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Birmingham Punks YR POETRY Sign To Alcopop! Records For New Single

26th March 2021

Birmingham pop punk duo Yr Poetry are pleased to announce they have signed to Alcopop! Records for the release of their latest single.

New track ‘Porthmadog, dog’ is released on 18th March 2021 and comes complete with an official video, which is out now.

Commenting on the track, the band said: “‘Porthmadog, dog’ is a song about sweating the small stuff because big things are scary. Also big things can be beautiful—like a majestic eternal coastline cliff—or depressing, like a drizzled sand dune behind an off season caravan park in Porthmadog. It’s a song about damning the man by forging his taxi receipts and it’s a song about Wales being a charming drunk but mostly it’s about being so tired that rhyming beaches with light switches seems like clever wordplay.”

Comprised of band members and long-term friends Alexei Berrow and Junior Laidley, the duo have some solid musical credentials, between them appearing in the line ups of Johnny Foreigner, itoldyouiwouldeatyou, Yr Friends, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam and Fridge Poetry over the years.

“We started this band like a newly home’d couple buys a puppy and it kinda accidentally grew into a wolf,” the pair say of the venture, which they originally saw as an experiment into the questionable intrinsic financial value of songs versus the cultural balm of supporting art, trying to establish a new financial model for themselves as independent artists.

After two early EP releases No Tribes (2014) and Rocket Season (2016), the band decided to experiment with a subscription model that would see them record and release three EPs on a 22 track compilation with additional physical treats for fans.

Comprising initial two parts One Night Alive (2017) and Lost Boys (2017), the band took an unintentional two year hiatus from the project, releasing further split EPs with Falls and Summerman (2018), and Other Half, Grieving and Yarraman (2019, Venn Records).

They returned to finish the trilogy with 2020 EP Home Movies, spending the rest of the year in lockdown with Alexei taking custom commissions for personalised songs, and Junior pen and record 21 tracks for fans covering everything from apologies, thanks, memorials, tributes, celebrations, grief, and proposals.

Pre-pandemic, the band toured the UK and Europe alongside Spielbergs, Charly Bliss, Kermes, Cassels, Slingshot Dakota and more, appearing at Handmade Festival, Swan Fest, Washed Out, Big Scary Monsters’ Big Day Out and many others.

‘Porthmadog, dog’ is released 18th March 2021 via Alcopop! Records