Today, Liverpudlian jangle pop oddballs Her’s release debut album proper “Invitation To Her’s”. For duo Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick, withdrawal into a strange world of their mutual creation is central to their output. Through laughter and art, Her’s take us away from the strife of everyday life and into a world that’s a surreal reflection of our own, built from the detritus of novelty items in junk shops, bargain bin b-movies and late night cop shows.
After meeting in a university canteen in Liverpool, the duo from two different coastlines (Stephen from Barrow and Audun from another small coastal town in Norway) quickly bonded over their mutually off-kilter sense of humour. As their 2017 compilation “Songs of Her’s” demonstrated their knack for world building out of the strange and the novel has been carefully refined over their short tenure together, to the point where they now stand as the British figureheads of an international DIY scene that’s exploding while retaining its UK grassroots authenticity.
“Songs of Her’s” set the bar high and introduced legions of supporters to their cause, with multiple songs blowing up on YouTube channels and Spotify and a whole host of publications like Q, FADER, Wonderland, Guardian, Dork, DIY, NME, The Line of Best Fit, The 405. ‘Invitation To Her’s’ continues the early work and is being met with a glowing reception. In their 4★ review, Q described the album as “fusing Scritti Politti’s twinkling, slinky grooves with the luminous lugubriousness of Orange Juice to create something that feels distinctly theirs”.
Her’s are purveyors of a style that has not only shaped the very texture of Liverpool’s music, alongside peers like Trudy and the Romance and Pizzagirl, it’s a style that’s causing powerful ripples across the world. Under the facade and strange world of characters and humour there lies a deeper undercurrent, this approach is one of the subtle reasons Her’s stand apart and through this vehicle their messages have the potential to shift perceptions.
Her’s have very little to prove, and as any of their fans could tell you, they knew it from the start.
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