Listen to Demob Happy’s “inter-dimensional” new single ‘Sympathy Boy’

The band head out on tour next month

Demob Happy have shared a new track called ‘Sympathy Boy’ – you can listen to it below.

Premiering on Jack Saunders’ BBC Radio 1 show last night (July 6), the synthy song was produced and recorded by the band’s frontman Matthew Marcantonio. It was mastered at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios.

Speaking to DIY, Marcantonio described the single as “hypnotic, bittersweet, maybe inter-dimensional too” while also giving an update on Demob Happy’s upcoming third album – the follow-up to 2018’s ‘Holy Doom’.


“It has been ready – gestating, growing and germinating – for a little while now,” he said. “But because of the last year, and the foundation having been ripped from the music industry, we’ve been stuck in a kind of limbo, neither coming nor going really, constantly at the whim of other people’s plans.

“But it’s sounding wonderful, and is, quite frankly, the best stuff we’ve ever done.”

‘Sympathy Boy’ comes ahead of Demob Happy opening the main stage at next month’s Reading & Leeds festivals, where they’ll perform alongside Sam Fender, Sports Team and headliners Catfish & The Bottlemen.

The group will also embark on a UK headline tour, with shows scheduled for Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, London, Brighton and other cities throughout August and September – find tickets here.


Demob Happy’s London performance (Scala on September 9) will mark their biggest headline show to date. “It’s gonna be special. Our last London show at The Garage was pure electricity + one of the most joyous, insane gigs we’ve done. Lets fuckin top it,” the band wrote on Twitter.

Demob Happy will play:


25 – Cavern, Exeter
26 – Thekla, Bristol
27 – Reading Festival
28 – Leeds Festival
31 – O2 Academy, Oxford

01 – Club Academy, Manchester
02 – O2 Academy, Liverpool
03 – Newcastle, Northumbria Uni
04 – Broadcast, Glasgow
06 – Bodega, Nottingham
07 – O2 Institute 3, Birmingham
09 – Scala, London
10 – Patterns, Brighton
11 – Patterns, Brighton

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