Band of the Month: Current Affairs (July)

Band of the Month: Current Affairs (July)

Our featured band this month is Glasgow post punk/new wave band Current Affairs.

Formed in 2016, Current Affairs are a post punk band neatly navigating the line between new wave and goth. They A cassette called Object came out in 2017 on Comodillo Tapes and in December 2018 the band’s first 7” Breeding Feeling b/w Draw The Line, was put out into the world by Not Unloved, followed in June 2019 by Buckle Up -bw- World’s In Crisis, out via Berlin’s Dot Dot Dot (…).

The band released their singles collection Object & Subject in 2019, featuring their output over 3 years (excluding the Dot Dot Dot release), gathered and synthesised into one disc. “We never agonised over our sound or direction, but worked to our punk strengths and leaned into our pop tendencies collectively. On the cusp of releasing an album and re-imagining our live set up, it feels great to be putting out this overview of what we’ve made so far.”

Their current line up formed in 2020, but the four have been circling each other for years, touring and playing with their previous bands within the close UK network of DIY music.

Debut Album ‘Off the Tongue

Following on from 2019’s singles collection, the wait for their debut full-length may belie the urgency of its sound. Songs that were written in pieces over a long time and distance, but fully formed in the instant of the recording room across just a few days by producer Ross McGowan at Chime Studio. Current Affairs’ song-writing process has always been collaborative.

These new songs feel a little brighter than their previous offerings, yet still hold true to their propulsive and caterwauling sound. Still embryonic in the most exciting way that that can be. Current Affairs’ music straddles new-wave pop and gothic post-punk in the way that you should expect a Glasgow-Berlin band to do so: with grit and panache.

Current Affairs are:
  • Joan (ex-The Royal We/Seconds/Rose McDowall’s band)
  • Seb (ex-Anxiety/Pissy)
  • Josh (The Downs/Kaspar Hauser/ex-Rose McDowall’s band)
  • Andrew (Shopping/As Ondas)

Off the Tongue‘ is out on July 14 now via via Tough Love Recordings. Pre-order your copy here.

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