Track Of The Day: Ideal host – ‘The Conflict’

“Confusion’s a ritual in the routine of the office” observes Ideal Host vocalist Heather Perkins over brooding riffs and post-punk inspired beats on the band’s latest single, ‘The Conflict’. Following on from their debut track ‘Dining Out In The Afterlife’, this latest offering is a more sardonic cacophony that explores the antagonistic nature of the everyday routine.

Led by Heather Perkins and Sean Hughes who are both former members of the band Slowcoaches, Ideal Host is their new project, inspired by the need to make music on their own terms. After Heather decided to step away from writing & recording in 2019, the pair have come back to work together and evolve their sound under their new moniker.

“I had reached a point where I felt restricted creatively, because I was often relying on other people to interpret my ideas,” Heather explains further. “Learning the skills I need to translate what is in my head into something tangible has been a real revelation. De-mystifying the basics of recording and having the option to experiment with both analogue and digital approaches has given me a much broader palette to work from. Sean and I have enjoyed taking a slower, more considered approach to making music this time.”

This consideration has helped to shape their two eclectic singles ‘Dining Out In The Afterlife’ and ‘The Conflict’, which Ideal Host recently performed during a live session for Marc Riley on BBC 6Music. The band are planning to release their debut album in early 2023 and will be playing a string of live dates too.

Listen to ‘The Conflict’ below.

Follow Ideal Host on Spotify and bandcamp

Artwork: Ryan Heath

Kate Crudgington

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