Cambridge’s Tom Lumley and the Brave Liaison today release a scything and anthemic track, ‘Fake Friends’, that is a scintillating post punk bash filled with energy and attitude. The guitar attack is sparkling and crunchy, the rhythm section insistent and thunderous and the vocals and melodies urgent and indelible. The track is off the band’s forthcoming album ‘Everything’s Affected’ due out on 22 October 2021 and will be supported by a UK tour.
The band says:
‘Fake Friends’ casts a speculative view over the online relationships between someone in the public eye and their thousands of followers. All of the trivial interactions between a person and their followers which ultimately mean nothing but are done simply to boost “interaction”. The song asks the question as to how many would still be there supporting them if they fall behind what is current.
This is stadium-ready indie rock that is open and expansive, and the band has an enigmatic presence captured by the accompanying video. The half made up clown faces of the band – two faces – emphasises the themes of falseness and hypocrisy while the band’s performance is exciting and bold:
The band will be on tour later this year in support of the album release (more details and tickets here):
6th – Junction, Cambridge
9th – The 1986, Southampton
21st – The Grace, London (Album Launch Show)
4th – The Moon, Cardiff
5th – Mother’s Ruin, Bristol
6th – Grey Lantern, Birmingham
12th – Phase One, Liverpool
13th – Record Junkee, Sheffield
11th – Waterfront, Norwich
Feature Photograph: Sam J Lance Photography