On 5th May, melodic drone-punk three-piece Feature (featuring members of Sauna Youth and Slowcoaches) will be releasing their EP Culture of the Copy on Tye Die Tapes, via cassette and digital download. Listen to opening track Psalms here
The four-track cassette is a long-awaited follow-up to their first EP Memory, released on Cazenove Tapes (run by Lindsay Corstorphine of Sauna Youth, Primitive Parts and Cold Pumas) in 2013. The new EP has been on the cards since Tye Die Tapes heard their first demos almost two years ago and contacted the band wanting to do a release.
Inspired by the likes of Vision Fortune, Ariel Pink, The Breeders and Sleater-Kinney, Culture of the Copy was recorded by Jen and Liv while still a two-piece at Tye Die Tapes HQ in Sheffield in February this year, and features three new songs plus a cover of Supergrass’s pop-hit ‘Caught By The Fuzz’. With Jen also being in Sauna Youth, Feature recently became somewhat of a supergroup when Heather of punk-slackers Slowcoaches joined the band in late February this year.
Lyrics for the EP were inspired by the book Culture of the Copy by Hillel Schwarz, which is a cultural history of twins, doubles, copies, imposters and Doppelgangers. Side A, made up of Psalms and Reeling, as well as cover Fuzz on the B-Side, are just as heavy as Feature have always been, but double as fast and twice as tuneful. Twins, opening Side B, has the creeped-out, chugging rediscovered pop-single feel that the songs on the first EP have, but is also more refined with a bigger sound.
The EP artwork is by Katie Scott, who was nominated for Best Album Artwork at the NME Awards in 2012 for her artwork for Bombay Bicycle Club’s album A Different Kind of Fix: www.katie-scott.com
Feature played last year’s Supernormal Festival and will be playing at this year’s Great Escape Festival on Saturday 10th May at The Loft, and have supported the likes of Chain and the Gang and Verity Susman of Electrelane.
Culture of the Copy is available to buy on cassette and digital download
May 10th – The Great Escape Festival for Faux Discx, Italian Beach Babes & Republic of Music. The Loft, Brighton w/ Theo Verney, Teardrop Factory, Dignan Porch, Mazes, Novella & more.
May 23rd – The Victoria Dalston, London
July 19th – TBC, Nottingham w/ Witching Waves
Feature is Liv Willars on guitar and vocals, Jen Calleja on drums and vocals and Heather Perkins on bass and vocals. Liv and Jen met through Sauna Youth drummer Rich Phoenix in Brighton in 2011 and formed Feature once they had both moved to London in 2012. Heather played in the band for the first time in March this year at a show organised by Liv and Jen to raise money for DIY Space for London, at Power Lunches in Dalston.
Drowned in Sound – “Living the drone dream, one strident hi hat crash at a time, ‘Memory’ is restrained, considered and immersive, and with the occasional candy-coated vocal flourish, will no doubt burn a hole in your skull.”
Gold Sounds – “thumping post-punk guitar riffs and pounding drums that make us swoon.”
Seba Rashii Culture – “a record that really matters”
Killer Ponytail – “a glorious little ball of loosely wound distortion and crashing rhythms full of potentially explosive energy”
http://featureband.bandcamp.com (stream and download first EP Memory for free)
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