Hull post punk/trash pop band Candid Faces have dropped their new single “Needle Talk“, alongside an accompanying video.
The song, produced by indie maestro Adam Pattrick, is out now and is an infectious trash-pop future classic that touches on themes of paranoia and anxiety in its lyric. Grab it here.
Needle Talk’s ‘keep it simple’ & ‘to the point’ lyric takes a peek into the psyche of someone who is constantly conscious of how they’re being perceived by others, a concept that’s illustrated so well in Hull director Jody Moore’s video.
Lead vocalist Liz Shaw explains:
“I used to be that person who’d be imagining all the time what other people were thinking about me, and who knows if it was true at all! So much energy was soaked up with those thoughts, that there was no space for me to just be me. In the chorus of Needle Talk I’m singing ‘Let it go, Let It go’ which is a cry to let go of those stifling feelings and just be free from the associated mental constraints. So liberating was that process of letting go, that it’s improved my mental health and feelings of well-being no end!”
Citing key bands from the UK post-punk/indie scene such as Idles, Low Hummer, Shame and Yard Act, Candid Faces specialise in writing hard-hitting, catchy songs which revolve around subjects like old women, fist fights & paranoia.
Accompanying this are ‘proper indie pop grooves’ that create a soundscape described as ‘trash-pop’ & ‘jagged’ by fans & journalists alike. They try to have fun in everything they do and hope that comes across on stage, while also addressing more serious issues in their lyrical themes.
Candid Faces formed by original members, drummer Max Wilson (then on bass) & fiery front-woman Liz Shaw (vocals & keys) when they started jamming at Hull’s Wilberforce College in 2021. Soon Taro Keeitch joined on guitar & then Ben Hales on bass (with Max then moving to drums), before Joe Beeks came in on second guitar to complete the current line-up.
Photo credit: Jason Shipley