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Folly Group tap into childhood freedom on “Sand Fight”, reveal debut EP plans

Following the promising early singles “Fewer Closer Friends” and “Four Wheel Drive”, London quartet Folly Group have revealed plans for their debut EP, Awake and Hungry, which will come out on June 11 via So Young Records. Both previously mentioned singles will feature, as well as today’s new one “Sand Fight”. Of the song, the band says:

“‘Sand Fight’ was a total collaboration. We threw lyrical ideas and musical motifs at each other, and a song emerged that was, both lyrically and musically, a bit of an ode to childhood and being carefree. It became a collage made of symbols and signifiers of being young – both the positive experiences and myriad anxieties. It was one of the first tracks we wrote together, so to release it feels like a farewell to a formative sound and period in the same way.”

“Sand Fight” does often feel like four different youngsters chucking their ideas into the middle of the pit and seeing what sticks. Rather than make a mess, Folly Group combine their four minds and abilities into a slick, rumbling and battering song that zips along with youthful energy, particularly in the bass, which seems to hover as it moves, holding up the rest of the twitching track. They match this with lyricism that also evokes the nervous energy of childhood and adolescence, when you didn’t really know how to deal with these powerful emotions – and perhaps just kicking around some sand was the most effective outlet.

You can listen to “Sand Fight” on streaming platforms or watch the video below.

Folly Group’s Awake and Hungry EP arrives on June 11 via So Young Records (pre-order/save). You can find the band on Facebook and Instagram, and at these upcoming dates:

June 23 | Hope and Ruin, Brighton (socially distanced)
June 24 | YES, Manchester (socially distanced)
June 25 | Moth Club, London (socially distanced)
Sep 23 | Joiners, Southampton*
Sep 24 | Boileroom, Guildford*
Sep 25 | Dot To Dot Festival, Bristol
Sep 26 | Dot To Dot Festival, Nottingham
Sep 28 | Hope and Ruin, Brighton*
Sep 29 | Islington Assembly Hall, London*
Sep 30 | Rescue Rooms, Nottingham*
Oct 1 | Bullingdon, Oxford*
Oct 2 | Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff*
Oct 4 | Louisiana, Bristol*
Oct 5 | Hare and Hounds, Birmingham*
Oct 6 | Phase One, Liverpool*
Oct 9 | King Tuts, Glasgow*
Oct 10 | Mash House, Edinburgh*
Oct 11 | Think Tank, Newcastle*
Oct 13 | YES, Manchester*
Oct 14 | Record Junkee, Sheffield*
Oct 29 | Georgian Theatre, Stockton*
Oct 31 | Lancaster Library*

*with Do Nothing