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Do Nothing delve into their idle minds on the romping “Amoeba”, announce debut album

After some very promising early EPs, Nottingham band Do Nothing will release their debut album Snake Sideways on June 30 through The Orchard. They’ve shared the lead single “Amoeba”, with vocalist Chris Bailey saying:

“As far as I remember ‘Amoeba’ is about my girlfriend leaving the house to go to work and be useful, and me laying on the sofa feeling dumb and watching annoying news on TV. It muses about how the media decides what we all care about on a two week rotation – sometimes it feels like we all get angry about something for a few weeks until the TV/internet decides it’s time for us to think about something else. It’s also about the fact that making music can often feel pretty unimportant; some folks are firefighters while I spend all my time massaging my own ego.” 

That feeling of lackadaisical daydreaming is captured in Bailey’s vocals, which seem to luxuriate in the act of doing nothing except flitting from thought to thought while the world continues around. The instrumental supports this with splashy drums and atmospheric guitars. However, as “Amoeba” progresses, it grows fangs, both lyrically and instrumentally. Bailey begins to get a bit more fed up with himself and the state of the world around, and the band mirrors this with a subtle sharpening of their playing that brings out the harshness of the message; “We’re all just waiting around / for you to wake up and let us all down.”

Watch the video for “Amoeba” below or find the song on streamers.

Do Nothing’s debut album Snake Sideways is out on June 30 (pre-order/save). Follow the band on Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See Do Nothing live in 2023:

23 Sep | Whelans, Dublin
24 Sep | Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
25 Sep | King Tuts, Glasgow
26 Sep | The Cluny, Newcastle
28 Sep | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
29 Sep | Gorilla, Manchester
30 Sep | Rock City, Nottingham
02 Oct | Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
04 Oct | Thekla, Bristol
05 Oct | Castle & Falcon, Birmingham
06 Oct | Koko, London
07 Oct | Patterns, Brighton
09 Oct | Cactus Cafe. Bruges
10 Oct | Botanique (Witloof Bar), Brussels
11 Oct | Paradiso (Bovenzaal), Amsterdam
13 Oct | Privatclub, Berlin
14 Oct | Loppen, Copenhagen
16 Oct | Nochtwache, Hamburg
17 Oct | Buhmann & Sohn, Cologne
18 Oct | Rotondes, Luxembourg
19 Oct | Point Éphémère, Paris
20 Oct | Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing

09 Nov | Biko, Milan
10 Nov | Covo Club, Bologna
11 Nov | Astro Club, Pordenone