announces February tour dates w/ Mystery Jets
New single ‘Paracetamol’ Out 26th February
DECLAN MCKENNA UNVEILS NEW TRACK, PARACETAMOL.
OUT 26th February
“Tom Vek keys drilling away in the background and a vocal that’s bruised and vulnerable.” – NME
“bouncing casio synth lines, like Tom Vek jumped up on teenage hormones” – DIY Magazine
“He’s scarily good, and original with it too” – Breaking More Waves
The track, which aired for the first time on Declan’s own Periscope hosted weekly ‘pirate radio’ station, is now available to stream online.
Listen to Paracetamol here
Paracetamol is the first track to find its way online since the young Hertfordshire musician uploaded a demo, Brazil, to his Bandcamp site in late Spring 2015. In a little over four minutes, it was a track that kick-started a summer that saw him snatch the Glastonbury emerging talent competition by a landslide, and nestled him firmly on the main stages at the festival alongside his heroes just a few weeks later. Not bad at all for a fresh-faced 16 year old who was juggling school whilst being caught in the eye of an intense industry storm.
Paracetamol conjures up the rough-hewed lo-fi magic of Tom Vek, or Mac DeMarco. A simple, infectious casio keyboard line bounces over Declan’s jauntier guitar stabs. It’s nagging, a tune that gets under the skin and refuses to dislodge. It doesn’t really sit alongside anyone else either, and that’s Declan McKenna in a nutshell.
As a live performer, Declan is still very much in an experimental mode, honing his craft and working out how best to present these leftfield pop nuggets. Recent shows, armed with loop pedals and guitar, are currently being phased out for a full band. Match fitness isn’t far off.
It’s early days, but they’re exciting ones.
15-Feb-16 London Camden Barfly
18-Feb-16 Birmingham The Library w/ Mystery Jets
19-Feb-16 Manchester Gorilla w/ Mystery Jets
20-Feb-16 Glasgow The Art School w/ Mystery Jets
24-feb-16 Reading Purple Turtle
25-Feb-16 Norwich Norwich Arts Centre