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Why you should see City Calm Down tomorrow

The Melbourne four-piece play Soup Kitchen on Tuesday 28th November


Everyone loves watching new music, right? Well Manchester’s Soup Kitchen are tomorrow hosting Melbourne four-piece, City Calm Down, and it is not to be missed.

I OH YOU Records are thrilled to announce ‘In This Modern Land’, the new single from the band and the latest track to be revealed from the band’s highly anticipated second album.

Two years on from their debut, ‘In A Restless House’, Jack Bourke, Jeremy Sonnenberg, Sam Mullaly, and Lee Armstrong return with the band’s latest offering; soaring synths and horns; an exuberant and bold crescendo; and all cemented by Bourke’s striking, unmistakable baritone.

During ‘In This Modern Land’, front man Bourke adopts the perspective of a person coming to terms with, and perhaps embracing, their own social isolation. Contrasted with the soaring instrumentation and melodies, the lyrics highlight the growing disconnect between Bourke and his surroundings.

Since the band’s early EP Movements, and their acclaimed 2015 debut, City Calm Down have paved the way for their forthcoming second album – which will see a worldwide release in early 2018 – with a run of singles achieving over four million streams.

Recorded in Melbourne with long-time producer Malcolm Beasley, expect an album that explores the emotional idiosyncrasies of our modern, changing world, rendered in glistening keyboards, chugging guitars and triumphant horns.

With multiple sold-out tours and appearances at major festivals, City Calm Down have also performed with Alt-J, Chvrches, Bombay Bicycle Club and more. In February 2018 they will undertake another national Australian trek as part of the Laneway Festival alongside the likes of Dream Wife, Father John Misty, Slowdive, The War on Drugs and Wold Alice.

If you get a chance tomorrow, nip down to Soup Kitchen and see what these guys are about; it’ll be worth your while.