London art-punks Famous have returned today with their first new music since last year’s impressively deranged debut mini-album England. In fact, new track “Nice While It Lasted” is something of a response to the experience of releasing England, with singer Jack Merrett simply stating:
“Nice While It Lasted was recorded in London between March and June 2020. It’s a song about losing my way.”
Famous take no time to re-assert their sound, launching a sonic assault of tireless beats and searing guitar from the first millisecond. This plays as a perfect foil to Merrett’s vocal, which is downcast disinterested, as he looks back on on the band’s momentary success. He reflects on being “King of the Dark” and being repeatedly told – by himself and maybe others – “try not to die”. While Famous gallivant on with hyper-charged guitar theatrics and an ever-increasing velocity, “Nice While It Lasted” swoops deeper into Merrett’s private moments as he struggles with crushing depression and expectation. A visceral and utterly thrilling cut, despite the darkness on display, “Nice While It Lasted” continues Famous’ unheeding charge.
“Nice While It Lasted” is out today via Untitled (recs). Famous have ‘mini-residency’ at their adopted home of Brixton Windmill coming up next month – although tickets are long gone. Hopefully there will be more shows and music from them coming soon. For now you can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.