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Leeds’ much loved post-punk quartet Post War Glamour Girls have announced details of their third album ‘Swan Songs’ which will be released on Hide & Seek Records on the 17th of April. ‘Swan Songs’, the follow up to 2015’s acclaimed ‘Feeling Strange’ and their outstanding debut album, 2014’s ‘Pink Fur’ is musically reminiscent of The Pixies and Wild Beasts with vocals evocative of Nick Cave crossed with Mark E. Smith.
The four-piece have spent the last few years building up an impressive body of work, showcasing an innate knack for creating intricately layered and intelligent compositions with an almost theatrical Arcade Fire-like build up. While the mainstream has noticed, with the band already receiving heavy support from Clash, DIY, The 405, The Line Of Best Fit, and being invited to perform on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals, it’s the incredible amount of underground fan-driven support that has marked Post War Glamour Girls out as a major band to watch.
Tackling themes of stress, anxiety, depression, the class system, religion, war and government, the band decamped 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 and lyricist James Smith explains “We decided with this album that we wanted to get lost during the recording process. To let it consume us entirely throughout. No distractions from our day to day lives. No dashing mid-take to get to work on time. No phone calls from our landlords. No other commitments. Just two solid weeks of living it.”
With no phone signal, no Wifi and not a lot of anything else to do, the band spent their days playing music for hours on end and their nights sitting round a table cooking for each other, drinking local whiskey and setting the world to rights. This closeness and bond can be felt throughout the album, as James says “This record is the product of the band's dependence on each other in isolation. It is a record of peace, love and understanding”
The band will be holding their album launch at their beloved Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and will then head out on tour in May to support ‘Swan Songs’ The band will also be performing at Outlines Festival in Sheffield on 4th March.