Tuesday April 9, 2019
Scottish pop-punks Woes make a grand return today, unveiling their anthemic new single and accompanying video, ‘Suburbs’. Produced by Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, WSTR, Roam), the track debuts the addition of guitarist Luke Bovill to the band and captures Woes’ meticulous ear for melodies and colossal hooks.
Click below to watch the video for ‘Suburbs’
On the track, vocalist David Jess (DJ) explains:
“’Suburbs’ was the first track we wrote when Luke joined the band. The song is about having a relationship with someone, in your home town or wherever. Then moving away and losing contact with them and wondering what they’re up to, if they’re still there [and] if you went back if they’d be pleased to see you.”
‘Suburbs’ is the first new cut from the band since last year’s acclaimed Self Help EP, which launched woes into the eye of rock press (KKKK – Kerrang!, ‘Bold’ – Rock Sound, 9/10 – Discovered) and landed them a hefty touring schedule; highlights include support to Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Neck Deep, State Champs, 2000 Trees, Download and Slam Dunk.
The four-piece became a fully fledged proposition in 2016, growing from Edinburgh’s burgeoning music scene. Signing to UNFD, the band released Self Help in 2018 and garnered support from the likes of Kerrang!, Rock Sound, BBC Radio 1 Rock Show, Kerrang! Radio and Upset.
With the return of ‘Suburbs’, the band ensure that they are more than just a one trick pony. Taking pop-punk to new heights by embracing their love of pop, hip hop and R&B, and using elements from these genres in their sound, Woes prove that they are here to stay.
“There is definitely a conscious effort to start expanding our sound, to bring in different instruments and elements that we haven’t used before,” says DJ. “We love loads of modern hip hop and RnB, which is something we plan to explore more in 2019. We also like incorporating math-rock and prog chords and progressions into our instrumentals… But we still want that pop punk energy live”.
Woes have spent early 2019 working on more new music, and are raring to hit the road again. With this in mind, the band have locked in an eight-stop UK headline tour for June and July. They’ll also return to Europe as support to Millencolin throughout May, before they accompany Trash Boat on their UK run in September.