Hailing from Calder Valley – an area of old mill towns that links Leeds and Manchester – Working Men’s Club are a fresh-faced trio that have burst onto the scene with their wonderfully energetic debut single ‘Bad Blood’.
Despite their lack of years, their sound is steeped in the world of ’70s and ’80s post-punk (think Wire mixed with Northern legends the Fall and Gang of Four) – the electronic drums mixed with the syncopated, chorus-inflected bass and muted guitar stabs make for an arrangement that has an instantly timeless sound, while the slurred vocals are reminiscent of the Stranglers’ seminal classic ‘Peaches.’
While almost four minutes in length the track zips along at a danceable pace, and its chorus lyric is a timely reminder to appreciate the simpler things in life when they present themselves to you: “Be happy when then sun shines / But when it’s too bright, don’t close your eyes.”
This is a stellar introduction to a band who hopefully will have plenty more of this calibre up for grabs in the future. Catch Working Men’s Club playing around the North between Feb-May, including an appearance at Gold Sounds Festival at Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on May 11th.
‘Bad Blood’ is out now through Melodic Records – available to Stream/Purchase here.