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OTHER HALF Address Problematic Male One-Upmanship On New Single

14th August 2020

Following their first spin on the BBC Radio One Indie Show from Jack Saunders recently, Norwich-based post-hardcore trio OTHER HALF are pleased to release the video for their new single ‘Sameness Without End’, which is out now on all good DSPs. 

Commenting on the visuals, they said: “As nice as it’s been making all our previous videos ourselves, it’s pretty hard to get us all playing together when Sophie has to be stood behind the camera the whole time. I think we operate at our best when we’re actually making a din together, so we asked our friend Tom from Road Mutant to make us a video where we do just that.”

“We recorded the video at Sick Room, the studio where we recorded Big Twenty. Owen who runs Sick Room was such an important part of making the record so it was nice to come back and spend some quality time at the studio playing the same song over and over again in 33 degree heat.”

The track is the last to be taken from their debut albumBig Twenty before release on 21st August 2020 via Venn Records (Gallows, WACO, Marmozets & more). The record is available to preorder now and comes with an exclusive A5 lyrics zine designed by the band: https://otherhalf.bandcamp.com/

Navigating the common problematic male behaviour of one-upmanship, and the boredom that comes with never really being bored, the song kicks in at the breaking point, with one grand gesture to out-do the rest—blood, guts and all.

Commenting on the themes of the single, vocalist Cal Hudson explains: “I think out of the three singles this one ticks all the Other Half boxes, cramming a lot of what makes us, us, into 3 and a half minutes. It’s got frenetic verses, an eye-rolling chorus sung by Sophie with some Speedo-style down-strokes, barked vocals about tanning beds, car hire fights and ecstasy and some fun noisemaking over Alfie’s best drumming on the record. It’s a nice departure, letting us flex our post-punk muscles a bit. The title is ripped from a Kurt Vonnegut book, so it’s also a chance for us to flex our literary muscles, y’know?”

“A lot of the lines have also picked up an eerie relevance with the current state of the world, so if the leaders of the free world are listening, please do as the song says and think about this whole thing globally: ‘For once display some common sense, don’t get bogged down in the mulch of morality. You’ve got to think about this whole thing globally.’”

Quickly gathering pace across previously released singles ‘Trance State’ and ‘Tiny Head’, the band have so far picked up support from BBC R1 Rock Show host Daniel P CarterBBC R1 Indie Show presenter Jack Saunders, and Wyatt Wendels on the Planet Rock New Rock Show, as well as press from UPSET,Louder Than WarVive Le RockCLASH MagazineWomen That RockDead Press!Bring The NoiseThe Punk Site and many more. 

Big Twenty is released 21 August 2020 via Venn Records

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