Todmorden based Working Men’s Club created the first big 2019 buzz with their first single Bad Blood; 3 weeks on the Radio 6 playlist, selling out their limited edition vinyl before it was released and generating towards 100,000 plays on Spotify. The two articles H2N have published featuring the band are also top of the tree in terms of hits and interest.
This past weekend saw the release of the b-side to the vinyl, Suburban Heights. This is another slice of jaunty, jolting energy with vibes of The Fall blended with Orange Juice, Talking Heads and the dark frantic atmosphere of the Velvet Underground. I saw an interview with drummer Jake Bogacki where he name checked the wonderful late 70’s Leeds band Delta 5 (I always loved “You”), and while perhaps not many know this band (but you know what to do now), I can see them as an influence too.
If the Delta 5 were good enough for Kurt Cobain….
Suburban Heights is a bleak industrial indie classic and feels very apart from what most bands are producing today. Although Surburban Heights is not quite as perky as Bad Blood it has an hypnotic guitar rhythm and dreamy backing vocals from Giulia Bonometti (vocals, guitar), before a nice frantic bit of distorted guitar which cuts it up. Bonometti is also performing solo (as Julia Bardo) and has a simultaneous 1960’s/ Stevie Nicks tinged solo single out. The lead vocals of 17 year old Sydney Minsky-Sargeant (vocalist, guitar) are assured and as cool as…
I get a real late night late 70’s feel for this band, and something of the lo-fi spirit and deft timing of the late 70’s cult band Young Marble Giants (a band I adore). Surburban Height confirms Working Men’s Club to be carving their own niche in what is a crowded indie market.
Having seen this band live, I can assure you if you make the effort to go and see them you will not be disappointed. Working Men’s Club are clearly in heavy demand so you have no excuse. Go and catch them as support to the magnificent PINS (alongside Indigo Velvet) at Manchester Niamos on March 7th, at Hull City Library on March 10th, with Strange Cages at the Manchester Castle on March 29th and Leeds Hyde Park Bookclub on the 30th.