Hailing from the surprising West Yorkshire musical hot spot of Hebden Bridge, The Lounge Society are a teenage quartet, birthed out of the same “Calder sound” that has given the world The Orielles and WH Lung among others. A chance email from their band manager to Speedy Wunderground caught the label’s ears, and they recently became the 34th release in the label’s singles series, with their track, Generation Game.
Generation Game isn’t your average debut single; clocking in at five and half minutes, it’s a gradually evolving post-punk gem. The track begins with a Television-like swagger, before sliding into an easy driving rhythm as vocalist Cameron Davey repeats the line, “what will the US do”, sounding equal parts Beta Band and Fat White Family. Then three minutes in, just as you think you see where this is all going, it slips into a dreamy break-down, with more than a touch of Roxy Music, before gradually picking up for one final strutting crescendo. As debut singles go, Generation Game finds The Lounge Society making a real statement, there’s more ideas here than most debut albums and a lot of evidence to be excited to find out where they’re going next.
FTR: For those who don’t know who are The Lounge Society?
Four misfits, from the West Yorkshire moors. The antidote to the 1975.
FTR: What can you remember about your first show?
Fucking awful haircuts. It was at our local ‘The Golden Lion’ in Todmorden which is a great venue. Musically we were actually quite ‘Loungey’ then which we certainly aren’t now. Safe to say both the trims and the tunes have improved. We owe that venue a lot, really set us on our path.
FTR: Why do you make music? Why not another art form?
To us music was the only real option. Done right, it can be pretty bloody powerful. It’s what we all love doing, and it’s a hell of a lot better than sitting on our arses in front of the telly.
FTR: What can people expect from the The Lounge Society live show?
Whenever we write our songs we write them for the stage, for gigging. We’d probably say our live shows are quite explosive – we try to put our all into every gig. By the end of the gig, Archie’s usually down to his socks.
FTR: What’s next for The Lounge Society?
Well our sixth form college has just shut due to you know what…maybe we’ll isolate together and write the album.
They Listen To…
The Velvet Underground & Nico – European Son
Joy Division – Digital
Talking Heads – Houses In Motion
The Fall – R.O.D
The The – I’ve Been waiting For Tomorrow (All My Life)
Generation Game is out now via Speedy Wunderground. Click HERE for more information on The Lounge Society.