Dorothy's Dancing / Orange
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Giant Party are a soul-splashed indie four piece based in London Town. On 28 September 2018 they released their second EP, entitled '8' via Label Fandango. It followed their debut self-titled EP which was released in 2017 and 2018's stand alone single 'White Ink', the single was premiered by Line Of Best Fit and was made Steve Lamacq's 'Lamacq Livener' on BBC Radio 6 Music throughout February.
The bands '8' EP features the singles 'Actress' and 'Red Button', on 18th Jan 2019 the band will release a third track from the EP with live favourite 'Dorothy's Dancing' backed by B-Side 'Orange' (Demo); a mysterious, synth driven soulful track which is yet to get the full studio recording treatment but the demo holds such magic that it deserves to heard by fans, in distinctive Giant Party style you don't know where the track will turn next. 'Dorothy's Dancing' has been shortened for radio so expect to hear it on the radio waves throught the start of 2019.
Springtime 2017 saw the band release their first single on Label Fandango ‘Ambulances’ which was championed by Elton John on his Beast 1 'Rocket Hour' show, their self-titled debut EP was released in August 2017, which alongside 'Ambulances' included the singles 'Tongue Tied Lightning' and 'Nighttalk' which gained attention from the likes of Noisey, DIY Magazine, Elton John's Beats 1 Show, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music to name a few, while being compared to the eclectic sounds of LCD Soundsystem, Twin Shadow, Blood Orange, Wild Beasts, Spandau Ballet, Future Islands, Grizzly Bear, TV On The Radio and even Phil Collins.
For Giant Party have perfected a sound which is living in the ‘80s but also alive to the thrilling pan-generic possibilities of the modern age. The live show is a smoothly genteel riot of fluorescent lights and fluid lithe grooves, embodied by a guitarist throwing around a Spandau Ballet fringe and a singer rolling around the stage amidst the shocking pinks and luminous lime greens. Far from any throwback tribute act however, Giant Party behave like an already-excellent alt.rock band who have just discovered the silky delights of Top Of The Pops circa 1982. It's a live show that takes the audience a journey, a journey where you never quite know what is around the next corner.
2018 saw Giant Party sell out both The Sebright Arms and The Lexington for Parallel Lines, while their raucous show at this years Great Escape Festival was also sold out, leaving over 100 people queuing but unable to get inside The Prince Albert. Following impressive European Festival appearances at Bestival, The Great Escape, Stag & Dagger Fest, Metropolis Festival in Rotterdam, Paradiso Amsterdam and Live At Leeds the band hit the road again next year including a headline show at OSLO, Hackney, London – the bands biggest headline show to date.
'Mixing funk bass lines and falsetto vocals with heavy guitars and complex production the whole sound is somewhat akin to a really f*cked up episode of Top Of The Pops' - Line Of Best Fit
'If it's good enough for Elton John, it's good enough for us.' - Noisey
'Brooding post-punk with an itchy rhythmic tick' – Clash
'They look like the sort of men who are about to have their first midlife crisis, pensive and pulled apart; as if all it would take is one Domino’s pizza delivery man to cut them up on a pavement to throw them over the edge.' - Steve Lamacq
'A rambunctious set by London’s Giant Party calls to mind Lionel Richie on Marvin Gaye’s drugs' – The Guardian
'one essential new release to get obsessed with...like an extension of Twin Shadow’s early work - rough-around-the-edges but brimming with melody' - DIY Magazine