New Music – Father Sculptor, ‘Sault’

Father Sculptor

Last summer, they marked themselves out as the new go-to guys for arched miserablism brushed over with a kind of grand, elegant euphoria. Now, Glasgow via Manchester’s most sombre bunch Father Sculptor are set to release their debut EP ‘Faith And Violence’ next month. They’ve already previewed one track from that record – the gloriously swoonsome ‘Lowlands’ (listen here) – and following swiftly behind is another, in the form of ‘Sault’.


On first appearances, it’s far less solemn than any of their previous output, bouncing with delicate marimbas and a groove ripped straight from the heart of a mid-80s indie disco. Then, frontman Thomas David’s howls unravel, dampening the buoyant guitars with gloomy lines like “all I want is a purpose to live for” and the later growls of “it’s the ways they lie when I always try… But the things they hide I can no longer abide.” The latest in a growing catalogue of deftly played-out anguish, ‘Sault’ sees Father Sculptor further defining their role as one of our greatest new despondent hopes.

The ‘Faith and Violence’ EP is released digitally and on 12” vinyl on April 15 via IX Hispana Records. Father Sculptor play the following dates around the release:

April 13th – Stereo, Glasgow
April 15th – Birthdays, London
April 16th – Castle Hotel, Manchester
April 17th – Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds
April 19th – Think Tank, Newcastle