LISTEN: People Club – ‘Francine’

A soulful offering that explores what it’s like to love someone who’s caught in the grip of addiction, Berlin-based indie band People Club have shared their latest single ‘Francine’. Taken from their upcoming EP Take Me Home, which is set for release later this year, the track navigates the difficult subject by blending lush synths and lo-fi guitars with yearning, passionate vocals.

“‘Francine’ is a song about commitment and how love can fade away leaving only wickedness behind,” the band explain. “The song speaks from the voice of a partner whose lover is helplessly addicted to drugs.” The sadness in this narrative voice is encapsulated in the repeated lyric “I often said ‘I wonder if you love me / or if you just need company,'” before the yearning chorus of the eponymous name takes hold. The five-piece gently traverse their narrator’s spiral of doubt through moody, Motown-infused grooves.

‘Francine’ is accompanied by a stylish monochrome video, shot in wintertime in Berlin and directed by Felix Spitta. “The video is a play on the old idiom of ‘being your own worst enemy’,” the band explain, “a phrase which quite beautifully captures the inner critic which we know so well, especially during the course of the pandemic.”

Watch the video for ‘Francine’ below.

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: People Club – ‘Lay Down Your Weapons’

A powerful combination of emotive vocals and commanding beats, Berlin-based indie soul group People Club have shared their latest single ‘Lay Down Your Weapons’. It’s a charged offering that tackles the issues people of colour continue to struggle with in the face of police brutality, demanding peace through vehement protest.

“”Lay Down Your Weapons’ is about issues that weigh heavy on our hearts,” the band explain. “It was originally written in 2017 about issues of police brutality and the police militarisation that black and brown folks have disproportionately faced, and unfortunately we are still fighting these issues today. We are so proud of all the people on the front lines fighting for justice, for institutional reform/dissolution, for legislation, and for the safety and liberty that our BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities have long since deserved. We were asking…but now we’re demanding. We deserve justice, we deserve freedom, we deserve that our lives are valued. Black lives matter and defund the mother fucking police.”

Formed of Sarah Martin (lead vocals), Ray Sonder (bass, backing vocals), Saxon Gable (guitar, backing vocals), Pete Costello (keyboards, backing vocals) & Drew Deal (drums), People Club formed in 2018 after they each moved to Berlin in late 2017 from their respective countries (Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand). Together, they create moving, bold sounds designed to dismantle the un-nerving behaviours they witness in their own societies and the wider world.

Listen to ‘Lay Down Your Weapons’ below and follow the band on bandcamp, Spotify, and Facebook for more updates.

 

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: People Club – ‘Kil Scott’

Laid back, hazy beats and smooth vocals permeate ‘Kil Scott’, the latest single from Berlin five-piece People Club. The track shares the same title as the band’s upcoming EP, which is set for release on 15th November.

Accompanied by an animated video which was shot and directed by Morioh Sonder, ‘Kil Scott’ is a sultry tune that explores the perspective of an uneasy gold-digger who is waiting for her decrepit husband to die. The band’s seductive soundscape provides the perfect backdrop for this tale of inner conflict.

It’s a fitting track for an EP that’s based around the destruction of a fictional character – Scott – who embodies all of the values that the band themselves dislike. Singing about issues like sexism, racism, homophobia, the band’s distinctive aesthetic blends lyrical social commentary with a classic soul ensemble with a generous helping of lavish effects and synthesizers.

People Club are set to play at The Islington on 28th November, so if you like the sound of ‘Kil Scott’, grab a ticket here. Listen to their new track below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

People Club Live Dates 2019
4th October – Workmans Club, DUBLIN
21st November – Club Acud, BERLIN
28th November – The Islington, LONDON

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: People Club – ‘Perfume’

Soulful vocals, snaking bass lines and a melancholy premise mesh beautifully together on ‘Perfume’, the latest single from Berlin-based indie soul group People Club. It’s the first single the band have shared from their new EP, Kil Scott, which is set for release on 15th November.

Formed of Sarah Martin (lead vocals), Ray Sonder (bass, backing vocals), Saxon Gable (guitar, backing vocals), Pete Costello (keyboards, backing vocals) & Drew Deal (drums), the band formed in 2018 after they all moved to Berlin in late 2017 from their respective countries (Australia, USA, UK, New Zealand).

Since then, they’ve been working together to create their new EP, the title of which – Kil Scott – refers to a fictional character who is a benchmark for toxic masculinity. The band use their music to dismantle his unsavory traits, and ‘Perfume’ hints at the way toxic masculinity can destroy romantic relationships.

The band explain the premise of ‘Perfume’ further: “The initial idea for this song was brought in by our guitarist Saxon, who, like so many, struggled to cope with the divorce of his parents during his childhood. ‘Perfume’ is a deeply personal contemplation of these experiences, told from the perspective of an anguished lover seeking affection from her partner. Despite her efforts, she receives no love but remains dedicated, but heartbroken forever.”

We’re intoxicated by People Club’s blend of the sad and the soulful. Listen to ‘Perfume’ below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

People Club Live Dates 2019
4th October – Workmans Club, DUBLIN
21st November – Club Acud, BERLIN
28th November – The Islington, LONDON

Kate Crudgington
@kcbobcut