Working Men’s Club. Valleys.
That’s it. That’s THE track.
I gave this record a spin on air last week and since then I’ve navigated my way round the house breaking into spontaneous dance, in a way that can only be described as ‘doing a Morty’ (or maybe a Sleaford Mods).
To describe the past 12 months as a busy year for Working Men’s Club is an understatement to say the least. The band that initially garnered attention with their track Bad Blood in 2019 essentially no longer exist. However, that could well be a good thing.
The only member to remain from that breakout track is vocalist Sydney Minsky-Sargeant, with ex-Guitarist Giulia Bonometti and ex-drummer Jake Bogacki deciding to pursue over opportunities. Yet, you would be hard pressed to find better replacements than Rob Graham of Drenge and Wet Nuns, and Moonlandingz guitar sensation Mairead O’Connor.
Unfortunately, the issue with those two is neither are known for their drumming, and with their first headline show in just 5 days the reformed group had to find a solution. That solution was a drum machine, and the band hasn’t looked back ever since.
The band’s latest releases ‘A.A.A.A.’ & ‘Valleys’ have embraced the lack of live drums and allowed lead singer Syd to explore the more dance / synth based pathway he found himself naturally leaning towards when writing anyway.
With no internal friction and an incredible group of talented musicians all becoming more attuned with each other the debut WMC record is shaping up to be one of the best album releases this year.
Keep October 2nd in your diaries people.
Check out the ‘Valleys’ track and video via the links below, and head to the Working Men’s Club store to pre-order a signed copy of the album.