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Welcome to What’s the Buzz, where members of our staff provide you with recommendations on a weekly basis. This week, Julia Mason is listening to “Cain’s Heresy” from The Lounge Society, Hal Kitchen is watching The Cars That Ate Paris, Clay Dockery is working his way through Bob Dylan’s entire discography, Will Johnson has been reading True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee, and Rachel Stewart is dancing to “Melt My Face” by Jamythyst.

The Lounge Society, “Cain’s Heresy”

Julia: The Lounge Society had one of the most striking, prophetic lyrics in 2020. “What will the US do?” they snarled in their debut single “Generation Game,” delivered with a drama that was to sadly prove painfully relevant. It was the fastest selling 7” of Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label to date, and was followed by “Burn the Heather” whose inspiration came from much closer to home, the class divide.

Now the Hebden Bridge 4-piece are back with new single “Cain’s Heresy,” an announcement of their debut EP “Silk For The Starving” which will be released on 18 June 2021 and, fingers-crossed, a UK tour at the end of the year.

The track opens with guitars and drums in unison. The Lounge Society are developing a distinctive sound. There is such an intensity to Cameron Davey’s vocals, and with thought-provoking lyrics such as “Face of the nation, bloodied and bruised” the passion they are delivered with is simply extraordinary. You can feel the outrage at the current state of affairs, the threat of misinformation (“Poisonous ideals on the screen breed a vicious way of thinking, off the screen”) and yet “Cain’s Heresy” is still a track for the dance floor, perhaps offering a suggestion of hope.

The Lounge Society lounges on the grass of an open field with the sky in the background
Credit: Piran Aston

The band says of the track: “Cain’s Heresy is a portrait of the world we’re headed to—where consumers lie sedated while ‘This Week’s Hot Trend’ and ‘101 Style Tips For Summer’ are forced down their throats by gloved hands. It’s our way of saying ‘not on my watch.’ Cain and Abel were brothers at war, and this song is our last stand in the war on culture which is being waged by corporations at the moment.”

The Lounge Society are: Cameron Davey (vocals/bass), Herbie May (guitar/bass), Hani Paskin-Hussain (guitar/bass) and Archie Dewis (drums). The video for “Cain’s Heresy” was filmed at the iconic Hebden Bridge Trades Club, and is a homage to The Strokes’ “The Modern Age” video. It features a cameo from The Strokes’ producer Gordon Raphael. Raphael moved to Hebden Bridge in December 2019 and was just beginning to explore the local music scene in the West Yorkshire town when the world shutdown. He had seen The Lounge Society supporting Working Men’s Club at The Trades Club and got chatting. A friendship was forged.  Exciting times ahead indeed for The Lounge Society.

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