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Born out of pre-pandemic bedroom boredom, PLAY DEAD are three teenagers from Herne Hill with sharp tongues and an appetite for noise influenced by The Chats, Slaves, IDLES, The Streets, Shame, and Sleaford Mods.

Rattling along with the time-tested nihilistic ambivalence of youth, PLAY DEAD’s music is the very definition of punk rock in 2021—a breakneck, brash, unapologetic and honest ride through the underbelly of modern life in the UK, from the perspective of a generation whose future has been carelessly tossed aside.

Still at the unbearably tender age of 16, the boys first announced themselves with tongue-in-cheek and widely praised 2020 debut single ‘Whitstable’.

Championed by Steve Lamacq (BBC 6Music), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) and Abbie McCarthy (BBC Introducing in Kent), most recently the trio returned with the ferocious ‘Six Hours Later’—a track about overdosing on ADHD pills and accepting the sweet release of death, only to awake the next morning fit and well to find a goodbye video you’d recorded for your friends on your phone, and subsequently having to face the music in school.