Woes hotly-anticipated debut album Awful Truth is due to arrive 28 June 2019 on UNFD. As a taster of what to expect the band drop new single and fan-favourite Money Shoe today. The track sees Woes’ sound take flight, blurring the lines between pop punk, hip hop and R&B.
Money Shoe follows Woes’ previous single Suburbs. Both tracks will feature on Woes’ forthcoming debut album Awful Truth, produced by Seb Barlow (Neck Deep, WSTR, Roam) and debuts guitarist Luke Bovill.
“I think it’s the most honest and complete representation of what we want to sound like”, explains Woes vocalist DJ. “It has elements of pop-punk, hip-hop, prog-metal, RnB 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 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”.
Awful Truth follows last year’s acclaimed Self Help EP, which launched the four-piece into the eye of the music press and landed them with a heavy touring schedule; including support slots for Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, State Champs and Seaway. As well as appearances at 2000 Trees, Download and Slam Dunk.
“Awful Truth is a record about the realities of the progression of our band over the last 18 months”, continues DJ, “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 5 times in a year. And it’s about the duality of that experience. 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”
Woes are 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. “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”.
Armed with new music, Woes are eager to hit the road again, which is great news for the UK, with Woes heading out for a UK headline tour in June and supporting Trash Boat this September. Dates and details below.
Woes UK Headline Tour 2019
Friday 28 June Glasgow Attic
Saturday 29 June Newcastle Head of Steam
Sunday 30 June Nottingham Bodega
Monday 1 July Bristol Exchange
Tuesday 2 July Worcester Marrs Bar
Wednesday 3 July Bournemouth Anvil
Thursday 4 July Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
Saturday 6 July Liverpool Zanzibar
Woes supporting Trash Boat
Thursday 12 September Birmingham O2 Institute
Friday 13 September London Islington Academy
Saturday 14 September Leeds Stylus
Sunday 15 September Glasgow G2