Few can lay claim to mastering their craft within just a few years, yet Bristol’s Heavy Lungs have catapulted into the scene relentlessly. Since releasing their first EP in 2018, they’ve won over the ears of some of the biggest names in the business and earned themselves one of the most loyal fanbases around. Now armed with 5 new tracks and arguably their biggest project to date, they’re ready to unleash their most ambitious, outspoken and expressive work yet. Measure lands on the 10th October, with first single “(A Bit of a) Birthday” dropping on the 13th September, followed by second “Self Worth” on the 10th October.
With energy levels skyrocketing from the get-go “Measure” perfectly represents what the four-piece are all about; straight from the heart, to the heart zealous post-punk goodness. EP opener “Half Full” kicks things off frantically with a crescendo of feedback and raw vocals. Next up is “Self-Worth”, an intoxicating track that exploits even more controlled chaos. “T.O.T.B”‘s arena-sized choruses make for an instant sing-along, whilst first single “(A Bit of a) Birthday”’s gnarly riff and fuzzy guitar work takes the aggression up another notch. Closing the EP is “Pacemaker”, an atmospheric and suitably captivating record that rounds things of nicely. On creating the EP, frontman Danny Nedelko added:
Measure centres around the undeniable importance of self-worth. From inner observation of myself and of the people around me over the course of past year, I’ve noticed that it can sometimes very much be neglected. The purpose of this EP is to hopefully remind us to value ourselves and grow more comfortable in our skin – to believe in ourselves. Our own inner strength and capabilities are vastly superior to our own perception of them.
Rising up in Bristol’s thriving punk scene, Heavy Lungs have previously released 2 EPs, headlined multiple tours and shared the stage with the likes of Idles. In fact, Idles’ track “Danny Nedelko” is named after Heavy Lungs’ frontman and their friendship extends as far as joint releases and touring together. Their fiery live shows and infectious stage presence hasn’t gone unnoticed and has resulted in playing live on KEXP, not to mention some of the biggest festivals in the UK; Glastonbury, Truck Festival, 2000 Trees, Live At Leeds, Liverpool Sound City, Camden Rocks and many more.
With extensive tour dates taking them into Europe, the UK and beyond until the end of the year and their new EP up their sleeve, Heavy Lungs are ready for you – are you ready for them?
See Heavy Lungs live over the next few months:
- 11th Oct – University Student Union – Reading (UK)*
- 12th Oct – Neighbourhood Festival – Manchester (UK)
- 18th Oct – Wild Paths Festival – Norwich (UK)
- 19th Oct – Ritual Union – Oxford (UK)
- 20th Oct – SWN Festival – Cardiff (UK)
- 23rd Oct – Cassiopeia – Berlin (Germany)*
- 24th Oct – Dutch Design Music Week – Eindhoven (Netherlands)*
- 25th Oct – London Calling – Amsterdam (Netherlands)
- 26th Oct – Merleyn – Nijmegen (Netherlands)*
- 28th Oct – Supersonic – Paris (France)*
- 30th Oct – BIME City – Bilbao (Spain)
- 31st Oct – Wurlitzer Ballroom – Madrid (Spain)*
- 1st Nov – Mucho Flow – Guimaraes (Portugal)
- 4th Nov – The Forum – Tunbridge Wells (UK)*
- 5th Nov – Green Door Store – Brighton (UK)*
- 6th Nov – Camden Assembly – London (UK)*
- 8th Nov – The Key Club – Leeds (UK)*
- 9th Nov – 2Q Festival – Lincoln (UK)
- 10th Nov – Record Junkee – Sheffield (UK)*
- 11th Nov – Audio – Glasgow (UK)*
- 13th Nov – Think Tank – Newcastle (UK)*
- 14th Nov – The Sugarmill – Stoke-on-Trent (UK)*
- 15th Nov – Phase One – Liverpool (UK)*
- 16th Nov – Thekla – Bristol (UK)*
Header image by Ashely J Bourne