New post-punk romantics Candy Coffins present ‘Seaside Girls’, the second taste of the band’s new album ‘Once Do It With Feeling’, a loaded 10-track collection that arrives two years after last EP ‘Somehow Misplaced’ of the group.
“When the pandemic hit, I decided that I wouldn’t write a dark song like the first one written during the period. It seemed too easy considering the times. It took me three months, but we have got “Seaside Girls” from the effort, which is a sunny, upbeat rocker on new album “Once Do It With Feeling. It’s all the rage,” says singer-songwriter Jame Lathren.
Earlier, the group released “Every Day A Fresh Atrocity” and an accompanying video created by Jame Lathren, exploring the dark corners and haunting suffocation of a broken relationship.
This album features mature progress in songwriting, with the band relating the themes with both confidence and consistency. Emotionally and sonically saturated, their music features Cure-like textures and melody, along with the thematic elements and visceral delivery of The Afghan Whigs.
Lathren notes, “The full album chronicles a relationship from the start of the first crack to its complete disintegration into ruin. All of the feelings and emotions of the tumult are captured here, from both people’s perspectives.”
Singer, guitarist and songwriter Jame Lathren, a small-town boy who admired artists who weren’t on popular radio, formed Candy Coffins in 2018 in Columbia, South Carolina. A cultural pariah, his resilience, sensitivity and hyper-awareness of his emotional state would eventually permeate his own music, going straight to the heart of the emotions surrounding the human condition.
After disbanding his former post-punk band Crown The Cake, he formed Candy Coffins with local guitar legend Tom Alewine (BA), followed by seasoned music scene veterans Alex Mabrey on bass and Justin Purdy on bass. keys, and the former Iron & Wine on tour. drummer Jonathan Bradley. Their dynamic, textured approach contributed to the band’s lush sound, channeling and reinforcing Lathren’s emotive songwriting and delivery.
With tasteful nods to Joy Division, The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs, The Afghan Whigs and The Cult, as well as contemporaries like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Interpol, the sound by Candy Coffins is dark and emotionally restless, but with elements of hope and glee. Unquestionably unique, their sound is a welcome respite from musical mediocrity.
Starting September 20, “Seaside Girls” will be available everywhere digitally, including Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp, where “Every Day A Fresh Atrocity” can also be found. The “Once Do It With Feeling” LP will be released on October 21 and can be ordered here.
Listen to the new single here: