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New music reviews with Fucked Up and SOFT PLAY

Our weekly fix of the best new music as Julia Mason (aka The Decibel Decoder) brings us her reviews of new music with singles from Fucked Up Stimming and SOFT PLAY Everything and Nothing

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Artist: Fucked Up

Track: Stimming

Fucked Up release new single Stimming
Credit Colin Medley

Toronto band Fucked Up announce details of their new album Another Day set for release on 9 August via their own imprint Fucked Up Records. Along with the news, they share the first single from the album Stimming and North American and UK tour dates for later this year.

Stimming is an utter blast of a track. Just get this into your ears and play it loud. It's an ode to letting music carry you through those rough days and into the next, and boy does it succeed. The hardcore vocals are there but there is so much more to this track than that. It’s a riot, in the fun sense of the word, and it’s been on repeat all morning. Fucked Up are here to remind you that life may be tough but that shared music experience can lift the mood. And don’t forget to dance....

“In making the video for Stimming we tried to depict the transcendence of music from within our bodies outward to physical action” the band explain. “Stimming is self-soothing behaviour through repetition, and in the context of music and our band, we overcome, calm, and manifest the best of ourselves through these specific, finely tuned physical movements which create a freeing joyous place from which to bring new ideas into the world.”

Fucked Up live UK dates:

Oct 21 - Cardiff - Clwb Ifor Bach ^

Oct 22 - Kingston - Fighting Cocks ^

Oct 24 - Milton Keynes - Craufurd Arms ^

Oct 25 - Oxford - O2 Academy Oxford ^

Oct 26 - London - Oslo ^

Oct 28 - Edinburgh - The Caves %

Oct 29 - Newcastle - The Grove %

^ with THE TUBS


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Track: Everything and Nothing

SOFT PLAY release new single Everything and Nothing

SOFT PLAY have released their new single, the heart-rending Everything and Nothing. The duo are Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman and they have both had the toughest of personal tragedies to navigate.

“I started writing the words in lockdown in the depths of a mental health breakdown,” begins Isaac. “My good mate Bailey had just passed away, Laurie had not long lost his partner, Emma, to cancer. It was one thing after the next. I got to the line about Bailey and couldn’t for the life of me think of what to say next, so I left it where it was.

“Three years later – last year – I went round to Laurie’s and he had just got this mandolin, we laid down the instrumental and I remembered I had these words in the notes on my phone. Laurie asked me what it was about and I was having trouble explaining it, then he said, "So it’s just like everything and nothing."

“We demo’d the tune and took it to the studio, lyrics still unfinished. During that stint, I kept seeing people that looked like Bailey, which unlocked the next line of the tune and allowed the rest to come out."

“These past few years have been really hard for so many people,” adds Laurie. “The song and video encapsulates the journeys we’ve all been on: loss, love, rebirth, it’s the cycle of life. Raw pain and bitter beauty.”

The stunning video is a beautiful black and white accompaniment to Everything and Nothing which is taken from the duo’s album Heavy Jelly set for release on 19 July via BMG.


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