5th December 2018 Artist Profile »
SINISTER EP '8' OUT NOW
'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
'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
'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
Giant Party are a searingly soul-splashed indie fourpiece based in London Town. On 28 September 2018 they released their second EP, entitled '8' via Label Fandango. ‘8’ features current single 'Red Button', a sinister number with a political message reminiscent of The Rapture or perhaps what LCD Soundsystem would sound like if Michael Jackson joined the New York dance-rock outifit. Clash Magazine premiered the single declaring it: 'Brooding post-punk with an itchy rhythmic tick'.
The ‘8’ EP follows Giant Party’s debut self-titled EP which was released in 2017 and 2018's standalone single 'White Ink', which had a premiere with Line Of Best Fit and was made Steve Lamacq's Livener on BBC Radio 6 Music. The ‘8’ EP features two new tracks, 'The Driver' and 'Dorothy's Dancing', alongside previously released single 'Actress'.
Here’s where the story bends: springtime 2017 saw Giant Party release their first single on Label Fandango called ‘Ambulances’, which was championed by Elton John on his Beats 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, while being compared to the eclectic sounds of 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’ve just discovered the silky delights of Top Of The Pops circa 1982. It's a live show that takes the audience on a journey, a crazy journey where you never quite know what is lurking around the next corner.
In April 2018 Giant Party sold out London's Sebright Arms for Parallel Lines, while their raucous show at this year’s Great Escape Festival saw over 100 frustrated punters unable to get inside The Prince Albert. There followed feverishly impressive European Festival appearances at Bestival, The Great Escape, Stag & Dagger Fest, Metropolis Festival in Rotterdam, Paradiso Amsterdam and Live At Leeds.
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