Today, Folly Group have announced details of a new single titled “Pressure Pad”, which was given it’s first play on BBC Radio 6 Music by Steve Lamacq. The track is taken from their much anticipated debut album “Down There!”, which is set for release on 12th January 2024 via So Young Records, and follows their recent singles “Strange Neighbour” (which was recently playlisted on BBC Radio 6 Music), the borderless “Big Ground”, and the dark and brooding “I’ll Do What I Can”. Alongside the single the band have also announced a new run of US tour dates.
Following an acclaimed debut EP “Awake And Hungry” (also on So Young Records), and its follow-up in last year’s “Human And Kind” – an EP that received a perfect 5-star review from Dork, and a glowing 4-stars from DIY – The new album arrives on the heels of the band’s critically acclaimed return with “Strange Neighbour” last month and their packed-out tour with Brooklyn’s Geese, who are signed to Partisan Records.
The new single “Pressure Pad” sees the band combining angular guitar lines with frenetic drumming, and synths reminiscent of 8-bit video games, before the track takes one of the album’s frequent unexpected diversions: this time into a trumpet section.
Speaking on the themes behind the track, vocalist / drummer Sean Harper, says: “Musically, Pressure Pad is a testament to how far we’ve come as collaborators. Every different kind of remote or in-the-room collaboration we’ve ever found fruitful was involved in creating this Frankenstein’s Monster of a single. Its final version arrived after months of exchanging files, ideas and needless spanners in the works. This is probably the 6th or 7th iteration of this song, and its final form was ultimately dictated by a deadline – we’d probably never have been able to call it finished otherwise. Every room in which this album was made has birthed one or more elements of Pressure Pad: Louis’s flat, Tom’s flat, our rehearsal space, the studio where we recorded the bulk of the record.
Lyrically, it touches on someone else being a massive part of your self, but loving it. It’s about totally going with the flow of a relationship, becoming someone you never otherwise would have been, but not over-analysing that, rather being grateful for it”