Her’s pay tribute to mystery man with new single ‘Marcel’
Cred: Ryan Jafarzadeh Khamneh
“One thing’s for sure – this is one of the best debuts we’ve heard for quite some time” – DIY
“Dreamy, hazy and yearning for escape with every jangle or croon, Her’s are the summery angst everyone – even the happiest of souls – can embrace” – The Line of Best Fit
Liverpudlian two-piece Her’s craft the kind of perfect oddball pop that has seen them already draw effusive praise from the blogosphere for their colourful craftsmanship. Ostensibly off-kilter enough to slide into the headphones of anybody with a penchant for Ariel Pink or Mac DeMarco, Her’s go above and beyond the current British indie vocabulary on new song ‘Marcel’.
Starting with steely slides and lackadaisical arpeggios, on ‘Marcel’ Her’s play surf music in the loosest sense. It’s a sun-bleached reverie along a desolate Pacific beach, an old transistor radio blaring its soft strains out of an abandoned bar to a bale of breezy turtles.
Originally called ‘David Seaman’, the song’s name was changed after a shopping trip to a thrift store where, in a lucky dip basket full of wallets, they found the wallet of a man named Marcel. Made curious by the cheesy 80’s identity pic inside replete with porn star ‘tache, the group took to the internet to find Marcel was deceased. Though a tribute to its namesake, ‘Marcel’ is really a song about love, confusion, and the gamut of emotions and impressions we have to run before we figure someone out.
Both members, Norway’s Audun Laading and Barrow-born Stephen Fitzpatrick, originate from sleepy coastal towns, but circumstance brought them together in Liverpool where they found they had a mutual connection over odd humour and outsider art. The last six months have taken them on a whirlwind trajectory. ‘Marcel’ follows debut singles ‘Dorothy’ and ‘What Once Was’ which were supported by Radio 1 and clocked just shy of half a million streams between them. After impressing at Kendal Calling and Green Man, their wonderfully peculiar live show is now starting to generate intense interest, and earlier this summer they hightailed it to London to support their Liverpudlian mutant 50’s pop pals Trudy and the Romance at their packed out show at Dalston’s Victoria.
Only three singles into their career and Her’s are already proving to have an irresistible knack for songwriting and performing. It’s not easy to be an indie band in the UK and to be exciting nowadays, but Her’s do it with aplomb.
‘Marcel’ is out now on Heist or Hit
16 October 2016 MANCHESTER, A Carefully Planned Festival (Mint Lounge)
17 November 2016 LONDON, The Old Blue Last