In July of last year the consistently brilliant London indie-pop specialists Fortuna Pop released Hide and Seek, the debut album from Mammoth Penguins. An album so enjoyable that critics like, errm us, clamoured to declare it, “an album of fully formed Indie-classics”. Since the summer it’s largely been quiet on the Mammoth Penguins front, but today we’re delighted to share the video for their latest single, Strength In My Legs.
The latest project from former Standard Fare front-woman, Emma Kupa, Cambridge based Mammoth Penguins are a three piece band. Emma is joined by bassist, Mark Boxall, and drummer, Tom Barden. On Hide and Seek they produced a record that sounds entirely timeless. Musically it recalled the likes of The Breeders, Courtney Barnett, Camera Obscura and even Weezer; whilst lyrically it was a sincere dissection of life at the wrong end of your 20’s, taking in troubled relationships, failed aspirations and the process of growing up and realising life isn’t quite as you’d always imagined it would be, but being okay with that.
Strength In My Legs was an obvious stand out moments on the record; the scuzzy chug of electric guitars, the loose clatter of drums being hit with joyful freedom, and some thunderously booming bass runs. Lyrically it finds Emma regretting a missed opportunity, noting her failure to read between the lines of a situation until it’s too late in the day to seize a chance at something that could have been beautiful.
“I wish I had more strength in my legs, more oxygen in my chest to get to you sooner”
Her words entwine with the chaotic stumble of the music to form a track that seems to be rushing, and tumbling towards its thrillingly raw final moments. The video, directed by the ever intriguing Darren Hayman, fits into the songs essence, fusing hazy live footage with shots of Emma breaking into an increasingly frantic dash for an unknown goal. The whole piece is littered with a feeling of tumultuous, hopeless frenzy; an attempt to somehow achieve an impossible feat of daring-do, which only ends painfully with Emma breathless, broken, and alone in an area of unidentified rural idyll.
To coincide with this single release, Mammoth Penguins have also announced a handful of tour dates for the Spring, and as their excellent set at last year’s Indietracks confirmed, live, as well as on record, Mammoth Penguins are a band well worth spending some time with.
Hide and Seek is out now via Fortuna Pop. Full tour dates below.
Friday February 12th Lancaster, The Park Hotel
Saturday February 13th Glasgow Popsouth Weekender
Saturday March 12th Brighton Hope and Ruin supporting Steve Adams
Saturday March 26th Cardiff Wales Goes Pop!
Saturday 9th April Leicester Indiepop Alldayer