Following on from last year’s 9 track compilation Songs Of Her’s, the Liverpool duo’s upcoming debut LP Invitation to Her’s will be their most significant step yet.
Today Her’s share the details and send us on a night time ride through the dark woods of masculinity with second cut, Low Beam. Snappy guitar lines and sleazy vocals continue the pair’s rollicksome nods to Ariel Pink and Mac Demarco, tinged with 80s RnB calling to mind Fern Kinney. It’s a return to their 80s jangle pop, slack art rock origins reminiscent of early material like Dorothy, Speed Racer and What Once Was to ultimately reassert the curious oddball mythos that made the duo so magnetic in the first place.
Her’s next spate of touring will see them hit the road throughout the nation, after playing a sold-out London show at Moth Club earlier in May, before slots at Citadel, Leopallooza, Neighbourhood Festival, Tramlines capping it all off with an Autumn headline tour.
Low Beam is the sound of a band come full circle. Her’s’ Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick may both be Merseyside migrants, the latter from Barrow and the former from Norway, but the duo have made a musical home of Liverpool. Brought together through a chance encounter in a university canteen by their shared love of off-kilter humour and art, Her’s have shaped the very texture of Liverpool alongside peers like Trudy and the Romance and Pizzagirl.
The nucleus of the Merseyside scene surrounding these groups finds its identity through humour and imagination. They’re voracious consumers of music across styles and eras, and it shows in their mutant retro-futurist sound. All things considered, Invitation To Her’s is already proving to be one of the most free and inspired indie rock debuts this island has seen for a while.