what it takes to overcome mental health struggles. 

Gaining praise from the likes of Record Collector, The List and The Crack, the album was awarded four out of five stars by Louder Than War who dubbed it “a really well put together debut album that rocks hard and gets its message across succinctly, with a bristling beat and an intelligence that it takes some bands a few albums to achieve”. The band also delivered an exhilarating Radio X Session on John Kennedy’s show. 

BERRIES have also recently completed an extensive year of touring, playing a run of shows across Europe with The Subways, as well as UK dates with both Jim Bob and label-mates Skinny Lister in the UK. Showing no signs of slowing down, “Control” also arrives as the band embark on a headline tour later this month. Their five-date run concludes in London. Dates and details below.



31 – London, Oslo

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