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MADCD004 - Interrobang‽

Album pre-order
Release date 20th October 2017*

MADCD004 - Interrobang‽

“I’m embracing adventure with comfortable shoes and a clean place to shit, yeah that’s it”                                                                                 The Inclement Weather

The eponymously entitled Interrobang?! album is vocalist Bruce laid bare, torn open asunder, as he finds himself deep in those 50-something blues. Lyrically the album is an exploration of his determination to never give up the struggle despite his own malaise. He questions and rails against his own demise with song titles such as Curmudgeon, Mad As Hell and Am I Invisible Yet? whilst still full of that anger about the state of the world in songs such as Are You Ready People? and Here Now. He veers from the personal to the political, from the poignant to the pithy, never pulling any punches, always being brutally honest but with an ability to laugh at himself as well.

The music of Griffin and Hamer is short, sharp and urgent. Interrobang pride themselves on their tightness and economy in these rapid-fire assaults and with their crisp, cutting backing vocals the band have created an album that is pointed and precise, exciting and exhilarating. This is an album’s worth of hard hitting songs for hard hit people with Griffin’s guitar technique building layers of scorching sonics which when seen live will astound.

From such statements of intent as Here Now to the lament Do You Remember? about the Bruce’s difficult relationship with his father to the uplifting and inspiring Love It All we are taken on a rollercoaster of an adventure. This whole journey is all based on a true story of discontent but Interrobang have thrust themselves back in the fray, with something to say; they are determined to not fade away and this is their cri de couer!

14-track CD album in a trifold digipak with 8-page booklet insert

Digital pre-order from iTunes includes the "instant grab" single; "Love It All"; https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/interrobang/id1267911068

*Please note that orders including this pre-order title will be held to ship for delivery on or after the release date.

INTERROBANG: a bio of sorts 

Dunstan Bruce vocals
Stephen Griffin guitars
Harry Hamer drums

Formed in 2012.

“The interrobang, /ɪnˈtɛrəbæŋ/, ‽ is a nonstandard punctuation mark used in various written languages and intended to combine the functions of the question mark and the exclamation mark (known in printers' and programmers' jargon as the "bang").
A sentence ending with an interrobang asks a question in an excited manner, expresses excitement or disbelief in the form of a question, or asks a rhetorical question.
For example: What‽ What the fuck‽”

On the original Interrobang moodboard: Gang of Four, Wire, Grinderman, Dr Feelgood, Sonics, the Fall, Art Brut, MC5, Fugazi; that sort of thing

Interrobang create their very own agit-punk-funkstorm. It’s angular, taut, urgent, pulsating and intense. And it’s tight, terse and to the point. We're totally wired, can't you see?

“If it’s a question of curiosity, what’s going to happen when I hit fifty? Will I still be hungry, will I still be angry? And will I still have the energy?”
[from “Breathe” Interrobang]

Bruce and Hamer both have previous form as awkward troublemakers in the anarcho-pop-cabaret troupe Chumbawamba whilst Griffin was a former enfant terrible in the London louts, Regular Fries. We came together as Interrobang, with a clear vision to create something that is current and relevant; something that speaks to our generation who grew up in the shadow of punk, with hopes and dreams, full of rebellion. What happened to that spark? How do we express our anger now? How relevant are we? How do we make ourselves heard and where do we fit in now?

This isn’t comfortable or retro; we reject wholeheartedly the idea of nostalgia, we refuse to live in the past, there’s no misty-eyed looking back; this is all forward, forward motion.

Lyrically inspired by hitting the age of 50, Interrobang address all those difficult to talk about clichés of the mid life man-crisis and so it’s sometimes slightly shirty, occasionally curmudgeonly, but always, always brutally honest. We are talking about the now; about our hopes, our fears, our dreams and our nightmares.

This baring of souls is played out via their battered and bruised uneasy listening. Guitarist Griffin has developed a style that assaults you and whose sonic complexity can shake you, rattle your aging bones and send you helter-skeltering onto the dancefloor. It’s a frantic, skewed quirky, punchy, staccato pop.

"The novels of Dostoevsky are seething whirlpools, gyrating sandstorms,
waterspouts which hiss and boil and suck us in. They are composed purely and wholly of the stuff of the soul. Against our wills we are drawn in, whirled round, blinded, suffocated, and at the same time filled with a giddy rapture.”
Virginia Woolf

If Interrobang can create this feeling with their music then we are winning:

http://www.interrobangband.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/intrrbng