Croydon post-hardcore power duo FRAUDS have shared the video for their new single Money Honey which is out now on all good digital streaming platforms. The band recently signed to Alcopop! Records, announcing that their forthcoming second album ‘Long Spoons’ is scheduled for release in Summer 2021.
Commenting on the single, vocalist and drummer Chris explains: “It was a riff that had been around the block a few times that never worked until we slowed it down and put a kind of disco beat behind it. The song almost wrote itself from a plethora of notes on my phone. These notes were written on daily commutes across London for work which informed the narrative.”
The band shot the video themselves, taking inspiration from Scottish comedian and viral sensation Limmy to beat COVID limitations. As Frauds’ songs are built to entertain, so are their videos—nothing makes the cut if it doesn’t raise an eyebrow or crack a smile.
“Limmy is a huge inspiration,” adds Chris on the video, “and when the pandemic hit I was reading his autobiography. It dawned on me that he works with huge restrictions all the time and yet comes up with ingenious set ups with just a camera and himself. We wanted to embrace the restrictions, thus the hula hoops.” Watch the Money Honey video clip via YouTube below.
The forthcoming album’s lead single Copenhagen was released earlier this year; a reaction to the absurd spread of misinformation which has led to a resurgence of public racism and fear around the world. FRAUDS second album ‘Long Spoons’ is released Summer 2021 via Alcopop! Records
FRAUDS have also announced a run of Sep/Oct 2021 UK headline tour dates (see below for listings) which go on sale 10am GMT on Wednesday March 30, 2021.
Sep/Oct 2021 ‘Long Spoons’ UK tour dates
Tickets on sale 10am GMT on Wednesday March 30, 2021
More about FRAUDS
When Frauds’ original project split back in 2008 after a short lived record deal, a whirlwind of shows, and an LP released only in Austria, it looked like the visceral punk spirit they once possessed had died, giving way to reasonable IT recruitment consultation and a shimmy up the career ladder at HMV. An OK life, if tedium and manageable misery are your thing…
Listening for the first time to artists such as Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Sonic Youth and Fugazi led band members Chris and Mike into the world of post-hardcore bands; bands like Mclusky, Hot Snakes, and Drive Like Jehu. “I remember coming back from a very drunk and depressing HMV managers’ conference in Birmingham and having an epiphany: I could sing like those bands,” says Chris.
Since their inception in 2012, the band have released debut EP ‘I Can See That You’ve Got It Bad’ (2013) and follow up second EP ‘PT DEUX’ (2013), standalone singles Some Other Lover (2014) and Suckjobs (2016), and their 2017 debut album ‘With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice’ via Till Deaf Do Us Party Records. Their last single release Putin’s Day Off (2019) was championed by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6music.
Over the years they’ve shared stages with Idles, Future of The Left, Tigercub, HMLTD, St Pierre Snake Invasion, God Damn, Blacklisters, USA Nails, Slaves, Bloody Knees, Demob Happy, JOHN and Melt Dunes, and most recently in 2019 were personally invited on the road to support Jamie Lenman as part of his Lenmania tour.
Once the band ventured beyond Croydon and were playing shows across the country, one thing emerged: the sheer amount of incredible bands that were making amazing music. This led to the duo curating a now-annual Sunburn Festival at The Windmill Brixton with 10 bands crammed into one summer’s day. “It was important for us to bring together all of the bands we shared stages with around the country who we adored, who we wanted to meet and to make a community with,” says Chris.
The two-piece create songs that are packed with wit, humour and venom. They want you to have fun. They want you to be angry at the general state of things. They have a goal to one day play a gig with no instruments. “Something satirical, fun, enraged and the heaviest fucking thing you’ve ever seen,” they say, in all seriousness.
Turning heads and taking names at the likes of The Independent, Loud & Quiet, The Line of Best Fit, NME and The Needle Drop with their own particular brand of ear-battering, eye-gouging visceral punk ’n’ roll, this two piece have reignited a creative fire that’s burning more intensely than ever.
It’s angry, but it’s fun. It’s satirical, but it’s ridiculous. The only thing you can be sure about is that they’re heavy as fuck and they’re not gonna take it anymore.