[Cover photo credit to Lauren Ellis]
Post-Punk New Romantics Candy Coffins have released “Seaside Girls“, the second single from the band’s new album Once Do It With Feeling, a 10-track collection that arrives two years after the band’s latest Somehow Misplaced EP on October 21st, 2022. The new track was intentionally crafted to be upbeat and powered by Rock.
Frontman and songwriter Jame Lathren shares:
When the pandemic hit, I decided I would not write a dark song as the first one written during the period. It seemed too easy given the times. It took me three months, but we got ‘Seaside Girls’ from the effort, which is an upbeat sun-drenched rocker on the new album, ‘Once Do It With Feeling.’ It’s all the rage.
Earlier, the band released ‘Every Day A Fresh Atrocity’ and an accompanying video created by Jame Lathren, exploring “the dark corners and haunting suffocation of a broken relationship”. In fact, relationships are part of the structure of the album.
The full album chronicles a relationship from the onset of the first crack to its complete crumbling dissolution. All the feelings and emotions of tumult are captured here, from both persons’ perspectives.
After disbanding his previous post-punk band Crown The Cake, Lathren formed Candy Coffins with hometown guitarist Tom Alewine (Bachelors of Art), followed by music scene veterans Alex Mabrey on bass and Justin Purdy on keys, and former Iron & Wine touring drummer Jonathan Bradley.
With influences spanning Joy Division, The Cure, The Psychedelic Furs, The Afghan Whigs and The Cult, as well as contemporaries like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spiritualized, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Interpol, Candy Coffins seeks a sound that is “dark and emotionally restless”, but not without “elements of hope and elation”.
October 1 – Schoolkids Records, Raleigh, NC
October 29 – In The Addition, Columbia, SC – album release show