Leeds post-punk POST WAR GLAMOUR GIRLS have shared their ‘Pollyanna Cowgirl’ the next single from new album “Swan Songs” — to be released next week on Hide & Seek Records.
The quartet consists of vocalist and guitarist James Smith, guitarist James Thorpe, bassist and vocalist Alice Scott and drummer Ben Clyde. The band met at the University of Leeds and found themselves mentally in synch with each other.
They’re output is said to be influenced by Joy Division’s rare hooks, The Smiths spatial symphony, Nick Cave’s night threat, and Tom Waits’s cynical moodiness.
The band headed to the remote village of Skerray on the north coast of Scotland with producers Jamie Lockhart and Lee Smith of Greenmount Studios (Pulled Apart By Horses, I Like Trains, Frank Turner, The Vaccines) to disconnect from the world and place themselves entirely in the album recording process for ‘Swan Songs’ …
Frontman James Smith said this about the single –
“The closest we’ve ever got to a pop song I reckon! First it was a droning slow ballad, then it had this wonky tribal drumbeat without any cymbals or snare, but every which way we played it, it felt like it was begging to be a straight up pop song, or at least our perception of what a pop song is. ”
“It takes it’s name from a nickname in The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, about a girl content and happy with her simple, small town life. The lyrics can be perceived in whichever way you want them to be.”
We listened to ‘Pollyanna Cowgirl’ [listen below] –
There’s spinning janglets of jangleflang (of course) with stern vocals that seem less stony and disapproving when surrounded by those yummy backing vox…
This is much less dejected than expected, with a silvery gray mechanism in the rhythm and chime in every hue.
Words: @neilmach 2017 ©
Main Image: Shot by Stan @shotbystAn
See them play:
Fri 21 Apr Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Thu 4 May Maguire’s Bar, Liverpool
Sat 6 May Crux, Wakefield