Fast-rising Cambridgeshire indie duo Collars release their debut album ‘Clyde‘ today via their own label, Laundry Rooms.
‘Clyde’ features previous singles ‘Baby I’m Bored’ and ‘Rabbit Heart’, as well as new single ‘Rainbows’ – a video for which also dropped today. It was filmed in a day around Ipswich, Suffolk, and stars Georgia Cowey.
This is the first full-length record from Collars and presents a much bigger, more mature sound than the band’s previous material. ‘Clyde’ is informed by poppier elements in parts and more punk leanings in others. Take new single ‘Rainbows’ – a feel-good tune about loving yourself before anyone else can – which is pure pop, with jagged guitars and an infectious chorus, while the jaunty ‘These Tears Are Not For You’ pays ode to pop of the 1960s by girl groups like The Shangri-Las and The Ronettes. Elsewhere, megaphone segues ‘The Argument (Martin)’ and ‘John’s Mate Dan’ offer up urgent, punk-fuelled rants about greasy spoons and old Argos pens. And closing track ‘Something About Us’, a delicate acoustic wind-down, battles between feelings of anguish and hope.
Ultimately, the duo’s indie origins remain throughout, but ‘Clyde’ will take listeners on a journey – one that’ll have you singing, dancing and even shedding the odd tear.
‘Clyde’ is available on digipak CD and digitally, soon to be followed by a limited run of yellow vinyl in November, which is being pressed by the new plant in Middlesbrough, Press On Vinyl.
Fans are invited to join Collars in Cambridge on Saturday 10 september to celebrate the launch of ‘Clyde’ at a free party at the Blue Moon. Support on the night comes from fellow East Anglian artists Three Years Younger, Study Of Us and Deer/Dear (the solo project of Goldblume frontman Jethro Steel), and there will be a raffle to win test pressings of the vinyl.
‘Clyde’ track list:
The Argument (Martin)
These Tears Are Not For You
Baby I’m Bored
John’s Mate Dan
Christmas In The 90s
Something About Us