South London independent label Speedy Wunderground has amassed a cult-following in the 7 years since its founding. Formed by renowned producer Dan Carey (TOY, Kate Tempest, Fontaines D.C.), the label is responsible for the release of some of the most exciting experimental music by up-and-coming bands in the last few years – think blackmidi, Squid, PVA, and Black Country, New Road. It is of great credit to The Lounge Society that they not only meet, but excel, the high calibre of music we have come to expect from the label.
The band’s debut single ‘Generation Game’, released in March 2020, is the label’s fastest-selling 7” record to date, and the only record to be re-pressed by the label since black midi’s ‘bmbmbm’. The Lounge Society set the bar high for themselves with their debut single. It is an understatement to say that they have exceeded the expectations they have set for themselves with their follow-up singles, ‘Burn The Heather’ and ‘Cain’s Heresay’.
NME described The Lounge Society as “making political punk for the dancefloor”, and I don’t think I could put it any better. The Hebden Bridge four-piece, still only aged 16 and 17, made it onto the NME 100 list of emerging artists set to take over the music scene in 2021, and God do they deserve it.
The track is a headbanger, with agitated guitar riffs, adrenaline-inducing drums, gritty vocals, clever and angry political lyrics, and a punky, groovy, psychedelic breakdown at the end where you can envision the circle pits opening already. The Lounge Society are a band built for playing live. Their music is raw, it’s energetic, and it’s infectiously danceable.
“It’s our way of saying ‘not on my watch’. Cain and Abel were brothers at war, and this song is our last stand in the war on culture which is being waged by corporations at the moment.”
About the song, the band said, “’Cain’s Heresy’ is a portrait of the world we’re headed to - where consumers lie sedated while ‘This Week’s Hot Trend’ and ‘101 Style Tips For Summer’ are forced down their throats by gloved hands. It’s our way of saying ‘not on my watch’. Cain and Abel were brothers at war, and this song is our last stand in the war on culture which is being waged by corporations at the moment.”
The music video, directed by Nick Farrimond, features the band performing at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge, where the band are from. Fans of The Strokes may notice that the music video is an homage to ‘The Modern Age’ by The Strokes, and even features legendary producer of The Strokes, Gordon Raphael.
To be recording with one of the most exciting labels and playing venues they aren’t old enough to see their own gigs in, The Lounge Society are on the path to become one of the UK’s most exciting and energetic new acts.