‘Better Men’ New EP out now on 0800 MOSHI MOSHI
Check the video for Better Man - https://youtu.be/ayqBbzmDUp8
“…some of the wittiest, sharpest pop around” So Young
"...tight grooves and tasteful embellishments." Dummy "get to know Speedboat." DIY
"sounds that recall the likes of Visage, OMD, Bronski Beat and Ariel Pink" Hard Of Hearing
Speedboat are back as Better Men, with deeper, tighter and more expansive grooves following on from last year's debut, “Split the Bill”. The new EP, “Better Men”, sees the brothers navigate everything from the Kinks to Kanye to create their distinctive playful pop songs.
Speedboat - aka Johnny and Will Griffiths aka the Blue Jean Brothers aka Musk and Hook - are just two boys, trying to be Better Men. But ask yourself, are these men better than you or I? Most likely not, on a personal level. But the fruits Speedboat bear come as a rare and succulent treat; actual vocal melody with no spoken word, chord sequences without angular dissonance, matching hair-cuts, matching boots, matching kimonos, a backline that can fit in a Samsonite suitcase. A list like this makes you think, shit, these are Better Men.
Whilst their last EP ‘Split The Bill’ explored themes of “fictional romance”, ‘Better Men’ treads more personal territory - whether that’s a genuine narrative, or just a vessel to express an idea - “It’s more personal and a little more socially engaged than the last EP. Whilst the romance is still there, it’s a little more real this time.”
Following up closely from their vivacious slow jam Theodora, they share a new video for Better Man - produced by DINOMOVES - where a couple of small fry crooks lay low and kill time following a botched heist. Or it’s Johnny and Will bashing their heads together trying to conjure up their next smash hit? Either way, hideout or writers retreat, it looks good, sounds good.
Better Man was the first Speedboat track they wrote together. “We had just built our first home studio to work independently on our own separate projects. We had no intention of writing music together, however when we inevitably did, this song and Speedboat, was born.”
Speedboat burst with the exuberance of a duo who’ve stumbled upon their winning formula for the very first time, it possesses a rawness to it driven by home recording; yet it retains the gloss and glamour of Speedboat’s panoramic pop vision.
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