"One of the best debuts of the year" - NME
"A fascinating first shot, packed with potential" - UNCUT
"As unique as it is beguiling ... one to watch" - Independent
"Straddles the dream pop of Warpaint and the roaming melodies of British folk" - Observer
"Gloriously weird indie folk pop ... flashes of blackness and oddity" - The Line Of Best Fit
"Up there with the best indie-pop songs of 2014" - Drowned In Sound
"4.5 / 5" - Independent on Sunday
"4 / 5" - The Times
"4 / 5" - MOJO
Few bands would cause Rough Trade to toss their rulebook out the window, but upon hearing the arresting sound of two handmade EPs by London trio The Drink, the independent record store did just that - stocking an unsigned band's release for the first time in recent history.
Newly signed to Melodic, The Drink are now set to intoxicate further with the arrival of Company; their gloriously inventive debut album. Collecting together those now-unavailable EPs, Company has an inimitable, wayward sound drawn from the chaos of real life. “People and places shape the sound - I get ideas from watching people do their thing and also looking at billboards thinking that everything is fucked," says singer and guitarist Dearbhla Minogue.
Without clear narratives, the lyrics have a stream-of-consciousness quality, loaded with uncanny imagery. "I try to invoke feelings of familiarity and imagery in songs because that is what I love about hearing good lyrics. For them to invoke something that you recognise and makes you feel a certain way but you're not quite sure why."
The title Company explores the album’s themes of what it means to be human, and being alone. "The idea of company is really interesting, why is it so important?" asks Dearbhla. "The way people operate in company - and in companies - is so interesting. Groups are formed by individuals but after that they take on a life of their own."
The Drink came together when Dearbhla moved to London from her hometown of Dublin and overheard drummer Daniel Fordham and bassist David Stewart practising with their former band in the warehouse she shares with other musicians. “I used to listen to Dan and Dave in Fighting Kites and when they disbanded I took them for my own,” says Dearbhla. “They have a way of making an odd song flow really well. It was great to realise that together we had a band sound without having to contrive it.”
After an impressive 2014, sisters Esme and Sidonie Hand-Halford, along with Henry Wade, return to the stage for a headline tour to promote their new single.
The surf-pop/rock trio have been picking up the plaudits and these are set to continue with a double-A single Space Doubt/Just Like Glue, which was released in time for Record Day.
“The general feel of the tracks capture everything that we love about the now, everything we like about summer and playing together,” explains Sidonie. “The chorus lyrics, “Missing you comes in waves and I am drowning tonight- sun was high and I’m starting to feel so cold” don’t resemble a person but represent the summer and how we miss the feeling of summer.”
“Right now we’re feeling more creative than ever and are continuing to write some more surfy, garage tunes. We’re at the stage where we get tonnes of great feedback at shows and amazing support from fans,” adds Esme.
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