Describing themselves as a ‘fight night at the circus’ Hull’s latest band Candid Faces release their second single to date ‘Needle Talk’ – an infectious trash-pop future classic that touches on themes of paranoia and anxiety in its lyric.
Produced by indie maestro Adam Pattrick at Warren Records’ inhouse recording studio ‘Needle Talk’ is a hyper-energetic slice of post-punk energy filled with edgy guitars and fiery vocals that’s been sending crowds wild at their recent gigs in and around the East Yorkshire area.
‘Needle Talk’ keeps it simple and to the point, the lyrics take a peak into the psyche of someone who is constantly conscious of how they’re being perceived by others- a concept that’s illustrated so well in Hull director Jody Moore’s video to accompany the release. Lead vocalist Liz Shaw explains that
I used to be that person who’d be imagining all the time what other people were thinking about me and who knows it if was true at all! so much energy was soaked up with those thoughts , that there was no space for me to just be me .In the chorus of ‘Needle Talk’ i’m singing ‘Let it go ,Let it go ‘ which is a cry to let go of those stifling feelings and just be free from the asociated mental constraints.So liberating was that process of letting go that it’s improved my mental health and feelings of well-being no end.
Candid Faces was formed by original members, drummer Max Wilson (then on bass) & fiery frontwoman Liz Shaw (vocals&keys) when they started jamming at hull’s Wilberforce College in 2021. Soon Taro Keeitch joined on guitar & then Ben Hales on bass (with Max then moving to drums) before Joe Beeks came in on the second guitar to complete the current line-up.
Citing key bands from the Uk post-punk/indie scene like Idles, Low Hummer, Shame, and Yard Act. Candid Faces specialize in writing hard-hitting, catchy songs which revolve around subjects like old women, fist fights & paranoia. Accompanying this are proper indie pop grooves that create a soundscape described as trash-pop & jagged by fans & journalists alike, They try to have fun in everything they do and hope that comes across on stage, while also addressing more serious issues in their lyrical themes.
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Written by: Tara