Fresh from releasing their debut EP, Silk For The Starving, The Lounge Society are here on New Noise to explain why they are much more than just another so-called ‘post-punk’ band and why you desperately need to listen up for their defiant voice.
Making politically charged music is a difficult task to get right. Too often, it can miss the mark and come off as either preachy or insincere, but with The Lounge Society, they are just feistily saying the things they believe deserve airing — the things that truly matter to the band. Silk For The Starving points towards an acerbic and exhilarating future for the group.
The Lounge Society get their EP off to a caustic start with ‘Burn The Heather’, which takes aim at Grouse shooters in the Calder Valley countryside. The track sets the pace for the full release as it flies by at lightning speed and gets the endorphins pumping. Meanwhile, ‘Cain’s Heresy’ sees the band vigorously lament those who live for following fashion and can’t use a mind of their own.
It all builds up to the crescendo, ‘Valley Bottom Fever’, which arrives after the EP takes you everywhere you thought it possibly could. After listening to Silk For The Starving, you’ll feel like you’re capable of taking on anything that the universe could throw in your direction. They might only be teenagers, but The Lounge Society show that the kids are alright, and in them, we trust.
The last eighteen months have been bewildering for everybody, yet, when the pandemic started, The Lounge Society hadn’t even released a note of music. As we finally seem to be heading towards the live music light, the four-piece should be one of the first names you catch once gigs resume.
The EP saw the group team up with Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground imprint on Heavenly Recordings. Over the last few years, Carey has produced Fontaines D.C.’s impeccable pair of albums, plus the likes of Squid, Black Midi, and Goat Girl.
Having Carey at the helm has helped The Lounge Society dramatically, and through his guidance, they’ve been able to create a visceral, live-sounding EP that shows the full chasm of what the band can do.
“Since the first day that we spent in the studio with Dan, it was pretty clear to us that working with him was perfect for us,” the band explain to Far Out. “He has a way of making (what seem to be) subtle changes which can completely transform the recording. There have been various occasions where Dan has suggested something that we do, and we’ve maybe not known where it was going or how it was going to sound, but we have such trust in him that we always go through with it, on many occasions his ideas have brought the recording to the next level.”
The band added: “He comes up with ideas in a way that no one else does, and he knows his studio and his gear so well, so he will be constantly thinking about which guitar will work for the particular track or which synth to add later or how to get the right drum sound. When you’re stood in the studio playing or listening back, you can see him constantly thinking. It’s really fascinating to watch.”
Through having someone they can trust in Carey has allowed The Lounge Society to test themselves and let the creative shackles fly off with abandon. The final result is a testament to their bravery, as well as their talent and esteemed mentor.
The most refreshing aspect of the EP is that it sounds unique to The Lounge Society, and making sure that they don’t get put in a box is imperative to the boys. “Avoiding being labelled is very important for us,” they explain. “There are lots of artists who are doing good stuff, but you could probably describe all of their tracks with one label; probably ‘post-punk’. We’d like to think that when people listen to our EP, it feels like a variety of sounds to them, that’s how we feel it sounds anyway.
“Although all four tracks feel very musically different, the EP links together really well, as the record plays, there’s a sense of it becoming increasingly fucked up, starting with ‘Burn The Heather’ which, although has some definite grit in there, probably comes across the most ‘dancy’ and then the last track, ‘Valley Bottom Fever’, that almost has a sound of insanity.”
The political aspect to the band isn’t cliche-riddled, student politics tripe and the authenticity of their lyrical output is crystal clear on Silk For The Starving. The Lounge Society speak about issues that they see around them daily living in the Calder Valley, and that deep-seated passion resonates as you see life through their angst-filled lens.
“With our lyrics, we are not necessarily always trying to portray a message or tell anyone what to think,” they comment. “We are just focusing on various topics which should be focused on and that are ignored by most people.”
Authenticity and originality are two things that will never waver. In recent times, post-punk bands seem to have forgotten that there are no boundaries to the genre. However, The Lounge Society have served up a reminder with Silk For The Starving that there’s still a burgeoning fire of artistic chaos to be found by throwing the rulebook out the window and lighting a match.