Croydon post-hardcore power duo FRAUDS have shared the video for their new single Ships which is out now on all good digital streaming platforms. The band recently signed to Alcopop! Records, and have announced details of their second album ‘Long Spoons’ set for release on October 1, 2021.
The third track to be taken from the album following on from well-received previous singles Copenhagen and Money Honey, latest single Ships is another thick slab of juicy groove-laden riffage from the duo, bursting with fun and a dash of satire. The song’s narrative centres are a fictional ship called The Wishing Well and it’s unnamed captain.
Drummer and vocalist Chris explains: “I pictured someone similar to Daniel Plainview’s character in the film ‘There Will Be Blood’—a guy full of superficial charm who turns up in a small fishing community that functions perfectly without outside influence, yet he always manages to sell them the dream which inevitably destroys the community and the environment. He then sails off into the night having got what he’s needed and moves on to the next location to do it all again.” Watch the video clip for Ships via YouTube below.
FRAUDS are set to hit the road in support of the album throughout Sep/Oct 2021 on UK headline tour dates (see below for listings) which are on sale now, and will also be appearing at the PORTALS all dayer in London on July 31, 2021 alongside El Moono, Asian Death Crustacean & more.
Long Spoons UK tour dates
22.07.21 – Bristol – Lost Horizon
31.07.21 – London – The Victoria, Dalston (PORTALS All Dayer)
28.09.21 – Bristol – Crofters Rights (tickets)
29.09.21 – Sheffield – Record Junkee (tickets)
30.09.21 – Leeds – Mabgate Bleach (tickets)
01.10.21 – Birmingham – The Night Owl
02.10.21 – Secret Show TBA
07.10.21 – Brighton – The Albert (tickets)
08.10.21 – Hull – The New Adelphi
Tickets on sale now
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’ on 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 f*cking 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 f*ck and they’re not gonna take it anymore.