London outfit Malady may be yet to unveil a studio single, but they’re already lighting up the capital’s music scene.
A live video of ‘Famous Last Words’, recorded at St Barnabas Church, is the only online taster of the four-piece’s ear-pricking sound and it promises much: a jangly garage-pop gem that takes its cues from King Krule, Bloc Party and The Orielles.
Before they bring their reverb-drenched tunes to Hidden Herd Presents at The Old Blue Last on Saturday (30th November), we had a brief chat about their influences and more.
How would you describe Malady to a stranger?
“We’re a four-piece alternative band from London.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Nowadays, we’re particularly influenced by bands/artists that manage to tie their guitar-based songs in with manipulated sounds/textures from way further afield. For getting a studio sound together, we’ve been referring to Burial, post-‘The Bends’ Radiohead and King Krule, among others.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“Probably the one gig we’ve done outside of the country so far, in Paris. Receptive, reciprocal crowd.”
You’re based in London – what’s your local music scene like?
“The whole of London as a music scene is a bit hard to pin down, there are about a million mini-scenes in every corner but regarding where we play and who we play with, everyone’s been very supportive and there’s some good shit bubbling under the surface.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“I like the new Drug Store Romeos track a lot – feel like they could do something interesting.
Sassy 009 – used to be a three but now it’s just one of them – recently released a couple banging tracks.
Ugly – proper band, proper choons.”
And finally, what does the future hold for Malady?
“At the moment, we’re trying to develop a cohesive sound that accurately brings together the disparate sounds/influences we have! Demoing, reflecting, gigging, writing.”