Artbreak release their new single, Soda Can, produced by Tony Visconti (Morrissey, Bowie, T-Rex) at Visconti Studios in Kingston, out May 18. Watch here
The sound is new wave indie art pop – think the lopsided funkiness of Shame or Unknown Mortal Orchestra, with a sprinkling of Imagine Dragons and Everything Everything’s sparkling pop. Imagine the dirt and grit of PiL imbued in the neon 80s glow of ABC, combined with a heart-on-sleeve emotional honesty that reflects their love of Frank Ocean and Prince.
Soda Can is a spiky art pop anthem, reflecting on the world of shrinks and neurosis, a whirlwind of emotions, angular riffs and crunching guitars offset by soaring, passionate vocals and pop melodies swathed in tension and vulnerability. Performed live in one take, this is raw and full of feeling, with elements that reference post punk, new wave and even new romanticism but combine them into something fresh and previously unheard.
You can hear this polished arrangement being turned on its’ head with angular riffs and old school synthesizer, with moments of a girl choir and Hammond organ interjecting in places, the drums and bass are all recorded live to a 24-track analogue tape deck. Performed with no edits you experience a retro raw feel, as mishaps are purposefully left in, adding an authentic and organic depth.
Their recent single ‘Will to Survive’ has been picking-up interest with writers from Gigwise, GigSlutz, GIITTV, Amazing Radio and Gary Crowley, who is a massive fan. Early supporters include Tom Robinson who invited them to perform a live session on BBC 6Music, as well supporting Primal Scream and Adam Ant ahead of their first release.
The band have been together for just 18 months and it is no surprise that their live shows kick up a storm, as Cole’s booming vocals lend a heart on sleeve honesty, absorbing everything from Wiley to The Clash, Red Hot Chilli Peppers to Frank Ocean. Catch them at their next show, Thursday February 14th at Birthdays.