Blanketman’s debut EP ‘National Trust’ is out now via [PIAS] Recordings. One year on from the release of the band’s debut single, Taking You With Me, ‘National Trust’ – produced by Luke Smith (Foals, LIFE) – has gone on to spawn a string of much-loved singles, including the urgent Beach Body, the wonky and wordy Harold, as well as their grass-is-always-greener banger Leave The South.
‘National Trust’ is also available on 12″ vinyl on July 16th. Listen to the EP in full and pre-order the vinyl here.
Blanketman have also announced a headline UK tour for August. Full list of dates is below.
Aug 03 – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK [buy tickets here]
Aug 04 – The Prince Albert, Brighton, UK [buy tickets here]
Aug 05 – The Windmill, London, UK [buy tickets here]
Aug 06 – Crofters Rights, Bristol, UK [buy tickets here]
Aug 11 – Future Yard, Birkenhead, UK [buy tickets here]
Aug 12 – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK [buy tickets here]
Aug 13 – Yes (Pink Room), Manchester, UK [buy tickets here]
More about Blanketman
With just a handful of singles under their belts, the Manchester band have already found support from the likes of Clash, DIY, Dork, The Forty-Five, The Line of Best Fit, NME and So Young, along with a Next Wave slot from Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1, New Names feature from Annie Mac, a Ones To Watch pick from Huw Stephens, BBC 6 Music support from Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson and Marc Riley, plays from Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1, as well as playlist spots at NME Radio and Amazing Radio.
Back in March 2020, the band’s debut single Taking You With Me marked the arrival of a band full of ideas, and cut a boundless, energetically pop edge that saw them likened to early Blur. Follow-up Beach Body dialed up the urgency and distilled a swift insistence, on top of which vocalist Adam Hopper masterminded a trove of indelible melodies, dedicated to the ailing Brit-abroad. The band wrapped up 2020 with Harold, which brought with it a thumping, wonky and rowdy execution. National Trust looks at themes of feeling trapped and anxious, but also the hopes held toward eventual liberation from that feeling.
Recent years have seen the band spearheading a burgeoning scene in Manchester as they gigged extensively throughout the city, performing their original brand of restless post-punk and cerebral indie-pop – all served with a sharper, more sardonic pop edge than many of their more po-faced peers. So sharp in fact that Steve Hanley, of The Fall and Brix Smith & Extricated, has performed live on stage with them a number of times already.
Adam Hopper – lead vocals, guitar
Jeremy Torralvo Godoy – bass, backing vocals
Ellie-Rose Elliott – drums, backing vocals
Daniel Hand – lead guitar