Saturday, October 17, 2020

Blanketman and the post punk surge of "Beach Body"


"lift off ... lift off... we've already taken off!"

Recently released “Beach Body” from Manchester’s Blanketman drills into your head with perfectly raw and distorted noise in a tight and swift fashion. The track is built up vocally into tinges of contrasting guitar, concisely delivering modern punk rock with echoes of early Creation records sound à la Television Personalities and the like. This single is an undeniable head banger that I know you’ll enjoy. 

New single “Beach Body” dials up the urgency and distils a swift insistence, on top of which vocalist Adam Hopper masterminds a trove of indelible melodies, punctuated by the refrain “Lift off! Lift off!”.

He comments on the new single: “After a troubled lost summer, we felt we needed a new advert for British exceptionalism and the Brit abroad.”

Accompanied with an amazing video by Hannah Cobb, the track is brought to life while exhibiting how cool this band is. Blanketman is rapidly gaining well-deserved traction and we’re proud to keep it going. We’re stoked to hear more but until then, indulge in “Beach Body.”

-Alyssa Holland


Over the last year or two the band have been spearheading a burgeoning scene in Manchester and have gigged extensively throughout the city, performing their original brand of restless post-punk and cerebral indie-pop, served with a sharper, more sardonic pop edge than many of their more po-faced peers. So sharp in fact that Steve Hanley, of The Fall and Brix Smith & Extricated, has performed live on stage with them on two occasions already.

Back in March, the band’s debut single “Taking You With Me” rightly earned its share of early media praise, including a Next Hype slot from Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1, as well as a Ones To Watch 2020 pick from Huw Stephens. However, where their introduction to the world shone the light on a band full of ideas - and cut a boundless, energetically pop edge that saw them likened to early Blur.

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