When latest Speedy Wunderground signings The Lounge Society released their debut single Generation Game back in March, it instantly heralded the arrival of a special new band. Generation Game became the revered label’s fastest-selling 7” ever, and indeed their only repress since Black Midi. BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne went as far as to call it one of her Songs of The Year. It is with some anticipation then that The Lounge Society – still all in their mid-teens – release follow-up single Burn The Heather. It receives its debut today from Lauren Laverne who praised a band “still in their teens but making such compelling music… so many big ideas in there… really really brilliant.”
Hailing from in and around the Pennine towns of Hebden Bridge and Todmorden in the Calder Valley of West Yorkshire, The Lounge Society recorded Burn The Heather with producer Dan Carey (Kae Tempest, Bat For Lashes, Fontaines D.C.), and it carries with it an insistent, brittle punk-funk strut. With the band drawing rich influence from their surroundings – the area being well-known for its abundance of magic mushrooms and as the UFO-sighting capital of Britain – theirs is a sound shot-through with adrenalized and undeniable youthful surges, with The Velvet Underground, Talking Heads and Fat White Family cited as shared influences.
The single takes its title from the annual local ritual burning of the moor-top heather by the rich rural landowners for their lucrative grouse-shoots (and which those down in the valley blame on causing frequent flooding). The band also flex their literary muscles in lifting a line from the Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem, “The World Is A Beautiful Place”, repurposing it in order to refer to the song’s protagonist as “the smiling mortician”.
Burn The Heather‘s strikingly macabre lyrics (“I hear the tales of both cities / Of light pockets and heavy hearts / Where flesh meets lead / And unchained souls are torn apart”) signal a very personal single. The band comments: “Burn the Heather is a song deeply rooted in where we come from. The lyrics are our interpretation of some of the darker aspects of where we live, and our personal reaction to them. Musically, Burn the Heather is intended to be an adrenaline shot to the brain. We wanted this to be the second single all along. We don’t want to be just another post-punk band, and we knew Heather would keep people on their toes. Unlike a lot of our tracks, the guitars are quite minimal and the rhythm really carries it, and we think it works really well. We want to make people move.”
Listen to Burn The Heather on DSPs here
Watch the video HERE