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The Drink: Company


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From the press release:
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“Few bands would cause Rough Trade to toss their rulebook out the window, but upon hearing the arresting sound of two handmade EPs by London trio The Drink, the independent record store did just that – stocking an unsigned band’s release for the first time in recent history. Newly signed to Melodic, The Drink are now set to intoxicate further with the arrival of their gloriously inventive debut album Company. Collecting together those now-unavailable EPs, the record has an inimitable, wayward sound drawn from the chaos of real life. “People and places shape the sound – I get ideas from watching people do their thing and also looking at billboards thinking that everything is fucked,” says singer and guitarist Dearbhla Minogue. Without clear narratives, the lyrics have a stream-of-consciousness quality, loaded with uncanny imagery. “I try to invoke feelings of familiarity and imagery in songs because that is what I love about hearing good lyrics. For them to invoke something that you recognise and makes you feel a certain way but you’re not quite sure why.” In the way bands such as Deerhoof and Field Music are revered for their unusual sonic approach, The Drink celebrate beauty in oddness through their use of bold syncopated rhythms, strange time signatures and complex structures, via a love of artists from Joanna Newsom to The Breeders and Captain Beefheart. While many lose their sense of melodic direction labouring to create an intriguing experimental sound, on Company it never wanes through the band’s boundless energy, reverberating basslines and unforgettably spontaneous fusion of American and English indie rock with Irish folk leanings. “We don’t set out to write odd songs at all” says Dearbhla. “We just write them as we think they sound interesting and they always turn out to be in bizarre time patterns when it comes to putting them together.””
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Company is out December 8 via Melodic; listen to “Wicklow” below.
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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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