Back in 2020, the band unleashed their debut album 'Big Twenty' and followed-it up with a barrage of touring which saw them truly hone the ways in which they could not only replicate, but breathe entirely new life into those songs in the live environment. Now we find ourselves gifted with last year's 'Soft Action'; an album which shows a stunning amount of growth for such a (relatively) brief gap between albums. Easily one of our favourite albums of last year, the arse-kicking blast (just 38 seconds long, ladies and gents) of opener 'Like A Dog' could serve as the bona fide example of a statement of intent. Other tracks hang around for longer and it allows offerings such as 'Slab Thick' to sit glorious moments of melody within the explosive riffs.
We were lucky enough to catch the band not long after the release in Birmingham's Hare and Hounds venue, and even as long-standing fans we were blown away by how far the stage perfomance had come and how easily the tracks from the two albums gelled into a cohesive whole.
Next week sees the band on the road for a co-headline offering with Pittsburgh's Short Fictions. Both bands are great, so the package truly represents a potential early entry for tour of the year. Tickets for all shows are on sale and the full itinerary is shown below:
20th - Lubber Fiend, Newcastle
21st - Hug & Pint, Glasgow
22nd - Record Junkee, Sheffield
23rd - Gullivers, Manchester
24th - The Prince Albert, Brigthon
25th - Shacklewell Arms, London
26th - Voodoo Daddys, Norwich
28th - Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
29th - JT Soar, Nottingham
30th - Hare & Hounds Two, Birmingham
31st - The Lanes, Bristol (Free entry)
1st - Port Mahon, Oxford