Leeds indie upstarts Party Hardly share fuzzed-up, melodic offering
'The Hopskotch Man', taken from upcoming
EP 'Modern Strife Is Snobbish'.
Constantly reshaping their sound as they mature and take influence from the urban cityscape and dirty undertones of Leeds and its thriving DIY scene, the quartet’s brand of off-kilter post-punk
has swiftly won praise throughout the online community (The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, DIY, Dork) and looks set to continue with the arrival of their forthcoming EP.
Written after guitarist Matt Pownall suffered an injury resulting in reconstructive surgery which left him bedbound for some months, The Hopskotch Man was a culmination of the subsequent depression that tormented his mind:
“The Hopskotch Man is my anxiousness sitting on my shoulder. I would often have very vivid dreams during my recovery and a sinister man
would always come and ask me to play a game of hopscotch,
knowing full well that I couldn’t walk. The only way I got
rid of this recurring nightmare was to look at him dead
in the eyes and beat him at his own game. I’ve slept like
a baby ever since".
Having already supported rising indie acts including The Magic Gang and
Trudy and the Romance and gained BBC 6 Music airplay (Steve Lamacq),
the four-piece are primed to continue their ascent with a slew of live dates
to follow later this summer.
Party Hardly’s The Hopskotch Man is out 24th May and is available via all digital platforms.
08 June – Wharf Chambers, Leeds
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Party Hardly - The Hopskotch Man