Filthy Boy, who hurtled into 2013 with a Palma Violets support slot the same night Zane Lowe declared them his Next Hype on Radio 1, signed to Stranger Records at the end of last year. 'Waiting on the Doorstep' / 'Mental Conditions' is the first single proper to be taken from their debut album 'Smile That Won't Go Down' and is released on 31st March, the day before the album itself on 1st April.
At Christmas the band released 'Jimmy Jammies' as a free download and caught the attention of BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Rob Da Bank, Phil Taggart & Alice Levine and XFM's John Kennedy. Rob Da Bank was so taken with the band he immediately booked them for Camp Bestival. Zane Lowe has just reinforced his support by giving 'Waiting on the Doorstep' its' first airplay on 13th February.
Last year the band grabbed the attention of the likes of NME, Clash and The Fly with the single 'Naughty Corner' (and its risqué video). Yet it is one of many arch musical novellas on 'Smile That Won't Go Down'. Pretty naiveté is displayed best by the simple sentiment of forthcoming single 'Waiting On The Doorstep', redolent of Felt's spacious breeze. Its double-A side partner 'Mental Conditions' is, as its' title suggests, an intelligent, dark and emotive tale of psychopathic behaviour. The accompanying video is stamped with the Morrissey brothers' typically dark and eerie atmospherics and cinematic vibe, drawing you into the Filthy Boy world.
Their self-made videos caught the eye of King Krule, who liked them so much he asked the Morrissey brothers' to make the videos to both 'Rock Bottom' and 'Octopus'. Filthy Boy will also be joining King Krule on tour this April.
Helmed by 20-year-old frontman Paraic Morrissey and his transportive baritone, Filthy Boy's debut album, which was recorded at Edwyn Collins' West Heath Studio, is laced with romance, sweetness and intrigue. Stories don't quite finish as expected, there's drama, suggestion and blurred boundaries between innocence and murky darkness. The Peckham boys, their number made up by Paraic's bass-playing brother Michael, guitarist Harry Weskin and drummer Ed Bernez, spent less than a week recording an opening statement that's as barbed as it is pleasant. Steeped in refreshing, classic-leaning guitar lines, melody and sticky, robust choruses, it acts as an imposing calling card for its creators' songwriting abilities.
4 March - London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (*with Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs)
3 April - Nottingham, Spanky's
4 April - London, The Shacklewell Arms
5 April - Bristol, The Louisiana
6 April - Brighton, Sticky Mikes
Supporting King Krule:
9 April - Sheffield, The Harley
10 April - Oxford, Jericho
11 April - Southampton, The Joiners Arms
3-6 May- Leeds, Live at Leeds
1-4 August - Dorset, Camp Bestival