Woes are set to release their most ambitious effort to date in the form of their hotly-anticipated debut album Awful Truth, due on Friday June 28 on UNFD. As a taster of what to expect from the record, the band have lifted the lid on new single ‘Money Shoe’, which sees Woes’ sound take flight by expertly blurring the lines between pop-punk, hip hop and R&B.
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“I think it’s the most honest and complete representation of what we want to sound like”, explains vocalist DJ. “It has elements of pop-punk, hip hop, prog-metal, R&B and flows between them super naturally. The song is about being broke and wanting to use music to provide a better life for your loved ones. We approached it with a perspective that matches up more closely with what you would expect from a rapper rather than a pop-punk band, which gave us some real stand-out lyrics to go along with the music.”
‘Money Shoe’ follows previous single ‘Suburbs’, which is also set to feature on Awful Truth. The album was produced by Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, WSTR, Roam) and also debuts the addition of guitarist Luke Bovill to the band.
“Awful Truth is a record about the realities of the progression of our band over the last 18 months. Going from some guys occasionally playing gigs and trying to practice every week to playing a sold out show at Brixton, having people turned away from our Slam Dunk sets because they were full, touring the UK and Europe five times in a year.
“And it’s about the duality of that experience,” DJ adds. “So, on the one hand, we’re doing all these insane things, seeing all of our hard work start to pay off, meeting all these people that love our music. But on the other hand, we’re broke, it’s taking a huge toll on our relationships back home, having to take huge periods of time off work unpaid… Luke had to quit his job at one point, no savings, no real backup plan. And the record talks about both sides of the coin, we were lucky in a sense that we were writing and recording at the same time – it’s a real look into making your first record. The stress, the pressure, but then the moments of accomplishment that make it worthwhile.”
Awful Truth follows last year’s acclaimed Self Help EP, which launched the four-piece into the eyes of coveted UK rock press (KKKK – Kerrang!, “Bold” – Rock Sound, 9/10 – Discovered) and landed them a hefty touring schedule, with highlights including supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, State Champs and Seaway and appearing at 2000 Trees, Download UK and Slam Dunk.
Now armed with new music, Woes are raring to hit the road again. They’re currently on the road with Millencollin, are set to headline across the UK in June, and will support Trash Boat across the UK in September.
2. ‘Fake Friends’
4. ‘Money Shoe’
5. ‘Awful Truth’
9. ‘Gone Forever’