Nottingham’s Blondes have released their debut six-track EP, Out The Neighbourhood
OUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD EP
DEBUT EP WITH C3 RECORDS / INCLUDES THE SINGLES COMING OF AGE + OUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
TOM HERBERT | DANIEL STROUD | WILL POTTER | ALEX DAVISON
Hotly tipped Nottingham four-piece BLONDES have released their highly anticipated debut OUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD EP. Having amassed over 15m streams with last year’s debut single Coming of Age, which became a viral sensation after featuring on TikTok; playing the Festival Republic stage at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival; and touring with Irish chart toppers Inhaler, BLONDES have paved their way to become one of the most exciting breakthrough acts of 2021. OUT THE NEIGHBOURHOOD showcases the band’s upbeat singles that have captivated the live circuit whilst also demonstrating an exploration of their experiences across previously unreleased tracks led by Will Potter’s echoing vocals and their hazy, fuzzy guitars.
Produced and mixed by Rich Turvey (Blossoms, The Courteeners, Oscar Lang, Vistas) Phil Booth, Tom Roach and Tim Speed at Coastal Sound Recording Studio, with mastering by Robin Schmitt, the EP addresses the endless possibilities that come with being young. The EP is available to purchase and stream here: https://smarturl.it/otnpre
To celebrate the release of the EP, BLONDES have also revealed the video for recent single and EP title track Out the Neighbourhood. Directed by James Slater (Sam Fender, Blossoms, Inhaler, The Lathums) the video is released alongside the EP. The band are also set to appear on an episode of Apple Music ALT CTRL Radio with Hanuman Welch on Tuesday 16 November. Watch the video for Out the Neighbourhood single here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq6ILhnR6dU
Minimum Wage Produced by Rich Turvey
Out the Neighbourhood Produced by Rich Turvey
Coming of Age Produced by Phil Booth
Street Fight Produced by Tom Roach
Low On the Comedown Produced by Rich Turvey
Lavender Produced by Tom Roach and Tim Speed
About the EP, BLONDES say:
“Since Coming of Age took off it has opened many doors for us and exposed us to thousands of new listeners, and since then we’ve been driven to deliver new music that we hope will live up to people’s expectations. We’ve been lucky to work with the fantastic Rich Turvey who has helped shape our ideas into something we’re proud of. We’ve played some incredible shows since the lockdown was lifted, opening for Stereophonics in front of thousands of people, supporting Inhaler in a packed out first London show, and appearing on the Festival Republic Stage at Reading and Leeds. We’ve got more shows lined up, including our first headline appearance in London which should be a really special night.
We’ve been working on this EP for almost a year now with C3 Records. It’s been great fun and has helped us grow as songwriters and musicians. Our team have supported us every step of the way and we’re very excited to finally be able to share these songs with everyone. We wanted to continue to revel in that ecstasy of freedom and possibility that Coming of Age encapsulated so well. Out the Neighbourhood is our expression of what it means to be young; a small reminder of the possibilities that exist if you have the confidence to take a step into the unknown and a realisation of the potential that we all have.
With the release of the EP, we want to continue to build on the start we have made this year, and we’re looking ahead to more new music in 2022 and more shows. We’ve already started writing and recording new material, and we’re very excited for what the future holds. We hope everyone loves Out the Neighbourhood and thanks to everyone that helped us make it.”
Wed 17 NOTTINGHAM Rock City (with Sports Team)
Tue 30 LONDON Islington Grace
Sat 11 BIRMINGHAM Sonic Wave Festival
Drawing upon their experience as four young adults coming of age in unusual times, BLONDES capture the euphoria of adolescence and the nostalgia of growing up with their unique brand of guitar and synth driven pop. The band formed at Nottingham University towards the end of 2017, meeting as freshers from widely disparate areas of the UK. Their eureka moment came in the summer of 2019 whilst watching a set by The Vaccines at Glastonbury Festival, during which they heard an impassioned speech encouraging the audience to start a band and be fearless in chasing their dreams.
BLONDES took this as encouragement to finish a song that guitarist Alex Davison had started writing several years previously; a song about chasing those dreams that would eventually become the debut single Coming of Age. The anthemic chorus (“Here, something really could happen”) became the band’s prophecy. Armed with self-belief and a handful of great songs, they agreed that they would not return home after finishing university, instead moving in together to focus on their career in Nottingham.
It was in October 2020 that social media helped catapult the band to the next step. Coming of Age became viral on TikTok as thousands of videos featuring the song appeared across the platform, racking up millions of views. BLONDES were suddenly trending on the internet. In response, TikTok launched an official Coming of Age trend on behalf of the band, resulting in millions of streams of the song as record labels across the world began to take notice.
Following this initial success, the band signed with C3 Records, which was established in 2018 by Charlie Walker and Charles Attal, co-founders of C3 Management and C3 Presents, one of the world’s largest festival producers. Four singles have followed, alongside festival appearances at Reading and Leeds, Dot to Dot, Liverpool Sound City and Live at Leeds, and support shows with Stereophonics and Inhaler.