Following on from last year’s 9 track compilation ‘Songs Of Her’s’, the Liverpool duo’s upcoming debut LP ‘Invitation to Her’s’ released August 24th on Heist or Hit will be their most significant step yet. Today Her’s share the details and send us on a nighttime ride through the dark woods of masculinity with the second cut, ‘Low Beam’.
After their blissed-out soft rock stunner ‘Love On The Line (Call Now)’ playfully sang the ephemeral joys of simulated companionship, ‘Low Beam’ is, in their words: “a commentary on toxic masculinity, viewed through the eyes of a biker who feels alienated by the gangs in the scene, without feeling any weaker. He’s a lone wolf type character.”
Snappy guitar lines and sleazy vocals continue the pair’s rollicksome nods to Ariel Pink and Mac Demarco, tinged with 80s to modern day RnB. It’s a return to their 80s jangle pop, slack art rock origins reminiscent of early material like ‘Dorothy’, ‘Speed Racer’ and ‘What Once Was’ to ultimately reassert the curious oddball mythos that made the duo so magnetic in the first place.
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They’ve been met with a glowing reception from Radio 1, 6Music, DIY, The Guardian, FADER, Stereogum, NME, The Line of Best Fit and Dork, and conquered a respectable chunk of the global circuit already through shows at Visions, Green Man, The Great Escape, SXSW and Bangkok. Her’s next spate of touring will see them hit the road throughout the nation, after playing a sold-out London show at Moth Club earlier in May, before slots at Citadel, Leopallooza, Neighbourhood Festival, Tramlines capping it all off with an Autumn headline tour.
‘Low Beam’ is the sound of a band come full circle. Her’s’ Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick may both be Merseyside migrants, the latter from Barrow and the former from Norway, but the duo have made a musical home of Liverpool. Brought together through a chance encounter in a university canteen by their shared love of off-kilter humour and art, Her’s have shaped the very texture of Liverpool alongside peers like Trudy and the Romance and Pizzagirl. The nucleus of the Merseyside scene surrounding these groups finds its identity through humour and imagination. They’re voracious consumers of music across styles and eras, and it shows in their mutant retro-futurist sound. All things considered, ‘Invitation To Her’s’ is already proving to be one of the most free and inspired indie rock debuts this island has seen for a while.
‘Invitation to Her’s’ released August 24th on Heist or Hit and second single ‘Low Beam’ is out now.
15th – LONDON, Citadel Festival
22nd – SHEFFIELD, Tramlines Festival
28th – BUDE, Leopallooza Festival
27th – NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, Greenbelt Festival
6th – Manchester, Neighbourhood Festival
10th – Berlin, Maze
11th – Cologne, Acephale
13th – Paris, Le Point Ephémère
17th – Liverpool, Arts Club Loft
18th – Reading, South Street Arts Centre
19th – Brighton, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
24th – LONDON, Tufnell Park Dome
25th – Cambridge, Portland Arms
26th – Leicester, The Cookie
27th – Dublin, Whelans Upstairs
30th – Newcastle, Think Tank
1st – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (Community Room)
2nd – Glasgow, The Great Eastern