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WEIRDS – Announce new single ‘Phantom’

WEIRDS – ‘Phantom




Today, Leeds Psych Grunge four-piece WEIRDS reveal their mesmerising and raucous new single PHANTOM . The track establishes WEIRDS trademark sound as one that features mesmerising guitar melodies, juxtaposed by full throttled, distorted soundscapes whilst staying true to pop hooks and structure.

“Phantom is the probably the poppiest thing we’ve written, but still has a sense of heaviness and ugliness to it. We wanted to write something with deserty, sinewy riffs but something you could also dance to. It flicks between bombastic guitar sounds and psychedelic synths, and the lyrics cut through all the sickly-sweet sludge like razorblades.” Aidan Razzall, vocals.

PHANTOM is taken from the band’s debut album, titled SWARMCULTURE and due 12th May on Alcopop! Records.

Step into the kaleidoscopic world of WEIRDS, and you’ll be engulfed in a glorious, sonically technicoloured smog. After honing their craft over several years on the Leeds circuit, the band are now armed with colossal debut album SWARMCULTURE . The record showcases meticulous attention to detail, featuring lush, viscous layers that you can almost feel and taste, intricately positioned to create an escapist and mesmerising experience.

Recorded with Matt Peel ( Pulled Apart By Horses, Eagulls ) at The Nave , an atmospheric Leeds studio built into a converted church, WEIRDS set out to create a dark, heavy, psychedelic record which still had the pop structure and hooks to make people dance. Following on from 2016s Weird Sun EP , the band intentionally wanted to create light at the end of the sonic tunnel with SWARMCULTURE to provide a sense of relief from the lyrically brutal narrative. The studio location was significant in coining the album title, derived after bassist Matthew Vaughan had observed a flock of starlings in the courtyard, triggering a trail of thought on colonial behaviour and how is transcends to multiple species – including humankind.

It was a very conscious decision to combine the two words to create ‘Swarmculture’. It just seemed to encapsulate the world we wanted to create with this record. With the fact that Western culture is swarming towards a populist right, with people blaming others for parts of their lives that they’re not happy with, calling for change before they even begin to think about whether the change will be good or not, we felt ‘Swarmculture’ reflected the world we live in. Everything swarms, whether it be a colony of ants or the corporate conglomerates. We definitely, and will continue to, try to keep music and politics separate but as any type of artist, you are definitely inspired and influenced by what is going on around you” – Aidan Razzall

A testament to DIY music, WEIRDS are a creative force that reaches beyond the music – from their hand printed zines to curating line-ups and promoting shows in Leeds. With unrelenting, full-throttled live shows at their core, 2017 will see the band push each performance to its limit with a short UK headline run in March, including a three-night free show London residency, followed by their support to The Wytches in April. Summer will see the band land at Camden Rocks and 2000 Trees , with further festivals to be confirmed soon.

With a spectacular debut release and live dates providing the volcanic foundation needed to hatch, WEIRDS are hungrier than ever and ready to infest the UK.

20 Mar – Old Blue Last, London

21 Mar – Lock Tavern, London

22 Mar – The Windmill, London

03 Apr – Boileroom, Guildford (w/ The Wytches)

04 Apr – Waterfront Studio, Norwich (w/ The Wytches)

05 Apr – The Horn, St Albans (w/ The Wytches)

06 Apr – Face Bar, Reading (w/ The Wytches)

07 Apr – Sound Control, Manchester (w/ The Wytches)

09 Apr – Wells Forum, Tunbridge (w/ The Wytches)

19 Apr – Portland Arms, Cambridge (w/ The Wytches)

20 Apr – Georgian Theatre, Stockton On Tees (w/ The Wytches)

23 Apr – Joiners, Southampton (w/ The Wytches)

24 Apr – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff (w/ The Wytches)

29 Apr – Live At Leeds, Leeds

03 Jun – Camden Rocks Festival, London

06-08 Jul – 2000 Trees Festival, Upcote Farm

21-23 Jul – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire



Aidan Razzall – Vocals

Matthew Vaughan – Bass

Zachary Thomas – Guitar

David Nash – Drums


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