Back in 2012, DIY label Art Is Hard released a split 12″ featuring Joanna Gruesome, Keel Her, Playlounge and Gum. They called it Family Portrait, signifying the sense of community around the label as well as the bands’ shared sound and ethic. Three years later comes Family Portrait Pt. II, bringing together four new groups that look set to make just as much of an impact as those original four have, in cult circles and beyond. One of Living Hour’s tracks has already been revealed (listen to that here), and now you can hear another cut from the record courtesy of Brighton’s Abattoir Blues.
Like last year’s ‘Blinded’, ‘Awake’ is throbbing post-punk that is as fierce and searing as anything Leeds counterparts Eagulls have released so far. Harry Waugh’s gruff, gravelly vocals mark a rough contrast with the song’s bright guitar hooks; a balancing act between raw and refined, light and dark, that packs as much excitement as Abattoir Blues’ chaotic live shows.
Listen below and catch Abattoir Blues at Brighton’s Bleach on March 16 for the launch of Echochamp, a new label/collective supporting the Brighton scene, and at these dates in support of Family Portrait Pt. II:
Leeds A Nation Of Shopkeepers (May 6)
Manchester Fallow Cafe (7)
Brighton Green Door Store (8)
London Old Blue Last (9)
Living Hour, Fruit Bomb and Bruising also feature on Family Portrait Pt. II. Fruit Bomb and Bruising will join Abattoir Blues at the above dates. Pre-order the record, which is released on May 4, here.