Following the success of ‘Big Sur’ earlier this year, CHILDREN OF THE STATE have teamed up with The Coral’s Ian Skelly once again on new single ‘Hot Money’, the first offering from their forthcoming EP, ‘Tragic Carpet and the Magical Wasp Gang from Notre Dame’.
‘Hot Money’ is “a sleazy observation of greed and hyper-capitalism with a German bridge which describes cash as the science of the entire world”, which sees Children of the State at their heaviest.
Devilishly fuzzy guitar and squealing horns writhe amongst a pumping beat, setting the tone for what is to follow across the EP’s four dark and uneasy tracks.
Recorded in Liverpool at the iconic Parr Street and Elevator Studios, ‘Tragic Carpet and the Magical Wasp Gang from Notre Dame’ is the band’s first work since relocating to Manchester and displays a new side to both their sound and songwriting.
Reflecting the current environment, the sunny sound of ‘Big Sur’ is toned down throughout ‘Tragic Carpet and the Magical Wasp Gang of Notre Dame’, instead introducing elements from the darker recesses of the band’s musical pallets; as they explain:
“Throughout the EP we wanted to give a feeling of unease and paranoia, so we put a lot of the instrument tracks through an old, broken tape machine which gives the tremolo effect and the feeling that something isn’t quite right.”
“Rather than detonating on impact, Children Of The State seem more concerned with infiltrating the mind through a series of decadent, well-informed morsels that bury in the brain before you realise what’s happening.“ - So Young Magazine
“A Tainted array of ear-worms and head boppers” - Dean Jackson, BBC Introducing
“Fat White Family produced foot stompers” - Steve Lamacq
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