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Listen To Manchester Band AFFAIRS’ New EP, ‘Stained Gold’




There’s something about UK bands that you can recognize immediately, a specific sound, tone, and mood. This is the case for ‘Stained Gold’, the new EP of Manchester-based Indie band AFFAIRS, as there is something solemn and grave in these four new songs. There is a tonality in the vocals that often evokes Morrissey and the Smiths (especially ‘Runaway’) then Depeche Mode (‘Play’), but of course, any comparison is completely relative because you could also hear ‘Future island’ and may be a bit of the Killers too during ‘Brothers’?

AFFAIRS has an expansive and ambitious sound wrapped around a 80’s-inspired electronic-synth instrumentation and the deep and impressive baritone of their singer. Looking at the bands mentioned above, needless to say that the vibe of the music is rather dark, but there is something booming underneath this darkness, a real force breaking through this stained gold surface

‘Out of the Deep’ particularly showcases this somber and powerful voice, going into some almost operatic howls as the hymn-like song transforms itself with a triumphant and theatrical effect, which can only be reinforced when you watch the aesthetic of the video for their single ‘Runaway’. At the end they could well be like an electro-Morrissey, and if a lot of bands have since been trying to occupy this niche of dark-doom-indie-pop let vacant since the 80’s, AFFAIRS brings its own twist on it, and their songs, far from sounding nostalgic, could build that bridge between eras that produce timeless work

AFFAIRS have already established themselves on the UK indie music scene and have supported bands such as Alt-J and Circa Waves, while their EP got some airplay on BBC 6Music, BBC Radio 2 and Radio X,

AFFAIRS is James Robinson, Liam Grindell, Jack Richards, Dan Parker and Michael Bradnam, and they have just released ‘Stained Gold’. Listen to it below

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